Let’s go on a Fliphunt 🕵️‍♀️ with Kathi K!

The following blog post is written by Flipgrid Educator Innovation Leads Jornea ErwinAnn Kozma, and Jess Boyce.

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Fliphunts are an engaging way to get your students moving and having fun as they explore your curriculum. We recently caught up with Kathi Kersznowski, an amazing tech coach, MIEExpert, and the original creator of the #Fliphunt. Check out this Q & A as she shares all the things you need to know to create and use a #Fliphunt in your learning community!

Q What is a #Fliphunt?

A #Fliphunt is a digital scavenger hunt that takes place on Flipgrid. You create the Tasks to engage your students and challenge them to show what they know with video Responses. I had a “Flipiphany” and realized that the idea of using Flipgrid as a formative assessment was a fun and meaningful way to check for understanding. I started calling these learning scavenger hunts Fliphunts.

Q How can I use a #Fliphunt in class?

Focus on an objective or your subject matter. Ask yourself what you want your students to know and how could you gamify it to make it fun? Connect your content and objectives to a Fliphunt “task” and let your students show what they know by giving them the opportunity to be creative with their Flipgrid Responses.

Q  Where do you start?

Start with your curricular objectives and build tasks around that. Then create a document (Word or Google) that you will add as a Topic Attachment. 90% of the work is in creating that #Fliphunt doc! Always add in some silliness - Fliphunts are meant to be fun - by adding action verbs to your prompts. If you can think of ways to take it outside your classroom, that’s even better. The movement needs to be creative and varied to keep interest. Act it out...use the pause button...add props…act like a TV reporter…give it an action...don’t repeat the same task, it’s a video after all!

Q Do you set up a #Fliphunt as one Grid or as different Topics?

You get to decide! It can work as an entire Grid or as different Topics on a Grid. Either way, I would encourage participants to use the Title feature to write the name of the task they are responding to. That way, everyone sees all the Responses that have been added to the #Fliphunt. It’s helpful to have the Title featured prominently to let others know exactly which task or challenge is featured in the video! I also love to go back and make responses look extra special by topping them with a Vibe as a title. There really is no right answer to this question, but I prefer to set up one Flipgrid just for Fliphunts. Then, as time goes on, all of your Fliphunts (each one is a different Topic) and all of the linked Docs will always be in one place. For me, it’s organizationally convenient.

Q What pro-tips do you have for teachers?

🎯Have fun making the task document - I like to use Checkboxes, but I’ve seen folks use point values or assign “levels” for the tasks. If you want to differentiate your directions, use different text colors to indicate the degree of difficulty.

🎯Although you have a digital doc linked to the topic, it may be easier for participants if they have a paper copy. You may want to print it out!

🎯The most common question is:  Do “players” make one long vid of all their responses and just use the pause button, or should each be a separate video post?  There’s no right way, but my recommendation is usually the latter because I value the opportunity for the community to add feedback on each one.

🎯Be mindful of the time! Set your Video Response Length to 30 seconds MAX!

🎯Remember, Fliphunts are not just for students! You can make a #Fliphunt for anything from family events, club activities, and teacher team building fun.

🎯Add your own ideas to this collaborative, crowd-sourced #Fliphunt Grid or find new ones to use in your classroom.

🎯 Get connected on social media at #FlipgridFever, #Fliphunt, and be sure to check out these Fliphunt Variations and Game Ideas

I hope you have fun engaging your community with a #Fliphunt!
-Kathi K


Loving Literacy 365 Days a Year 💚📚

The following blog post is written by Flipgrid Educator Innovation Leads Jornea ErwinAnn Kozma, and Jess Boyce. In the #GridTip Series, Jornea, Ann, and Jess will share tips and tricks to help you explore ideas and possibilities with Flipgrid.

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Every day is a great day to read!  We love that teachers and students celebrate literacy and participate in epic collaborations like Read Across America Week and #WorldReadAloudDay. Whether your students are participating in a special event, reading at school or home, or enjoying a favorite book for the tenth time, here are some ways they can share their love of literacy on Flipgrid, 365 days of the year!

🐉📖🐉 Bring the magic of literature to life with Cressida Cowell, author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon series! Register for the March 6th Skype experience and prepare your students with these ✨exclusive✨ ready to launch Flipgrid Disco Library topics.

🔎📖🔍 As your students explore literature, have them share their authentic reading lives with others. They can share a BookTalk, make book recommendations, connect text with Booksnaps, go Book Speed Dating, or participate in a March Madness Book Challenge!

🎟📖🎟 Share a reading experience with your favorite authors and invite them into your classroom for an extra special book connection via Guest Mode! Looking for inspiration? Check out Miss Nikki's Author Connection Grid or Connect with Authors and Storytellers to see which authors may be interested in participating.

📣📖📣 Amplify the love of reading by sharing with families. Read together on a Grid, discuss favorite books, or share book recommendations with others.

👭📖👬 Connect with incredible librarians like Andy Plemmons, Deb Zeman, Shannon Miller and Kristina Holzweiss. Librarian leaders bring the magic of reading to your school and are ready to share ideas, experiences, and best practices for celebrating literacy all year long.

Ready to get started? Just create a Flipgrid Topic for your learners. They will be sharing their love of reading in no time! If you’re not sure where to start, give us a shout. We are always here to help!

Adventure awaits inside the pages of every book. Happy reading! 📚

See you on the grid!

 💚 Ann, Jess & Jornea

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Community Spotlight: Empowering English Learners 💪

The following post is written by Flipgrid Educator Innovation Lead Jess Boyce and inspired by discussions with Katie Toppel and Sarah Said, creators of the #Flipgrid4ELs Twitter Chat.

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A few months ago we started seeing educators use the hashtag #Flipgrid4ELs as they tweeted how they were using Flipgrid to help English Learners share their voice. What started as a Twitter chat quickly became a movement. Creators Katie Toppel and Sarah Said sparked an important conversation: how can we as educators do more to empower our English language learners?

Here are some ideas from Katie, Sarah, and the inspiring #Flipgrid4ELs community!

😎Boost Confidence: Speaking aloud in the classroom can be intimidating for ELs. Flipgrid provides a space for students to share their thoughts and ideas without feeling as if all eyes are on them dissecting mistakes.

Allow for Wait Time and Repetition: Students can practice without penalty - they have the opportunity to think through responses and come up with a plan before recording. They can record as many times as they want until they are satisfied with their pronunciation and the points they are working to get across.

📝Test Preparation: Many language exams take place on computers. Flipgrid allows students to practice in ways that mimic these exams. Set the Video Response Length to reflect the length of time students have to record on the exam. BONUS: Check out the handbook put together by educator Lydia Croupe on using Flipgrid to assist in preparing students for the TELPAS Exam.

🗣 Practice Speaking and Listening Skills:  Students can use the Student-to-Student Replies feature to respond to one another, giving them additional conversational practice. Use Mix Tapes to curate a student portfolio, allowing students to see their oral language growth over time.

👨‍👨‍👧‍👧 Increase Family Engagement: Guest Mode is a super simple way for families to hop into a Flipgrid Topic and view/reply to their scholars! Families can record at home together, bridging the gap and potential language barrier between home and school. BONUS: families that speak a different primary language can use Immersive Reader to translate content!

🌍 Connect with Students Worldwide using #GridPals:  Flatten the walls of your classroom and increase global empathy with #GridPals! Students will make connections, converse with peers in another city/state/country, and broaden their perspectives! What a great way to enrich the learning experience of ALL your students.

If you have other mic drop ideas for implementing Flipgrid in the classroom, especially with EL students, we would love to hear them. Share on Twitter using #FlipgridFever and #Flipgrid4ELs! And if you want to learn more about Katie and Sarah’s Twitter chat, check out their blog post here.

See you on the grid! 🚀

💕 Jess

PS: Keep scrolling to check out some of the amazing ways the #Flipgrid4ELs community is empowering their learners. I’ve also included an epic Sketchnote from the incredible Omar Lopez!


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Integration Doc: Flipgrid in Professional Development 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫

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What is Flipgrid? 💭

Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families around the world. Flipgrid promotes fun and social learning by giving every educator an equal and amplified voice on the Topics you define!

 

Flipgrid Basics 💻📱🖥

When you set up your account, you’ll first create a Grid for your learning community. Grids are the canvas you will use to post discussion Topics, to which your learning community will post short video Responses. That’s how they share their voice! Learners can then view and Reply to each other’s Responses! Flipgrid is available on the web or via our Windows 10, iOS, or Android apps.

If you’re just getting started, we recommend checking out the Flipgrid Educator Innovation Station. It’s filled with everything you need to become a Flipgrid pro!

 

Flipgrid in Professional Development

Wanting to power up your Professional Development? Use Flipgrid and augment your in-person PD with social, personalized, and anytime learning! Flipgrid reinvents traditional Professional Development by allowing educators to select relevant and personalized content and participate beyond face to face conversations. Here’s just a few ways that Flipgrid can ignite engagement and support Professional Development within any setting:

⭐️ Build and welcome a community with group introductions
⭐️ Share session offerings before the start of a conference, workshop, or summit
⭐️ Ignite discussion during and after
⭐️ Model and share pedagogical approaches and best practices in action
⭐️ Provide an option for blended Professional Development
⭐️ Engage in book study discussions
⭐️ Connect and learn with experts
⭐️ Showcase and analyze student work
⭐️ Collaborate and share ideas
⭐️ Create and reflect on individual and collective goals
⭐️ Provide accountability and feedback during coaching cycles
⭐️ Curate a digital repository of resources

Once you’re ready to create your first Professional Development discussion Topic, you can dive right in from your Educator Admin or head to the Disco Library for inspiration. Here is a sampling of Professional Development topics currently available in the Disco Library, all created by your peers and ready to be used with your community!

🚀 Ideas + Disco Library: Professional Development

Workshop Reflection by Kim Lowden: A Topic encouraging educators to reflect on learning experiences after professional learning to inform the facilitator’s next steps.

STEAM Parking Lot by Dana Woods: A Topic to activate learning and develop a shared understanding of content.

The SAMR Model by Lesley Burdine: A Topic that engages participants in learning about a model that support best practices in technology integration.

Flipgrid Resource by Evelina Despaigne: A Topic to use after professional development to engage educators in sharing ideas for implementation based upon their learning.

Collaboration by Wayne Haskovec: A Topic inspiring educators to continue learning socially by creating networks beyond their school and district.

Favorite Technology Tools by Nicole Kempson: A Topic that helps build a resource bank of tools for educators to use as solutions for learning needs.

Meet, Greet, and Discover #FlipHunt by Jen Giffen: A Topic for educators to learn through discovery using a fun scavenger hunt.

Screencasting Annotations by Ben Kelly: A Topic showcasing a step by step demonstration of a specific task or ways to implement an idea.

Ask Your Coach by Tamika Durrah: A topic to ask questions and receive support from a coach anytime and anywhere.

Learner Environments Today by Beth Clarke: A topic that engages participants in aligning and defending their thoughts to a sketchnote representing a learner-centered classroom.

 

Consider this: ISTE Standards for Educators 💡

Learner 1 - Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning. 1a: Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.

Collaborator 4 - Educators dedicate time to collaborate with both colleagues and students to improve practice, discover and share resources and ideas, and solve problems. 4C: Use collaborative tools to expand students’ authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.

Facilitator 6 - Educators facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement of the ISTE Standards for Students. 6D: Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge, or connections.

 

Want even more!? 🤓

💥Join the #FlipgridFever educator community on Twitter and Facebook! Follow educators like Holly Clark, Kathi Kersznowski, Brian Smith, Claudio Zavala, Karly Moura, Scott Titmas and Lucretia Anton for tons of mic-drop Flipgrid ideas.

💥While you’re at it, say hi to Flipgrid Education Innovation Leads Jornea Erwin, Jess Boyce, and Ann Kozma. Jornea, Jess, and Ann are always here to support you!

💥Bookmark our monthly newsletter for the latest happenings and check out our Educator Innovation Station for classroom integration ideas.

💥Explore the Help Center for answers to most common questions.

💥Become a Flipgrid Certified Educator.

There is no limit to the ways you can use Flipgrid in a Professional Development setting. Dive in and help all participants define their voice, share their voice, and respect the diverse voice of their peers. We are here to support you as you engage and amplify!

💚 Team Flipgrid in Minneapolis, MN

💫 Student Voice Rockstar: Alexandra Larson

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Learning is filled with wonder and excitement and Alexandra Larson brings that same zeal to fellow educators and students daily! Alexandra is an Instructional Technology Specialist and teacher in Atlanta, Georgia who has been using Flipgrid for over two years. As a Student Voice Ambassador and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, she has presented ways to amplify student voice at various conferences and helped us celebrate our 1st ever FlipgridLIVE event held in Minneapolis, MN in 2017.

“Versatile” is the one word Alex uses to describe Flipgrid, and through her implementation, she has shared various ways to meet the needs of learners!

#WednesdayWisdom from Alexandra

Uses
I've used Flipgrid to...
📝 get student feedback on technology tools and how their teachers could incorporate them
🥳wish our front office staff a happy Administrative Professionals' Day
💕 have students discuss charitable organizations they would like to support and why
🌎connect with students in another country
🤖have Maker Camp students explain a prototype they’ve created
💭allow students to share their favorite middle school memory
❇️ collect videos to use with a green screen at a later date
🤔have students reflect on their Problem Based Learning unit
👫allow community members to talk about their career and how it connects to STEM
📣 let students voice opinions on whether or not they should build terrariums for their school
👩‍✈️co-pilot with another teacher to review student reflections for our yearbook (using Flipgrid QR codes)
💥have a collection space for videos created on other apps (app smashing)
☎️allow teachers to leave me moderated (private) messages


Impact
Flipgrid has made it easy to promote the 21st Century learning skills- communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity! As I always share, it's such a versatile tool!

Advice
My advice to a new user is to become part of the amazing Flipgrid PLN on social media! This is where you can connect with other educators, get new ideas, share your stories, ask questions, and challenge yourself to think critically- especially during the quick fire Twitter chats #FlipgridFever!

Learn from Alexandra
Twitter: @Alex_n_wndrlnd
Check out Alexandra’s Rockstar Video:

❤️🖤💚 Black History Month: A Celebration of Voice 💚🖤❤️

The following post is written by Educator Innovation Lead Jornea Erwin. In the #GridTip Series, Flipgrid Educator Innovation Leads Ann, Jess, and Jornea will share tips and tricks to help you explore ideas and possibilities with Flipgrid. Looking for more inspiration? Check out the Educator Innovation Station for tons of ideas!

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As a member of the Flipgrid community, we know you celebrate and amplify diverse voices every day! We’re so grateful and proud to be part of your empowering practices and, especially this Black History Month, we want to champion your glorious ideas.

Black History Month is a testament to the power of voice: Carter G. Woodson started the movement in 1925. In 1976, President Ford proclaimed the month an official celebration to recognize and honor the amazing contributions, achievements, and impact African Americans have made in the United States and around the world.

Read on for five ways Flipgrid can help you celebrate voice and integrate Black History into your curriculum this month and every month throughout the year!


⚡️ Spark Conversations about Equity
How can we ensure everyone is treated fairly? How might we create opportunities for all?

Disco Library Topics
Diversity by Amelia Knuth
Ruby Bridges by Jornea Erwin
Jackie Robinson BIO by Jornea Erwin


🖥 Enrich Curriculum
Research and share contributions of African-Americans across subjects.

Disco Library Topics
Unsung Heroes #BecauseOfThemWeCan by Megann Lock
Black History Bio-Poem Appsmash by Ashley Peterson
Nobel Peace Prize by Jornea Erwin


💚 Understand Diverse Perspectives
Explore various genres of literature, photos, videos, and lyrics.

Disco Library Topics
Turning Point in American History by Adam Topliff
1920s Clue by Stephanie Bean
The Blues by David Wickham


🗺 Walk in History
Immerse your students in the lives and events of the past to demonstrate affects on life then and now. Take your students to a museum of on a virtual tour.

Disco Library Topics
Our Children Can Soar by Richard Masso
Virtual Wax Museum by Tamara Letter
Lenses of Diversity by Andrew Fenstermaker


🌏 Connect with and Learn from Others
Welcome guests into your community to share their passions, perspectives, and pride in what they do. Toggle-on Guest Mode or connect with another class via #GridPals!

🕺🏽Disco Library Topics
Heroes Inspire Others by Jornea Erwin
Famous African Americans by Heather Negley
Virtual Field Trips Around the World
by Laura Krenicki


In the words of Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut, “never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” I encourage you to engage and inspire your students to always learn from diverse perspectives as you support your students to achieve their dreams!

See you on the grid! 🚀
Jornea