#GridTip Party: ๐Ÿซ School's Out for.... โ˜€๏ธ Summer Learning

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. Looking for more inspiration? Check out the Educator Innovation Station for tons of new ideas!

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We know that even though final grades are submitted, learning never stops. The time students and educators spend away from school are filled with such meaningful and authentic learning opportunities! With the power and accessibility of Flipgrid, we can continue to amplify our students' voices, challenge them to share their learning, and keep them connected while away from school during summer break. 

Here are some ideas to keep your students engaged this summer!

Summer Book Clubs:  When students are sent a summer reading list, simply create a Grid and include a Topic for each book students are asked to read! (Bonus: This could be a great idea for teachers to share what theyโ€™re reading with each other as well!)

๐Ÿ“™ Summer Reading Challenge by Candice Bagley
๐Ÿ“˜ Book Recommendations by Adam Yoder

๐Ÿ“• Reading Book Review by Amber Friel
๐Ÿ“— Six Word Summaries by Jornea Erwin

Daily Math ChallengeEncouraging students to apply their math skills in fun ways over the summer allows them to retain, improve, and grow their mathematical reasoning.

โœ– Would You Rather (money) by Kathy Saunders
โž— Mass and Capacity at Home by Nicole Wilson

โž• Would You Rather Math by Kristin Merrill
โž– Math Around Me by Jornea Erwin

My Summer ExperiencesEncourage students to share their unique experiences, vacations, and fun with one another throughout the summer!

๐ŸŒŠ Summer Fun by Toni Roberts

โ˜€My Summer Experiences by Jornea Erwin

My Hopes for Next School Year Create a Topic to allow students to reflect on their year, while sharing their hopes for the next school year.

๐Ÿค” What I wish Iโ€™d Known by Megan Ganz

๐Ÿ’ญ Dear Next Year's Teacher by Na'Shara Tyson

Who says the students should have all the fun? Below are some Disco Library Topics geared towards summer Professional Development and fun for staff! ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ

Reflecting on Risks - by JoyAnn Boudreau
Back to School Staff #Fliphunt by Karen Cormany

Summer PD by Kim James
Summer PD Challenge Bingo by Erin Wilson

Have other ideas to engage your learners over the summer? Let us know on Twitter including the hashtag #FlipgridFever! Have a great break!

๐Ÿš€ See you on the Grid!
Jornea, Jess, and Ann

PS: See below for some ideas from the #FlipgridFever community for engaging students all summer long!

#GridTip: Flipgrid Field Day #FlipHunt Experience

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

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3๏ธโƒฃโ€ฆ 2๏ธโƒฃโ€ฆ.1๏ธโƒฃGo! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธField Days are fun days at school that students and families look forward to. The activities, bonding moments, smiles, and laughs surrounding the school creates memories and stories to last a lifetime! This school year Iโ€™ve been so inspired by #Fliphunt coined by Kathi Kersnowski and seeing all the fun and innovative #Fliphunts that teachers are creating to engage their students in learning. So, I put a new spin on this special day by incorporating Flipgrid to ignite excitement, capture memories, and reflect on highlights during Field Days! Simply create a new Field Day Grid and use these tips and ready made topics to get started!

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โšก๏ธ๐Ÿ—ฃโœจIgnite Excitement
Planning is a key element to a successful field day!
๐Ÿ“Tip 1: Setting Up the Grid
Create a topic for each event that will be held during your field day. Invite family and community volunteers who will assist for field day to introduce themselves in the Field Day Volunteer Introduction Topic. ** Remember you can always include a doc with your #Fliphunt activities or rules as a Topic Attachment.

๐Ÿ“Tip 2: Amplify Student Ideas
Use the Field Day: The Peopleโ€™s Choice Topic for students to submit their own creative games to play during Field Day! Let the students vote on their favorite student games to be added to your Field Day fun.

๐Ÿ“Tip 3: Discuss Citizenship
Use the Be a Sport topic to teach and discuss sportsmanship prior to Field Day.

๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸคณCapture Memories
Field Day activities allow for students to have fun and excel individually and collectively as a team or class. Having a mobile โ€œFlipgrid Stationโ€ with volunteers recording the fun at each station will provide students the opportunities to showcase their day with families and friends. Here are a couple field day activities with ready made #DiscoLibrary Topics including a Field Day #Fliphunt Topic for added fun!
๐Ÿ€โฑโ›น๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธMinute to Win It Free Throws: Individually or with a team try to get the most free throws in 1 minute.

๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽˆโฏDonโ€™t Stop the Music - Water Balloon Toss: While playing fun music record how many times the class can go back and forth tossing the water balloon. Once a balloon breaks, the music stops.

๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™€๏ธโญ•๏ธ๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™‚๏ธSuper Hero Hula: Create an obstacle course with hula hoops and pool noodles for students to balance, run, and jump from hoop to hoop to save a school mascot and bring it back home safely to base.

๐ŸŒŠโ›ฑ๐ŸŽณBeach Ball Bowling: Get out the blow up beach balls, bottles or bowling pins, and yoga mats lining them with pool noodles to create your own bowling lanes! The team with the most pins win.

๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ—ž๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธโ€Extra! Extra! Read All About It!โ€ Relay: Print fun messages on paper and roll them up like a newspaper to use as a baton for your relay. As students hand off their baton the next participant should read the fun message aloud before running.

๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ‡Awards Ceremony: Everyoneโ€™s a winner at Field Day! Capture your awards on the Topic including quick acceptance speeches from students. This can be done on the field or with the teacher in the classroom.

๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ’ญ๐ŸคฉReflections
Wrap up your field day experiences with this Field Day Reflections Topic to capture memories from students, volunteers, and faculty and staff.
๐ŸคฉFavorite moments
๐Ÿ˜‚Funniest moments
๐ŸฅฐMost memorable moments
๐Ÿค“Lessons learned

Bring it on! Have fun and amplify student experiences at Field Day!

See you on the Grid!
๐Ÿ’šJornea

๐Ÿ’ซ Student Voice Rockstar: Lanny Watkins

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Educators do what they can, wherever they are to make an impact on students. Paul โ€œLannyโ€ Watkins, hailing from Swansea, Wales, UK, is a passionate and active advocate for student voice. His knowledge, skills, and determination led to a movement to amplify voice in phenomenal ways in his community and beyond. An Acting Leader of Digital Learning at Ysgol Bae Baglan - a Microsoft Showcase School, Lanny attributes to his growth in Flipgrid to inspiration from another educator, Kathi Kersnowski. He has been rockinโ€™ out Flipgrid for the past two years and has attributed to the growing number of Welsh educators in #FlipgridFever community. Lanny has obtained all Flipgrid certification levels, serves as a #GridGuide and is a Student Voice Ambassador. In January 2019, Lanny and his pal Kathi K. teamed up to present the power connecting classrooms with Flipgrid and Skype. It was an inspiring moment for all in attendance.

๐Ÿ’ฅImpactful ๐Ÿ’ฅ is the one word that comes to Lannyโ€™s mind when he thinks of Flipgrid. We are in awe daily of the impact Lanny is making on the world of education and we canโ€™t wait for more!

#WednesdayWisdom from Lanny

Uses
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Discussing ethical and moral issues with technology.
๐ŸŽฏ To discuss planning and self evaluation.
๐Ÿ—ฃ For transition of pupil moving to our school - opportunity for them to ask pupils about the school,
โœ… General assessment of learning.
๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ Supporting teachers across Wales getting started with Flipgrid

Impact
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To hear a pupil talk to one of our schoolsโ€™ senior leaders about how Flipgrid has helped her to grow in confidence and that she is no longer afraid to speak out loud is class shows how huge an impact it can have. I also get to see and hear the passion that pupils have for my subject - something that the produced work doesn't alway provide an opportunity to show. ๐Ÿ’•

Advice
Be brave. Don't be scared about introducing Flipgrid to your pupils - they will thank you for it! The impact it will have on teaching and learning is huge! Donโ€™t be afraid to reach out on social media and ask questions or for help - there is an amazing #FlipgridFever community out there willing to help you.

Learn from Lanny
#DiscoLibrary Topics
Twitter: @Lanny_Watkins
Check out Lannyโ€™s Rockstar Video:

#GridTip: Do Your Best ๐ŸŽ‰

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

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Springtime is a season of wonder and new life. It is also a season of testing.

This time can be stressful on everyone in a learning community. It can also be an incredible time to celebrate the hard work and effort that students (and teachers) have put in since Day 1!

If your classroom is getting ready for an important event or an upcoming test, consider setting up a Flipgrid to share words of encouragement as students prepare for the big tasks ahead of them. Within your school community, have teachers, administrators, support staff and even district personnel share words of inspiration, good luck cheers, and best wishes.

Crestmore Elementary School in Bloomington, California recently collected Motivational Messages for their students before the big state test. Staff members shared positive messages reminding students how important they were and to try their best!

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Yvette Mezzanatto invited families to join the fun and contribute their own motivational messages! She created a Topic, shared it with families in Class Dojo, and kept it a surprise for her students until it was time for their testing to begin. "This is my second year having parents create a motivational video for their child and their classmates. The students cry tears of joy and are always asking to watch them before we start the test on a daily basis."

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An encouraging word can go a long way to boost spirits and is a great reminder of how proud we are of the scholars in our learning communities. If you are ready to do this in your own community, check out these launch-ready Topics that are already available in the Disco Library!

๐Ÿ€ Good Luck Wishes by Cristina Quaglia

๐Ÿ’œ Motivational Messages from Home by Tori Studer

๐Ÿงžโ€โ™‚๏ธ Best Wishes by Bonnie Razler

๐ŸŒŸ Testing Encouragement by Laura Smith

Testing season brings so many emotions. May it also bring a lot of positive reinforcement for the incredible work that has been done and celebrations for all of the learning that has taken place too! From one teacher to another, thank you for all you do to empower your scholars and amplify #StudentVoice.

See you on the Grid!

๐Ÿ’šAnn

If you have never used Guest Mode, here is some additional info to help you get started!

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Guest Mode

When logged into your Flipgrid Admin account, create or view the desired Topic.

Click on Add Topic Guests and enable Guest Mode.

If desired, turn ON the option to Allow Recording.

Then share the Guest Code with the folks you are inviting to the Topic.

*Note that your Guest Code will be inaccessible if a new link is generated.

๐Ÿ’ซ Student Voice Rockstar: Eric Garcia

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Great teachers instill a love of learning for their students. Eric Garcia, a 1st Grade Teacher, from Bakersfield, California shares his passion for learning with students and educators daily. He has been rockinโ€™ out Flipgrid for the past two years and is an active leader in the #FlipgridFever community as a Flipgrid Certified Educator, Student Voice Ambassador, and #GridGuide! Ericโ€™s My Inbox idea has been implemented by educators around the world and he shares his best K-2 tips in Tips and Tricks for Flipgrid in PreK-2 Classrooms.

โญ๏ธAWESOME โญ๏ธ is how Eric describes the use of Flipgrid. Eric is an awesome educator who we are inspired by daily!

#WednesdayWisdom from Eric

Uses
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Global Collaboration
๐Ÿง—โ€โ™‚๏ธ GridGuide PD
๐Ÿ“ง Teacher Inbox
๐Ÿ‘‹ Student Introductions
๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ง Conferences
๐Ÿซ Back to School Events
๐Ÿ“š Book Chats

Impact
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Flipgrid has impacted my community of learners in many ways. My learners now have a platform to share their voice. Not only their voice when it comes to learning in the classroom, but also the platform to share their opinions, their concerns, and achievements. ๐Ÿ’•

Advice
Try it! The Flipgrid community is there for you if you need any help. You will learn so much from your students or staff when you use Flipgrid.

Learn from Eric
#DiscoLibrary Topics
Twitter: @EdTechGarcia
Check out Ericโ€™s Rockstar Video:

#GridTip: End of Year Engagement

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

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The end of the school year is near, symbolizing another year of growth for your students. Engage your students by supercharging reflection activities to amplify their experience! Here are 12 engaging ideas to inspire learning, reflection, and celebration for the final weeks of school. (โ˜บ๏ธ We recognize that some schools are ending a semester or just starting their school year. Feel free to modify these ideas as you see fit!)

3๏ธโƒฃ2๏ธโƒฃ1๏ธโƒฃCountdown Challenge - For the last 26 days of school, challenge your students to share something special or something they learned that starts with the letter of the day for the Ultimate ABC Countdown Challenge.
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กEnd of Year ABC Countdown Challenge

๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ’ซ Learning Loves Community - Encourage your students to share their passions by teaching the class something new. They could share a scientific inquiry, how to make jewelry, coding tips, strategies for drawing, or teach the latest dance moves.
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กTime to Shine - Student How-To Videos

๐Ÿ‘‹A Message to an Incoming Student - Encourage students to inspire next year's group of students by sharing what they loved about that grade, what the new students should expect, and advice for a successful year.  
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กMessage to an Incoming Student

๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ’šGo Global with #GridPals - Use the remaining days of the school year to leap outside of the box and connect students Globally with #GridPals.
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’ก#GridPals Year in Review

๐Ÿค”โค๏ธ๐Ÿ“Reflection is the Heart of Learning -  Learning is a journey.  Encourage students to reflect on a challenge that eventually turned into a success.
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กMy Learning Rollercoaster

๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ญMemories Last a Lifetime -  Top 10 lists are always fun, so have fun as students create their own Top 10 memories from the school year!
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กTop 10 Memories

๐Ÿ–ผ๐ŸŽจBest Work Gallery- As students gather a collection of their best work from the school year, ask them to record why they believe the work was their best. It can be a collection of student projects, report cards, tests, class work, recognitions - whatever they want. Their video becomes an instant video portfolio of highlights from the year!  
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กBest Work Gallery

๐Ÿ“–My ____ Grade Story - Choosing a favorite book or story, ask students to find vivid words and phrases (or simply use the elements of the plot) to re-create a story depicting their year. 
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กMy ___ Grade Story

๐Ÿ’•๐ŸคHost a Kindness Challenge - Ask students to spread kindness each day until the end of the school year. 
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กEnd of Year Kindness Challenge

๐Ÿ†Twist on Awards Day - Roll out the Red Carpet with this idea! Have students reflect on the school year happenings including Field Trips, special classes, guest speakers, school events, projects etc.
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กTwist on Awards Day

๐ŸŽคEnd of School Year Interview - Students pair up to interview each other about their "favorites." 
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Field Day Activities - collect fun video footage of your Field Day experiences and follies!
School Carnival and Field Day by Kimberly Bower

Awards Day - record your classroom award celebrations for students to remember their special day and for families to relive the moments.
Grid for Parents- End of Year by Helen Mui


May 7th - National Teacher's Day, typically the week is also Teacher Appreciation Week - students can send a special message thanking their favorite teachers present and past!
๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™‚๏ธ My Teacher is a Super Hero by Paula Klipfel

May 12th - Motherโ€™s Day  & June 16th - Fatherโ€™s Day - create a heartfelt video message for mothers, fathers and parental figures - generate a private link and grab the QR code to keep the messages personal and to add to other gifts students may create.
๐ŸŒธ Motherโ€™s Day Poem by Kathrina Mendez

I hope you have an enjoyable end of school year with your students & I appreciate all of the dedication you put in to making education a great experience for them!

See you on the grid!
Jornea