We ๐Ÿ’š Educators!

We are so excited to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Month with you!

...ok, we know that it's actually Teacher Appreciation Week starting May 7th. But one week is just not enough time to celebrate the amazing work you do to amplify student (and teacher!) voice. So for Team Flipgrid, Teacher Appreciation Month starts today! 

Here's what we've got cooking:

Student Voice Bus Tour

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*BEEP BEEP* Seatbelts everyone! May 7th to 12th we're celebrating YOU and your incredible students by hitting the road on the first-ever ๐Ÿ’š #FlipgridBusTour! ๐ŸšŒ

Charlie, Joey, Jornea, and Adam are venturing from Georgia to Rhode Island, stopping at schools along the way to witness first-hand the innovative ways you are championing student voice in your classroom! 

Check out the schedule for our crazy journey here then join the adventure at flipgrid.com/tour and on Twitter with the hashtag #FlipgridBusTour!

VoicePod Daily Double Challenge

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You made it a thing, so we made it happen! The Flipgrid VoicePods have journeyed across the great blue all the way to Flipgrid HQ and now we want to share them with you!

We're celebrating #TeacherAppreciation Month by giving away two VoicePods per day from May 1st to May 31st. Find out how to enter here!

Student Voice Champion of the Year

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Educators all over the world are inspiring the next generation to use their voice for positive change and to respect the diverse voices of their peers.

If you know an educator doing great things to amplify #StudentVoice, nominate them for Student Voice Champion of the Year! The winner will be announced on stage at Flipgrid Live!

We try to celebrate the amazing educator community every day. But this month more than ever: THANK YOU for inspiring the next generation and THANK YOU for inspiring us. Team Flipgrid appreciates you and will ALWAYS champion the amazing things you do!

๐Ÿ’š- Jim, Charlie, Liz, Garrett, Sherene, Kevin, Nate E, Sindy, Joey, Jeff, Jornea, Nate C, Adam, George, Shao, Martin, Skyler, Paul, Patrick, and Josh. AKA - Team Flipgrid!

#GridTip: End of Year Engagement

The following is written by Flipgrid Head of Educator Innovation Jornea Armant Erwin. In this series (see her full #GridTip Digest here) Jornea shares a unique #GridTip to help you make the most of Flipgrid!

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The end of the school year is near, symbolizing another year of growth for your students. Many educators are starting to engage their students in reflection on their learning and growth. Good news - you can supercharge these experiences with Flipgrid! Here are 12 engaging ideas to inspire learning, reflection, and celebration for the final weeks of school. And I've added in Discovery Library Topics that you can add to your Grids today!

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. For those with less than 26 days left, double or triple the letters. You'll be amazed at the ideas sparked as students think critically and creatively, tying learning to a specific letter!
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. Maybe they want to share a scientific inquiry, how to make jewelry, coding tips, strategies for drawing, or teach the latest dance moves. As students create their instructional videos, watch the community build as students continue to learn more about each other and experience new learning from their peers.  
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กTime to Shine - Student How To Videos

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. Share your best moments of the 2017-2018 school year and hopes for the upcoming year with your #GridPals.
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’ก#GridPals Year in Review

๐Ÿค”โค๏ธ๐Ÿ“Reflection is the Heart of Learning -  Learning is a journey. Every student can learn, it may not have happened on the same day or in the same way, but it is important to reflect on the process. Encourage students to reflect on a challenge that eventually turned into a success. Ask them to explore the internal and external factors that helped them succeed. Allow students to share advice to others based on their experience.
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 of ______ grade!  For younger students or for support in general, generate a list of memories as a class.  This will help some to spark ideas of what had the greatest impact on their year.
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กTop 10 Memories

๐Ÿ–ผ๐ŸŽจBest Work Gallery- As students spend time gathering a collection of their best work throughout the 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 read in the year, allow students to find vivid words and phrases (or simply use the elements of the plot) to re-create a story depicting their year. Students can record in Flipgrid or appsmash with another storytelling app before uploading their video.
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กMy ___ Grade Story

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.  
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๐Ÿ’•๐ŸคHost a Kindness Challenge - Create a kindness challenge each day until the end of the school year. Encourage students to be intentionally kind to others while allowing them to share how they met the challenge. Also, when they see others showing kindness, add a compliment for that student as a response to the Kindness Challenge! It's a win-win for everyone!  
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. by listing the happenings from throughout the year. Create a survey for students to choose which would receive the award for the โ€œbest.โ€ Through student selection or random generator, students will collaboratively create acceptance speeches for the winners in each category and record them via Flipgrid.
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กTwist on Awards Day

๐ŸŽคEnd of School Year Interview - Students pair up to interview each other about their "favorites."  Students will have a blast taking a walk down memory lane sharing smiles as they reflect.  Appsmash idea - use DoInk Green Screen Animation to make it look as if the students are on a nightly news or late night talk show set.
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กEnd of School Year Interview

Celebrate Others (ideas for implementation)
Field Day Activities - collect fun video footage of your Field Day experiences and follies!
Classroom Awards - record your classroom award celebrations for students to remember their special day and for families to relive the moments.

May 8th - 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!

May 13th - Motherโ€™s Day  & June 17th - 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.

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

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VoicePod Daily Double Challenge!

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You made it a thing, so we made it happen! The Flipgrid VoicePods have journeyed across the great blue all the way to Flipgrid HQ and now we want to share them with you!

We're celebrating #TeacherAppreciation Month by giving away two VoicePods per day from May 1st to May 31st. Here's how to enter:

1. Complete your Profile. From within your Educator Dashboard, click your name (upper right) to fill out your info!

2. Post a Topic template into the Discovery Library. You can share a Topic you've already used or create a new one from scratch. Be sure to include Topic Resources (images, videos, links to reference articles, etc) and detailed Integration Notes! For best practices, check out Jornea's tips

3. Share the link to your Topic on Twitter. Click the Share Airplane in the upper left corner and include the hashtags #FlipgridVoicePod and #FlipgridFever in your tweet. BONUS POINTS: include a screenshot image with your tweet, like the one below!

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Feel free to post as many Topics as you'd like. Every day at 8p CT, Flipgrid Head of Educator Innovation Jornea Erwin will choose two educators who shared great Topics that day. If you're chosen, you win a VoicePod!

VoicePods give your students a private space to share their voice, families an opportunity to get close and discuss their incredible students, fellow educators a gift for amplifying their students, and a place to showcase your studentsโ€™ creativity!

Each Flipgrid VoicePod comes with a fabric marker for your students to express themselves as you see fit. Here are some ideas:

  • Have your students decorate your VoicePod upon arrival to add their own flair!
  • Each week award one student the Champion of Student Voice and allow them to sign the tent!
  • Fill your tent with inspiring words on what it means to share your voice.

Have fun!
-Team Flipgrid

Flipgrid Explorer Series: Aquarium ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿฆ‘

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End this school year with a splash in the Flipgrid Explorer Series: Aquarium! Educator and Aquatic Expert Sam D'Orsaneo is excited to bring your students beyond the sea and share the roaring research and adventures at the Aquarium of Niagara!

Starting May 7, Sam will join you and your students for a two-week exploration filled with creatures from the deep blue. She'll share the conservation and research work they do at the Aquarium of Niagara and ignite discussion among your students and their peers around the world. Dip your toe in to find out what's happening below:

  • Pre-Series: Welcome (LIVE NOW): Get a preview of Samโ€™s Explorer Series and have your students share their favorite sea creature as we gear-up for this awesome exploration!
  • In the Tank (May 7 - 18, 2018): In this Topic Sam will share daily videos from inside the Aquarium of Niagara!
  • Week 1 Discussion (May 7 - 12): What is an aquarium?
  • Week 2 Discussion (May 13 - 18): Why are aquariums important?
  • Swimming with Questions (May 7- 18): Share your questions with Sam! Sheโ€™ll answer as many as she can and weโ€™ll feature the Responses with her Replies!
  • Reflection (May 17-18): What's something you learned during this Explorer Series?

To join the excitement, please add your class to the roster and then hop on the Grid: flipgrid.com/aquarium. Dive deeper with with this HyperDoc designed by Head of Educator Innovation Jornea Erwin!

We were introduced to Sam by Stryker Ostafew from Mill Middle School. Stryker was doing a project with his class and wanted to get a professional involved so he reached out to the Aquarium of Niagara and connected with Sam! As soon as we saw Sam on the Grid we knew she would make a perfect Flipgrid Explorer!

Sam is an Educator who has worked at the Aquarium of Niagara for nearly four years. We asked Sam about how she got into the field and she told usโ€ฆ I have loved animals since I was very young and always knew I wanted to do something with that love when I got older. I pursued my passion with an associates degree in Animal Management and have had hands on experience in the animal field serving as an intern and volunteer at various animal care facilities such as zoos, aquariums and even a horse farm. Now I am very happy to be a part of the Aquarium of Niagaraโ€™s amazing team teaching visitors all about our natural world.

If you havenโ€™t participated in a Flipgrid Explorer Series, weโ€™d love for this to be your first! As there will be classrooms from around the world joining, we recommend you:

  1. Start out with a brief lesson on digital citizenship and sharing what is/is not appropriate in a video response. We ask that each participating educator monitor her/his students' responses. 
  2. Let us know you're participating by filling out this form.
  3. Hop on the Grid with your students and have fun! 

To get an idea of what participating in an Explorer Series is like, check out Beth Mistretta's experience along with our previous Explorer Series Grids: RobotsMusic, Sharks, Code, Nature, Brains, Fossils, Raptors, and Antarctica!

#GridTips for #GridPals

The following post is written by Flipgrid Head of Educator Innovation Jornea Armant Erwin. In this series, (see the full collection here), Jornea will share a unique #GridTip to help you make the most of Flipgrid!

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#GridPals are taking the world by storm! With the leadership of Student Voice Ambassador Bonnie McClelland, over 1,000 classrooms world-wide have connected on Flipgrid. #GridPals are an innovative spin on pen-pals: educators leverage the power of Flipgrid to break down the walls of their classroom and engage students in meaningful learning experiences with peers around the world. To support your #GridPals experience, I've put together a few tips (and Discover Library Topics you can use!) to deepen the learning experience. And if you haven't yet, sign up to receive a #GridPal

โšก๏ธLEARN from diverse perspectives & see what life is like from a different point of view.  To get started, simply have your class introduce themselves to others.
๐Ÿ”Ž #GridPals Introduction Topic
๐Ÿ”Ž #GridPals Mystery Location Topic
๐Ÿ”Ž #GridPals Weather Center
#GridPals can also learn more about each other by sharing views about world events, family life, sports, religion, music and talents.

โšก๏ธSHARE a love of learning with others. Students love sharing their favorite books with others while receiving recommendations for new books to explore.  This promotes positive reading habits and allows students to have thinking partners both in and out of their classroom.  Whether sharing a book or celebrating learning achievements, students will have fun being inspired by the happenings in each other's classrooms!
๐Ÿ”Ž #GridPals Book Buddies
๐Ÿ”Ž #GridPals Weekly Highlights

โšก๏ธSUPPORT others by sharing strategies for learning.  Although students may work towards different standards all over the world, growth in learning is what's common among them.  Co-planning learning experiences with your CoPilot(s) will encourage students to take risks, share ideas, seek ways to address problems, and offer solutions. Encourage your students to create videos sharing learning or ideas that challenge their thinking, to ask for assistance,  or a model of a strategy to gain understanding.
๐Ÿ”Ž #GridPals Math Challenges
๐Ÿ”Ž #GridPals Ideas in Innovation
๐Ÿ”Ž #GridPals Question Parking Lot
๐Ÿ”Ž #GridPals Fail Forward

Connecting with others will help students to IMPROVE reading, writing, speaking, listening skills, content understanding, increase MOTIVATION and GLOBAL EMPATHY, help students participate in and ADVOCATE for equitable learning experiences, and meet FUTURISTIC LEARNING needs.  

#GridPals go forth and LEARN, SHARE, and SUPPORT one another!

See you on the grid,
Jornea

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Sean Forde ๐Ÿ’ซ

Sean Forde, a K-5 STEAM Innovative Educator, has been rockin' on Flipgrid for over a year. He is a Flipgrid Certified Educator, Flipgrid Ambassador, and has shook the globe by leveraging the power of Flipgrid in creating a series World Read Aloud Grids! In addition to being incredible connector himself, Sean has inspired other educators to reach beyond the classroom walls and collaborate in innovative ways. To Sean, Flipgrid is MAGICAL! ๐Ÿฆ„๐ŸŒˆ

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#WednesdayWisdom from Sean Forde

Uses
I enjoy using Flipgrid as a way to break down the walls of the classroom and connect globally. I have two main projects. #WORLDReadAlouds allow a children's book to be brought to life one page at a time by people all around the world. In addition, I use Flipgrid to provide a different form of Flat Stanley reporting. It allows the student or friend to share Stanley's adventures through video instead of pictures.

Impact
Using Flipgrid to power World Read Alouds and Flat Stanley projects allows students and educators to learn more about geographic regions, and provides opportunities for cross-curricular learning experiences.  Students are not only excited to see locations from which pages are read, but they can be a part of the story themselves!

Advice
Have fun, shoot for the moon, and expect to fail a few times. Some of the best ideas and projects don't happen on the first attempt. Take it, refine it, and make it yours!

Learn from Sean: Check out Sean's Collection of #WorldReadAlouds

Sean is the reigning #FlipgridAppsmash Madness Champion 2018: Learn how to create your own collaborate read aloud with Flipgrid

Connect: Check out Sean's Rockstar Video

Join the legend on Twitter: @sean4d