Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Ann Kozma ๐Ÿ’ซ

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Ann, a dynamic Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) from Fullerton, CA, has been rockin' out Flipgrid for over a year.  Her high energy and love of learning and supporting others is apparent throughout the #FlipgridFever community.  As a Flipgrid Student Voice Ambassador, she often communicates the impact of amplifying student voice in her innovative professional learning sessions.  The one word that comes to Ann's mind when she thinks of Flipgrid is "empowering."

#Wednesday Wisdom from Ann Kozma

Uses

As a TOSA, I use Flipgrid with teachers, students, administrators and beyond. From training others how to use Flipgrid, to showing them the possibilities of what Flipgrid can do to empower student voice, I try to spread #FlipgridFever wherever I go. From classrooms to EdTech conferences, this platform provides a way to celebrate and share the authentic voices of those I work with. My first Flipgrid topic was for a reflection on the ISTE Standards for Teachers. My second grid was a place where teachers could post "I Am..." videos as we were learning how to leverage our scholars' strengths and interests to tailor personalized learning experiences. Beyond that, I use Flipgrid for All. The. Things! My Flipgrid topics range from learning how to code to a TOSA lip-sync battle, from a Mobile Learning Mindset Book Club to digital ethnography workshops where we celebrate diversity and culture in a global community. I love that with Flipgrid the possibilities for empowering authentic voice are endless.

Impact

Flipgrid has completely shifted the way teachers and students are sharing and showcasing learning in classrooms and beyond! I have seen students who are reluctant to raise their hands in class jump in with excitement as they post videos to Flipgrid.  I have seen teachers transform classroom practices and provide new pathways for their students to demonstrate their learning. The impact that Flipgrid has on learning communities is priceless. Everyone has a voice and Flipgrid is empowering students to share their voice in a new, creative ways. It always comes back to sharing authentic voices for authentic audiences for me and Flipgrid allows this to happen every single day in classrooms around the world.

Advice

Jump right in! The platform is so easy to use. With a few clicks you will catch #FlipgridFever and be on your way!

Learn from Ann

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Sketchnotes, Doodles & Visual Thinking
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Connect

Twitter: @annkozma723
Check out Ann's Flipgrid Rockstar video (password = Flipgrid)

Educator Innovation Week ๐Ÿ’ก

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Join Flipgrid Head of Educator Innovation Jornea Erwin as she shares tips, tricks, and opportunities to engage your students during Educator Innovation Week! During the week of July 16th Jornea will:

  • Host a practice-specific webinar every day, covering everything from inquiry based learning to formative assessment.
  • Co-host the #FlipgridFever Twitter chat on Tuesday, July 17th at 8p CT.
  • Send everyone who gets Flipgrid Certified during the week a FREE STICKER PACK (just be sure to send over your mailing address when submitting your application)!

Check out and sign up for one, two, or all of Jornea's webinars via the links below:

Design Thinking, July 16, 2018 | 12:00 PM CDT: Students of the 21st century are problem finders & solvers! During this webinar we will explore how the design thinking process + Flipgrid can support creative problem solving. This webinar will feature special guests Nathan Lang-Raad of WeVideo & Nick Aguina, Local School Activator - Future Design School.  Register here!

Inquiry Based Learning, July 17, 2018 | 12:00 PM CDT: Discover how Flipgrid can be used in multiple subject areas to help students take leadership over their learning. This webinar will feature special guest Trevor MacKenzie, co-author of "Dive Into Inquiry" and "Inquiry Mindset". Register here!

Power Up Learning Stations, July 18, 2018 | 12:00 PM CDT: Whether students are working on personalized goals or differentiated activities to foster growth, capture students understanding and allow their thinking to be visible with Flipgrid. Participants will leave with 10 ideas to power up learning stations with Flipgrid. This webinar will feature #StudentVoiceAmbassadors Joe Merrill, Kristin Merrill, Jessie Boyce & co-author of the Google Infused Classroom, Tanya Avrith Register here!

Formative Assessment, July 19, 2018 | 12:00 PM CDT: Formative assessment helps us inform and guide instruction, and Flipgrid allows all voices to be heard. In this webinar we will explore unique ways you can supercharge formative assessment with Flipgrid. Register here!

Creativity in the Classroom, July 20, 2018 | 12:00 PM CDT: Creating conducive learning environments includes honoring the creativity students bring with them in the classroom.  During this webinar will we think outside of the box to discover ways Flipgrid can support creativity by increasing communication skills, encouraging collaboration, reducing anxiety, and enhancing critical thinking skills. This webinar will feature special guests Nathan Lang-Raad of WeVideo and Dee Lanier creator of SmashboardEdu. Register here!

Not able to make it? Fear not! All of Jornea's sessions will be recorded and available here following the session. We hope you'll join us for some or all of Educator Innovation Week!

Singasong Voice Pod Challenge ๐ŸŽค

The following post and challenge is brought to you by #FlipgridFever superstar @ClaudioZavalaJr. We are huge fans of Claudio's #Singasong Grid and jumped at his idea to host a #FlipgridVoicePod Challenge as we gear up for FlipgridLIVE! Mimimimimi, lalalalala, get ready...

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On April 10, 2017, #Singasong was born! What began as a simple tweet (โ€œWhat would happen if we all sang a song together?โ€) grew to an unbelievable movement! Soon after I shared the Grid and the songs began to pour in! I thought it would only last a couple of weeks. I was wrong! Fast forward to today and there have been over 600 hours of songs by teachers and students all over the world! Now itโ€™s your turn to join in.

Introducing the Singasong Lip Sync Challenge ๐Ÿ•บ 

During the month of July, three lucky rockstars will be chosen every week to win a #FlipgridVoicePod! Woohoo! Hereโ€™s how to enter:

1. Go to https://flipgrid.com/8d4255 (password: singasong) and record a Lip Sync (five min max)

2. Share your creation on Twitter using hashtags #Singasong and #FlipgridVoicePod (click the button below)

3. Weโ€™ll announce winners at end of each week (Sunday night) based on the following categories:

  • Creative Guru (most creative lip sync)
  • Lyrical Genius (most accurate lip sync)
  • Dynamic Duo (best duet/team lip sync)

4. Join us at FlipgridLIVE Karaoke on July 31 for a final, grand showdown!

Get your songs, costumes, and props ready! Remember, no need to sing; itโ€™s all lip sync. Canโ€™t wait to see what you all come up with!

FlipgridLIVE Surf Parties

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As much as weโ€™d love to see you at FlipgridLIVE, we understand schedules and travel can be a challenge! Even if you wonโ€™t be in Minneapolis IRL, you can still join the festivities (and do so with your #FlipgridFever friends)!

Join the fun digitally by hopping onto the FlipgridLIVE Stream! Catch the broadcast anywhere you can catch the internet - your kitchen, your backyard, the beach! If you're looking to have a gnarly time with your local #FlipgridFever friends, consider hosting a FlipgridLIVE Surf Party:

Surf the internet - specifically Twitter and the FlipgridLIVE stream - with your local crew at a school, library, or someone's home! Last year thousands of educators tuned in at over 30 Surf Parties from all over the world, adding their own flair with food, festivities, and fanfare!

๐Ÿ„โ€โ™€๏ธ Join the Surf Party in your Area ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™‚๏ธ

Tampa, Florida

Coral Bay, Paphos Cyprus

  • Hosts: Aaron Vallance
  • Sign up Coming Soon (check back)

Northern Virginia / Washington DC

Oceanside, California

Bakersfield, California

Bastrop, Texas

๐Ÿ„โ€โ™€๏ธ Don't see a Surf Party in your area? Consider hosting one yourself! If you are interested in attending or hosting an event in your area, please fill out this form. ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™‚๏ธ

Student Voice Ambassador John Bimmerle will work with you to figure out logistics and connect you with Flipgrid educators in your area! Get excited - this is sure to be an epic evening!

Flipgrid's Next Chapter ๐Ÿš€

The following announcement is from Flipgrid VP of Engagement Joey Taralson.

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Hi friends! ๐Ÿค—

As many of you know, our mission is to empower educators as they help learners of all ages define their voices, share their voices, and respect the diverse voices of others. Flipgrid was created for twelve students and is now used by millions of students, educators, and families in over 180 countries. 

The #FlipgridFever community grew because thousands of educators united to promote social learning, inspiring a movement. From art projects to sub plans to book talks to staff intros to number games to parent-teacher conferences to summer challenges, you revolutionize student engagement every day. 

So whenever we make changes to Flipgrid, it is driven by you - your ideas, your projects, your stories. And there is a big change we need to make if we want to truly empower you and the students you inspire. We need to make all of Flipgrid available to every educator. Today we are excited to do that, thanks toโ€ฆ 

๐ŸŒ A partner who is already supporting millions of educators around the world. 
๐Ÿคฉ An opportunity to make the Flipgrid you know and love completely free.

We are proud to announce that Flipgrid is now a part of Microsoft, sharing a mission to empower every student to achieve more. And just like Office 365, Flipgrid is now free for all educators and students.

๐Ÿ˜ฎ Crazy, I know. I'm sure you have questions. Let me address a few:

  • Flipgrid isn't going anywhere. 
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  • Flipgrid will continue to work great on Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, PCs, and Android devices. And just as we always have, we will continue to improve Flipgrid for ALL educators.
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  • Flipgrid is free. For real. All educators have been automatically upgraded to Flipgrid Classroom (weโ€™ll simply call it Flipgrid going forward). Additionally, Microsoft is providing a prorated refund to every educator who upgraded in the past year. 
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  • Team Flipgrid will still be Team Flipgrid. Every one of us will continue to support, amplify, and champion the amazing Flipgrid educator community. 

I hope you are excited for this next chapter. We are here because of you. YOU ARE FLIPGRID. You inspire your students to believe that their voices truly matter and that their voices can change the world. 

On behalf of all of us at Team Flipgrid, thank you for everything you do every day. 

๐Ÿ’š-Joey

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Get Your Flipgrid Refund!

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We are beyond thrilled to join forces with Microsoft and bring ALL of Flipgrid to every educator. Flipgrid is now free for all teachers, just like Office 365! The excitement continues: all educators* who purchased directly from Flipgrid after June 18, 2017 will receive a prorated refund.

Our team has always worked hard to make Flipgrid affordable for those educators paying out-of-pocket and schools on tight budgets. With Microsoft's Office 365 being free for Educators, we are beyond excited to make Flipgrid free and allow you to use these funds for other amazing ways of engaging your students!

Here are the details on processing prorated refunds:

  • Purchases via flipgrid.com - If you made a purchase with a credit card through flipgrid.com, we will initiate a prorated refund to the same card. An updated receipt will be sent to your email!
  • Purchases via sales@flipgrid.com - If you or your school used a Purchase Order, ACH, check, or credit card, we will send a check with the prorated refund. Please look for an email from refunds@flipgrid.com to confirm your details and mailing address!

Our team will be working hard to process these refunds in the coming weeks. If you have any questions on refunds or what this means for your Flipgrid account, please email refunds@flipgrid.com. The entire Flipgrid team is thankful for your support and we can't wait to continue learning from our amazing #FlipgridFever community!

*this includes individual, pack, and school licenses