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Thousands of schools and districts use Flipgrid to amplify student voice and build communities of engaged learners, educators, parents, and staff! We also hear from 100+ schools every day that are ready to rock Flipgrid Classroom for all the educators across their school or district in the 2018/2019 academic year. We love listening to your ideas, so... why wait?!

This spring, purchase Flipgrid Classroom for your entire school ($1,000 per school) or district for the 2018/2019 academic year and we'll extend your license through July 31st 2019! That's 4+ months free if you purchase in March! This puts the power of Flipgrid Classroom in all of your educators' hands today while ensuring access for the next school year. 

For more information, give us a shout anytime: sales@flipgrid.com

Celebrate World Water Day 💧

The following is a guest post from Jodie Deinhammer. Jodie is a science teacher at Coppell Middle School East in Dallas, TX. In addition to her annual World Water Day project, she is the curator of Imagine, a global Grid promoting student discussion on current events with a science perspective.


World Water Day is March 22. This year, our class is looking to connect with schools around the world to learn more about the water crisis and compare local water sources.  We plan to look at creeks, streams, lakes, rivers, and oceans and then develop a plan to make an impact. We would love for you to join us for any or all parts of this investigation. If a particular part doesn’t work for you, just skip it! Sign up HERE to join us and keep reading for more details!

1. Have students introduce themselves. Using Flipgrid, code: WWD2018, tell us where you are from, what local water source you are going to look at, and what the biggest water threat is where you live. Get to know other students that are involved in this project. 

2. Research the water crisis. Read about the water crisis and have your students use Pages or Canva to create an infographic or digital poster about what they found. They can then add their poster to this PADLET

3. Watch Ru Water is Life. This is a short video that follows a day in the life of a girl in Sudan. Have students share on FlipGrid which qualities they admire in the girl and think about how they would respond if their life was similar. 

4. Read A Long Walk to Water. This short book was a selection in the Global Read Aloud for 2017. Have students share their thoughts with the author after reading. We will share the grid with her after the lesson is complete.

5. Test Water Quality. You can do this anyway that works for your classroom.  You can talk about the color and smell, you could record the temperature or pH, you could look at it under a microscope and tell us what you found. You can use any equipment you might have or just make qualitative observations. You could also just tie this in to the water cycle. 

6. Make a Difference. Have your students come up with an "I Can..." statement. Their statement should share how they can conserve or protect water. Example: "I can reduce the amount of water I waste by not watering my lawn during the warmest parts of the day." 

7. Reflection. Have your students reflect on their learning. What did they learn? What surprised them? What questions do they still have?

This folder has all the resources and documents needed and will be updated throughout the project. You can also subscribe to the iTunes U course World Water Day on your iOS device for all resources.

Sign up HERE to join the global discussion!   

The Power of Social + Emotional Learning

The following post was co-authored by Flipgrid CEO Jim Leslie and Head of Educator Innovation Jornea Erwin. In this post, Jim and Jornea present a foundation of social and emotional learning and share specific ways you can leverage Flipgrid to enhance social and emotional learning in your classroom. 


In some ways, discussing social and emotional learning (SEL) with the Flipgrid community is preaching to the choir. We’re well aware of the transformative power of #StudentVoice and every day we are amazed by your inspirational stories of students discovering their voices, sharing their voices with others, and learning to respect the diverse voices of others.

At the same time, research into the impact of SEL can help us model Flipgrid initiatives to achieve the greatest impact and help school administrators understand, promote, and align our Flipgrid work with their institutional priorities.

According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL):

Social and Emotional Learning is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

SEL is a top priority for many schools, districts, and departments of education across the country...and for good reason. Eight studies covering 82 interventions involving over 97,000 students show that:

  • A 2013 survey of teachers found 93% of teachers want a greater focus on SEL in schools.
  • Conduct problems, emotional distress, and drug use were all significantly lower for students exposed to SEL programs, and [the] development of social and emotional skills and positive attitudes toward self, others, and school was higher.
  • 3.5 years after the last intervention, the academic performance of students exposed to SEL programs was an average 13 percentile points higher than their non-SEL peers.
  • The Reno-area school district found a 21-point difference in math scores and a 20-point difference in English Language Arts (ELA) scores between students with low and high social and emotional competencies.
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To help engage your students in Social and Emotional Learning, Durlak et al identify four key elements to effective SEL approaches - Sequenced, Active, Focused, Explicit - encapsulated by the acronym SAFE. These components are empowered by Flipgrid capabilities and the use-cases our community (you!) share in the Discovery Library and on social media every day.

S.A.F.E. Element: Sequenced | Flipgrid Service: Topics

Flipgrid Topics organize discussions into a series of interactions on subject matter selected by the educator. Topics may be released to students over time to sequence the discussion.

Best Practice

Create a series of Topics within your Grids to move the conversation from introductions to in-depth discussions of personal perspectives on challenging subjects. Flipgrid Classroom users may want to scaffold the entire course in advance, setting each Topic’s launch and freeze date to automatically guide students through the sequence as the course progresses.

Examples: Social Awareness

S.A.F.E. Element: Active | Flipgrid Service: Responses and Replies

Students plan, record, review, and re-record their video Responses to ensure they convey exactly what they want. They also watch, and reply to, each others' videos to understand, provide feedback, debate, and respect the perspectives of their peers. Throughout this discussion, students are actively engaged in the process.

Best Practice

Prioritize approachability. Allow imperfections in your Topic videos to put students at ease. Consider starting with 90-second Topic videos and then vary your Topic video to parallel the Response length: helping students by modeling in your videos how to be concise in some discussions and more detailed in others. Flipgrid Classroom users may want to enable Replies so students can dive more deeply into each others’ views. Consider Sparking especially exceptional student Responses into new Topics to reinforce student action and leadership.


S.A.F.E. Element: Focused | Flipgrid Services: Topic Descriptions, Attachments & Response Feedback

Educators use Topic Descriptions to introduce the discussion subject and set expectations for students' contributions.

Best Practice

Share specific expectations of your students in Topic Descriptions and share links to supporting Attachments, including examples of model performances. Provide formative assessment using Feedback to allow students to practice increasingly effective communications. Flipgrid Classroom users may want to utilize Customized Feedback to map your assessment rubric to the specific expectations set in your Topic Descriptions and Attachments.


S.A.F.E. Element: Explicit | Flipgrid Services: Grid Purpose, Ideas

Supplemental to in-person instructions, the Grid Purpose is defined by educators to explicitly inform their students of the intended outcome for participating in Flipgrid discussions.

Best Practices

Clearly define your objectives for each Grid so your students understand the specific skills they are expected to learn. Enable Ideas to allow students to practice these skills outside of the structure imposed by Topics.


With all this in mind: we have a promise for you...

We will continue to develop and support capabilities that empower you and your fellow educators to support students’ social and emotional competencies! Thank you for all you do to help students find their voice and respect the diverse voices of their peers. 

Jim and Jornea



Belfield, C., Bowden, B., Klapp, A., Levin, H., Shand, R., & Zander, S. (February 2015). The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning Clive (REVISED VERSION). Center for Benefit-Cost Studies in Education Teachers College, Columbia University. Retrieved from https://www.cbcse.org

Durlak, J., Weissberg, R., Dymnicki, A., Taylor, R., & Schellinger, K. (2011). The impact of enhancing students’ social and emotional learning: A meta-analysis of school-based universal interventions. Child Development, 82(1), 405–32.

Yoder, N. (January 2014). Teaching the Whole Child, Instructional Practices That Support Social-Emotional Learning in Three Teacher Evaluation Frameworks. Retrieved from https://gtlcenter.org/sites/default/files/TeachingtheWholeChild.pdf

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. (2018). CASEL. Retrieved from https://casel.org/what-is-sel/

Discovery Library Trailblazer + Updates 🤠

If you haven't checked out the Flipgrid Discovery Library lately, you're missing out! It is THE spot to find your next great discussion prompt and share your best with peers around the world. There have been thousands of Topic templates shared to date, covering every age range, subject, and goal. Whether you want to discuss cyber bullying, cell mitosis, or mixed number subtraction, your peers in the Flipgrid community have you covered. Today we are excited to share some major updates AND a new badge with you!

Discovery Library Updates

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The next time you log in to your Educator Dashboard and check out the Discovery Library, the first thing you'll see is that we now have Featured Topics. Flipgrid Head of Educator Innovation Jornea Erwin is regularly scouring the Library and featuring those that are most timely, valuable, and engaging. We've also added Clapping, a fun new way to recognize (and sort!) great Topics. Lastly, we've built Custom Filters. Want to share the best middle school math topics with your colleagues? Simply filter for middle school math then copy/paste the URL! 

Discovery Trailblazer


Sharing in the Discovery Library helps your educator peers understand the unique and valuable ways Flipgrid can be used to increase engagement and amplify student voice. To recognize these contributions, we created the Discovery Trailblazer badge! Every Thursday, Jornea Erwin will choose one educator to receive the badge in recognition of her/his contributions to the Discovery Library. Educators will be recognized for posting Topics that have been used a lot, have a ton of student engagement, are related to timely or newsworthy topics, or are just plain awesome. Want to read all of Jornea's tips and tricks for posting top-notch Topics? Check out this #GridTip. If you know someone who is deserving of the badge, please let Jornea know!

As always - all of these updates come from ideas and feedback we receive from the amazing Flipgrid educator community. Thank you for your commitment to supporting each other, increasing student engagement, and amplifying voice! 

Celebrate #ReadAcrossAmerica Day by Going Global 🎉


March 2nd is #ReadAcrossAmerica Day and this year we're throwing out a challenge. Let's make this a global party and share our love of reading with the rest of the world!

Between today and Friday, encourage your students to post a video in this Topic, which was created by Flipgrid Ambassador of Student Voice Michael Drezek. Every student response is a chance to win a Flipgrid Prize Pack for your classroom!

  • A Flipgrid sticker pack for the class
  • A BIG FLIPGRID MAGNET for the class
  • A Flipgrid Student Voice tshirt
  • A one-year Flipgrid Classroom subscription for you or a friend

Ten classes will win 🎉 To enter, please fill out this form.

When posting, please ensure your students enter their teacher's email address on the final step of the submission process and/or their teacher's name in the Title field. All submissions must be posted on this Topic: https://flipgrid.com/383917

Winners will be notified via email on Monday, March 5th! Have fun! 

🔎 Discovery Library: 7 Savvy Tips for Top-Notch Topics

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 your Flipgrid subscription!


The Flipgrid Discovery Library is THE spot to find your next great discussion Topic and share your best Topics with your educator peers around the world. By participating you help your peers, especially those newer to Flipgrid, gain a deeper understanding of the thousands of unique ways you can leverage Flipgrid to increase engagement and amplify student voice! And because you're sharing only the Topic template (and none of your student content) you're free to share to your heart's content!

Here are 7 Savvy Tips to help make your Topics top-notch! 

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Create new Topics or add your current Topics for your class to the Flipgrid Discovery Library!
🔎 Tip 1:  When adding topics you’ve already created for your class edit the topic to make it accessible for the general audience. 
For example: remove any chapters or page numbers, dates, students’ names etc.

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Research shows that people are more drawn to text if there is an image or video associated with it. 
🔎 Tip 2:  Add a video, image, Giphy or emoji to the topic to make it visually appealing.

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Educators searching in the Flipgrid Discovery Library are most likely looking for something specific to use with their students/ audience.
🔎  Tip 3:  Choose the most appropriate Audience, Audience Topic and Goals for easy searchability.


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Topics are great, but it’s even better when educators have an understanding of how the Topic can be applied in an educational setting.
🔎 Tip 4:  Add detailed integration notes to inform educators how and when the Topic can be used as well as an explanation on how you integrated the Topic in the classroom.


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A Topic is generally just a part of an overall lesson.
🔎 Tip 5:  Include any resource links that support your Topic and bring the lesson to life.


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There is a search box in the Discovery Library to search for keywords.
🔎 Tip 6:  Use keywords for content in your Topic Title

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Educators love connecting, giving a shout-out, and showing their appreciation for your contribution by sharing with others, especially on social media.
🔎 Tip 7: Update your Profile to include your photo or image, a bio, as well as any social media links for other educators to connect with you!




Have fun exploring the Discovery Library, finding and sharing your best Topics! And be sure to check out some of the #DiscoveryLibrary Topics highlighted on twitter! I can't to see your Topics in the Flipgrid Discovery Library!  

See you on the grid!