MINNEAPOLIS – May 2, 2017 – Flipgrid, a video discussion platform for PreK to PhD classrooms around the world, today announced that Flipgrid is a featured integration for Microsoft Teams in Office 365 for Education at Microsoft’s #MicrosoftEDU event in New York City.
Flipgrid is a leading video discussion platform for more than 2.8 million teachers and students in 137 countries, amplifying student voice and encouraging social learning. Teachers create grids for each class, add the topics they want discussed, and students respond with short videos shared with each other. In Flipgrid, interactions feel like social media, encouraging spontaneous, authentic discussion among students. “Flipgrid is Snapchat for the classroom,” shared Tyler Nelson, Associate Principal at Westwood Intermediate School, “a perfect blend of engagement and opportunity for our students.”
Teams creates a digital hub for teachers and students to create, share and collaborate on content, conversations and apps. Teams in education simplifies a teacher’s development of personalized learning experiences for students, and encourages students to engage with each other inside class and out.
Teachers can now add their Flipgrid grids and topics as custom Flipgrid Tabs in their Teams channels, enabling students to engage in video discussions right alongside their classroom’s Office 365 apps and documents. Teams users can also install a custom Flipgrid Connector to provide channel-specific notifications when new Flipgrid topics are added and new response videos are shared by teammates.
In addition to transforming the modern classroom, the Flipgrid integration in Teams supercharges how teachers are already building Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) with their peers on Flipgrid. Integrated into Teams, these PLNs have a central location to share and access their community related content – video discussions, documents, apps and services.
“We know that teachers are the most creative people in the world,” said Dr. Charlie Miller, founder and Chief Design Officer of Flipgrid. “We have always prioritized making the instructional experience as seamless as possible so that teachers can focus their efforts on what’s most important … their students. Integrating Flipgrid video discussions within Microsoft Teams, in line with classroom channels and documents, is an awesome example of this approach.”
“We have loved working with the Microsoft Education team and MIEs for the past year,” shared Jim Leslie, founder and CEO of Flipgrid. “We developed the Amplifying Student Voice Microsoft Educator Community course to share our experiences. To date this course has been completed more than 7,000 times in more than 100 countries around the world. We have a series of new Microsoft Educator Community courses featuring Flipgrid integrations with Skype, Microsoft Sway, Microsoft OneNote, and Microsoft Teams that we will launch this fall.”
Jim Federico, Principal Group Program Manager, Microsoft Education, Microsoft Corp. said, “Microsoft and our Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIEs) have collaborated with Flipgrid in classrooms across the globe. We’re excited to be able to offer Flipgrid from within Microsoft Teams as way to ignite topic-based video discussions in their classrooms.”
The Flipgrid integration for Microsoft Teams will be available this June.
Flipgrid is the leading video platform for social learning in more than 50,000 PreK to PhD classrooms around the world. To learn more, please visit www.flipgrid.com