Meet the 2016 Flipgrid Heroes

Thank you to all who applied for our 2016 Flipgrid Heroes Fellowship, and to everyone who continues to serve as an advocate for student voice. The work you do is incredibly important, and we are fortunate to be part of such a passionate and innovative community. 

In support of their efforts to champion student voice, Flipgrid Heroes will receive a $500 fellowship, a one-year Flipgrid license/extension, a Flipgrid Heroes hooded sweatshirt, and a Flipgrid pack of fun goods. 

Congratulations to the 2016 Flipgrid Heroes!

Chris Staple, Dong Thap University

Alex Fischer, Tanglen Elementary

Rich Perry, Calhoun High School

Jennifer Saarinen, Kickemuit Middle School

Andy Plemmons, David C Barrow Elementary

Marion Holland, Mann Elementary

Nicole LaFave, Fort Mills High School

Jayme Linton, Lenoir-Rhyne University

Radio Cremata, Ithaca College

Roopali Phadke, Macalester College

Conquering Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards

We’re grateful to be among a community of educators who go above and beyond to ensure they’re inspiring their students in innovative ways. When challenged with the Next Generation Science or Common Core Standards, Flipgrid teachers exceed “standard” and stimulate active, engaged learning.

We've identified a series of ways in which your students can achieve these objectives with Flipgrid. For additional standards-aligned integration docs, visit our new Flipgrid Integration Center.

Build a community of young pioneers in Scientific investigation.

  • Conjure a range of radical questions by creating a topic for students to inquire about the natural or designed word (K-2-ETS1-1).
  • Pass out the goggles and lab coats, task students with designing an experiment, and then ask them to reflect on results (MS-PS1-2).
  • Create a Flipgrid topic for scientific inquiry and revelation by having students identify connections between seemingly unconnected findings (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.9).
  • Have students explain variations of various traits in the human population (HS-LS3-3).

Use peer-to-peer learning to grow and develop English Language Arts skills.

Stimulate another level of cognitive thinking by having students verbalize their Mathematical problem solving.

  • Instead of simply jotting down the result, ask that students walk you through how they derived the answer (CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1).
  • Have them explain their reasoning or critique their peer's reasoning (CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP3).

Spur debate and exploration in Social Studies.

  • Have students interpret graphical information (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.7).
  • After studying a historical event, conduct a debate wherein students "pick a side" on a historical decision, defend their arguments, and respond to their opponents (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.8).

Continue making your classroom a hub of powerful, active learning by implementing these Flipgrid strategies and, in doing so, create an enthusiastic, empowered community.

The Need for Social Learning in the Workplace

Technological advancements are constantly changing the way we work. Teams are increasingly spread across time zones. They conduct their daily business without regular face-to-face interaction with peers. As a result, many organizations are finding it challenging to maintain and expand genuine communication and community among employees.

In her eLearning Industry article, “Why Your Workplace Needs Social and Collaborative Learning Technologies," Kali Blunt references a study conducted by the Association for Talent Development. “In high-performance organizations, employees share knowledge with their colleagues at a rate four times greater than that of workers in lower-performing firms. That communication is supported by rewarding workers for learning, providing tools and resources for creating and sharing learning content, and making knowledge sharing a performance expectation at all organizational levels.” 

Becoming a high-performance organization, Blunt notes, is primarily accomplished through social, interactive learning, which benefits the organization by:

  • connecting employees across space and time
  • growing a central, readily-accessible repository of learning content
  • balancing the formality of engagement
  • building community

Paramount to building a high performing workplace, she explains, is sharing. “Sharing is at the heart of learning. The people we work with are best supported when engaged in a community where profiles, teams, groups, forums, and activity streams can be harnessed through the power of social platform communities.”

Blunt's sentiment and call for active, social learning reflects the value of Flipgrid. Our primary objective is to foster community and collective learning in classrooms and corporations around the world while maintaining simplicity and ease of use. We overwhelmingly echo Blunt’s conclusion that “in the long run, we want people to feel connected, informed, and supported in the workplace. And that’s exactly what social and collaborative learning technologies can do through enterprise social networks.” 

Exercise the “Six C’s” with Flipgrid

In their book, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children, co-authors Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, professor at Temple University, and Roberta Golinkoff of the University of Delaware, discuss the importance of engagement with children as they mature. During an interview with NPR reporter, Anya Kamenetz, the duo highlighted a few important notes from their work.

The authors challenge us to “change the whole definition of what success in school, and out of school, means," emphasizing the 21st-century report card with six C’s: collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence. Explaining the six C’s in order of importance, co-author Hirsh-Pasek lists

  • The first, basic, most core is collaboration … It's building a community and experiencing diversity and culture. Everything we do, in the classroom or at home, has to be built on that foundation.
  • Communication comes next, because you can't communicate if you have no one to communicate with. This includes speaking, writing, reading and that all-but-lost art of listening.
  • Content is built on communication. You can't learn anything if you haven't learned how to understand language, or to read.
  • Critical thinking relies on content, because you can't navigate masses of information if you have nothing to navigate to.
  • Creative innovation requires knowing something ... You need to know something well enough to make something new.
  • And finally, confidence: You have to have the confidence to take safe risks.

All of the six C's are intrinsic elements of the Flipgrid experience. Flipgrid provides a space for collaboration and communication among your community of students. As an admin, you generate prompts for students to discus, thereby building content and generating critical thinking. Students practice critical thinking by learning to articulate their thoughts and analyzing the work of themselves and others. Building ingenuity, students become familiar with the content and identifying gaps in understanding, begin making connections, and spur creative innovation. Finally, Flipgrid builds confidence by allowing students to practice and re-record in whatever environment they feel most comfortable.

Ultimately, student success comes down to promoting safe risks. Golinkoff notes, "There isn't an entrepreneur or a scientific pioneer who hasn't had failures. And if we don't rear children who are comfortable taking risks, we won't have successes." Thank you to everyone in our educator community who use Flipgrid to encourage their students to take safe risks and build the confidence to be successful!

Alberto Carvalho Beautifully Illustrates the Importance of School

The XQ Super School Project is challenging students, educators, designers, entrepreneurs, engineers, consultants, builders, consolers, and more, around the country, to #RethinkHighSchool.

In this awesome video, Miami-Dade County Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, underscores the importance of education. Flipgrid is proud to both promote #studentvoice and to give every student and equal voice in a communal and collaborative environment. We love Carvalho’s remark, “the one place in America where we can actually create community is in school, where every single child has an equal opportunity at personal success.”