John McCarthy Celebrates #StudentVoice

John McCarthy is an Education Consultant and Advocate for Student Voice in Learning (one of our favorite job titles). In his Edutopia piece, “Establishing a Culture of Student Voice,” McCarthy offers reasons for and ideas on promoting student voice in the classroom.

McCarthy urges that educators “coach and provide opportunities for students to reflect and give feedback about curriculum, classroom culture, and classroom systems.” Giving students “airtime,” as McCarthy coins, is an important factor in having students take pride in what and how they’re learning. Flipgrid strives to do just this: provide students around the world with, quite literally, “airtime” in front of their peers and educators.

McCarthy concludes with, "Teachers who co-create a culture of student voice are setting the foundation for students owning their own learning." We love our awesome community of educators, who use Flipgrid to enhance the classroom and empower their students!

John Spencer on Technology in the Classroom

Check out this fantastic article by John Spencer, a professor, author, maker, and advocate for student creativity. 

Spencer emphasizes that "Real learning is always active. Always connective. Always creative." He goes on to state that the real power of technology is that it "allows students to engage in a dialogue with the world." Furthermore, Spencer rejoices that "students are amazing in what they can create." 

We here at Flipgrid love hearing your stories about the engaged, student voices in your classroom and join Spencer in the celebration of student ingenuity! Awesome piece, John!

Thanking Our Military with #thankvets

Following the great Spring Lake Park Innovation Night, Chris Balmer, an awesome Flipgrid user and Learning Ventures Manager at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion, sparked an exciting idea. A week out from Armed Forces Day (May 21st), Chris decided to use Flipgrid to thank our military.

Using #thankvets, Chris had his students share why they’re thankful for our veterans. He then shared the link and encouraged people to not only watch the current videos, but also add their own. The grid quickly gained attention and Chris kept the grid active as we approached Memorial Day.

The local NBC station, Kare11, caught wind of the project and broadcast a special segment on Saturday, May 28. Today, #thankvets has over 200 videos and 6,000 views!

Fantastic idea, Chris, we’re honored Flipgrid could help students thank our military!