πŸ‘¨β€πŸ« #GridTip: State of the Classroom

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!

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Family involvement is an important factor in student success. Parents love hearing about the exciting happenings in school and the progress their child is making. Unfortunately, many times, when asked what they learned at school, students reply with very few details, or say they learned nothing at all!

Flipgrid Ambassador Joe Marquez has found the perfect solution. Joe created a "State of the Classroom" Grid in which he provides a weekly recap of his students' learning and shares excitement for the week to come. By being proactive, families are fully informed and can have a deeper conversation when discussing school with their child.

Setting up your "State of the Classroom" grid is a breeze.

1.  Create your Grid: "State of the Classroom"

2. Create Topics for your families (the links below take you to Grid-ready Discovery Library Topics):

3.  Record a video at the end of the week as a response to your "State of the Classroom Address" Topic. BONUS: Want to take it a step further? Choose a student (or several) to serve as the class representative! Empower them to plan and record the weekly parent update. 

4.  Share with parents, and encourage them to Follow the Grid (there is a button in the upper-right corner of the Grid), so they'll be notified via email when new videos are added.

5. Watch family engagement soar! 

Give me a shout if you have any questions or want to explore this idea further!

See you on the Grid!
-Jornea
@savvy_educator
jornea@flipgrid.com

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Kali Alford πŸ’«

Kali Alford, a Digital Learning Coordinator from Atlanta, Georgia, has been rockin' out Flipgrid for over 3 years! πŸ™Œ As one of the first Flipgrid Ambassadors, Kali has made a tremendous impact on the evolution of  Flipgrid, the inspiration behind the Flipgrid Mic Drop emoji & has supported the #FlipgridFever community with creative grid tips.  He speaks passionately about the power within Flipgrid to create the deep dialogue needed for continuous learning and growth.  In addition to using Flipgrid with students he leverages Flipgrid to create meaningful learning experiences for educators.  Through his innovative efforts, he was one of the first to power an entire conference with Flipgrid!  Kali believes Flipgrid creates "opportunity."

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#WednesdayWisdom from Kali Alford

Uses
I've often used Flipgrid as a means of introducing the benefits of EdTech to my reluctant learners. Its ease of use is a great way to get educators to buy in.

Impact
One of my current responsibilities is instructional design. I build courses and resources for teachers to access in their own time. Flipgrid has been an awesome way to connect my learners regardless of when they are accessing the content. It's truly a bridge to connect learners through dialogue regardless of the time or times they choose to learn.

Advice
Flipgrid is great way to make every learner feel that they are supported and are an integral part of your classroom community.
πŸ“£ Build a community around your Grid.
πŸ“£ Every student has a voice that should not only be heard, but also celebrated.
πŸ“£ Encourage learners to respond, share, like, and drop mics on their classmates responses.

Connect
Check out Kali's Rockstar Intro:

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Twitter: @Technitkali

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Flipgrid Explorer Series: Music πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ€πŸŽΊπŸŽ§πŸŽ»πŸŽ€

In honor of Music in Our Schools Month, we’re excited to announce that March’s Explorer Series is… Music!

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Starting March 12, 2018, join Flipgrid Ambassador Theresa Ducassoux and a collection of music professionals as she engages your students is discussion around why music is important and what it means to pursue a career in music. During this two-week series, you and your students will get to meet a range of music professionals who will share both a day-in-the-life and their journeys to where they are today!

  • LIVE Now - Warm Up: Have you ever considered a career in music? Who is your favorite artist, composer, or musician?
  • March 12 - 23 - The Ensemble: Join conductor Theresa Ducassoux and her ensemble of musical professionals as they discuss how they got to where they are today and a #DayInTheLife!
  • March 12 - 17 - Making Music: How do you make music? Do you play an instrument, sing, tap out beats on your desk, beatbox, or create your own musical inventions?
  • March 18 - 23 - Recital: The stage is yours! Play a 30-90 second solo or get your friends together and perform as a trio, quartet, or however many fellow musicians you can fit!
  • March 21 - 23 - Amplifying Music: Why is music important to include in school curriculum?
  • March 12 - 23 - Music to My Ears: What questions do you have for Theresa? She will answer as many as she can and we'll feature the Responses with her Replies!

If you’re interested in participating in this Explorer Series, please let us know at music@flipgrid.com! Then, join the discussion at flipgrid.com/music

If you haven’t participated in a Flipgrid Explorer Series, we’d love for this to be your first! To get an idea of what it's like, check out Beth Mistretta's experience along with our previous Explorer Series Grids: Sharks, Code, Nature, Brains, Fossils, Raptors, and Antarctica!

Meet Theresa
Theresa is a music teacher at Arlington Public Schools and esteemed Flipgrid Ambassador. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Penn State University and a Master’s Degree in Instrumental Wind Conducting from West Chester University. After putting out a call for Explorers, she reached out with this idea to have a Music Explorer Series and we thought it was brilliant! Theresa has been an inspiration for music teachers on Flipgrid. This past winter, she hosted a Holiday Music Grid and collected over 150 performances! We’re excited to have her lead this fine-tuned Explorer Series!

⚑️ #GridTip: Power Up Parent-Teacher Conferences

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!

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Parent-teacher conferences are a special opportunity for parents to learn more about their child's process. The moments spent with families should be should be informative, friendly, and fun! 

⚑️ Power up your next family event with Flipgrid! Showcase the students' work on Flipgrid, including book talks, math strategies, inquiry projects, student goals, or simply the student's proudest proud. 

Then, decide how you'll share your Flipgrid with parents. Some teachers set up iPads or Chromebooks. Others print out QR codes for each student's Response and put them up (or distribute them) in their classroom or in the hallway. Encourage parents to download the Flipgrid app, so they can leave a personalized Reply to their child with feedback on progress and inspirational messages encouraging continuous growth.

Here are a few topics to get started from our amazing #FlipgridFever community!

πŸ”ŽπŸ’‘ Book Talks/ Book Reviews
πŸ”ŽπŸ’‘ Number Talks/ Math Strategies
πŸ”ŽπŸ’‘ Inquiry Projects/ Genius Hour
πŸ”ŽπŸ’‘ Student Goals
πŸ”ŽπŸ’‘ Proudest Proud

And below I've included some of the best ways I've seen other educators using Flipgrid for family events.

See you on the Grid!
-Jornea

Meet Flipgrid Rockstar Kimber Underdown πŸ’«

Kimber Underdown, Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Grand Canyon University, has been rockin' Flipgrid for 8 months!  She is a Flipgrid Certified Educator and Flipgrid Ambassador who uses Flipgrid to create connections and build a community among students in an online program.  As an active member in the #FlipgridFever community, Kimber continuously shares ideas and offers feedback. Check out her guest blog post, 15 Ways to Flipgrid in Higher-Ed,  co-authored with her colleague Jillian Hartman.  Kimber attests Flipgrid is a "game-changer."

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#WednesdayWisdom from Kimber Underdown

Uses
I teach future teachers in an online setting; oftentimes I never see my students. FlipGrid helps me actually see my students, hear their voices, and make personal connections with them. I use FlipGrid as an opportunity for these learners to respond to course discussion prompts, or to engage in FUN, which adult learners need just as much as young students do. I also use FlipGrid as a way to connect with my fellow professors and for professional development and collaboration. It has been an amazing tool and truly a game-changer for me, as an online professor.

Impact
My learners have shared that they feel more connected and more cared about through the use of FlipGrid. I have had nothing but positive feedback from students stating they wish ALL their professors used it. I have even been contacted after class has ended and asked if I would please share Flipgrid with other professors.

Advice
Have fun. It's easy to get caught up in "shoulds" and what "ought" to be discussed on FlipGrid. Start out by having fun, and your students will, too. In fact, I find that the more fun I have with Flipgrid, the more student interaction and positive feedback I get.

Connect
Check out Kimber's Rockstar Intro:

Twitter: @kimberou

Introducing... Flipgrid CoPilots ✈️

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You showed us how much you love connecting your classrooms on Flipgrid, so we made it super easy!

Introducing Flipgrid CoPilots ✈️

CoPilots can share the same Grid to connect classrooms across your school, district, PLN, or the world with BOTH (or multiple!) educators leading the discussion. Amplify your students in new ways and model authentic collaboration across your classrooms!

The rules are simple: Every Flipgrid educator can be a CoPilot, but only Flipgrid Classroom educators can invite CoPilots to their Grids. Flipgrid Classroom CoPilots can do everything the Grid Owner can do (add Topics, provide feedback, moderate responses, etc) with one exception - CoPilots cannot delete the Grid.

Global bookclubs, school yearbooks, classroom penpals, and more. We can't wait to see the innovative ways that you and your peers take off with Grid Copilots!

Visit your Educator Dashboard to start building your Flight Team!