October Shorts Report 🛍

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, the “Shorts Report!” Learning loves community: share with your friends!

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#StudentVoice will knock your socks ON this October! All month long, we’re giving away brand new, limited edition Flipgrid swag. Read on to find out how you can win and explore all we have in store for October!

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Stay on the lookout on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (make sure you’re following @Flipgrid) for opportunities to win exclusive Flipgrid swag ALL MONTH LONG!

🧦 #HiddenGems Challenge (October 06 - 20)
Share your favorite Flipgrid feature, button, idea, or hack on Twitter with the hashtags #HiddenGems and #FlipgridFever - screenshots and videos encouraged! Every tweet is an entry to win BRAND NEW, EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED EDITION, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN, Flipgrid Socks! For inspiration, check out this thread!


On November 5th and 6th, connect your students with their peers around the world during the 48-hour Microsoft Global Learning Connection!


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Welcome Tynker, Linda, Ramesh, and Conversation Starters to the Disco Library!

  • Coding with colleagues and students with Topics from Tynker

  • Equity, equality, conservation, personal strengths, and poetry slams with Topics from Linda (coming soon)

  • Climate change, experiments, data analysis, and women in STEM with Topics from Ramesh (coming soon)

  • Ideas for introducing your community with the new Conversation Starters Playlist!


Every week Jornea, Jess, or Ann (your Educator Innovation Leads) go live for an overview of everything you need to know to get started with Flipgrid.

Join the next #FlipgridPD session!

Learn everything you need to know about getting started with Flipgrid and earn your Level 1 Flipgrid Certified Badge with the Microsoft Educator Center course!

Take the course and earn your badge!



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Join us with your scholars on a live virtual field trip to Flipgrid Studios! During the half hour session our team discuss coding, entrepreneurship, social media, and #StudentVoice!

Learn more and register your class!


We love hearing about your conference, school-wide, and peer-to-peer Flipgrid presentations and collaborations. If you have an upcoming session, check out our updated, launch-ready slide decks!


Thank you! We are so grateful we get to work with you and so inspired by the transformative ways you empower and amplify your scholars. Please continue sharing your amazing stories, feedback, and questions with us on Twitter and via email - we’re always excited to chat!

Flipgrid for the Camera Shy 😳

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Flipgrid was created to provide ALL students the space and time to share their understanding, ideas, questions, projects… their VOICE… when physical time and space in the classroom does not always allow for it. At the same time, Flipgrid provides you (and the families of your students!) a window into each learner’s thinking.

Although our students are digital natives, not all will be comfortable (at least in the beginning) recording themselves on video for classroom purposes. Keep reading for my best tips and tricks to get ALL your students sharing their beautiful voice!

11 Savvy Tips: Flipgrid for the Camera Shy

Savvy Tip #1: Start simple. If your students are a bit hesitant to put themselves on camera, their nerves will be even stronger if they're asked to answer a challenging question right away. Start with something fun and simple that will get them comfortable. Check out the Conversations Starters Playlist of launch-ready topics in the Flipgrid Disco Library to get started!

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Savvy Tip #2: Post the first video yourself.  If students see you relaxed, authentic, or even silly, students will feel more comfortable doing the same. Simply record a video as the Topic Focus! Check out Student Voice Ambassador Priscilla Heredia modeling and having fun with #FlipmojiSongs in this Disco Library Topic!

Savvy Tip #3:  Record with a buddy, group or with family members. Motivation and confidence increases with the support of peers and family.

Savvy Tip #4:  Use Pixel Mode, Stickers, or Filters. Students have access to fun Styles in Flipgrid, such as Pixel Mode! Students can use this feature to pixelate the video, hiding their face, or use it to reveal clues throughout the video. In addition, students can add an emoji as a sticker over the video to hide their face. Check out this awesome Guess Who” Disco Library Topic from Educator Innovation Lead Ann Kozma!

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Savvy Tip #5: Use Whiteboard mode or record something else!  The Flipgrid camera is filled with powerful features, such as Whiteboard Mode, emoji, inking, and text, that allow your students to share their voice without their face being on camera. Check out every update in the all-new Flipgrid, launched on August 1, 2019!

Students can also use the rear-facing camera (on any device that has one) to capture their world as they share their voice.

Savvy Tip #6:  Moderate Topics.  The moderation feature allows you to choose which responses show on the Grid. From your Educator Admin (admin.flipgrid.com), select the Actions button to edit your Topic settings. In the Topic Status section toggle on Video Moderation. After you review, you can provide private feedback, share the video with the student’s family, and choose whether to make the video visible to the class or keep it hidden.

Savvy Tip #7:  Use Sticky Notes. Digital Sticky Notes in Flipgrid allow students to jot down key points and notes they want to remember, increasing confidence as they share their ideas.

Savvy Tip #8:  Interview a friend - This is a great way for students to help each other become comfortable recording while also practicing speaking and listening skills. Pair quieter students with a student who is more comfortable on camera. As they ask questions they can pause the video to gather their thoughts before speaking.

Savvy Tip #9:  Create paper slides videos - Paper slides allows students to unleash their creativity by creating a slide for each of their big ideas.  As the student is speaking, someone else can move the paper slides into the view of the camera, or they can upload each slide as an image and record a voice over!

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Savvy Tip #10:  Create a screencast -  Students can voice over a screen recording and then upload to Flipgrid. Screencastify, Screencast-o-matic, Loom are great options to get started. Once the video is complete, they will upload their .mp4 or .mov file to your Grid as a Flipgrid Response.

Savvy Tip #11:  Appsmash! - Appsmashing is the process of combining two or more apps, and Flipgrid makes appsmashing easy! Students can record a video in Snapchat, Instagram, Adobe Spark, Chatterpix or any other platform and then upload the video to your class Flipgrid.  Be prepared for some of the most creative responses you’ll ever see!

So remember, although some students may be shy at first, they will come around with time and practice. We all get more comfortable the more we do something.  Allow students to be themselves and choose how they want to respond and watch ALL your students shine!

See you on the grid!

-Jornea
@savvy_educator
jerwin@flipgrid.com

Integration Doc: Flipgrid in the Library 📖📚💻

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What is Flipgrid? 💭

Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families around the world. Flipgrid promotes fun and social learning by giving every educator an equal and amplified voice on the Topics you define!

 

Flipgrid Basics 💻📱🖥

When you set up your account, you’ll first create a Grid for your learning community. Grids are the canvas you will use to post discussion Topics, to which your learning community will post short video Responses. That’s how they share their voice! Learners can then view and Reply to each other’s Responses! Flipgrid is available on the web or via our Windows 10, iOS, or Android apps.

If you’re just getting started, we recommend checking out this Getting Started guide.

 

Flipgrid in the Library

The library is the innovation hub of a school! Flipgrid provides the opportunity to engage, support, and share any time and place! Here are just a few ways that Flipgrid can ignite engagement within the library:

⭐️ Booktalks
⭐️ First Chapter Fridays
⭐️ Information Literacy
⭐ Explore Maker Spaces and reflect on creation
⭐️ Evaluate and share resources
⭐️ Promote and explore digital citizenship
⭐️ Promote a positive school culture
⭐️ Create multimedia content
⭐️ Capture library and school events - author visits, book fairs, sporting events, performance events, talent shows, spirit days
⭐️ Build a strong community within the school or district
⭐️ Share updates with faculty and staff
⭐️ Collaborate on a global level
⭐ Discuss how to mindfully shape students’ digital footprint
⭐️ Personal reflections on the learning process
⭐️ Share best practices
⭐️ Share resources for educators and families to support learning
⭐️ House professional learning for educators to access

Once you’re ready to create your first discussion Topic, you can dive right in from your Educator Admin or head to the Disco Library for inspiration. Here is a sampling of topics for Library and Media Centers currently available in the Disco Library, all created by your peers and ready to be used with your community!

🚀 Ideas + Disco Library: Library

#LoveYourLibrary by Leigh Woznick: A Topic where students reflect on their use of the library over the past year - to be shared with incoming students the following year.

March Madness Book Challenge by EK: A twist on book talks! Students convince others about their absolute favorite book, creating a bracket where the books go head-to-head.

Goldie Socks and the 3 Libearians by Sara Malchow: A Topic for finding a book that is “Just Right".”

Whatcha readin’…? by Fabian Hofmann: A Topic that encourages students to share about a book that they currently read.

Makerspace Challenge by Rosalita Santiago: A Topic allowing students to explain their Makerspace creations.

3 Emojis Booktalk by Jennifer Sherbak: A Topic allowing students to use their creativity to describe the book they’re reading using emojis only.

Banned Books Week by Kristina Holzweiss: A fun Topic engaging students in thoughts about book censorship.

Book Talk by Maria Jovita Reyna: A Topic to get students talking about books that they love!

Library Scavenger Hunt by Denese Anderson: A #Fliphunt to get students familiar with the library at the beginning of the year.

School Library Month by Melanie LeJeune: A Topic to celebrate libraries!

What the MakerSpace means to me... by Tommy Martinez: A Topic where students leave feedback on MakerSpaces.

 

Consider this: ISTE Standards for Students 💡

Empowered Learner 1 - Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.  1D: Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use, and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

Digital Citizen 2 - Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal, and ethical.  2C: Students demonstrate and understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.

Global Collaborator 7 - Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally. 7B: Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts, or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.

 

Want even more!? 🤓

💥Join the #FlipgridFever educator community on Twitter and Facebook! Follow rockstar teacher librarians like Deb Zeman, Andy Plemmons, Shannon Miller, JoyAnn Boudreau, and Kristina Holzweiss for tons of mic-drop Flipgrid ideas.

💥While you’re at it, say hi to Flipgrid Education Innovation Leads Jornea Erwin, Jess Boyce, and Ann Kozma. Jornea, Jess, and Ann are always here to support you!

💥Bookmark our monthly newsletter for the latest happenings and check out our Educator Innovation Station for administrative and classroom integration ideas.

💥Explore the Help Center for answers to most common questions.

💥Become a Flipgrid Certified Educator.

There is no limit to the ways you can use Flipgrid in the Library. Dive in and help your students, faculty, and staff define their voice, share their voice, and respect the diverse voice of their peers. We are here to support you as you engage and amplify!

💚 Team Flipgrid in Minneapolis, MN

Microsoft Global Learning Connection

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Join the global #GridPals celebration… #MSFTGlobalConnect

During this 48-hour event formally known as Skype-a-Thon, thousands of scholars will “travel” around the world via Skype, Teams, and Flipgrid to share their cultures, ideas, questions, and more! Learn more about the entire event on the Microsoft Education Blog and keep reading for tips on how you can participate in the event and earn miles by connecting with classes via Flipgrid.


Preparing for #MSFTGlobalConnect

Flipgrid enables you and your community to meet peers around the world without the constraints of time zones and schedules. Your class can meet and exchange videos with your #GridPals from anywhere in the world whenever the time is most convenient for you during the #MSFTGlobalConnect on Nov 5 and 6. Prior to the event:

  1. Complete your Educator Profile on Flipgrid.

  2. Find the educator(s) you want to meet on the #GridPals map or via the Microsoft Educator Community / Skype in the Classroom. If you are planning on connecting with an expert or company, check out how you can share your students’ videos with Guest Mode!

  3. Set up your #MSFTGlobalConnect Grid (and add your fellow educator as a CoPilot).

  4. Create or find the Topic you want your community to discuss during the #MSFTGlobalConnect Event: for ideas, check out the Conversation Starters #DiscoLibrary Playlist.

  5. Check out this Teacher Toolkit for tips and ideas on getting ready for the big day!

If you want to host a live call, connect via Skype or Teams!


November 5-6, 2019: #MSFTGlobalConnect

With your fellow educator, coordinate logistics on when each class will record and view each others’ videos. In addition to exchanging videos, task your students with the fun challenge of calculating how many miles they are “traveling” to meet their peers. Record your miles here!

Throughout your day, share your adventures and stories on social with #MSFTGlobalConnect #MicrosoftEDU #FlipgridFever and @Flipgrid


Continue the conversation after #MSFTGlobalConnect

Whether you connect on Flipgrid, Skype, or Teams, continue the conversation with your new friends around the world! Search the #DiscoLibrary for Topics to discuss and the hashtag #GridPals on Twitter for inspiration!

Meet Team Flipgrid during the #MSFTGlobalConnect

“Travel” to Flipgrid Studios and chat with our team during #MSFTGlobalConnect this November 5-6, 2019!

We loved meeting hundreds of incredible scholars from around the world during Skype-a-Thon last year and looking forward to another packed schedule of fun this year during the new Microsoft Global Learning Connection!

Reserve one of our hour-long time slots for your scholars before we’re totally booked. During the call, our time is yours! We can…

To add your class to our schedule for this year, reserve a time with Adam on the Microsoft Educator Community!

Integration Doc: Flipgrid in Professional Development 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫

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What is Flipgrid? 💭

Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families around the world. Flipgrid promotes fun and social learning by giving every educator an equal and amplified voice on the Topics you define!

 

Flipgrid Basics 💻📱🖥

When you set up your account, you’ll first create a Grid for your learning community. Grids are the canvas you will use to post discussion Topics, to which your learning community will post short video Responses. That’s how they share their voice! Learners can then view and Reply to each other’s Responses! Flipgrid is available on the web or via our Windows 10, iOS, or Android apps.

If you’re just getting started, we recommend checking out the Flipgrid Educator Innovation Station. It’s filled with everything you need to become a Flipgrid pro!

 

Flipgrid in Professional Development

Wanting to power up your Professional Development? Use Flipgrid and augment your in-person PD with social, personalized, and anytime learning! Flipgrid reinvents traditional Professional Development by allowing educators to select relevant and personalized content and participate beyond face to face conversations. Here’s just a few ways that Flipgrid can ignite engagement and support Professional Development within any setting:

⭐️ Build and welcome a community with group introductions
⭐️ Share session offerings before the start of a conference, workshop, or summit
⭐️ Ignite discussion during and after
⭐️ Model and share pedagogical approaches and best practices in action
⭐️ Provide an option for blended Professional Development
⭐️ Engage in book study discussions
⭐️ Connect and learn with experts
⭐️ Showcase and analyze student work
⭐️ Collaborate and share ideas
⭐️ Create and reflect on individual and collective goals
⭐️ Provide accountability and feedback during coaching cycles
⭐️ Curate a digital repository of resources

Once you’re ready to create your first Professional Development discussion Topic, you can dive right in from your Educator Admin or head to the Disco Library for inspiration. Here is a sampling of Professional Development topics currently available in the Disco Library, all created by your peers and ready to be used with your community!

🚀 Ideas + Disco Library: Professional Development

Workshop Reflection by Kim Lowden: A Topic encouraging educators to reflect on learning experiences after professional learning to inform the facilitator’s next steps.

STEAM Parking Lot by Dana Woods: A Topic to activate learning and develop a shared understanding of content.

The SAMR Model by Lesley Burdine: A Topic that engages participants in learning about a model that support best practices in technology integration.

Flipgrid Resource by Evelina Despaigne: A Topic to use after professional development to engage educators in sharing ideas for implementation based upon their learning.

Collaboration by Wayne Haskovec: A Topic inspiring educators to continue learning socially by creating networks beyond their school and district.

Favorite Technology Tools by Nicole Kempson: A Topic that helps build a resource bank of tools for educators to use as solutions for learning needs.

Meet, Greet, and Discover #FlipHunt by Jen Giffen: A Topic for educators to learn through discovery using a fun scavenger hunt.

Screencasting Annotations by Ben Kelly: A Topic showcasing a step by step demonstration of a specific task or ways to implement an idea.

Ask Your Coach by Tamika Durrah: A topic to ask questions and receive support from a coach anytime and anywhere.

Learner Environments Today by Beth Clarke: A topic that engages participants in aligning and defending their thoughts to a sketchnote representing a learner-centered classroom.

Create & Collect, Reflect & Share by Erin Holland: A Topic that allows educators to reflect on best practices for meeting the needs of a learning community.

Formative Assessment by Jornea Erwin: A Topic for teacher professional development or with pre-service teachers learning ab out effective practices in school.

My Ah-Ha Moment by Ann Kozma: A Topic that can be used after a staff meeting or Professional Development session as an “exit ticket” to share takeaways or ah-ha moments.

 

Consider this: ISTE Standards for Educators 💡

Learner 1 - Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning. 1a: Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.

Collaborator 4 - Educators dedicate time to collaborate with both colleagues and students to improve practice, discover and share resources and ideas, and solve problems. 4C: Use collaborative tools to expand students’ authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.

Facilitator 6 - Educators facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement of the ISTE Standards for Students. 6D: Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge, or connections.

Check out this awesome article recently published on the ISTE blog titled “ How and Why Flipgrid and Learning Sciences Work Together” by Kristin Harrington.

 

Want even more!? 🤓

💥Join the #FlipgridFever educator community on Twitter and Facebook! Follow educators like Holly Clark, Kathi Kersznowski, Brian Smith, Claudio Zavala, Karly Moura, Scott Titmas and Lucretia Anton for tons of mic-drop Flipgrid ideas.

💥While you’re at it, say hi to Flipgrid Education Innovation Leads Jornea Erwin, Jess Boyce, and Ann Kozma. Jornea, Jess, and Ann are always here to support you!

💥Check out these future dates and times for upcoming Flipgrid Professional Development sessions.

💥Bookmark our monthly newsletter for the latest happenings and check out our Educator Innovation Station for classroom integration ideas.

💥Explore the Help Center for answers to most common questions.

💥Become a Flipgrid Certified Educator.

There is no limit to the ways you can use Flipgrid in a Professional Development setting. Dive in and help all participants define their voice, share their voice, and respect the diverse voice of their peers. We are here to support you as you engage and amplify!

💚 Team Flipgrid in Minneapolis, MN