⭐️ Student Voice Ambassadors ⭐️

The following post is written by Flipgrid Head of Engagement Joey Taralson. Joey and the Flipgrid Engagement Team (Adam, Jornea, George, Jess, and Ann) are honored support and amplify the inspiring Flipgrid educator community! 

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Student Voice Ambassadors are the most passionate and innovative educators on the planet, standing up for student engagement, agency, and empowerment wherever they go! They are champions of #StudentVoice and promoters of social learning. And they are relentlessly supportive of their peers in the educator community!

Interested in becoming a Student Voice Ambassador? Awesome! It’s simple.

1. Earn your Level 1 Flipgrid Certified Educator badge. You can do this any time, including after you submit your Ambassador video!

2. Submit a video on our Ambassador grid, in the very first Topic: Student Voice Ambassadors. In your response, be sure to include:

  • Your name and location

  • Your role

  • How you amplify student voice and promote social learning

We will review every three months and reach out when we form a new class. Once you are invited to join, we ask that you participate in the community by sharing ideas and helping your peers. We also ask that you maintain an open line of communication with our team, as we rely heavily on Student Voice Ambassadors to help us improve Flipgrid. Those are the only two requirements!

Any questions, give me a shout any time. Thank you for being part of the Flipgrid community and thank you for your commitment to student voice!

-Joey

Joey Taralson
joey@flipgrid.com
@taralson

#GridTip: A Dynamic Duo, Flipgrid & Book Creator 📚

The following post is written by Educator Innovation Lead Ann Kozma. In the #GridTip series, Flipgrid Educator Innovation Leads Ann, Jess, and Jornea will share tips and tricks to help you explore ideas and possibilities with Flipgrid.

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When you were a student, did you ever want to write a book? Perhaps you actually were given the task to create a book on a given topic and share it with your class. In some capacity, assignments like this are still given to students in classrooms around the world. The idea may be the same, but the tools available have drastically changed!

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As we celebrate Appsmash Innovation Month, let’s start by considering how Book Creator and Flipgrid can be used together to share, celebrate, and showcase student learning in the classroom and beyond! Book Creator is a powerful tool that allows students to become creators of content and authors of their own books. Using Flipgrid as a platform to share their creations provides an incredible extension of the learning, helps students share the “why” behind their work, and serves as a place to celebrate their finished product. Creating content in one app and enhancing it in another app is what appsmashing is all about. Book Creator and Flipgrid work very well together and are perfect companions if you are just beginning your appsmash adventures!

So, how do these two apps work together? Let’s first consider some of the tools available within Book Creator. Students can add media to their pages within their Book Creator project by uploading photos, launching the camera, drawing or annotating with a pen tool, adding text boxes and even recording audio. They can also add shapes, upload files, add Google Maps and even embed the web. These options provide endless possibilities for students as they create and share original content related to their learning goals.

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One of my favorite examples of student created books comes from Ruth Gaer’s class. Mrs. Gaer had her students write stories then illustrate, record, and publish their books in her foreign language class. These books represented the Spanish language acquisition and oral speaking skills the students were developing and was also a celebration of their creativity and unique voice.

But what happens when our students are done creating? How can they share a finished product? There are various share options for a Book Creator project; one that is used often is the Export as Video option. If students record audio within the pages of their Book Creator project, when they share their books, each book will play like a video and automatically advance with each page of the book. Importing a finished product into Flipgrid allows for students to share their content with peers and showcase their work beyond their device.

To share Book Creator projects in Flipgrid, students will choose to import a video rather than recording a video. The process for accessing the Grid is the same, but instead of clicking on the red record button, students will select Options and then select Import Video. They then select their Book Creator video from their camera roll and import their video into Flipgrid. Imagine the possibilities for a Grid full of student created books!

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The Import Video option in Flipgrid provides a whole new way for students to showcase their learning. Allowing students the opportunity to create in one app, save a video to their camera roll/Chromebook, and import the video into Flipgrid means that new possibilities exist for sharing and celebrating learning. Beyond that, there is endless potential for the discussions and collaborations that can take place on Flipgrid as students share the books they author, discuss their learning and ideas in the books they create or revisit their books that teach a skill or concept.

Appsmashing does not have to be complicated at all. What gets started in one app and shared to another is the magic of appsmashing. As students create, they will come to see how they can mix and match their favorite parts of different apps to create something completely different.

If you’ve never tried to appsmash, or never uploaded a video into Flipgrid, give it a try! Creating books, recording audio, and capturing student voice is truly a special way to showcase a student’s learning. Sharing the learning in a classroom, school, or even global community is empowering and is one way that we can provide authentic audiences for our students to share their voice with others.

Ready to go to the next level with appsmashing? Check out these resources for some new ideas!

💡 Check out Joe Merrill’s Book Creator and Flipgrid Integrate and Create eBook with tips and tricks to get you started.

💡 Learn some new ideas from the #Appsmashing Guide Volume 1 or Volume 2 by Joe Merrill.

💡 Revisit the Flipgrid Appsmash Bash Webinar with Jornea Erwin for even more ideas on appsmashing.

💡 Catch the highlights from Flipgrid’s Appsmash Madness 2018 and view Sean Forde’s winning #WorldReadAloud idea.

💡 Looking for a creative way to design your Book Creator book? iPad Master Class: Creating Learning and Teaching Resources by Alan Ellis will surely inspire you.

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Advice from Appsmash King Joe:

Throughout October, Flipgrid is featuring Joe Merrill, a visionary First Grade teacher from Florida and the King of Appsmashing, and learning a bit more about his approach to appsmashing. Here is some practical advice from Joe on how to get started with appsmashing.

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🎨➡️💭 “Provide opportunities for students to create, but still maintain higher levels of thinking.”

💡➡️🤩 “Know that students take on a new kind of ownership of their learning when appsmashing. It's a total game changer. Now, they’re making memories, not just listening as you teach lessons.”

🤷‍♂️➡️🕺 “Before you can expect your students to appsmash, you have to familiarize yourself with the tools also. Once you are familiar, make sure your students are able to maneuver through the apps.”

👩‍🎓➡️👩‍🏫 “App smashing is for everyone, not just students! Some of the best ideas will come to life simply because the teacher put their own creativity into developing a lesson. It's not hard to do, and your students will love your for it.”

🏠➡️💚 “I recommend using Flipgrid to as a place for your students share and present their work. Think of it as a place to "house" videos.”

Here’s to all of the appsmash adventures ahead!

Have fun exploring the possibilities with Book Creator and Flipgrid! Let us know how it goes on Twitter and give me a shout any time!

-Ann

🔮 Introducing Magic Wallpapers 🦄

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Now you can celebrate the Magic of Student Voice every time you pick up your phone or tablet 🧜‍ Just follow these super simple steps:

🤔 Choose your favorite #StudentVoiceIsMagic mythical character below

📸 Save the photo to your camera roll

✨ Set the photo as your wallpaper. If you are on iOS, tap Perspective and boom... Magic!

🤳 Share your new magical phone with the world and tweet a pic using the hashtag #StudentVoiceIsMagic

Share with your students and staff to spread the Magic of Student Voice throughout your school!

💕💫Student Voice Rockstar: Kathi Kersznowski 💫💕

Kathi, a creative and innovative Technology Integration Specialist from Williamstown, NJ, has been rockin’ out Flipgrid for almost 2 years! As a Flipgrid Certified Educator and Student Voice Ambassador, she shares and supports educators around the world in various PLNs, at conferences, and on social media. Her passion for creating engaging learning experiences is out of this world! You may have even heard of Kathi’s FlipHunt idea, which had everyone flippin’. This idea empowered and inspired many educators to create their own #Fliphunt experiences for multiple content areas, grade levels and purposes. Kathi simply describes Flipgrid as ✨M✨A✨G✨I✨C✨A✨L✨

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USES
As a Technology Integration Specialist, I am a teacher of teachers. Working in staff development, I get to show other educators the wonders of Flipgrid...it’s possibilities and the magical things that it can do. It works for everyone at every grade level in every subject area, so it’s my job to show a huge variety of uses & just inspire limitless ideas! I have silly fun Grids for teachers to learn Flipgrid and just experience it for the first time. I do in-class demo lessons that are tailored to any teacher’s content and learning objectives. I always direct teachers to the Discovery Library, where they feel supported by a bazillion ideas from the Flipgrid community!
I came up with the idea of a #Fliphunt, which is basically a scavenger hunt using Flipgrid, and it is insanely fun for students - and the teachers who get to watch and evaluate their video responses! I honesty think I come up with new ideas to use Flipgrid every week...I keep finding inspiration all around me!

Impact
Flipgrid opens worlds. Our littlest learners can get out BIG thoughts because they are able to respond verbally and with all the vibrant emotion that is captured through live video. Our reluctant writers aren’t reluctant speakers - they’re so much more willing to share their brilliance when they can speak and know that others value their spoken voice. Our shy students don’t find it as difficulty to talk to an iPad or a laptop as they would a whole class - and Flipgrid makes it possible for them to be loud and proud. Many of our students would rather take formative assessments by TALKING about what they know openly rather than filling in bubbles with a #2 pencil, and our best educators are enjoying being able to give students a choice in how they’re assessed. For all these and so many more reasons, Flipgrid opens worlds.

Advice
Jump on in! Start with one Grid - one Topic - one idea. Learn to use Flipgrid with your students, and you’ll soon be adding more & more features to your topics. You’ll try a few new tricks, maybe experiment with a rubric, add a few meaningful attachments, and hopefully explore a little app-smashing! Use the Discovery Library to find inspiration, and then please inspire others by leaving your topics there for others to discover. Connect with the vast, enthusiastic Flipgrid community on Twitter or Facebook, or just check out the Flipgrid blog from time to time to see what others are doing. Lastly, let your students inspire you - they will suggest topic ideas, they will find new ways to use Flipgrid, and they will teach you so much...if you just listen.

Learn from Kathi
What is a #Fliphunt?

Connect with Kathi
Check out Kathi’s Rockstar Video!

October 2018 Newsletter 🍂

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Educators in the Flipgrid community are doing amazing, innovative things every day. So we decided to sprinkle a little magic dust on the Flipgrid newsletter to keep up with your creativity!

Welcome to the very first blog edition of the Flipgrid Newsletter! We'll update this post every month with all our latest product updates, educator innovation, and community activities. Bookmark blog.flipgrid.com/newsletter to make sure you're always up to speed on what's happening!

Keep reading to learn about AppSmash Innovation Month, the glorious return of the Share to Google Classroom button, the all-new Educator’s Guide to Flipgrid, and more!

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Tip or Treat! With the help of the #Appsmashing King himself, Joe Merrill, his talented partner-in-ingenuity, Kristin Merrill, our Education Innovation Leads (Jornea, Jess, and Ann), and YOU, we’re equipping you with the what, why, and how of #appsmashing to level-up your instruction and spark your students’ magic all month long!

Check out all the details - including an AppSmashing 101 webinar, our first Flipgrid Feature, weekly #GridTips, Instagram adventures, and how you can win a #StudentVoiceIsMagic sticker and #FlipgridVoicePod - over here!

 

Flipgrid Updates

Every week we are updating Flipgrid based on your amazing ideas and feedback. Here’s a couple brand new Flipgrid updates!

Share to Google Classroom

Back by popular demand, the Share to Google Classroom button is BACK! You can share any Topic to Google Classroom from your Educator Dashboard!

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Edit Display Name

Incorrect or undesired display name attached to your Flipgrid response? Now you can update it!

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Meet MixTapes

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The greatest way to share the best videos from your incredible rockstars with your amazing families, school, or even community! True to the feature’s namesake, MixTapes is a view-only, curated collection of Flipgrid videos from any of your Topics in any of your Grids. Learn all about the newest addition to Flipgrid over here and check out a series of inspiring ideas for MixTapes over here!

 
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Created by educators, for educators, the renowned Karly Moura and Sean Fahey have created a truly incredible, comprehensive, and totally free guide for educators new and experienced! Packed with all the things you need to know to get started and then to blast off with Flipgrid, The Educator’s Guide to Flipgrid, Volume 3 is a fantastic resource to learn more yourself and to share with peers. Their latest guide has been updated to reflect all the new features of Flipgrid, including MixTapes!

 
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Celebrate the magic of Student Voice every time you pick up your phone or tablet with these groovy new #StudentVoiceIsMagic wallpapers! Full gallery here.

 

Featured Tweetchers

Every day we’re inspired by the awesome ideas shared on Twitter by educators using the hashtag #FlipgridFever. Here’s a couple that went viral this past month!

 
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The Flipgrid Explorer Series is an opportunity for you to launch enriched, expert-lead lessons right inside your Grid! The package of stellar Disco Library Topics equipped with exciting lessons, engaging companion activities, and a stimulating prompt for your students can be adapted to meet the needs of your learners, adjusted to align with your curriculum, or simply added as they are.

Sean Fahey (yes, THE Sean from the amazing Educator’s Guide above) and Jen Saarinen (the fun and inspiring hero you saw on Twitter introducing families to Flipgrid before it was cool and heard cheering loud and proud for #StudentVoice on the FlipgridLIVE broadcast) have brewed up an incredible inaugural Explorer Series for the school year: MatheMAGIC! Conjure your students’ curiosity and bring math to life with all six of their amazing Topics paired with the amazing Educator’s Guide over here!

 
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We’re saddling up and headed down where the the stars at night are big and bright…

Join us on the Lone Star #FlipgridBusTour by following that hashtag on Twitter. And, if you are in or suddenly have plans to travel to Texas during the week of October 14th, join us at one of our educator #FlipHunt gatherings, the Texas State Fair, or at TCCA!

 

Until next month...

Thank you to the millions of Flipgrid educators committed to amplifying #StudentVoice and igniting creativity. We are so grateful we get to work with you and we are so inspired by the innovative ways you’re empowering and amplifying your students. Please continue sharing your amazing ideas, feedback, and questions with us on Twitter and via email - we love chatting!

💚 Team Flipgrid in Minneapolis, Minnesota

👻 Appsmash 💥 Innovation 🔮 Month 💚

🎃 October is upon us and we’re celebrating the spooky month with unbeLEAFable ingenuity: Happy AppSmash Innovation Month!

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Have you ever…

  • used more than one app or tool to create something? You’ve appsmashed!

  • leveraged more than one tool to enhance a lesson? That is appsmashing!

  • captured the best elements of two or more platforms to improve learning outcomes? This is appsmashing!

To put it simply, appsmashing allows students to create something that isn’t possible with just one tool and ultimately provides endless opportunities for students to show what they know by engaging with multiple tools.

🤔 So, why are we spending an entire month celebrating #AppSmashing? There are many reasons, but most importantly, because we believe in empowering students (and educators!) to share their unique voice and showcase their learning. Appsmashing adds pizazz and a whole lot of fun to the learning task! Student Voice Ambassador and Grid Guide, Lanny Watkins says, “Appsmashing is of huge importance in the classroom, for both teachers and pupils. Through this process I have found you really get to know your classroom tools, and in doing so promote creativity and innovation – two skills that our pupils are going to need to succeed in the future.”

✏️ Appsmashing stretches the imagination for creative thinking.

💻 Appsmashing allows you to push the limits for what’s possible with technology.

💡 Appsmashing engages learners in critical thinking tasks.

💫 Appsmashing brings an element of whimsy and fun to the learning.

Tip or treat, webinars, and more: check out all the Appsmash Innovation Month festivities below!

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Every week: this month, our weekly #GridTip will focus on appsmashing Flipgrid and a variety of fellow edtech friends with expert tips from the AppSmash King Joe Merrill!

#GridTip: Flipgrid + Book Creator

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Create & Innovate Webinar: AppSmashing 101, October 9 at 6:00 PM CT

Jornea will lead us in a savvy intro to appsmashing with the what, why, and how to get started. Register over here!

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Flipgrid Feature: The InterACTIVE Classroom with Kristin and Joe Merrill, October 23 at 7:00 PM CT

Our first Flipgrid Feature! Join Kristin and Joe Merrill as they share their secret sauce for creating mind-boggling, jaw-dropping, double-take activities with appsmashing and more! Register here.

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Tip or Treat: Follow @Flipgrid on Instagram for daily 🤯 #TipOrTreat 🍫 surprises on our story all month long!

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#StudentVoiceIsMagic Stickers + #FlipgridVoicePod Challenge, all month long, everyone’s a winner! Head over to flipgrid.com/magic and record your why or how of appsmashing! Everyone who submits a video will win one of the majestic #StudentVoiceIsMagic stickers and every day one lucky person will win a #FlipgridVoicePod!

With Flipgrid, the possibilities are endless! We all know that #StudentVoiceIsMAGIC - appsmashing takes creativity to the next level and brings out the innovative wizards, dragons, unicorns… in all of us! Here’s to a freaky fun month of tips, treats, and more!