September Shorts Report 🥳

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

September 2019 Newsletter

Whether you are returning from summer break, winter break, or just the weekend, welcome back! Last week we celebrated the first day of school at Flipgrid Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We have loved seeing the innovative ways you’re welcoming students with community-building activities, staff introductions, and family involvement from day one.

If this is your first Flipgrid newsletter, hello! My name is Adam (@AdamShortShorts on Twitter) and I work alongside Jornea, Jess, Ann, George, and Joey on the Flipgrid Engagement team. We’re always here to support YOU! In this monthly newsletter - the “Shorts Report” - I’ve curated our latest updates and opportunities. Read on to learn more about the Disco Library, our first Flipgrid Virtual Field Trip, the new Wakelet Shorts integration, and more!

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The Disco Library (available in your Flipgrid Educator Admin) is filled with 9,000+ launch-ready Topics as well as subject-specific playlists from your educator peers, our Educator Innovation Leads, and partners like Code.org and Wonderopolis. Explore today to discover…

  • #FlipgridWeeklyHits: Trending Topics, refreshed every week!

  • My Favs: Save the best Topics you discover so you can use them with your students later! In addition to saving for yourself, you can also share your collection. Check out Jess’ My Favs Playlist of fun Topics to use when introducing Flipgrid to your scholars.

  • Weekly Selects: Hand-selected Topics from Jornea, Jess, and Ann (your Educator Innovation Leads)!

  • Made for Me: Trending Topics tailored to your specific age and subject.

  • Partner Playlists: Explore subject-specific playlists of Topics from Code.org, Wonderopolis, HackingSTEM and more!

Find your next Topic in the Disco Library!


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

Learn more and register your class!


Record and add videos directly in your Wakelet Collection with Shorts: LIVE now!

Learn more about the brand new integration for you and your fellow educators!


Every day we’re inspired by the transformative and magical ways you #EmpowerEveryVoice! This past month, these #FlipgridFever tweets were particularly inspiring.


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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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This past June we unveiled #FlipgridAR, which allows you to stick and playback Flipgrid videos in your physical environment! To celebrate, all September long we’re giving away a #FlipgridVoicePod to every educator who completes our #FlipgridAR Challenge:

  1. Click the new Shorts tab in your Educator Admin

  2. Record an intro video for your community (be sure to include some fun emoji, text, or even a photo sticker - visitors to your room will see this!)

  3. Click submit, grab the Flipgrid QR Code, and paste/tape/pin in your school environment

  4. Tweet a picture with the hashtags #FlipgridFever and #FlipgridAR (make sure you’re following @Flipgrid so we can send you a message with how to win the award)


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 Shorts, now in Wakelet 🌊

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Make a splash by adding your voice to your Wakelet collections!

We’re loving the range of stories you’re sharing with the new Shorts camera in Flipgrid from entertaining to impactful to mysterious and beyond. Inspired by you and your fellow educators, we’re proud to announce that Flipgrid Shorts are now integrated in the Wakelet curation experience. Log in to your Wakelet account, edit or create a new Collection, and click the new “Flipgrid Video” button to record a video right inside Wakelet!

Learn more about Shorts here! Check out the logistics and details with this new integration over in the help center!

August Shorts Report 🌈

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, the “Shorts Report!” Curated for you by me (@AdamShortShorts 🥳 on the Engagement Team), this post is filled with the latest Flipgrid updates and opportunities! Learning loves community: share with your friends!

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Whether Flipgrid is new-to-you or you're embracing all the new updates and opportunities, the team, #FlipgridFever community, and I are here to help. Join us in exploring new realities this August with #FlipgridPD, #FlipgridAR, the #FlipgridFever Festival, and more!

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Introducing… Shorts! We took the brand new Flipgrid Camera you and your students love and created a unique experience designed just for you. Create enriching and compelling video stories for school, work, and life to share ANYWHERE!

Log in to your Educator Admin to create your first Shorts video!


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!

We're excited to roll out our #FlipgridFever Calendar packed with an evolving collection of ideas and events centered around engaging your scholars and connecting with fellow educators!

#StudentVoice today, #StudentVoice tomorrow, #StudentVoice forever!


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Earlier this summer we released #FlipgridAR and WOW - you never cease to amaze us! Inspired by the spectacular ways you and your peers are immersing your world with creative videos, we have TWO ways you can win a #FlipgridVoicePod* this month:

Create a Shorts #FlipgridAR Introduction
1) Hop in to the new Shorts tab in your Educator Admin
2) Record an introductory video for your community (be sure to include some fun emoji and a photo sticker)
3) Click submit and grab the Flipgrid QR Code
4) Paste/tape/pin in your school environment
5) Tweet a picture with the hashtags #FlipgridFever and #FlipgridAR
🏆 WIN a #FlipgridVoicePod for your students (to win, make sure you're following @Flipgrid on Twitter - we will send you a Direct Message)

Fill your School with #FlipgridAR Introductions
1) Create a Grid for you and your fellow educators to post introductions
2) Share with your entire staff (educators, administrators, faculty) and have everyone record an introductory video.
3) Download and print the Flipgrid QR codes
4) Paste/tape/pin next to each staff members’ space in the school
5) Tweet a montage of photos showing the QR codes around your school and link to the introduction Grid with the hashtags #FlipgridAR and #FlipgridFever
🏆 WIN a box of 5 #FlipgridVoicePod studios for your school (to win, make sure you're following @Flipgrid on Twitter - we will send you a Direct Message)

For inspiration, check out these amazing examples…


Starting August 26th, join us for a week full of connecting with fellow educators, combining edtech tools, introducing your students to peers around the world, and sharing your stories, impacts, and ideas!

Idea exchange, #AndNotOr, and more!


We're joining our friends at Microsoft Edu for a Back To School Live on August 20, 2019! The day includes three marvelous ways to connect starting at 11 AM CT: a Facebook LIVE broadcast, a Twitter #MSFTEduChat, and a Teams LIVE session from Flipgrid Studios!

Join the party!


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Simply log-in to explore… the all-new Flipgrid is LIVE! As always, this launch was driven and inspired by you and your fellow educators around the world - thank you for your helping create…


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!

*the #FlipgridVoicePod is the iconic green recording studio invented by Marilyn McLaughlin

#FlipgridFever Festival

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Starting August 26th, join us for a week full of connecting with fellow educators, combining edtech tools, introducing your students to peers around the world, and sharing your stories, impacts, and ideas! As you share on social, be sure to tag @Flipgrid and use the hashtag #FlipgridFever!

Monday, August 26, 2019 | #FlipgridFever Idea Exchange 💡
What awesome ideas have you discovered from searching the hashtag, #FlipgridFever?
Meet fellow Flipgrid educators and exchange ideas for transforming your curriculum. Join us for the #FlipgridFever Ideas Exchange on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook. Share your best ideas to inspire, empower, and encourage your fellow educators.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | Global Learners, Everywhere 🌍
Explore the possibilities for extending learning beyond your classroom.
Through the power of #GridPals and global connections, open up a world of learning! Screenshot your pin on the Flipgrid #GridPals map and Tweet with a best practice for connecting and collaborating with peers around the world!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | #AndNotOr Epic Appsmashing 💥
When you combine tools, the possibilities are endless!
What are your favorite tools to appsmash with Flipgrid? Share your appsmash ideas, projects, or workflows on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Bonus: join us on Instagram throughout the day for live sessions with fellow edtech friends!

Thursday, August 29, 2019 | Dance through the #DiscoLibrary 💃
Discover and launch enriching discussion prompts.
Engage your community with inspiring Disco Library Topics from educators and partners. Add your favorite Topics to your My Favs Playlist and share the link on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #DiscoLibrary!

Friday, August 30, 2019 | #StudentVoice in Action Digital Showcase 🎬
Celebrate #FlipgridFriday by sharing your photos, videos, or custom-made GIFs  on Twitter, showcasing the incredible ways you #EmpowerEveryVoice in your learning community.

👋 Introducing the all-new Flipgrid...

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Earlier this summer we hung out with 1,000+ of our closest friends in Philadelphia and celebrated YOU as we announced the all-new Flipgrid! From FlipgridAR to the new Shorts Camera to Disco Library Playlists: Every improvement was created, driven, and inspired by your incredible ideas and feedback. Thank you! This is our most powerful update yet … and we launched today!


Amplify creativity with the new Flipgrid Camera!

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Our shiny new Flipgrid camera maintains the quick, social feel while adding revolutionary enhancements that make creating and sharing projects, performances, reflections, introductions, reports, questions, experiments, ideas, and beyond even more magical.

  • Tell your story by creating, trimming, and rearranging unlimited video Clips. You can also upload videos from your device and record an introductory video or summary to add even more context!

  • Show your work by flipping on the new Whiteboard Mode with Live Inking.

  • Add context by overlaying photos from your camera roll, emoji, and text as Stickers on your video.

  • Apply unique video Filters to set the tone: Warm, Cool, Super Warm, Super Cool, Pixel, B+W, and Old Town - with more to come soon!


Introducing Shorts: Create here, share everywhere!

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We took the brand new Flipgrid Camera your students love and created a unique experience designed just for educators. You can create enriching and compelling video stories for school, work, and life to share beyond the Grid! The all-new Shorts Camera is located right at the top of your Educator Admin. Shorts is the perfect way to introduce yourself to new students, summarize a class project for families, or simply tell your story to the community.

We’ve also made it super simple to download your Shorts video, embed the video on any website, and save it to your Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive (coming soon). You can even create a Flipgrid QR code and turn your Shorts video into a #FlipgridAR experience!


Welcome a simpler, smarter, #StudentVoice-infused experience.

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With just one code, your community enters your supportive, empowering, social-learning space. Your Pinned Topic is now the homepage of the Grid with the inspiring prompt, responses from peers, and a green plus camera button at the ready. The new Flipgrid Topic menu makes navigating between your Topics a breeze.

All Flipgrid response videos are now automatically transcribed and close-captioned by Microsoft Azure and the Microsoft Immersive Reader can be launched on every Flipgrid Topic and video transcript!


Less clicking, more sharing!

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The heart and magic of Flipgrid is #StudentVoice - the incredible ideas, projects, reflections, and more from your incredible scholars. When improving and refining the Educator Admin dashboard, we focused on simplicity over complexity. Creation, navigation, and management is even more powerful and easier with batch actions, the ability to rearrange Topics and video responses, all-new Badge designs, and more!


We are #BetterTogether!

We’re all here to engage, empower, and amplify! In addition to making connections with your fellow educators around the world via #GridPals even easier, we are proud to partner with several of our edtech friends throughout the Flipgrid ecosystem in the supercharged Flipgrid Disco Library:

  • Discover and use more than 8,000 inspiring educator-created Topics.

  • Explore the trending #FlipgridWeekly30 list of Topics with the most engagement and usage from classrooms around the world.

  • Add Topics to your My Favs Playlist to use at a later time. You can also share a direct link to your curated My Favs Playlist with your global Flipgrid educators.

  • Dive into exclusive new Disco Library Partner Playlists with 100s of Topics from our awesome friends at Code.org, Find Your Grind, MSN Kids, Wonderopolis, Nearpod, Skype in the Classroom, Capstone, Microsoft Hacking STEM, and Flocabulary. We will be adding new Partner Playlists this fall … so stay tuned!

  • Cheer for and explore Topics from your fellow Flipgrid educators as their unique Disco Library Playlists are featured twice a month!

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The Magic of #FlipgridAR

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Family is everything! We know that your learning community extends far beyond the walls of your classroom and even your school building. With features like Guest Mode and MixTapes, we love seeing the incredible ways you welcome families and friends into your Grids. Earlier this summer we released FlipgridAR, a new way to empower student voice by sticking it on … everything! Simply print out a Flipgrid QR code for a single video or export QR codes for all student responses in your Topic. Then, stick the QR code in your environment or on any object, scan it with the Flipgrid iOS or Android app, and … MAGIC!

With FlipgridAR you can transform family nights, homework, school events, book reviews, Science Fairs, student art galleries, language classrooms, the outside of your classroom door (for educator intros!), and the entire school. We can’t wait to see how you use FlipgridAR with your communities!


All of these updates are now live! Log in to your Educator Admin and have your community update their Flipgrid apps. As we hinted at FlipgridLIVE this past June, we have even more coming this fall and will continue improving Flipgrid on an ongoing basis with your feedback and ideas.

💚 On behalf of all of Team Flipgrid, thank you!

P.S. Once you get a chance to explore the all-new Flipgrid, we'd love to hear your feedback: leave a review on the App Store or Google Play Store!

Introducing Shorts: Create here, share everywhere!

Note: Shorts currently works with Chrome & Firefox (Edge is coming later this autumn)!

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We took the brand new Flipgrid Camera your students love and created a unique experience designed just for educators. You can create enriching and compelling video stories for school, work, and life to share beyond the Grid! The all-new Shorts Camera is located right at the top of your Educator Admin. Shorts is the perfect way to introduce yourself to new students, summarize a class project for families, or simply tell your story to the community.

  • Tell your story by creating, trimming, and rearranging unlimited video Clips. You can also upload videos from your device and record an introductory video or summary to add even more context!

  • Show your work by flipping on the new Whiteboard Mode with Live Inking.

  • Add context by overlaying photos from your camera roll, emoji, and text as Stickers on your video.

  • Apply unique video Filters to set the tone: Warm, Cool, Super Warm, Super Cool, Pixel, B+W, and Old Town - with more to come soon!

To see Shorts in action, check out these incredible creations from Kathi, Scott, Priscilla, and Mike!