Introducing Flipgrid One and Flipgrid Classroom

The following post is written by Jim Leslie, CEO and Cofounder of Flipgrid.

The Flipgrid PreK to PhD educator community is inspiring in so many ways. We are constantly amazed by the new, creative ways they engage students in social learning on Flipgrid. If you’re a frequent reader of our blog, you know that we’ve been releasing new capabilities at an unparalleled pace just to keep up with our teachers’ suggestions - featuring, moving/duplicating, Glance, variable response lengths, video transcripts, and more.

And then it happened. In our last Flipgrid Ambassador call, one teacher said, “when are you going to address the inequity of students not able to learn in Flipgrid because their teacher can’t afford the subscription?” Whoa. Our mission has always been about equality of student voice. Every update to Flipgrid is designed to amplify student voice and lift student engagement to new heights. We’ve always known Flipgrid has meaningful impact on both teachers and students, but we hadn’t really considered the corollary - the absence of Flipgrid. Fixing this became our top priority!

Flipgrid One.

Today, we’re announcing Flipgrid One, a free, single-grid version of Flipgrid that allows any teacher to engage her or his class in the Flipgrid experience and empower student voice. Flipgrid One teachers can have as many topics and student responses in their grid as they like. All the affordances necessary to safely and fully engage students are thoughtfully integrated within Flipgrid One: password-protection, moderation, transcripts, free iOS and Android apps, and more.

 

 

Flipgrid Classroom.

Teachers who use Flipgrid in multiple classes and/or want to have more control over their Flipgrid experience will use Flipgrid Classroom. Priced at $65 for individual subscriptions and $400 for 10-packs, Flipgrid Classroom enables teachers to create and manage unlimited grids, topics, responses, and replies-to-responses; feature student responses; move and duplicate grid structure and content; embed fully-functional grids into other environments such as an LMS or class website; and much, much more on the near term horizon - stay tuned!

Feedback + Assessment.

In addition, Flipgrid Classroom includes our new Student Feedback and Assessment capabilities designed by our amazing Flipgrid teachers. Flipgrid Classroom teachers can now assess, document, and provide quantitative and qualitative feedback to individual students in a private, simple way...the Flipgrid way! Just click on any student response video, rate the student on both the quality of their Presentation and their Ideas, and add any comments you like. This is only scratching the surface of individualized and group feedback in Flipgrid Classroom...we can’t wait to hear what you think!

 

We’re so excited to be offering Flipgrid One to teachers across the globe. This is a huge improvement over our old 30-day demo and allows every student to benefit from Flipgrid. Our sincere thanks to Flipgrid teachers and students for their support, enthusiasm, and guidance. We are in this journey together, and we couldn’t be more proud.

Jim Leslie
CEO/Cofounder

What's new at Flipgrid?

A lot! We're continuously making improvements to Flipgrid based on feedback we receive from our community of educators, Flipgrid Ambassadors, and students. Today we're excited to announce three major updates!

Move and Duplicate

One of the things we hear the most is that our teachers want to create a grid for their class, fill it with topics, and then duplicate that structure for other classes. It's now super easy to duplicate grids and topics as well as move responses. Log in to your Flipgrid Admin to move responses between topics, duplicate topics between grids, or make a full copy of a grid for another class!

Featured Topics and Responses

Many teachers have indicated that, from time to time, they'd like to promote a particularly impactful student video, allowing them to model a great performance or highlight an innovative idea. You can now feature one or more student responses, bringing those responses to the top. From within your Flipgrid admin, click the star next to the topic or response and it will be featured.

Glance

Watching and reviewing Flipgrid videos from your iPhone or Android device is easier than ever thanks to our new Glance view. Glance will automatically play videos as you scroll, allowing you to quickly and easily catch up on all your students' videos. Of course, you can always switch to Grid-view and choose which videos you'd like to watch.

Be the first to hear about Flipgrid updates (we've got some big things coming before the end of the year!) by following us on Twitter. Give us a shout anytime by emailing hello@flipgrid.com or tweeting us @flipgrid.

Our Microsoft Partnership

The following post is by Dr. Charlie Miller (@design2research), Flipgrid cofounder and Chief Design Officer.

Our story began with 12 students. We built Flipgrid in 2011 for an instructional design PhD course that I taught at the University of Minnesota. The platform didn’t have a name in those early days, but when I viewed my first student’s video response and saw their ideas come to life with emotion and excitement, I felt the spark of something special that was about to ignite.

Fast forward five years, 2 children, a startup, and lots of coffee. Flipgrid now empowers student voice in more than 35,000 classrooms across 136 countries on all 7 continents… yep, even Antarctica. Numbers aside, we are still only scratching the surface of ways to support teachers as they amplify student voice, encourage respect of diverse ideas, and inspire active learning throughout their classrooms, schools, and communities. 

Today, I am honored to announce that Flipgrid has partnered with Microsoft Education (@Microsoft_Edu) and Skype in the Classroom (@SkypeClassroom) to support our wonderful Flipgrid educators and fuel the power of student voice in all classrooms. Our team has been working with various teams at Microsoft for the past 6 months and we have experienced firsthand their genuine love for educators and students, their passion for supporting innovation in the classroom, and their drive to empower student voice by nurturing a growth mindset. “Always learning” has become the fabric of our discussions and collaboration. 

So, how does our new partnership with Microsoft impact our Flipgrid users:

1. First, we designed a FREE course appropriately named “Amplifying Student Voice” that is featured in the Microsoft Educator Community. This course examines the critical role of student voice in transforming your students, classroom, school, and community through building confidence, respect, and empowerment. In addition, we highlight several integration ideas to enable student voice in the modern classroom using Flipgrid, Skype in the Classroom, and Sway. Please take the course (it’s worth 500 points!) and let us know what you think!

2. Through a special promotion with Microsoft, all Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEE) now have access to Flipgrid for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year. MIEE is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries using technology to pave the way for their peers for better learning and student outcomes. If you are a MIEE and want to amplify student voice in your classroom, please click here and create your Flipgrid account with your Microsoft login credentials.

3. Finally, we have some exciting and powerful integrations in the works that I can’t share… just yet. We have been designing several new Flipgrid features with our Flipgrid Ambassadors and MIEEs over the past few months and can’t wait to see them used in your Flipgrid classroom later this fall and in the spring! Stay tuned…

“Thank you” to our remarkable teachers and students. Your stories power our team. Every day.

See you on the grid,
Charlie Miller, PhD

Flipgrid + EdCamp

EdCamps are independently organized, participant-driven professional learning experiences for educators. They take place all over the world and bring together teachers looking for ways innovate the learning experience and get the most of out their students. Flipgrid is proud to have been a part of many of these events over the years.

Many of our teachers have used Flipgrid with their EdCamp by setting up a grid for the event. It's great for introductions, idea sharing, and continued dialogue. We also sponsor EdCamps with monetary and license donations. This past month Flipgrid sponsored EdCamps in Minneapolis, Tampa Bay, and North Carolina, and are proudly sponsoring several in the near future:

If you are organizing or planning to attend an EdCamp, please let us know about sponsorship opportunities by emailing hello@flipgrid.com. We're proud to support the wonderful teachers that put together and attend these events! 

Flipgrid Grid Tip: A Connected World

The following is part of a series of guest posts from Kali Alford, Instructional Technology Specialist at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. In each post Kali will present a unique way you can use Flipgrid both inside and outside of your classroom.

Not too long ago, if a teacher wanted his or her students to experience other cultures, they planned a field trip or popped a VHS in the VCR.  Luckily, technology has advanced such that with a click of a mouse students can not only experience other cultures, but communicate and collaborate with classrooms around the world. The Microsoft Educator Community has a series of lessons, projects, and activities that allow classrooms to integrate Skype with instruction in order to do this.

Another use of Skype is connecting students with experts such as scientists, engineers, professors, and authors from around the world.  Microsoft’s Educator Community provides various resources that connect classrooms with these global experts. With so many classrooms and so many time-zones, it can be difficult to schedule a time to Skype with experts whose schedules may not synch well with that of your classroom. Here’s where Flipgrid comes in.

Using Flipgrid, teachers can create a queue of questions from students across different classrooms for experts to answer during their Skype call. Simply have the expert share his or her desktop and split their screen between Skype and the Flipgrid video feed. This way classrooms viewing live and classrooms viewing via a recording both have the opportunity to see their questions being answered by the expert. Not to mention managing a Skype call between multiple classrooms now becomes a cinch!

If you’d like to see an example of this and other Grid Tips in action, stay tuned to the Flipgrid Blog for upcoming webinars or visit docs.flipgrid.com for standalone support documents.

Flipgrid Grid Tip: Professional Development

The following is the first in a series of guest posts from Kali Alford, Instructional Technology Specialist at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. In each post Kali will present a unique way you can use Flipgrid both inside and outside of your classroom.

Professional learning networks have long enabled teachers to share ideas and new strategies with colleagues. At the center of many of these networks are educational conferences such as ISTE, CUE, and various local ones as well. Conferences can be a great way for teachers to improve their practice and grow their professional learning networks. Adding Flipgrid to the formula can enhance teachers’ conference experiences and the impact of their PLNs.

Whether you are collaborating with a small group of teachers or an entire professional learning network, you can personalize your conference experience by “getting on the Grid.” Launch a grid for the conference you are attending and share the link on social media. Add topics such as “New Ideas” – where teachers can share new ideas or strategies they’ve just learned or maybe one like “Hot Topics” – where you and your teachers can have your own dialogue about the conference while attending it!

If you can't find the time to attend or if by chance you’re not the conference type, and would prefer to ditch the concrete itinerary and structure of traditional conferences – Flipgrid works perfectly for that too! Unconference aficionados rejoice and host your next unconference with Flipgrid. Launch a grid and post topics to serve as discussion rooms or cafés. Share the URLs and before you know it you’ve got an epic unconference on your hands. With the Flipgrid mobile app your participants can take part in the discussion from the comfort of their own home or classroom.  Since Flipgrid has no limits on the amount of topics you can post, your unconference is only limited by the size of your professional learning network – which I have a feeling will be growing larger soon!