December 2018 Newsletter ☃️

Welcome to the Flipgrid Newsletter! This page (blog.flipgrid.com/newsletter) is your source for all the latest Flipgrid updates and community opportunities. Bookmark this page, come back often, and let us know what you’d like to see featured!

Looking for last month's news? Check out the November issue over here!

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Thank you for a truly incredible year. Working alongside the Flipgrid educator community is a dream come true! 2018 was an especially magical year for #FlipgridFever as we joined forces with Microsoft and made Flipgrid completely free for every educator on the planet! We're excited for even more crazy ideas, adventures, and thrills in 2019!

In this year's final edition of the newsletter you'll learn about our new Educator Innovation Station, Flipgrid ideas to engage your students during break, fun #CSEdWeek activities, and more!

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Join us on an interplanetary exploration: the new Educator Innovation Station is equipped with tons of valuable resources as you traverse the galaxy of #StudentVoice. Voice Captains Jornea, Jess, and Ann are at the ready with ideas, advice, and their brand new Elementary Integration Documents.

Begin your interstellar mission to amplify!


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Whether you’re heading into summer, winter, or a weekend break, the Savvy Educator Jornea Erwin has a collection of fun ideas to engage your students over break and showcase a semester of amazing student voices in a magical mix!

Continue amplifying and celebrating #StudentVoice over break!


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We’re rolling out the red carpet and showcasing a collection of mic-drop "Shorts" created by your friends in the #FlipgridFever community! Join Team Flipgrid on December 18th at 7 PM CT as we go LIVE on Facebook from Flipgrid Studios and share the mini feature “Shorts” packed with enlightening ways to amplify #StudentVoice.

Reserve your seat at the festival!


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Introduce your students to the world of code with our latest Explorer Series! In honor of #CSEdWeek and #HourOfCode, The Flipgrid Team shares a behind-the-scenes look at Flipgrid Studios and a collection of activities for your students to explore the career of coding (with help from the exquisite Karly Moura).

Explore Flipgrid Studies, Code with Minecraft, and more!


Speaking of Mic-Drops, did you see these Tweets?

We love seeing the amazing ways you’re empowering #StudentVoice. Here are a few ideas that went viral in the #FlipgridFever community last month!


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Calling all Flipgrid Student Voice Ambassadors + MIE Experts: we’re awarding five lucky superstar educators a free trip to Paris for the upcoming Education Exchange. Join us for an epic collaboration with your peers from around the globe and bring a world of inspiration back to your students!

Stamp your passport and enter the contest!


Until next year…

Thank you again! We are so grateful 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

November 2018 Newsletter 🍄

Welcome to the Flipgrid Newsletter! This page (blog.flipgrid.com/newsletter) is your source for all the latest Flipgrid updates and community opportunities. Bookmark this page, come back often, and let us know what you’d like to see featured!

For last month’s newsletter, check out our updates from October. Thanks for stopping by!

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Last month the Flipgrid educator community grew by 80,000 thanks to you. Thank you for championing the importance of #StudentVoice and thank you for sharing all your epic Flipgrid ideas with your peers!

If you are among the 80,000 new educators that joined Flipgrid in October, welcome! You are now part of an incredible, inspiring, and supportive community, here to help as you empower and amplify your learners. If you haven’t already, meet some new friends by checking out #FlipgridFever on Twitter, find launch-ready discussion prompts in the Disco Library, and download Karly and Sean’s incredible Educator’s Guide to Flipgrid!

Keep reading to learn about Skype-A-Thon, Guest Mode, the Immersive Reader, seven community-driven updates to Flipgrid, and more!

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Team Flipgrid is thrilled to join the 48-hour global event and meet with you and your students! Learn more about how you can leverage the dual power of Skype and Flipgrid and sign up to chat with us during Skype-a-Thon at the link below!

Ring ring! The details are calling over here 🌏


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Families and friends and experts, oh my! Guest Mode allows you to introduce a community of inspiration to your students by inviting guests into your Flipgrid Topics. In addition to explaining how to get started, InterACTIVE educators Kristin and Joe Merrill have crafted ideas on how you can expand learning beyond the walls of your classroom with Family Homework, School-Wide Challenges, and more.

Welcome to Flipgrid, Guest Mode 🎟


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Every update we make to Flipgrid is sparked from ideas shared by the amazing and innovative educators in the #FlipgridFever community. Check out the seven latest Flipgrid updates you inspired!

You asked, we listened 👂


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The innovative and inspiring Gen-Z whisperer, Holly Clark, is spilling the beans and sharing her wealth of wisdom on how we can understand and meet the learning needs of our students! Join us for this energizing Flipgrid Feature followed by Scott, Kristin, and Joe’s world-renowned #FlipgridFever Chat.

Ooou, aaah! Claim your ticket for this cinematic masterclass 🍿


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In addition to giving every student an equally amplified voice, Flipgrid now provides equitable access to your amazing discussion prompts with Microsoft Learning Tools’ powerful Immersive Reader. You may have noticed the small book and speaker icon in your Topics; students can simply click to explore the text, have the prompt read aloud, and more!

#BetterTogether! Learn more about Immersive Reader in Flipgrid 💚


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We love seeing the amazing ways you’re empowering #StudentVoice. Here are a few ideas that went viral in the #FlipgridFever community last month!


Until next month...

Thank you again! We are so grateful to support you and we are so inspired by the innovative ways you empower and amplify your learners. Please continue sharing your amazing ideas, feedback, and questions with us on Twitter and via email - we love to hear from you!

💚 Team Flipgrid in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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