You Asked, We Listened: NINE Flipgrid Updates ๐Ÿ’š

Flipgrid Design Process

The design process at Flipgrid studios starts with YOU - the incredible ideas, feedback, and requests from you and your students shared with us every day on Twitter and via email. Already this year youโ€™ve driven the release of NINE new Flipgrid updates:

๐Ÿค— Now it's easier than ever to share Feedback with your students: Share a direct link, email them, or send them to MyFlipgrid!

๐Ÿคณ Craft your perfect selfie by searching our brand new set of stickers, now including emoji!

๐Ÿ“ฑ It's now easier than ever to share Flipgrid Responses on Remind!

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ Encourage families to stay current on classroom activities by Following a MixTape. They'll receive a notice whenever you add videos!

๐ŸŒ• Tap the moon in the upper right-hand corner of a Grid or Topic to turn on Night Mode!

โœˆ๏ธ Nicole Rude wanted an easy way to create course template Grids that her educator colleagues could duplicate to their Flipgrid accounts. CoPilots can now Duplicate Grids!

๐ŸŒŠ Jen Saarinen wanted to embed Flipgrid Responses into a Wakelet canvas. Now itโ€™s as easy as copy/pasting the Family Share Link!

๐Ÿ”ฎ When you share the magic of #StudentVoice on Twitter, the videoโ€™s selfie and name is now displayed!

๐Ÿ—บ The #GridPals map has been supercharged to help you find your classroom's next great adventure. Tune in to #FlipgridLIVE for our next MAJOR update!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Month ๐Ÿ’š

We are so excited to celebrate your awesomeness during Teacher Appreciation Month!

...ok, we know that it's actually Teacher Appreciation Week and it starts May 6th. But one week is just not enough time to celebrate the amazing work you do to amplify student (and teacher!) voice. So for Team Flipgrid, Teacher Appreciation Month starts today! From Bus Tours to #FlipgridFriday to VoicePod challenges, May will be a non-stop party!

 

All-New Flipgrid VoicePod Challenge!

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We've always believed in the simple power of the words "thank you" and "great idea". So every day this month FIVE of you will win an all-new Flipgrid VoicePod when you share an idea or give thanks! Hereโ€™s how to enter:

๐Ÿค—Give thanks: Post a video in this Grid (created by Karalee Nakatsuka and Lucretia Anton) thanking a teacher that has impacted you. Grab the link to your video from MyFlipgrid and share it on social using #TeacherAppreciation and #FlipgridFever.

OR

๐Ÿ’กShare an idea: Post a new Topic template in the Flipgrid Disco Library and include integration notes. Once your Topic is approved, share a link to the Topic on social using #TeacherAppreciation and #FlipgridFever.

Every time you share you are entered to win. Five winners will be selected randomly every day!

 

Heartland #FlipgridBusTour ๐ŸšŒ

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Weโ€™ve been East, South, West, and abroadโ€ฆ for our next #StudentVoice odyssey, weโ€™re staying close to home! Join us May 13 - 18 as we venture from Flipgrid Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota across the rolling fields of the Great Lakes states and over the border into Canada on the Heartland #FlipgridBusTour!

 

Celebrate every community on #FlipgridFriday ๐Ÿ™Œ

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We all know it takes a village to #EmpowerEveryVoice, so every Friday in May weโ€™re celebrating the amazing communities that support and amplify our learners! From admins to classroom teachers to support specialists to coaches, every #FlipgridFriday youโ€™ll have a chance to shout out your amazing peers and win a student voice tshirt for you and your friend!

 

Thank you for everything you do to amplify and empower your learners, and thank you for being part of this inspiring, wacky, fun, amazing Flipgrid community. We are simply honored to support you this Teacher Appreciation Month and EVERY month.

๐Ÿ’š -Joey

Full STEAM Ahead with Flipgrid ๐Ÿš‚

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Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics are all quite different, but share a common thread: They all infuse inquiry, problem solving, and making real-world connections in learning!

Here are a few ways to ignite engagement and capture the learning process by adding Flipgrid to your STEAM instruction!

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง Collaboration: Working with peers is an essential part of STEAM. Flipgrid provides a space for students to collaborate with one another while working through problems, sharing discoveries, and reflecting on learning processes.

๐Ÿ˜ Feedback: A crucial part of inquiry is making corrections to learning. Use Flipgridโ€™s Reply feature to allow students to provide feedback to their peers as they work through an engineering loop of creating and retesting based on results.

๐Ÿค” Design Thinking: The design processes includes planning, prototyping, testing, and reevaluating problems to find innovative solutions. Empathy and experimentation are critical parts of the design process.  Flipgrid is a perfect space to reflect on each of these steps along the way.

๐Ÿฅฝ Investigation: Let students dig into new concepts and skills, explore phenomenon, and reflect on learning and understanding by sharing on Flipgrid.

๐Ÿ“ฃ Showcasing Learning: Students can use Flipgrid to share prior knowledge and then report on their findings after investigations and projects. Share and showcase all the incredible moments happening throughout these learning experiences!

BONUS: Have you heard that Microsoftโ€™s Hacking STEM has launch-ready Disco Library Topics that include full lesson plans? Check out them out here!

If you have mic drop ideas for implementing Flipgrid with STEAM, we would love to hear them. Share with us on Twitter using #FlipgridFever!

See you on the grid! ๐Ÿš€

๐Ÿ’• Jess

PS: Keep scrolling to check out some amazing ideas from members of the community on how theyโ€™ve incorporated Flipgrid into STEAM. Iโ€™ve also included our Design Thinking Webinar featuring Jornea Erwin, Nathan Lang-Raad, and Nick Aguina.


 

#GridTip: Respecting Every Voice ๐Ÿ’š

Educators know that when youโ€™re empowering and amplifying #StudentVoice on Flipgrid, it is equally as important to help them respect the diverse voices of others. Here are some helpful resources to foster engaged, positive digital citizens!

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Flipgrid Netiquette: Flipgrid Educator Melissa Dills created a simple guide to help students practice respect as they share their voice on Flipgrid.

Flipgrid Peer Feedback: Encouraging your students to reply to a classmateโ€™s Flipgrid Response video? Flipgrid Student Voice Ambassador Lucretia Anton has you covered with this peer feedback chart.

Flipgrid Camera Shy Blog: Flipgrid Educator Innovation Lead Jornea Erwin curated a list of 10 savvy ways to help ALL students share their voice on Flipgrid.

We canโ€™t wait to see all of the incredible ways your students will change the world!

See you on the grid!
๐Ÿ’šJornea, Jess, and Ann

๐Ÿ’š Heartland #FlipgridBusTour

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Weโ€™ve been East, South, West, and abroadโ€ฆ for our next #StudentVoice odyssey, weโ€™re staying close to home! Join us as we venture from Flipgrid Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota across the rolling fields to the roaring falls on the Heartland #FlipgridBusTour!

If youโ€™re in the area (or suddenly have travel plans), weโ€™d love to have you join us during the journey atโ€ฆ

๐Ÿฆ„ #TeacherAppreciationMonth #FlipgridFever + Pear Deck Party | May 13, 2019, Iowa City, Iowa
๐Ÿ Toronto #FlipgridFever-ella | May 18, 2019, Toronto, Canada

And get ready for a whirlwind of inspiration and #StudentVoice magic on Twitter, Instagram, and Flipgrid withโ€ฆ

๐ŸŽ Shannon Miller @ Van Meter Community School District, Van Meter, Iowa
๐Ÿ Andrew Fenstermaker @ Van Allen Elementary, North Liberty, Iowa
๐ŸŽ Malinda Hurt @ Meridian Junior High School, Stillman Valley, Illinois
๐Ÿ Michael Abramczyk @ Simmons Middle School, Oak Lawn, Illinois
๐ŸŽ Andy Knueven @ Zionsville West Middle School, Whitestown, Indiana
๐Ÿ Melisa Hayes @ Avery Elementary, Hilliard, Ohio
๐ŸŽ Michael Drezek @ John T Waugh Elementary, Angola, New York
๐Ÿ Kerry Smith @ Hoover Elementary School, Buffalo, New York
๐ŸŽ Jen Giffen in Toronto, Canada

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๐Ÿ’ซ Student Voice Rockstar: Karie Frauenhoffer

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Every child needs a champion, and every educator needs a cheerleader! Karie Frauenhoffer, a 7th Grade ELA & Personalized Learning Lead Teacher, from Kernersville, North Carolina, cheers, uplifts, and amplifies educators around the world. She discovered Flipgrid in April 2017 and has been a leader in the #FlipgridFever community as a Flipgrid Certified Educator, Student Voice Ambassador, and #GridGuide! In May 2018, we had the pleasure of meeting during the first Flipgrid Bus Tour. Her excitement, energy, and passion for creating unique experiences for her students is evident in the quest to learn and share with fellow educators.

โญ๏ธMAGNIFICENT โญ๏ธ is the one word that enters Karieโ€™s mind when she thinks of Flipgrid. We feel the same way about Karie!

#WednesdayWisdom from Karie

Uses
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Goal setting and reflecting
๐Ÿ“– Book talks
๐Ÿ“ Editing writing
๐Ÿ‘ฅ Peer reviews
๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ง Family communication
๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ Sub plans
๐Ÿ“š Novel projects

Impact
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Flipgrid has allowed me to reach some of my most unreachable kids. It has provided an avenue of communication that students feel comfortable using and even if they aren't showing their faces-- they are sharing their voices and that's what is so important. ๐Ÿ’•

Advice
If at first you don't succeed... ask the #FlipgridFever community and try again. I can not tell you the number of times I have thought of an amazing Flipgrid-infused activity and it didn't go as my brain had dreamed it. I could have easily given up and just stopped trying with Flipgrid -- but, I reached out to this amazing FAMILY of educators and within a mere matter of MINUTES had several solutions to my troubles and an entire cheering squad to ensure I didn't lose the faith. It is so hard when you are first introducing a new tool to students or fellow staff members and their apathy towards newness and change can be disheartening but the #FlipgridFever community is a global force of positivity and support that you really can't go wrong! So, go... DO! Try! And don't worry... we've got you covered :)! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Learn from Karie
#DiscoLibrary Topics
Twitter: @legitkfrauey
Check out Karieโ€™s Rockstar Video: