#GridTip: Do Your Best ๐ŸŽ‰

The following is written by Educator Innovation Lead Ann Kozma. In the #GridTip Series, Jornea, Ann, and Jess share tips and tricks to help you explore ideas and possibilities with Flipgrid. Looking for more inspiration? Check out the Educator Innovation Station!

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Springtime is a season of wonder and new life. It is also a season of testing.

This time can be stressful on everyone in a learning community. It can also be an incredible time to celebrate the hard work and effort that students (and teachers) have put in since Day 1!

If your classroom is getting ready for an important event or an upcoming test, consider setting up a Flipgrid to share words of encouragement as students prepare for the big tasks ahead of them. Within your school community, have teachers, administrators, support staff and even district personnel share words of inspiration, good luck cheers, and best wishes.

Crestmore Elementary School in Bloomington, California recently collected Motivational Messages for their students before the big state test. Staff members shared positive messages reminding students how important they were and to try their best!

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Yvette Mezzanatto invited families to join the fun and contribute their own motivational messages! She created a Topic, shared it with families in Class Dojo, and kept it a surprise for her students until it was time for their testing to begin. "This is my second year having parents create a motivational video for their child and their classmates. The students cry tears of joy and are always asking to watch them before we start the test on a daily basis."

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An encouraging word can go a long way to boost spirits and is a great reminder of how proud we are of the scholars in our learning communities. If you are ready to do this in your own community, check out these launch-ready Topics that are already available in the Disco Library!

๐Ÿ€ Good Luck Wishes by Cristina Quaglia

๐Ÿ’œ Motivational Messages from Home by Tori Studer

๐Ÿงžโ€โ™‚๏ธ Best Wishes by Bonnie Razler

๐ŸŒŸ Testing Encouragement by Laura Smith

Testing season brings so many emotions. May it also bring a lot of positive reinforcement for the incredible work that has been done and celebrations for all of the learning that has taken place too! From one teacher to another, thank you for all you do to empower your scholars and amplify #StudentVoice.

See you on the Grid!

๐Ÿ’šAnn

If you have never used Guest Mode, here is some additional info to help you get started!

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Guest Mode

When logged into your Flipgrid Admin account, create or view the desired Topic.

Click on Add Topic Guests and enable Guest Mode.

If desired, turn ON the option to Allow Recording.

Then share the Guest Code with the folks you are inviting to the Topic.

*Note that your Guest Code will be inaccessible if a new link is generated.

๐Ÿ’ซ Student Voice Rockstar: Eric Garcia

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Great teachers instill a love of learning for their students. Eric Garcia, a 1st Grade Teacher, from Bakersfield, California shares his passion for learning with students and educators daily. He has been rockinโ€™ out Flipgrid for the past two years and is an active leader in the #FlipgridFever community as a Flipgrid Certified Educator, Student Voice Ambassador, and #GridGuide! Ericโ€™s My Inbox idea has been implemented by educators around the world and he shares his best K-2 tips in Tips and Tricks for Flipgrid in PreK-2 Classrooms.

โญ๏ธAWESOME โญ๏ธ is how Eric describes the use of Flipgrid. Eric is an awesome educator who we are inspired by daily!

#WednesdayWisdom from Eric

Uses
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Global Collaboration
๐Ÿง—โ€โ™‚๏ธ GridGuide PD
๐Ÿ“ง Teacher Inbox
๐Ÿ‘‹ Student Introductions
๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ง Conferences
๐Ÿซ Back to School Events
๐Ÿ“š Book Chats

Impact
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Flipgrid has impacted my community of learners in many ways. My learners now have a platform to share their voice. Not only their voice when it comes to learning in the classroom, but also the platform to share their opinions, their concerns, and achievements. ๐Ÿ’•

Advice
Try it! The Flipgrid community is there for you if you need any help. You will learn so much from your students or staff when you use Flipgrid.

Learn from Eric
#DiscoLibrary Topics
Twitter: @EdTechGarcia
Check out Ericโ€™s Rockstar Video:

#GridTip: End of Year Engagement

The following is written Educator Innovation Lead Jornea Erwin. In the #GridTip Series, Jornea, Ann, and Jess share tips and tricks to help you explore ideas and possibilities with Flipgrid. Looking for more inspiration? Check out the Educator Innovation Station!

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The end of the school year is near, symbolizing another year of growth for your students. Engage your students by supercharging reflection activities to amplify their experience! Here are 12 engaging ideas to inspire learning, reflection, and celebration for the final weeks of school. (โ˜บ๏ธ We recognize that some schools are ending a semester or just starting their school year. Feel free to modify these ideas as you see fit!)

3๏ธโƒฃ2๏ธโƒฃ1๏ธโƒฃCountdown Challenge - For the last 26 days of school, challenge your students to share something special or something they learned that starts with the letter of the day for the Ultimate ABC Countdown Challenge.
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กEnd of Year ABC Countdown Challenge

๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ’ซ Learning Loves Community - Encourage your students to share their passions by teaching the class something new. They could share a scientific inquiry, how to make jewelry, coding tips, strategies for drawing, or teach the latest dance moves.
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กTime to Shine - Student How-To Videos

๐Ÿ‘‹A Message to an Incoming Student - Encourage students to inspire next year's group of students by sharing what they loved about that grade, what the new students should expect, and advice for a successful year.  
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กMessage to an Incoming Student

๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ’šGo Global with #GridPals - Use the remaining days of the school year to leap outside of the box and connect students Globally with #GridPals.
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’ก#GridPals Year in Review

๐Ÿค”โค๏ธ๐Ÿ“Reflection is the Heart of Learning -  Learning is a journey.  Encourage students to reflect on a challenge that eventually turned into a success.
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กMy Learning Rollercoaster

๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ญMemories Last a Lifetime -  Top 10 lists are always fun, so have fun as students create their own Top 10 memories from the school year!
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กTop 10 Memories

๐Ÿ–ผ๐ŸŽจBest Work Gallery- As students gather a collection of their best work from the school year, ask them to record why they believe the work was their best. It can be a collection of student projects, report cards, tests, class work, recognitions - whatever they want. Their video becomes an instant video portfolio of highlights from the year!  
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กBest Work Gallery

๐Ÿ“–My ____ Grade Story - Choosing a favorite book or story, ask students to find vivid words and phrases (or simply use the elements of the plot) to re-create a story depicting their year. 
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กMy ___ Grade Story

๐Ÿ’•๐ŸคHost a Kindness Challenge - Ask students to spread kindness each day until the end of the school year. 
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กEnd of Year Kindness Challenge

๐Ÿ†Twist on Awards Day - Roll out the Red Carpet with this idea! Have students reflect on the school year happenings including Field Trips, special classes, guest speakers, school events, projects etc.
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กTwist on Awards Day

๐ŸŽคEnd of School Year Interview - Students pair up to interview each other about their "favorites." 
๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’กEnd of School Year Interview


Field Day Activities - collect fun video footage of your Field Day experiences and follies!
School Carnival and Field Day by Kimberly Bower

Awards Day - record your classroom award celebrations for students to remember their special day and for families to relive the moments.
Grid for Parents- End of Year by Helen Mui


May 7th - National Teacher's Day, typically the week is also Teacher Appreciation Week - students can send a special message thanking their favorite teachers present and past!
๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™‚๏ธ My Teacher is a Super Hero by Paula Klipfel

May 12th - Motherโ€™s Day  & June 16th - Fatherโ€™s Day - create a heartfelt video message for mothers, fathers and parental figures - generate a private link and grab the QR code to keep the messages personal and to add to other gifts students may create.
๐ŸŒธ Motherโ€™s Day Poem by Kathrina Mendez

I hope you have an enjoyable end of school year with your students & I appreciate all of the dedication you put in to making education a great experience for them!

See you on the grid!
Jornea

 

May Newsletter ๐ŸšŒ

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, filled with all the latest Flipgrid updates and community opportunities. Like something you see? Share with your friends!

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Happy #TeacherAppreciation MONTH! All month we are thanking and celebrating YOU and the amazing ways you empower and amplify learners around the world. Keep reading for all the Teacher Appreciation Month details, including our new VoicePod Challenge!

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In honor of #TeacherAppreciation MONTH, weโ€™re awarding five educators a new #FlipgridVoicePod EVERY. DAY. All you have to do is say โ€œthanksโ€ or share a great idea! Find out how to win!


From Flipgrid Studios to Toronto, Canada, with ten inspiring stops along the way: join us on the Heartland #FlipgridBusTour!


Join us at FlipgridLIVE, June 24, 2019 in Philadelphia
Weโ€™re always working to make Flipgrid simpler, more powerful, more inclusive, and of course more fun. Every week our developers push out updates - sometimes big, sometimes small - to improve the Flipgrid experience for you and your students. Once a year, we celebrate you and release our biggest updates and new features andโ€ฆ youโ€™ll have to join us to find out!


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Chirping with excitement, sharing family trees, and soaring into assessments, hereโ€™s a handful of incredible Tweets from the #FlipgridFever community this past month!


As we gear up for FlipgridLIVE, our developers have snuck out a few updates this Spring! See whatโ€™s new!


Educator Innovation Satellite
Jornea, Jess, and Ann are your three Educator Innovation Leads! The trio are constantly sourcing and sharing innovative ideas from and for you and your fellow Flipgrid educators. Check out their latest posts below and navigate to the Educator Innovation Station for even more inspiration.

Set forth, full STEAM ahead! Jess has packed together a series of ideas for how you can curate lessons that foster collaboration, elicit feedback, promote design thinking, stimulate investigation, and showcase learning!

Engage your 8 to 10 year old scholars with these tips, tricks, and best practices, curated by Ann from your fellow innovative and inspiring #FlipgridFever educators!

Wrap up the semester with memories, challenges, messages, and more: Jornea has put together a collection of thirteen savvy reflection ideas (each with a launch-ready Flipgrid Disco Library Topic)!


We are so grateful to work with you and we are so inspired by the innovative ways you empower and amplify your students. Please continue sharing your amazing ideas, feedback, and questions with us on Twitter and via email - we love chatting!

๐Ÿ’š Your friends at Flipgrid in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tips + Tricks: Engaging Scholars, Ages 8 - 10 ๐Ÿคฉ

The following blog post is written by Flipgrid Educator Innovation Lead Ann Kozma and members of the #FlipgridFever community.

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Learning loves community! Sharing examples and ideas from our classrooms is just one way our learning community is #BetterTogether. I reached out to some inspiring teachers and asked them to share tips, tricks, and best practices for leveraging Flipgrid in the upper elementary grades. Hereโ€™s what they had to sayโ€ฆ

Andy Knueven  is a 5th Grade Math/Science teacher in Zionsville, Indiana.

Andy Knueven is a 5th Grade Math/Science teacher in Zionsville, Indiana.

Amanda Glover  is a 4th/5th Grade Math/Science/STEAM Lead teacher in Tampa, Florida.

Amanda Glover is a 4th/5th Grade Math/Science/STEAM Lead teacher in Tampa, Florida.

Linda Bystrek  is a 4th Grade teacher in Old Bridge, New Jersey.

Linda Bystrek is a 4th Grade teacher in Old Bridge, New Jersey.

Kristin Merrill  is a 4th Grade teacher in Naples, Florida.

Kristin Merrill is a 4th Grade teacher in Naples, Florida.

Knela Newton  is a 3rd Grade teacher in Smith River, California.

Knela Newton is a 3rd Grade teacher in Smith River, California.

Tim Galles  is a 5th Grade teacher in Casper, Wyoming.

Tim Galles is a 5th Grade teacher in Casper, Wyoming.

If you teach upper elementary students, please feel free to reach out to any of these incredible educators. They all share generously and are willing to help you take the next step with Flipgrid in your classroom! For even more tips, check out the Integration Docs for Grades 3-5. As always, please reach out any time if you have any questions.

See you on the Grid!
๐Ÿ’š Ann

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!