July 2019 Shorts Report 💡

Welcome to our monthly newsletter (The “Shorts Report”), filled with all the latest Flipgrid updates and community opportunities. Like something you see? Share with your friends!

July 2019 Shorts Report

Whether you’re preparing for tomorrow or next semester, we are here for you! The team and I (Adam here!) loved connecting with many of you at #ISTE19 and #FlipgridLIVE this past month. This month, the innovation and collaboration continues: join us for a collection of opportunities to connect, share, showcase, and celebrate #StudentVoice!

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FlipgridAR

FlipgridAR is LIVE NOW! Simply update your Flipgrid app: all existing Flipgrid QR Codes have been autoMAGICally upgraded to Flipgrid AR codes. Check out the debut, an example, and how to bring your community’s videos to life!


Jornea, Jess, and Ann - your Educator Innovation Leads - are organizing a packed week of opportunities for sharing and discovering brilliant ways to engage, empower, and amplify your scholars with wisdom from your fellow Flipgrid educators. Join the festivities from July 29th - August 02!

Ready right now? Flipgrid 101 is the new go-to place for getting started with Flipgrid: how to go from creating your account to collecting videos from your students!

Join a live Flipgrid PD session to learn about the basics of Flipgrid along with our latest opportunities. Starting July 9th, we’re hosting weekly live sessions on Teams!


Win a #FlipgridVoicePod for your community by becoming a Flipgrid Certified Expert (Level 2) before August 1st!


Student-lead lessons, back-to-school prompts, and a twist on a once-analog activity: here are just a few of the outstanding ideas from your #FlipgridFever community this past month!


At FlipgridLIVE, we announced all the new features coming August 1st! For a sneak peak at what our developers finalizing for the big release, check out the summary!


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!

FlipgridLIVE 2019 💚

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Thank you! Wow! We had an incredible time celebrating with all of you and sharing the new updates to Flipgrid. Thank you to everyone who joined us in Philadelphia and online via the live broadcast for truly a magical evening centered around community, inclusion, impacts, empowerment, and #StudentVoice.

Our developers are hard at work preparing to release everything we announced on August 1st. Check out the summary below!

Re-experience FlipgridLIVE including all the announcements, inspiring mic-drop Shorts from eight incredible educators, Flipgrid Amplify, Empower, and Inspire awards, and more via the recording, Wakelet collection, and Facebook Album!


Unlock a new world of possibilities with FlipgridAR: LIVE NOW!

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🌈 The one exception to our August 1st release is FlipgridAR! Simply update your Flipgrid app: all existing QR Codes have autoMAGICally been upgraded to Flipgrid AR codes.

🌈 Easily create and print new FlipgridAR stickers for any response to place Flipgrid videos in augmented reality on everything.

🌈 Transform homework, family nights and school events by “sticking” student voice everywhere with FlipgridAR stickers.


Enhanced storytelling capabilities with the new Shorts Camera!

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🔮 Stitch together and rearrange unlimited segments into one simple video.

🔮 Pause and flip the camera, add live inking over videos, select from thousands of text and emoji stickers, and apply unique video styles to add creative flare to videos.

🔮 Turn on whiteboard mode in videos to add context to stories.

🔮 Easily record and embed Shorts videos in platforms including Teams, OneNote, Remind and Wakelet with even more partners coming soon.


Redesigned with a focus on inclusion, accessibility and performance.

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🚀 Now, every Flipgrid response video is automatically transcribed by Microsoft Azure and delivered through an updated closed-captioning experience.

🚀 The updated Flipgrid video player leverages Microsoft’s Immersive Reader to make full transcripts available in all response videos.


Ignite engagement with Topics from Code.org, HackingSTEM, Find Your Grind, Wonderopolis and more.

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🎉 Find launch-ready discussion prompts (“Topics”) inside your Flipgrid Educator Admin in the Disco Library.

🎉 Search thousands of educator-created Topics by audience, subject and goal.

🎉 Explore enriching, activity-packed Topics from Code.org, Microsoft Education and NASA, Find Your Grind, and Wonderoplis with additional partner content in the works.


#BetterTogether: WeVideo + Flipgrid

The following post is a collaboration by Jennifer Eggert (Instructional Technology Coach), Nathan Lang-Raad (WeVideo Chief Education Officer), and Ann Kozma (Flipgrid Educator Innovation Lead).

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Regardless of the grade and content you teach, one goal we all share as teachers is empowering students to articulate their learning. Bringing together the engaging creation powers of WeVideo and social learning nature of Flipgrid enables you to provide your students opportunity to plan, produce, and direct a plot of creative inquiry…

I (Ann Kozma, Educator Innovation Lead) had the pleasure of chatting with Jennifer Eggert, an Instructional Technology Coach at DuJardin Elementary School in Bloomingdale, Illinois, and Nathan Lang-Raad (WeVideo’s Chief Education Officer) to highlight some specific ideas for math as well as general ideas for any and every subject!

📐📊➗🔢 Mathematical Thinking

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For elementary maths, Jennifer Eggert focuses on:

💭 Getting students to share their thoughts verbally AND show their work visually.

💭 Giving opportunities to share meaningful AND authentic feedback using mathematical language.

Combing the Math Learning Center apps, WeVideo webcam recorder, and imported feature of Flipgrid, Jennifer had her students #appsmash and share their learning around place value.

Specifically, students (1) screencast and produced a video with WeVideo discussing place value. Once complete, students (2) went to Flipgrid and clicked that iconic green plus. On the recorder screen, the students (3) clicked the “Upload Video” button and shared their masterpiece. With all their creations in one Topic, the students were instructed to (4) watch their peers’ videos and provide feedback.

When using the Student to Student Replies feature in Flipgrid, Jennifer recommends giving students a prompt to help drive meaningful conversation among peers. For example, check out her “Say Something Nice, Give Some Advice” chart.

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🌊 🔗💡💚 More Ideas + Resources

The possibilities are endless when creating videos to share and showcase learning. WeVideo and Flipgrid are a dynamic duo that empower our students to go beyond sharing answers with a shoulder partner and open up endless pathways for our students to share, celebrate, and showcase their incredible learning journeys…

💥 Check out this Wakelet collection of epic ideas for using Flipgrid + WeVideo.

💥 Take a deeper dive with Jennifer’s awesome ideas for math screencasting.

💥 Download this Peer Feedback Chart by @lantonha.

💥 Explore WeVideo and view the awesome tips + tricks in The Educator’s Guide to WeVideo

💥 Connect with these awesome educators who are rocking WeVideo + Flipgrid: @mrsnelsond13, @LucyConley20, @AnnaDispensa, and @ms_beckwith.

June 2019 Newsletter 🌞

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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A Shorts Report: Hi everyone, Adam here! We’re trying something new for this edition of your Flipgrid Newsletter - just like this note, I’m going to keep things short! Read on for a quick *flash* overview of the latest exciting updates and opportunities! If something sparks your interest, click the link for more info!

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On June 24th, we're celebrating YOU and your fellow innovative, inspiring, global community of educators AND announcing our biggest update yet at… FlipgridLIVE 🎉

If you'll be in Philadelphia, join us in person (we are approaching capacity: if you haven’t already, RSVP NOW!).

We'll be broadcasting the show as well - reach out to John Bimmerle to organize a watch party with your educator community.


As we gear up for FlipgridLIVE, our team released a few updates!

Download all QR Codes
With a single click, you can download all the video QR codes in a Topic! I won't comment on if/how this is related to what's in store for June 24th… 😎

Import Video without a Camera/Microphone
You can now import a video on the browser when your device’s camera/microphone are not working - thank you Kristin, Joe, and Classroom 39 for the idea!


Learn the foundations of Flipgrid by becoming Flipgrid Certified Level 1, share your incredible ideas and win a #FlipgridVoicePod (THEY'RE BACK!) by becoming Flipgrid Certified Level 2!


Jornea, Jess, and Ann are continually curating, creating, and remixing resources on the Educator Innovation Station (including age- and subject-specific Integration Docs) and beyond! Check out their latest posts…

Ann sparked a conversation around preparing your students to celebrate the selfie step while also practicing professionalism!

Turn "see you next year" into "see you on the Grid" with these ideas from Jess and friends!

Capture the shenanigans at your next field day with this #Fliphunt idea from Jornea!


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We're excited to welcome Kayla - our Flipgrid Summer Experience protégé. In addition to helping check over everyone's work, she'll be taking the baton from Josh, who graduated from the University of Minnesota this past month - congratulations 🎓 Josh!

If you're sharing Flipgrid at an upcoming conference or event, let us know - we'd love to send over some swag! Simply email Kayla at events@flipgrid.com (please try to give us a month’s notice) and check out our presentation library!


On behalf of the Flipgrid Team, 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!

💚 Adam

P.S. Welcome new Student Voice Ambassadors and THANK YOU Shannon, Andrew, Pear Deck, Malinda, Michael, Matt, Andy, Melisa, Leah, Michael, Kerry, Jen, Colleen, and your incredible students, fellow educators, and supportive communities - Jess, Ann, George, and I LOVED visiting you all on the Heartland #FlipgridBusTour!

💫 Student Voice Rockstar: Priscilla Heredia

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INNOVATION in EDUCATION = 👩‍🎨Creativity, 📈Taking Risks, 💞Supporting Others, and 🥳Having Fun!

Priscilla Heredia is a dedicated Gifted Education, Technology, and STEM educator reigning from Mt. Laurel, New Jersey! She has been rockin’ out Flipgrid for over 2 years…and WE had the pleasure of rockin’ out with her school on the very first Student Voice #FlipgridBusTour. Priscilla rocked the mic and wowed us with her ZING! to kick off EdCamp Flipgrid, as she challenged educators to create, inspire, and take chances! Priscilia also partnered with Kathi Kersznowski to present the beginnings to the infamous #Fliphunt during #StuVoiceCon18! The Flipgrid Explorer Series soared around the world as Priscilla organized the global #GridPals collaboration with classes from various countries engaging in the Aquarium, Code, Fish School, and Robots Flipgrid Explorer Series. As a #StudentVoiceAmbassador and one of the first #GridGuides Priscilla has shown her care and concern about the educator community, sharing ideas and adding over 50 topics to the #FlipgridDiscoLibrary. It is evident the vast impact she is making on the world of education and we are inspired and love every impact she is making!

When Priscilla thinks of Flipgrid 💥Empowering💥 is the one word that comes to her mind. She is a true gem and empowers educators and students near and far.

#WednesdayWisdom from Priscilla

Uses
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Choose Your Own Flipventure
🔬STEM
🌍Global Goals
📚Literature Circles
📖World Read Alouds
🙇‍♀️Project Reflections

Impact
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Flipgrid has given us a way to be more creative & connect with each other here at school, within our district, & the world! It led us to learn about the importance of the SDGs (Global Goals) ⚡️✨💡

Advice
Just jump in! Start with an easy fun Topic to explore & learn it together with your students. If you'd like support, reach out to me & the rest of the #FlipgridFever community, we are here for you!

Learn from Priscilla
#DiscoLibrary Topics
#GridGuide Field Notes
Twitter: @MTL_TechHeredia
Check out Priscilla’s Rockstar Video:

#GridTip Party: 🏫 School's Out for.... ☀️ Summer Learning

The following blog post is written by Flipgrid Educator Innovation Leads Jornea ErwinAnn Kozma, and Jess Boyce. In the #GridTip Series, Jornea, Ann, and Jess will share tips and tricks to help you explore ideas and possibilities with Flipgrid. Looking for more inspiration? Check out the Educator Innovation Station for tons of new ideas!

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We know that even though final grades are submitted, learning never stops. The time students and educators spend away from school are filled with such meaningful and authentic learning opportunities! With the power and accessibility of Flipgrid, we can continue to amplify our students' voices, challenge them to share their learning, and keep them connected while away from school during summer break. 

Here are some ideas to keep your students engaged this summer!

Summer Book Clubs:  When students are sent a summer reading list, simply create a Grid and include a Topic for each book students are asked to read! (Bonus: This could be a great idea for teachers to share what they’re reading with each other as well!)

📙 Summer Reading Challenge by Candice Bagley
📘 Book Recommendations by Adam Yoder

📕 Reading Book Review by Amber Friel
📗 Six Word Summaries by Jornea Erwin

Daily Math ChallengeEncouraging students to apply their math skills in fun ways over the summer allows them to retain, improve, and grow their mathematical reasoning.

Would You Rather (money) by Kathy Saunders
Mass and Capacity at Home by Nicole Wilson

Would You Rather Math by Kristin Merrill
Math Around Me by Jornea Erwin

My Summer ExperiencesEncourage students to share their unique experiences, vacations, and fun with one another throughout the summer!

🌊 Summer Fun by Toni Roberts

My Summer Experiences by Jornea Erwin

My Hopes for Next School Year Create a Topic to allow students to reflect on their year, while sharing their hopes for the next school year.

🤔 What I wish I’d Known by Megan Ganz

💭 Dear Next Year's Teacher by Na'Shara Tyson

Who says the students should have all the fun? Below are some Disco Library Topics geared towards summer Professional Development and fun for staff! 👩‍🏫

Reflecting on Risks - by JoyAnn Boudreau
Back to School Staff #Fliphunt by Karen Cormany

Summer PD by Kim James
Summer PD Challenge Bingo by Erin Wilson

Have other ideas to engage your learners over the summer? Let us know on Twitter including the hashtag #FlipgridFever! Have a great break!

🚀 See you on the Grid!
Jornea, Jess, and Ann

PS: See below for some ideas from the #FlipgridFever community for engaging students all summer long!