Flipgrid for the Camera Shy ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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Flipgrid was created to provide ALL students the space and time to share their understanding, ideas, questions, projectsโ€ฆ their VOICEโ€ฆ when physical time and space in the classroom does not always allow for it. At the same time, Flipgrid provides you (and the families of your students!) a window into each learnerโ€™s thinking.

Although our students are digital natives, not all will be comfortable (at least in the beginning) recording themselves on video for classroom purposes. Keep reading for my best tips and tricks to get ALL your students sharing their beautiful voice!

11 Savvy Tips: Flipgrid for the Camera Shy

Savvy Tip #1: Start simple. If your students are a bit hesitant to put themselves on camera, their nerves will be even stronger if they're asked to answer a challenging question right away. Start with something fun and simple that will get them comfortable. Check out the Conversations Starters Playlist of launch-ready topics in the Flipgrid Disco Library to get started!

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Savvy Tip #2: Post the first video yourself.  If students see you relaxed, authentic, or even silly, students will feel more comfortable doing the same. Simply record a video as the Topic Focus! Check out Student Voice Ambassador Priscilla Heredia modeling and having fun with #FlipmojiSongs in this Disco Library Topic!

Savvy Tip #3:  Record with a buddy, group or with family members. Motivation and confidence increases with the support of peers and family.

Savvy Tip #4:  Use Pixel Mode, Stickers, or Filters. Students have access to fun Styles in Flipgrid, such as Pixel Mode! Students can use this feature to pixelate the video, hiding their face, or use it to reveal clues throughout the video. In addition, students can add an emoji as a sticker over the video to hide their face. Check out this awesome โ€œGuess Whoโ€ Disco Library Topic from Educator Innovation Lead Ann Kozma!

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Savvy Tip #5: Use Whiteboard mode or record something else!  The Flipgrid camera is filled with powerful features, such as Whiteboard Mode, emoji, inking, and text, that allow your students to share their voice without their face being on camera. Check out every update in the all-new Flipgrid, launched on August 1, 2019!

Students can also use the rear-facing camera (on any device that has one) to capture their world as they share their voice.

Savvy Tip #6:  Moderate Topics.  The moderation feature allows you to choose which responses show on the Grid. From your Educator Admin (admin.flipgrid.com), select the Actions button to edit your Topic settings. In the Topic Status section toggle on Video Moderation. After you review, you can provide private feedback, share the video with the studentโ€™s family, and choose whether to make the video visible to the class or keep it hidden.

Savvy Tip #7:  Use Sticky Notes. Digital Sticky Notes in Flipgrid allow students to jot down key points and notes they want to remember, increasing confidence as they share their ideas.

Savvy Tip #8:  Interview a friend - This is a great way for students to help each other become comfortable recording while also practicing speaking and listening skills. Pair quieter students with a student who is more comfortable on camera. As they ask questions they can pause the video to gather their thoughts before speaking.

Savvy Tip #9:  Create paper slides videos - Paper slides allows students to unleash their creativity by creating a slide for each of their big ideas.  As the student is speaking, someone else can move the paper slides into the view of the camera, or they can upload each slide as an image and record a voice over!

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Savvy Tip #10:  Create a screencast -  Students can voice over a screen recording and then upload to Flipgrid. Screencastify, Screencast-o-matic, Loom are great options to get started. Once the video is complete, they will upload their .mp4 or .mov file to your Grid as a Flipgrid Response.

Savvy Tip #11:  Appsmash! - Appsmashing is the process of combining two or more apps, and Flipgrid makes appsmashing easy! Students can record a video in Snapchat, Instagram, Adobe Spark, Chatterpix or any other platform and then upload the video to your class Flipgrid.  Be prepared for some of the most creative responses youโ€™ll ever see!

So remember, although some students may be shy at first, they will come around with time and practice. We all get more comfortable the more we do something.  Allow students to be themselves and choose how they want to respond and watch ALL your students shine!

See you on the grid!

-Jornea
@savvy_educator
jerwin@flipgrid.com

#GridTip Party: ๐Ÿซ School's Out for.... โ˜€๏ธ 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 theyโ€™re reading with each other as well!)

๐Ÿ“™ Summer Reading Challenge by Candice Bagley
๐Ÿ“˜ Book Recommendations by Adam Yoder

๐Ÿ“• Reading Book Review by Amber Friel
๐Ÿ“— 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.

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

โž• Would You Rather Math by Kristin Merrill
โž– Math Around Me by Jornea Erwin

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

๐ŸŒŠ Summer Fun by Toni Roberts

โ˜€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.

๐Ÿค” What I wish Iโ€™d Known by Megan Ganz

๐Ÿ’ญ 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! ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ

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!

๐Ÿš€ 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!

#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.
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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!
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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!  
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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.
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๐ŸŽคEnd of School Year Interview - Students pair up to interview each other about their "favorites." 
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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.
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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

 

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

Tips & Tricks for Flipgrid in PreK-2 Classrooms ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿ’ก

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

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As a former first grade teacher, I know that with additional supports, creative workflows, and specific instructions, even the littlest learners can be successful when using technology to share their voices. I reached out to some amazing primary teachers to drop their tips, tricks, and best practices for leveraging Flipgrid. Hereโ€™s what they had to sayโ€ฆ

Joe Merrill    is a 1st Grade Teacher in Naples, Florida.

Joe Merrill is a 1st Grade Teacher in Naples, Florida.

Brandi MIller    is a 1st Grade Teacher in Auburndale, Florida.

Brandi MIller is a 1st Grade Teacher in Auburndale, Florida.

Eric Garcia    is a 1st Grade teacher in mcfarland, California

Eric Garcia is a 1st Grade teacher in mcfarland, California

Sara Malchow    is a Digital Learning SPecialist in Pulaski, Wisconsin

Sara Malchow is a Digital Learning SPecialist in Pulaski, Wisconsin

Michael Hughes    is a Kindergarten teacher in Corona, California

Michael Hughes is a Kindergarten teacher in Corona, California

Susan Stewart    is a tech coach and started the #k2cantoo movement in fresno, california

Susan Stewart is a tech coach and started the #k2cantoo movement in fresno, california

If you teach young 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 primary classroom! For even more tips, check out the PreK-2 Integration Docs. Moreover, as always, reach out any time if you have any questions.

See you on the Grid!
๐Ÿ’š Ann

Community Spotlight: Empowering English Learners ๐Ÿ’ช

The following post is written by Flipgrid Educator Innovation Lead Jess Boyce and inspired by discussions with Katie Toppel and Sarah Said, creators of the #Flipgrid4ELs Twitter Chat.

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A few months ago we started seeing educators use the hashtag #Flipgrid4ELs as they tweeted how they were using Flipgrid to help English Learners share their voice. What started as a Twitter chat quickly became a movement. Creators Katie Toppel and Sarah Said sparked an important conversation: how can we as educators do more to empower our English language learners?

Here are some ideas from Katie, Sarah, and the inspiring #Flipgrid4ELs community!

๐Ÿ˜ŽBoost Confidence: Speaking aloud in the classroom can be intimidating for ELs. Flipgrid provides a space for students to share their thoughts and ideas without feeling as if all eyes are on them dissecting mistakes.

โŒšAllow for Wait Time and Repetition: Students can practice without penalty - they have the opportunity to think through responses and come up with a plan before recording. They can record as many times as they want until they are satisfied with their pronunciation and the points they are working to get across.

๐Ÿ“Test Preparation: Many language exams take place on computers. Flipgrid allows students to practice in ways that mimic these exams. Set the Video Response Length to reflect the length of time students have to record on the exam. BONUS: Check out the handbook put together by educator Lydia Croupe on using Flipgrid to assist in preparing students for the TELPAS Exam.

๐Ÿ—ฃ Practice Speaking and Listening Skills:  Students can use the Student-to-Student Replies feature to respond to one another, giving them additional conversational practice. Use Mix Tapes to curate a student portfolio, allowing students to see their oral language growth over time.

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง Increase Family Engagement: Guest Mode is a super simple way for families to hop into a Flipgrid Topic and view/reply to their scholars! Families can record at home together, bridging the gap and potential language barrier between home and school. BONUS: families that speak a different primary language can use Immersive Reader to translate content!

๐ŸŒ Connect with Students Worldwide using #GridPals:  Flatten the walls of your classroom and increase global empathy with #GridPals! Students will make connections, converse with peers in another city/state/country, and broaden their perspectives! What a great way to enrich the learning experience of ALL your students.

Explore these launch-ready Disco Library Topics and find new ways to empower every voice in your learning community!

๐Ÿ”ŽNative Speaker Sound Bites - Luis Oliviera

๐Ÿ”ŽBetter Conversation - Margaret Echemendia

๐Ÿ”ŽWhich & Why - Kathi Kerzsnowski

๐Ÿ”ŽTELPAS Practice 1 -Genevieve Forosisky

๐Ÿ”ŽSpeaking Activity #2 - Vivian Mijares

๐Ÿ”ŽPrepare Yourself for an interview - Anamika Jha

If you have other mic drop ideas for implementing Flipgrid in the classroom, especially with EL students, we would love to hear them. Share on Twitter using #FlipgridFever and #Flipgrid4ELs! And if you want to learn more about Katie and Sarahโ€™s Twitter chat, check out their blog post here. See you on the grid! ๐Ÿš€

๐Ÿ’• Jess

PS: Keep scrolling to check out some of the amazing ways the #Flipgrid4ELs community is empowering their learners. Iโ€™ve also included an epic Sketchnote from the incredible Omar Lopez!