4 Favorite Updates for #flipgridfever
Aug18

4 Favorite Updates for #flipgridfever

The Flipgrid updates are amazing – but here are the four I love the most! Stickies – These are available on the actual question right where students go to leave a video response. They are a brilliant way to have students prepare for expressing their ideas.  Stickies gives students a way to leave themselves reminders of what they want to talk about or ideas they want to make sure and cover. TIP: Be careful – learning to be articulate means not reading from a script- so teach students to leave prompts not exact words Stamps and Drawings on Selfies – Draw on photos or add stickers…use this to allow students to accentuate their ideas or reiterate the theme. It can also be a way for students to gain the attention of the other student viewers who might choose to watch their response based on keywords drawn on the selfie –  or stickers that help summarize their ideas. Have fun – but use them to add to the content no distract from it! Star a Response – it takes students a while to learn to give good video responses. They need to learn to look at the camera – talk slowly (but not too slowly) make their point in an articulate and concise way. This takes practice. So starring a good example and discussing the characteristics of a good response will be an important part of your journey – and the star feature allows you to do this easily! Adding Titles – Since I started my technology integration journey, I have been obsessed with students using titles. I even went so far as to tell my students unless their titles were compelling, I would not listen to or watch their responses. Being able to bring people to your content with a good title is a crucially important digital literacy skill. How many emails to do you get everyday without a good subject line? How many papers are turned in without riveting titles? In the digital age, this is a very important skill – we don’t spend enough time on. Let students practice this crucial art of creating captivating titles by taking advantage of this amazing new update. Again – here you can star good examples of titles too! For more ideas on using technology effectively in the classroom-check out our new book The Google Infused Classroom on amazon. Share...

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#FlipgridFever  – 10 of the best updates
Aug10

#FlipgridFever – 10 of the best updates

This summer I fell in love, but it wasn’t a romance or a summer fling –  it was the love of a new app and all the ways I will be able to use it with students next year.! As a teacher who values the idea of making thinking visible as a foundational pedagogical strategy – Flipgrid has emerged as my go to app to make this happen in the classroom. If I gave away awards for best apps – FlipGrid would win my 2017 award – hands down! On August 10 – Flipgrid announces its new iteration of an already great app! These are my 10 personal favorite updates! Add links and videos as discussion prompts – this means you can record and upload video prompts. Embed YouTube or Vimeos to spark discussions – even GIFS. Add links or even a Google Doc (you can other docs – but I am a Google girl) to help give background or empower the discussion.  Attach a link to student responses Discussions as short as  15 seconds or as long as 5 minutes.  You can now let students start the  discussion by creating their own ”flips.” Also give them a “Spark” distinction to make their response spark a discussion for the entire class.  Use QuickView to easily watch student responses and/or respond and navigate between videos. Private share link  to send parents their child’s video only – and not those of the other students. Add hashtags to a video response to make it searchable. Add stickers and drawings to selfie image – Students will die for this! Students are going to die for more “like” options including emjois and mic drop! Mic drop that! For a full list of the updates –  you can visit the Flipgrid blog.  Want to use Flipgrid in some great pedagogical ways? Check out The Google Infused Classroom for some great ideas! Share...

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The Google Infused Classroom on LIVE
Aug08

The Google Infused Classroom on LIVE

From Classroom 2.o LIVE – our webinar about The Google Infused Classroom. August 5, 2017. Welcome back to a new school year! We are so excited to have two amazing educators and authors, Holly Clark and Tanya Avrith, to help us kick off our new year! They will share ideas from their new book “The Google Infused Classroom” which is based on the premise that we need to fuse great pedagogy with powerful technology tools to create meaningful learning experiences for our Generation Z students. They will go over some of the concepts from the book, as well as showcase some fun ways you can really get at student understanding in your classroom! This webinar will be a great way to get inspired for the upcoming school year – and learn ways to take learning to the next level. https://www.amazon.com/Google-Infused… Share...

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Best of… #FlipgridFever Posts
Aug05

Best of… #FlipgridFever Posts

The Best of Flipgrid – From this Blog! 10 Reasons Why I have #FlipGrid Fever 17 Ways to Incorporate #FlipGrid in the Classroom  15 Ways to Use FlipGrid in Social Studies COMING SOON! Flipgrid’s on Fire – whats new in FlipGrid – coming 8.10.17 Share...

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15 Ways to Use #Flipgrid for Social Studies
Jul30

15 Ways to Use #Flipgrid for Social Studies

I have Flipgrid fever and its only getting worse. I just can’t stop thinking of ways to use Flipgrid in the classroom! Here is my next installment of ideas… Flipgrid is arguably one of the best apps of 2017. It has so many layers of thinking it can uncover. At first view – it is a video response platform – but it is so much more, so layered, and so effective in helping teachers capture rich information about student learning and growth. Let’s take a look… What is Flipgrid? In simple terms and from the website, “A grid is where your students go to view your topics, record their responses and reply to their classmates. These grids can be open or locked. Use the promocode: hollyclark to get 90 days of FlipGrid Free trial. 1. App Smash with Chatter Pix  – have kids take on a persona of a historical figure. Example: Have students make a grid for the first 10 Presidents – break them into a collaborative group to write an entertaining script for each president. 2. Student owned Grid – To create a space where all students tell a story over time as a historical figure – or historical event. 3. Use the thinking routine – I used to think…now I think after a lesson to get at what students learned and what they now understand. 4. Use the thinking routine – headlines – to have students create a headline for a historical event – make sure the students explain why these chose this idea. 5. Three Reasons I would… – have students give three reasons why they would: Settle in one of the first to a colonies or provinces (for my Canadian friends) Do away with something in the Bill of Rights, Constitution, The G-3 was free trade agreement, etc Do away or support the right to bare arms – second amendment For the fall of the Roman Empire – or end of any historical event Etc, etc 6. Succinct Summary of Unit – give a quick summary of a lesson or historical idea…this is where they learn to give an elevator pitch about a historical event or idea 7.  Oral Exit Ticket – three things I learned – or want to know more about after a this lesson. 8. What would have happened if…(Germany won the war –  there was not a second amendment…we didn’t have the electoral college) 9. How to spot a ….Civil War Soldier, Crusader, Republican 10. The turning point was…explain the turning point of an event 11. Guess my location game – give three clues see if other students can guess using the reply feature – “I am a state with water, mountains and a...

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10 Life Hacks for Getting Ready for a New School Year
Jul14

10 Life Hacks for Getting Ready for a New School Year

  Whether you agree with Summer breaks in Education or not, almost all teachers get them and most teachers enjoy them (despite the minor harassment we get from our friends in other professions). But all good things must come to an end and starting the school year after a Summer full of beach trips, pool parties, and all day Netflix binge watching (not me, but a friend of mine…) can be hard if we lack the mental preparation it requires to get back into the swing of things. Here is a list of 10 things you can do during your Summer holiday to really hit the ground running when the morning bell rings on day one. Watch these Inspiring movies and take a few notes. Most of us have seen the feel good movies about teachers but how many of us take the lessons from them and actually try to make them, to some degree, a reality? Here is a list of three movies I suggest you watch and take a few notes during. See if you can find a way to implement one thing you like about the showcased educator into your routine. Ron Clark Story, Freedom Writers Diary, Dangerous Minds and my favorite Dead Poets Society. Do you have a favorite – tell me yours on twitter using #infusedclassroom – I would love to add to my list! Read, “Most Likely to Succeed” by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith Watch the Trailer to their documentary Read the Book While a plethora of great books about education exist today, I suggest this one specific book for a particular reason: we must totally upend public and private educational systems and redesign why we send our kids to school. Test-makers and the tests they create still run the show but in the age of, “Let me Google The For You” we are no longer preparing children for factory jobs and basic citizenship. Don’t get me wrong, we still need those two things but we can no longer afford to stop short of providing an education to kids that meets the needs of our 21st century economy. Make a list of three new things you want to try this year and share it. Here is the idea, we all work better when we have someone to bounce our ideas off of. So find a teacher friend and make a date for coffee – call it a mini CoffeeEdu. Sit down and follow this thinking template. Write down and discuss three things that went great for you in your practice this past year. (Take some notes about what you said and feedback...

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