It’s no secret if you follow my posts that I’m a huge fan of Flipgrid. It is a tool that has amplified our student voices all around the globe. It most recently was named a 2017 AASL Best App and AASL Best Website. The Flipgrid team is constantly listening to the rapidly growing community of users and improving the tool to meet the needs of all users. As a company, they celebrate the passion of educators, the wisdom of students, and the curiosity of families. Flipgrid is continuously celebrating the innovative uses of their tool by further amplifying student and educator voices on social media and presentations. They are simply an amazing group of people.
If you’ve never tried Flipgrid or you are already using it, now is the perfect time to get more active with this award-winning tool and supportive community. Here are some things you should do right now.
- Setup a free account. Create a grid. Post your first topic.
- Share your topic link on Twitter with the hashtag #FlipgridFever You might also add some other hashtags like #studentvoice #k12 #futureready or #edtech Why hashtags? They are what connect you to communities of conversation and amplify the voices of the people on your topic.
- Continue to work toward being a Flipgrid Certified Educator. If you did step 1 & 2, you are almost there. You’ll earn a cool badge, new bragging rights on your resume, and you’ll be a part of an active community of Flipgrid users.
- Follow the #FlipgridFever hashtag and participate in the conversations. This hashtag is on fire. The last Twitter chat was so active that you could barely keep up. This hashtag will connect you with a global community of Flipgrid users at all levels of education and beyond. You’ll get countless ideas for how to use Flipgrid in your own work, and you’ll be supported with questions you have.
- Look for people who are posting their Flipgrid links and respond to their topics. You’ll become a better Flipgrid user, hear from many perspectives, and become a support in the Flipgrid community. If you respond to at least 10 topics and keep a spreadsheet of your response links, you’ll get a Flipgrid Community Builder badge.
- Finally, sign up to view the big Flipgrid announcement coming on August 10 at 7PM CT. As an ambassador, I’ve seen a teaser of some of the upcoming features, and you don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear about them in detail. Flipgrid rolls out updates quite often and it’s important to stay in the loop on what is new. Just when you think Flipgrid couldn’t be better, the team comes up with new ways to engage users and amplify voice. I’m so excited to be heading to Flipgrid HQ to be at the announcement in person, but there are also some viewing parties happening around the country. You could even host one yourself.
During the upcoming school year, I plan to support all of my teachers in using Flipgrid in their classrooms. It’s one of those tools that can apply to so many projects and experiences in education. Users are continuously coming up with innovative ways to amplify voice with this tool and combine it with other tech tools we are already using. I look forward to connecting with so many inspiring educators through the #FlipgridFever community and probably creating some globally connected projects along the way.