Flipgrid ARientation Guide

Flipgrid, the worldwide phenomenon and globally beloved edtech tool, has an extra-awesome feature that is becoming more and more popular for obvious reasons. It’s AR technology (that’s augmented reality), so it automatically has a mega-cool factor! In Flipgrid, any or all of the videos that are created can be printed as QR codes and scanned with the Flipgrid app. That’s when the magic happens.

The video appears – not a link to be clicked, but the actual video – and it appears to hover just above the surface of wherever the QR code is attached. You can literally pass your hand behind the video as it continues to play. THAT is #FlipgridAR!

When I show this technology to folks, I ask them to consider “the where & the why”. Not all Flipgrid videos need to be printed and placed somewhere as an interactive QR code. If the topic was an exit ticket for a lesson or a “How was your weekend?” kind of prompt, then it’s okay for those videos to just live in Flipgrid and be part of that classroom/community space on the web.

So that got me thinking about how “the where” really matters when using #FlipgridAR, and this project was born!

At the end of the first month of school, I asked a class of fifth grade students to help with a project.  I explained that for the past month, their teachers had done a lot of orientation – teaching and showing them expected routines and procedures. I asked for them to help create an ARientation experience for a new student. Using what they had learned in the past few weeks, I asked them to become the teachers, creating video clips that would strategically be placed so that a new student (or any visitor) could scan and learn.

My buddy Mr. Cho helped with this project, and he paired students, gave each a laptop, and a suggested an idea for their video. Topics included things like fire drill procedures, recycling at school, going to the nurse, homework policies, how to turn in finished work, rules for switching classes, navigating the cafeteria, and expectations for using the restrooms and even using the pencil sharpener.

The students really enjoyed brainstorming some of their own ideas for what a new student might want to know, and they really felt empowered to be the ones doing the actual ARientation! (Behold the power of student voice!) Of course, they also still love scanning those augmented reality QR codes for themselves, and pointing them out to any visitors to the classroom!

Below are two partial clips from their creative and non-scripted Flipgrid ARientation videos!

 

UPDATE:  Since I posted this two days ago, I’ve had a number of conversations with educators who are really excited about it!  Through these discussions, I’ve come up with several other ways and places we can all use #ARientation in our schools!  Here are a few other suggestions:

  • Whole School:  Have students create #FlipgridAR codes that can be posted at multiple locations around your entire school!  This will be perfect for new students and families, as well as school tours or any other visitors to your school.
    • School leaders – this could be a really awesome reward or motivation for certain students.  Be intentional in the way you choose students to have this honor of being an #ARientation Ambassador!
  • Special Area Classrooms:  #ARientation is great for the general ed classrooms, but it can really be extra-helpful in the special area classrooms such as the art room, a computer lab, or the library.  These are spaces that are used by ALL students in a school, so having augmented reality video guides throughout these learning spaces can be a really helpful way for newcomers to learn their way around.  (…or to remind not-so-newcomers about how things work!)
  • Shop Classes:  This goes along with Special Area classes, but I think it has an added usefulness:  safety lessons.  Imagine having a “How to use the band saw safely” video posted right on the band saw.  Having students create these #ARientation videos empowers them to model the safety precautions and directions for use that any CTE teacher will expect throughout the year.
  • Weight Room:  Once again, it’s about safety, and modeling the proper use of equipment.  Physical Education teachers may even require students to watch the #ARientation videos before they begin using equipment.  If you want to take it one step further, print the collection of #FlipgridAR QR codes, put them on a paper or digital document, require users to watch all of them, and then create a quiz based on what they have viewed.  You could require a passing score as part of your safety onboarding protocol.

 

ONE MORE THING:  There are so many ways to “spruce up” your #FlipgridAR QR codes.  I use PicCollage on my phone to crop the QR code image and then place it on colored backgrounds with stickers or text around it.  There are many apps and websites that will allow you to do the same thing.  Snip & crop the QR code, drop it on a doc or a slide, add some decorations, and you’ve got yourself a seriously snazzy display for #ARientation!

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Spice Up Your Session Board… with Flipgrid’s Augmented Reality QR Codes!

 

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I’m a mega-fan of edcamps!  I attend them as often as I can, and I also help to organize one called Edcamp Happy Camper here in southern New Jersey.  I love being able to choose my own learning, and I love watching a session board fill up with the ideas and inspirations of each diverse group of educators.  At an edcamp, you never know what the sessions will be until you get there!

Well, I’ve learned that sometimes edcamp attendees STILL aren’t really sure what the sessions are even after they’re posted.  There have been many times that I’ve heard someone say, “I would have gone to that session, but I didn’t really know what it was.”  Look at the sample session board above.  There are several session titles that might not be known to some, and many attendees will avoid those sessions rather than finding someone who can explain it to them.

Enter Flipgrid’s QR codes – made even cooler by the new augmented reality feature!

It would be easy for edcamp organizers to quickly add a little QR code to each posted session.

  • Prior to the edcamp, quickly set up a grid on Flipgrid (name it after your edcamp) and subsequently create a topic called Session Board.
  • You will need a printer nearby so you can print the QR codes right away. You could also use one of these adorable little HP Sprocket portable printers that prints 2×3” stickers instantly through an app.
  • As people come up to post session ideas that they want to facilitate, have one edcamp organizer stationed by the session board who will ask that person to record a quick 30-second synopsis that explains their session.
  • Print the QR code to that video and stick it to that posted session (as shown in sample session board graphic above.)
  • Put the link to the entire TOPIC on the digital version of the session board, so that throughout the day attendees can watch the synopsis videos from wherever they are during the edcamp.

At your edcamp, be sure to make an announcement that people can use their phones to scan the QR codes.  The new AR feature of Flipgrid’s QR codes will make these videos really POP…so be prepared for lots of ooohs and aaahs!

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Thanks so much for reading!  I’d really love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, and feedback.  You can always reach me on Twitter as @kerszi, on my Facebook page called Integration Innovation, or right here on my blog!

What’s A #Fliphunt?

This #Fliphunt movement has absolutely been an evolution of ideas.  It started with:

EdTech? On a Field Trip?… which led to …

I Had a Flipiphany!… which led to….

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So what’s a #Fliphunt?  It’s a video-based scavenger hunt that is completely organized and run in the AMAZING Flipgrid environment.  Since the entire UNIVERSE is using Flipgrid now…or should be…this is a wonderfully fun way to get students up and moving while exploring new learning or documenting understanding using the most beloved edtech site for amplifying student voice and student engagement in ways never known before!

Would a #Fliphunt motivate even the most reluctant learners?   Is video a powerful way to capture student learning?  Can a scavenger hunt be a formative assessment?  Can it be differentiated?  Do kids like stuff like this?  Uhhhh….yeeessssss!  Just take a look at this simple example of one Geometry #Fliphunt:

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Here’s another one I created to assess students’ knowledge of the skeletal system:

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Here’s a super simple visual of how it’s done…

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Are you starting to get ideas about how you can adapt this to your own curricular content?  These can literally be created and used for every subject and for every age!  I have created this infographic of planning considerations to help you think through a few things as you begin to craft your own #Fliphunt:

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Here’s some extra-great news for those of you who are eager to jump in and get started.  At the #FlipgridLive event in Minneapolis in July 2018, Priscilla Heredia and I formally introduced and ran THE VERY FIRST grand-scale, crazy, off-the-charts, not-actually-educational #Fliphunt for folks who were there at Flipgrid HQ in Minneapolis.  That zany, crazy Flipgrid Live Fliphunt was designed for hundreds of people to celebrate Flipgrid-y things and explore Minneapolis during the 3-day event.

What’s even better is that the big ol’  MASTER #FLIPHUNT grid that it was on has a bunch of bells & whistles that you REALLY, REALLY want:

  • other sample #Fliphunt ideas organized by subject
  • a place for you to add your OWN creative awesome #Fliphunt ideas for others
  • clever #Fliphunt game adaptation ideas
  • …and even more #Fliphunt resources!

My favorite thing about this WHOLE #Fliphunt grid is….the content is  totally created & curated by the Flipgrid community!  YOU ALL are the contributors, the askers, the solvers, the brainstormers, and the make-it-betterers! 😎

I have one teensy request….share loudly and widely!  Please use the hashtag to share cool #Fliphunt success stories and pictures and link any #Fliphunt you create, and most importantly please add the things you create to the new, collaborative grid at Flipgrid.com/FLfliphunt.


COOL UPDATE:  My friends from Flipgrid thought this was worth writing a post about on their website, so we worked together to come up with some great ‘pro tips’ in this post:  Let’s Go On A Fliphunt With Kathi K!

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As always, share your thoughts & amazing ideas with me here on the blog, on Twitter at @kerszi, or on my Facebook page Integration Innovation.

I Had a Flipiphany!

It wasn’t a real word.  Until now.  I just made it up, but it’s a real thing so I’m keeping it.  A Flipiphany is when you suddenly realize that Flipgrid would be the ULTIMATE tool for doing what you need to do.  And that just happened!

About 20 minutes ago, I posted another blog post called #EdTech on a Field TripClick over and read the whole thing, because I really was proud of the idea.  It is the story of how I created a fun, curriculum-based, tech-infused photo scavenger hunt for 1st graders at the zoo, and then I offered the teacher a diverse menu of choices as to how to implement the photo scavenger hunt with her class.  After I hit publish on that blog post, I went to bed…..and 15 minutes later I came right back downstairs because I had a serious Flipiphany!

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My original list of options for ways this teacher could USE the scavenger hunt list didn’t include Flipgrid – and it ABSOLUTELY should have!  It needs to!  I’ve already revised the original option sheet from my earlier post – check it out:

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There are lots of ways this could be organized in Flipgrid, but for folks using the free version, I’d suggest setting it up as described in the last option above.  Since most of the scavenger hunt items on my hunt are photos, 15 seconds will be plenty of time.  Removing the selfie decorations will allow viewers to see an accurate thumbnail of the students who participated.  I’d also suggest leaving the “Response Title” on so that groups could use their group name or a brief caption of their grid post.  The topic in Flipgrid might look something like this:

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I have now decided that this is my new favorite thing in the world….Flipgrid Photo Scavenger Hunts!  Seriously.  I need to do these with other teachers for my PD sessions (this is a Tech Integration Specialist’s dream toy tool), with friends and neighbors, and on my family summer vacation!

Ohhhhh…..and if you happen to be going to Flipgrid Live this summer, you’d better believe that there will now be a big ol’ super-fun, kinda crazy, official #FlipHunt happening in Minnesota.  That’s a real word now, too.  The #FlipHunt is ON!

 

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