Have you seen the power💪of Flipgrid Shorts & Microsoft Teams? Whoa 🤯 Your mind is going to be blown! Before we jump into how to use these amazing edtech tools together, here is a brief overview of each tool.

Flipgrid Shorts

Flipgrid Shorts allows the teacher to create stand alone videos, not connected to a grid or a topic. The videos include the same amazing tools built into Flipgrid! 

Just a few of our favorite features include: 

  • Screen Recording
  • Whiteboard Mode
  • Using stickers for instruction
  • Photo overlay

If that wasn’t amazing enough… Flipgrid just announced new updates, including screen recording with students!

Microsoft Teams

#Jenallee likes to call Microsoft Teams the “Mecca of Collaboration”! Why? Well… it is the hub of collaboration, communication, creation, and the ultimate learning space! It is so much more than a learning management system. Although it does offer the ability to assign content and discuss concepts, it offers students the ability to collaborate in real-time, easily communicate, and receive feedback from their teachers as they create!

Want to learn more? Check out this Jenallee Show episode where we interview the former Teams Principal Product Manager, Justin Chando.

Now for the good stuff… How can we use Microsoft Flipgrid Shorts & Teams?

Shorts & Teams

Let’s take a look at 6 ways you can utilize Flipgrid Shorts within Teams to enhance your student’s learning!

Announcements

We LOVE Announcements in Teams! Why not create Flipgrid Shorts to add to your announcements?! This offers your students access to the announcement in three different forms: reading the content, using Immersive Reader to read the announcement, and/or watching a video of you saying the announcement.

We love this for a few different reasons!

  1. Students get to see your face! They love seeing you and hearing your voice!
  2. They can hear your inflection and truly understand your mood and thoughts about the announcement.
  3. They can access content in a way that best fits them!

Check out this Announcement we created as a wellness check! We included the ability for students to respond with specific emojis and of course we included a Flipgrid Short video explaining how to respond. (Thank you Elad Graiver for the inspiration)

Directions

The Short video above is a great example of how to give directions in a post or announcement. Think about adding a Shorts video to an assignment! What a great way to offer your students directions! It is so easy to record your screen, showing your students exactly what you want them to do for the assignment! Not only that, you can also point out the rubric and remind them to check their work!

We know that students need clear and concise directions. During remote learning, we learned that we need to supply our parents with the same directions as well.

Post your Shorts student directions in Teams and then share the shorts link with parents though email, Facebook, Remind, or however you communicate! Our dear friends the #eTwinz (pictured on the left) gave this great advice last week during a @Wakelet webinar! They suggested offering your parents the same directions you give the students, that way everyone is on the same page!

Check out their Wakelet webinar, “What we have Learned in Lockdown” here!

Teaching Concepts

Flipgrid makes it easy to teach a lesson on video! There are so many different options:

  • Record your screen
  • Use the whiteboard
  • Utilize the stickers to teach
  • Use the new math stickers
  • Use an image of your document as a sticker and write on it (aka the new document camera)
  • Utilize any of these features in a split-screen

We must share some of our favorite resources here! To see how easy it is to teach with the Flipgrid camera, check out a recent blog post from our friends, Merrills! They share some great examples of how to easily record your lessons.

Check out this awesome Twitter post from our friend, Ann Kozma to see the new Flipgrid math stickers 😍

Feedback

Offering our students feedback is so important. It helps students rethink or clarify their thinking and allows them to edit and evaluate their work. Why not paste a Flipgrid Shorts link in the feedback box for them to see and hear you. Take it to another level by screen recording and showing exact areas of need and of your thoughts.

Teacher: Paste Shorts link in the Teams Assignment Feedback

Student: Copy and paste the link in the browser to view Shorts teacher feedback.

Daily Video Message

Our amazing school district had the great idea to offer our elementary students a daily video, we called it “Morning Message”. We love this so much! It gave our teachers a chance to daily say hello, give an overview of their learning for the day, and to have some fun with games, jokes, or funny video clips. We think this is a great way to continue to build comradery while not being in the same place.

We also loved seeing our teachers recording videos and posting them each day as announcements in their Morning Message channel. Why not utilize Shorts? This would offer you the ability to easily record your face, your screen, and have fun! Share the link easily and have them all nicely organized and stored in your Shorts tab in Flipgrid!

Shorts & OneNote

As you probably know… we are HUGE OneNote fans! And the power of Teams is magnified when we utilize the built in Class OneNote Notebook! Each channel comes with a Notes section as a top tab for easy access.

What is even better is that the Shorts links embed into OneNote! Whoop! That means, no clicking of links and being taken to a new window to view videos, just sit back and enjoy the show in OneNote!

Shorts + Teams= 🙌AMAZING🙌

We definitely suggest you try it out and see how easy, effective, and fun these videos can be for you and your students!

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Jeni Long and Sallee Clark are Instructional Technologists with Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD. This dynamic duo, known as #Jenallee, is passionate about technology integration and making learning accessible & fun for all! Between the two of them, they have presented across the 26 schools in their district, at their Regional Education Service Center, FETC, TCEA, TCEA for Tots, & Central America. They are both MIE Experts, MIE Trainers, Ed to the Max Consultants, and Flipgrid Ambassadors. Jeni has served in education for 20 years as a 6th grade Math Teacher, 7-12 ELA Curriculum Specialist, Technology Integration Specialist and a Science Curriculum Specialist. Sallee has served in education for 14 years as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, Elementary Librarian, K-12 District Librarian, & Instructional Technologist.

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