TODAY on EduSlam we release the fourth short video in our two-week series:
What’s Up with Flipgrid and BookCreator? Big Updates Announced!
To watch the video which will be released today but disappear on Sept 4
Get Up to Speed with Flipgrid?
On August 1, Flipgrid announced some very powerful updates to the platform since being bought by Microsoft, and teachers everywhere cheered with excitement.
✅Let’s check some of them 0ut!!
1. Three New Ways to Make Grids
Flipgrid now has only three ways you can make grids to keep kids safe and access easy. We will go over those quickly on the EduSlam – and you will be in know!
2. GridPals – Uber Connections
Now there are #GridPals because connecting kids is at the heart and soul of everything we believe in and this permanent addition of #GridPals is game-changing. It allows teachers everywhere to easily find another class – anywhere in the world – and ask to connect with them around a shared interest.
Want to discuss a book with students in another country? Or teach another class about your geographic region? The world is your oyster with this new addition to Flipgrid! It is easy for teachers to break down the four walls of their classrooms and open up students minds to different views and ways of living. I am so excited about this I get chills.
To get involved, all you need to do is go to the top of the dashboard and choose #GridPals. Next, click on ACTIVE, and then update your profile with important information like grade, subject and location and… voila – let the collaborative magic begin.
3. The Camera Views and Editing
Now students can change the orientation of the camera – WHILE filming!
Students can start with a portrait shot and then turn the camera to landscape to reveal something more. This update allows kids to be so creative with their responses – and should make it even easier to create high-interest recordings that expand the focus from just them.
For those kids that mess up at the end of a response or recording – and would usually have to re-record – they can now EASILY edit that mistake out! No need to re-record just tap the scissors icon and do what 80’s sitcom star Dave Coulier says… CUT IT OUT!
Get Up To Speed with Book Creator?
The next big thing in the technology-infused classrooms is Book Creator for Chrome. As we get ready to publish The Chromebook Infused Classroom soon, all things point to Book Creator as the game changer in the Chromebook Classroom.
You will now be able to embed ANYTHING into the book – making this an amazing learning journal – or the perfect place for students to turn in demonstrations of learning and self-reflection.
Here is a video preview of what is to come.
Stay tuned on hollyclark.org as we will offer tutorial videos on this in the next couple of weeks to get your ready for the powerful use of Book Creator in your classroom.
To learn more – watch the EduSlam or check out The Google Infused Classroom
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