Think Different #17

Resources for the Week of February 20, 2017

Ignite discussion: Use video the way your students use video

Using Flipgrid One, teachers amplify student voice by creating a digital community, or “grid,” in which they and their students record short videos to spark discussions, share perspectives and reflect on learning together. All students have an equal, shared voice on Flipgrid and teachers can provide individualized feedback on each student response.

Flipgrid One, a free, single-grid version of Flipgrid that allows any teacher to engage her or his class in the Flipgrid experience and empower student voice. Flipgrid One teachers can have as many topics and student responses in their grid as they like. All the affordances necessary to safely and fully engage students are thoughtfully integrated within Flipgrid One: password-protection, moderation, transcripts, free iOS and Android apps, and more.

Students record and post their videos on Flipgrid using any browser, iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Not surprisingly, the company’s mobile app downloads also reached a new threshold in 2017: the Flipgrid iOS and Android apps were downloaded more than 125,000 times since January 1.

Our mission is empowering students to share their perspectives, experiences, and positions in classroom discussions whenever and wherever they want,” said Jim Leslie, co-founder of Flipgrid. “We accomplish this mission every 19 seconds of every day when a student records a video and shares their voice on Flipgrid.

Flipgrid One is free for all teachers and students. To learn more about Flipgrid, please visit

Flipgrid blog:

Flipgrid iPad/iPhone app:

Flipgrid. Ignite Discussion.
Flipgrid. The Power of Student Voice.

Searching for Images!

Most of us just go to Google to search for images, well that is OK to a point, but there are other ways to find images to use in your projects and do it legally. In other words, not break copyright rules. Larry Ferlazzo recently had a post n his blog and the new Creative Commons image search engine.

The search engine is a part of the Creative Commons website. The thing that excited me is that the search engine also generates the correct image attribution information. Now that is definitely a reason to use.

Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers created this video to show you how it works.

How to Search for Creative Commons Images

Immersive Virtual Reality Experiences

Developed by The New York Times, the NYT VR app for iOS and Android puts users at the center of stories in an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience.

From experiencing life through the eyes of a refugee, to climbing the spire of the World Trade Center with a professional mountaineer, or setting foot on the alien world of Pluto, the app brings users to places they couldn’t normally go.

For the most immersive NYT VR experience, users can watch the VR films with Google Cardboard.

You can also view the VR stories on smartphones without Google Cardboard.

  • Google Cardboard: $15
  • Google DayDream View $49.00
  • Amazon $9.00

The Times posts new virtual reality films every month or so.

Cost: Free


Internet Radio for Educators

Education Talk Radio is a professional development online broadcast for educators, preK–20.

The show has aired over 3,000 programs with an average of more than 1,700 listeners each day. There is a weekly schedule for this daily Internet radio for education.

The segments include news of products, webinars, events, and services in education. Every show is archived on the site immediately after broadcast. The archive goes back to July 2016; shows from the current month are at the top of the list.

Educators can also follow Education Talk Radio on Twitter @edutalkradio.