If you want to see what a movement looks like, search FlipgridFever on Twitter, or walk into any classroom that’s using Flipgrid. The enthusiasm radiating from Flipgrid’s community is a reflection of how the product began – in the classroom.
Back in 2015, Dr. Charlie Miller, Jim Leslie and Phil Soran came together to envision a world where educators could recast the role of video in the classroom, from a passive experience to a tool that empowers and amplifies every student’s voice. Flipgrid does just that, now supporting more than 20 million Pre-K to PhD educators, students and families across 180 countries. But the success isn’t simply in the numbers, it’s in how students tap into Flipgrid to define their voices, share their voices and respect the diverse voices of others.
This is just the beginning of Flipgrid’s inspiring story. Today, I’m thrilled to announce the Flipgrid team will be joining Microsoft and embarking on its next exciting chapter. To bring the power of video-based social learning to everyone, we’ll be making Flipgrid free for all educators and offering prorated refunds to everyone who has purchased a subscription from Flipgrid in the last year.
Just as we’ve seen with products like Teams, social interaction in learning can help deepen students’ understanding of curricula and help build their collaborative, social and emotional skills. The recent Class of 2030 research illustrates how social and emotional skills will be required in 30 to 40 percent of the fastest-growing occupations. With social learning, students are not only more employable, but they are more likely to become responsible, confident digital citizens.
Teachers, like Lucretia Anton (@lantonha) from the Arcadia Unified School District in California, are saying Flipgrid helps their students develop their communication skills, increase self-awareness and grow from failure, setting them up to contribute positively to the world.
Fans of Flipgrid can rest assured the Flipgrid they know and love, in joining Microsoft, will continue to grow and thrive across the Microsoft, Google and partner ecosystems, all while retaining its distinct brand, culture and team. Furthermore, Flipgrid will continue to be a safe, secure place for students and teachers to communicate in alignment with Microsoft’s GDPR, FERPA and COPPA compliant privacy architecture.