Screen Recording is great for making video tutorials and instructional videos for colleagues or students. This can be accomplished using Microsoft Stream or even by a simple Teams Meeting recording. But guess what, screen recording is now available in Flip (formerly Flipgrid), a staff favorite for video-based collaboration. Teachers have used Flip over the years to engage students and boost their voice through video-based reflections. But now it’s even better!

That’s right – you can now make screen recordings within Flip to create explainer videos, instructional videos, and more. Your screen recordings are published to the Flip website and can be …

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Microsoft has now added avatar functionality to Teams Meetings! Am I referring to the movie, Avatar? Well, not quite. Avatars is a new feature where you craft an animated version of yourself to enable during meetings. Avatars have a ton of customization options, emotions, and reactions you can play with. And, you can create multiple Avatars to use, depending on your mood or the situation. Using an avatar can help boost engagement and be useful when you are unable to turn on your camera.

Wondering how to create your first avatar and use it during a Teams Meeting? I thought you …

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stream 2.0

Microsoft Stream is the YouTube of our organization. We can upload videos onto Stream and share them with colleagues, students, or the whole organization. We also appreciate the ability to create screen recordings right on the Stream website. It’s been a great ride and it will continue, but we wanted to let you know that the interface is changing due to the migration of the Stream videos over to SharePoint. With this move, you will notice that the process of sharing your videos is exactly the same as sharing a Word, Excel or PowerPoint file.

You may not be seeing …

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…but it’s still the same awesome video response tool. You may have noticed that Flipgrid has been rebranded as Flip, but we wanted you to know that nothing has changed in terms of our access and it’s functionality. We can continue using our Office 365 accounts to login and make use of all the great features that Flip has to offer.

The story behind Flipgrid/Flip is an inspiring one, so we wanted to share a short video on it’s background. Flipgrid was created by Charlie Miller, who was teaching in higher ed at the time and wanted a way for students …

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assignment features

The Class Teams Assignment builder just got an upgrade. What’s new you ask? You can now use video recording and whiteboard as platforms for students to submit work. And, you can now have the assignments post to your students’ calendars. The video recording aspect runs on the Stream platform and can be used by the students to record themselves explaining their work or responding to a prompt. In addition, the teacher can use it to record themselves explaining the task or new concepts for the students.

The whiteboard feature utilizes Microsoft Whiteboard, which we have seen as a stand-alone app …

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