Flipgrid Inspires Elementary Innovation

Library Media & Technology Specialist Donna Macdonald (@dsmacdonald) in Vermont viewed a computer science themed Flipgrid shared by Andy Plemmons (@plemmonsa) from the students at Barrow C Elementary in Athens, GA and was inspired to do a similar project with her students. We love seeing this type of shared inspiration and the spread of innovation to students. Let’s hear it for computer science and these amazing teachers!

Click here to check out the Flipgrid from Athens, GA where at Barrow C. Elementary students share about their Finch Learning Challenge.

Click here to view the Flipgrid from Vermont, where students at Orchard School share their own challenges and results.

Measure Student Learning in Real Time

In a blog post a blog post prompted by the release of the National Education Technology Plan from the Department of Education, #SatChat CoFounder, Brad Currie (@bradmcurrie) shares a list of four web tools that make measuring learning fun, informative, and engaging - and Flipgrid makes the list!

Brad encourages educators to consider piloting one of his listed tools in the classroom, “Also, don’t be afraid to hand over the keys to your students and have them drive their own learning with these various web applications.”
To read Brad’s full blog post, click here.

Preparing and Reflecting on Our Immigration Simulation Via Flipgrid

Media specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary, Andy Plemmons (@Plemmonsa) shares how Flipgrid was used for preparation and reflection as part of the 5th grade social studies standards about immigration and Ellis Island through research and simulation.

In his blog, Andy describes the teacher preparation involved and the students work to construct a letter of introduction for Ellis Island, placing themselves in the shoes of an immigrant.

This year of the simulation, Andy decided to have students use Flipgrid to practice delivering their letters. "In the past, we’ve found that some students were a bit nervous on the day of the simulation or took some time to get into their character. Our hope was that the Flipgrid would give students a chance to get comfortable with their character and practice speaking from that perspective before being thrown into the simulation. The Flipgrid also gave them a chance to listen to one another’s stories and research since they don’t have a lot of time to do that on the simulation day."

After the half day simulation, "We brought them back into this century and asked them to think about their experience. They didn’t have a script for this. We just wanted their initial reaction after completing the simulation. There are some interesting stories of how it felt to be questioned so much or be detained."

We are thrilled to learn of Andy's own reflection about using Flipgrid as he writes, "Each student had a chance to share his/her voice and many spoke up when they might not have spoken up in front of the whole class."

To read Andy's full blog post and view the Flipgrids, click here.

Global Classroom Collaboration

Biology & Life Instructor Adam Bodley (@Ajarn_Adam), of Patumwan Demonstration School, Srinakharinwirot University, recently shared his experience during a global classroom collaboration between class in Thailand and a classroom of native english speakers in Texas. In a blog post where he shares both lesson plans and resources, Adam shares how his English Language Learners did research about our their local biomes, surroundings and cultures, then developed clues relating to their research which they shared via Flipgrid to their counterparts to view.

In his post, Adam noted that, “The great thing about this approach is that it can be done asynchronously, avoiding any difficulties arising from being in very different time zones.” What a perfect example of a shared global student voice!

To read Adam’s full blog post, click here.

Have you flipped?

The flipped classroom offers teachers the opportunity to create lasting resources that can be accessed by students at any time. In a post shared by Amanda Kavanagh (@alanoce), there are suggestions for how educators should expect to get the best results from a flipped classroom tool: “when showcasing these apps and tools for the flipped classroom, it is also important to think about them in the context of how students can use them as well.  Having students create tutorials is a great way to have them showcase their knowledge and encourage critical thinking skills.”

A critical piece of lesson plan success is the evaluation, the area Flipgrid was highlighted as a tool that easily allows partially because, “responses are easily to review and students can view and comment on their classmates work.”

To read the full blog post, click here.