Exercise the “Six C’s” with Flipgrid

In their book, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children, co-authors Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, professor at Temple University, and Roberta Golinkoff of the University of Delaware, discuss the importance of engagement with children as they mature. During an interview with NPR reporter, Anya Kamenetz, the duo highlighted a few important notes from their work.

The authors challenge us to “change the whole definition of what success in school, and out of school, means," emphasizing the 21st-century report card with six C’s: collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence. Explaining the six C’s in order of importance, co-author Hirsh-Pasek lists

  • The first, basic, most core is collaboration … It's building a community and experiencing diversity and culture. Everything we do, in the classroom or at home, has to be built on that foundation.
  • Communication comes next, because you can't communicate if you have no one to communicate with. This includes speaking, writing, reading and that all-but-lost art of listening.
  • Content is built on communication. You can't learn anything if you haven't learned how to understand language, or to read.
  • Critical thinking relies on content, because you can't navigate masses of information if you have nothing to navigate to.
  • Creative innovation requires knowing something ... You need to know something well enough to make something new.
  • And finally, confidence: You have to have the confidence to take safe risks.

All of the six C's are intrinsic elements of the Flipgrid experience. Flipgrid provides a space for collaboration and communication among your community of students. As an admin, you generate prompts for students to discus, thereby building content and generating critical thinking. Students practice critical thinking by learning to articulate their thoughts and analyzing the work of themselves and others. Building ingenuity, students become familiar with the content and identifying gaps in understanding, begin making connections, and spur creative innovation. Finally, Flipgrid builds confidence by allowing students to practice and re-record in whatever environment they feel most comfortable.

Ultimately, student success comes down to promoting safe risks. Golinkoff notes, "There isn't an entrepreneur or a scientific pioneer who hasn't had failures. And if we don't rear children who are comfortable taking risks, we won't have successes." Thank you to everyone in our educator community who use Flipgrid to encourage their students to take safe risks and build the confidence to be successful!

Karen Johnson Charges Us To Innovate the Classroom AND Professional Development

While #studentvoice is important, students shouldn’t be the only ones reaping the benefits of fun, engaging, active social learning. Fortunately, by our definition, everyone can be a student!

Karen Johnson, edtech aficionado and Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, considers that exact point in her edSurge piece. Titled, “5 Things Teachers Want from PD, and How Coaching and Collaboration Can Deliver Them - If Implementation Improves,” Karen explains why educators should use the same awesome approach and tools they’re introducing in their classrooms, in their professional development.

Johnson laments, “even though educators acknowledge the weaknesses of presentation-based professional development, 80 percent of teachers still participate in a sit and get each year.” She lists, specifically, in professional learning opportunities, teachers seek:

  1. Relevance and personalized learning (two features celebrated in a Flipgrid discussion)
  2. Engagement (a cornerstone of Flipgrid’s being)
  3. Guidance from their peers (embodied in Flipgrid's peer-to-peer, social learning nature)
  4. Conversation that extends beyond a specific date and time (encapsulated by Flipgrid’s asynchronous nature)
  5. To be treated as a professional (Flipgrid gives everyone an equal voice - educators, coaches, and students alike)

Expanding on this list, Johnson discusses the issues with current professional development, challenges faced by educators, and a charge to make learning better for everyone. She summarizes that “we owe it to [educators] to find new ways to ensure that PD is relevant, interactive, and sustained over time.”

Well said, Karen. Join the growing community of educators using Flipgrid, the collaborative, active video platform, with Professional Development!