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!

Flipgrid Story: Ramesh Laungani

Flipgrid empowers educators around the world to actively engage students with their curriculum and with one another. After seeing a few of his awesome tweets and watching Doane University’s Dr. Ramesh Laungani explain how Flipgrid enhanced his classroom by coaching his first-year biology students to “clearly and concisely articulate ideas and questions” and enabling him to identify and clarify misconceptions, we reached out to learn more about Ramesh’s #FlipgridStory.

Where do you use Flipgrid?

I used Flipgrid in two courses that I taught this past Spring semester. One course was the second introductory biology class in our 3 course core series. This class was primarily first-year students. We had 3 sections of this course and each section had about 30 students.
I also used Flipgrid in a smaller seminar type course with 8 first year STEM students (from a variety of science disciplines). Flipgrid was also used in 2 upper level biology courses [at] Doane University by my colleague Dr. Brad Elder. He used it in his Evolution class and a class focused on upper level students designing experiments for their senior research projects.

How easy was it to start using Flipgrid with your curriculum?

Everyone in my department learned about Flipgrid only 3-4 days before the spring semester began, and as soon as we saw what it could do we adopted it into our courses for this past spring. So within a matter of 72 hours Flipgrid was fully integrated into my introductory biology course syllabus as if I had had it planned for months. Making a grid and adding questions (both video and text) could not have been any easier. I was also able to add questions easily on the fly during the semester as the class needed it. For my seminar course it was the same story, easy!

How often do you use Flipgrid with your students?

In my introductory biology course we had the students create lecture video summaries that related a case study from class to a large biology concept (we called it the 'Bottom Line') that could be applied to many biological systems, not just the one discussed in class.  We had the students make a total of 13 videos throughout the semester (so nearly 1 per week).
In my seminar I had my students summarize articles about recent scientific discoveries and had other students "reply" to those videos explaining what was so interesting about the idea in the first video.  This was done about 3 times. Thus, I am particularly excited about the "Reply" feature coming out in August.

What other resources do you use in your classroom?

My biology class is a pretty active classroom. There is a lot of small group work with students predicting experimental results based on hypotheses. I podcast all of my lectures using software called ProfCast. I have been doing this for years and this technology has been adopted by many of my colleagues. This has allowed me to flip my classroom and acts as a great review tool for my students.

In what ways have Flipgrid influenced the way you educate?

I am an ecologist by training, specifically an ecologist who studies how carbon cycles in ecosystems. This gives me a deep understanding of topics like human-driven climate change. As such, I have also recognized the importance of being able to clearly and concisely articulate complicated ideas orally. Therefore, oral communication has always been a significant component of my courses. Flipgrid has provided an absolutely amazing way of allowing my students to work on these exact skills that are so important. For a scientist to be able to clearly articulate themselves is a skill that takes practice and Flipgrid allows for that skill to be developed in the young scientists that I work with everyday.

How else have you used Flipgrid?

Outside of the classroom I have used Flipgrid to help setup a SciComm event here in Nebraska.

Thank you, Ramesh, we're grateful to have you in our Flipgrid Family and look forward to being part of your continued success!

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