If you are an active Twitter educator, you have probably seen something about FlipGrid or #FlipGridFever over the last few months. I saw the hype start to grow over the summer, but did not know what it was about. I tried it. I loved it. I caught FlipGrid Fever! I have now integrated this diverse tool into my classes and have worked to become a Level 1 and 2 FlipGrid Certified Educator.
What is it?
FlipGrid describes itself as a "social learning" platform. It is a sharing platform for short videos, feedback, and reactions. Users can respond to each other's videos with emojis and comments. It is multi-platform, meaning it will work on just about any device your students might have. They can upload videos of themselves speaking, short movies they have created using iMovie, or screencasts of themselves explaining a topic.
Why the hype?
FlipGrid is different than other tools available right now. Students and teachers alike are able to share ideas through video. Video recording …
Like many of you I'm sure, I wear several hats at my school. One of these is that I (along with my awesome colleague) coach our mock trial team. This is one of my favorite hats because it gives me a chance to really get to know my students outside of the classroom. It is also why I haven't blogged in awhile as we are in the final parts of the season.
Just like we need our students to be able to read books that are not assigned for school, exercise when they are not in gym class, and do math outside of the building, we need them to understand how to effectively use technology to make their lives easier. This skill, like all the others, is not a stand alone. Technology is most effective when it helps us be more efficient and do things we didn't used to be able to do.
Example - Mock Trial
As a mock trial coach, before going 1:1, we would print out the 80 page case packet for each student. They would keep a folder of the questions and other things they were working on. At the e…
Last night I attended Dual School's Discovery Day and I was blown away by what I saw and heard. Dual School is a 10 week program where high school students identify a problem they are passionate about and work to implement a solution. Students are paired with mentors and connected to professionals in their field. The event that I attended last night is the culmination of lots of hard work. The students prepared 10 minute talks, artistic displays that represented their process and project, business cards, demonstrative materials, and more.
Simply put, this event and this program are awesome. I was impressed by several different aspects.
1. Despite not knowing any of the students, it was evident in how they talked about their projects and the process that they undertook, that they had each learned an incredible amount. They did not solely learn about their projects however, they learned a great deal about themselves and several important life skills, such as networking and rapid pro…