26 January 2015

What is YOUR dream?

Last week, students in K-2 learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during their trip to the library. We've been practicing how to make videos on Flipgrid for the past two weeks, so I was interested to see how the students did when they were given more flexibility in how to respond. They didn't have to remember to mention the title of a book this time, which was a relief for lots of students. 

We began our lesson by exploring the PebbleGo article on Dr. King. We listened to the computer read the article, pausing to have discussions at several points. We talked about what segregation means and what does it mean to march for a cause.

After learning some facts about Dr. King, we watched a two minute excerpt of his I Have a Dream speech. We paused the video a few times to talk about Dr. King's dream for the future. 

Then, students chose from three options on Flipgrid. The choices were:
  1. What did you learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?
  2. Why is Dr. King's dream still important today?
  3. What is your dream?
We talked about the difference between a dream you have a night and a dream you have for the future. I was hoping to avoid videos about swimming pools full of ice-cream or monsters that chase you in the night. There are lots of great videos already posted and I hope there will be others added in the coming weeks, as we celebrate Black History Month. 

Here are a few highlights:


Take a moment to watch the rest of the videos and if you see one you like, click the heart at the bottom of the video. 

19 January 2015

Using Flipgrid for Book Responses

I'm loving that Flipgrid now allows the creation of video questions. The addition of this feature has made it a lot easier for younger students to successfully use the app. We've been making some video responses in the library for the past two weeks. I give the students four options.

  1. What is a question you have about our book?
  2. What is something you learned in our book?
  3. What was your favorite part of the book?
  4. What is a connection you have?
I ask them to be sure to mention the name of the book and to not stick out their tongue when they take their picture. Other than that, I just wanted students to become comfortable using the app. There are several steps in creating a video, but even our Kindergarten students were able to post a video independently. 

You can view all the responses at flipgrid.com/#hbsbkrsp, but here are some highlights:


It's clear that we need to work on adding more substance and references to the text, but our goal these past two weeks was to master the steps in using the app and we were definitely successful in that.

I've had success in the past having students interview one another for video responses. I might try that again soon. It means only half of the class is speaking at one time and it also helps students remember everything they need to say.