I have known about Flipgrid for awhile, but didn't really jump into exploring its potential as a resource for a few reasons, but the main one being I am not in a classroom with students everyday so I didn't have an audience. A few months ago a colleague on Twitter posted a Flipgrid about culture asking teachers to share information about their culture. This was about the time when I was working with a second grade class about their culture project. This seemed like a great idea especially since it connected people globally. A few months later I had a few more experience with Flipgrid seeing examples of teachers using it online and the thing that really got me excited to use it for this chat was the fact that you can reply to other people's posts. I at least saw the moderator or creator or the Flipgrid could reply to other people. I am hoping that all participants are able to engage in the conversation this way. This will be my first time attempting this.
Around July 4th, I had the idea of having people post what Independence Day meant to them and creating a video. I could have used Flipgrid, but I thought people might want to add images to their video to help represent their ideas. I have used video responses in the past with a few questions during a chat like introduce yourself, and a couple other questions with mixed results. The biggest issue is those videos all end up in various places after the chat, they aren't collected in one location that can be easily accessed by people after the chat. So we are going to try Flipgrid this week to see what happens when we push the technology envelop to connect and collaborate.
Feel free to get a jumpstart on the conversation and add some thoughts ahead of time and then you will be able to share more or add your replies/comments to the ideas of others. Like so many of the things we do in #sstlap we are taking a risk and we will see what happens. What is the worst thing that could happen right?
Q1 What is the best lesson you have ever taught? https://flipgrid.com/c58aaf
Q2 What content are you really passionate about teaching? Why? What about this topic gets you excited?https://flipgrid.com/ebb760
Q3 How do you turn the learning over to students? How do you create a learning environment where they have choice in what they learn and how they will present that learning? https://flipgrid.com/5e6164
Q4 How do you create student engagement? How do you hook student interest, engage their curiosity and interest? How do you make learning exciting for your students? https://flipgrid.com/e89974
Q5 This chat is about social studies teaching and learning. We cover a lot of topics, but our focus is truly about social studies. This summer we have had quest hosts and great topics. The QUESTION- how do we improve #sstlap to meet your learning needs to help you improve your skills and meet students needs? What do you want to see/do in #sstlap? https://flipgrid.com/b3ae5d
Q6 In what ways, or specifically how, has your PLN Professional Learning Network helped you grow as a professional? What advice would you give to teachers beginning their journey into online PLN? What are some things they should know or do? https://flipgrid.com/93d0cd
Q7 One area that I struggle with is organizing all of the great resources and ideas that are shared with me. I have used Pocket, Google Keep, IFTTT, Docs, Sheets etc. to keep track of links and ideas. How do you keep track of the great ideas that you learn about? How do you share those ideas? How can we organize resources for the #sstlap group? https://flipgrid.com/675501
Q8 If you are like me, you are constantly looking for new ideas and ways to do things to improve your knowledge and skills. What are some of the exciting, or meaningful learning you embarked on this summer? What were your biggest takeaways? How will you use this new information in your classroom?https://flipgrid.com/021b90
Tonight I saw a post sharing Aaron Hogan's challenge to get to know students, see question 2. This got me thinking about other challenges that we should post for ourselves and others to continue improving our practice and doing what is best for students.
I don't know that I did a great job of framing the challenges to be questions or conversational pieces, but hopefully people will see the challenge and discuss their ideas about the value of the challenge and how this can impact education.
I do have a question where you can share your own challenges for public education and hopefully we will delve into a conversation about the ideas you share that challenge our thinking and our actions.
I am still working on how to do flipgrid for our chat, we tried a couple weeks ago but I think late notice led to a very small group participating oh and it was the week of the 4th of July, so yeah that might have had something to do with it. But I think the idea of responding to questions using video responses is a powerful way to engage in the learning.
Here are some challenges to get us moving forward.