Thursday, May 16, 2019

Teachers use Flipgrid to leave words of encouragement for students



Have you caught the "Flipgrid Fever" yet? 

As the school year winds down, you may find Flipgrid to be the perfect option to capture reflections, stories, advice for future students. 


Flipgrid fever started last fall at our school at a day of teacher-led PD, where teachers could choose their sessions - from Instagram to Edpuzzle to Canvas to Kahoot to Flipgrid

Flipgrid was a huge HIT with teachers across our building in different disciplines. 


There are some teachers at our school who were a part of our Technology Professional Learning Series this year, and they have been using it for book talks, class reviews, class messages, and more!

As April was drawing to a close and the last month of school approaching, thoughts of finishing the year strong were on my mind. For a schoolwide professional development day last month, my part was the opening of the day. I knew I wanted my time with the staff to be interactive and meaningful. 

My friend Debbie Campbell shared several motivational quotes and videos with me as I was trying to decide what to include in my presentation to the staff.




I shared the quote above with the teachers and reminded them of the power of our words. 



The video is powerful, and it's a great reminder of the influence we have as teachers to positively impact a child's life. 

After watching the video, teachers were asked to leave a a few words of encouragement for our students as exams were aproaching and stress levels increase during exam time in a high school. 




While some of our teachers had used Flipgrid before, it was still a new tool to many of our teachers. 



Teachers were given space in the cafeteria to move to a quieter place to do their recordings. 



Just like students when they first use Flipgrid, some teachers were a natural in front of the camera while some found it difficult to be pleased with their recordings.




The Flipgrid code was shared with students so that when they need a word of encouragement, they can find them from our Hoover High teachers. 


(Scroll down below to see some of our videos!)




I would love to hear your ideas for finishing the year strong and/or how you use Flipgrid at your school! Please leave a comment below.








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