Flipgrid is an asynchronous, video-based discussion and reflection tool designed to boost social presence in online discussions. Flipgrid administrators create grids of short, discussion-style questions to share with their users. Grids are collections of questions around a common theme. Each grid can hold an unlimited number of questions, and each question can hold an unlimited number of user-recorded video responses. Questions are short, text-based prompts that can include basic formatting (for example, bold, italic) and links to websites or documents for critique and feedback opportunities. Response videos are limited to a maximum of 90 seconds to promote clarity, organization, and engagement. Individual response videos can be liked and shared on Twitter or Facebook, or other social media; or they can be embedded in blogs, learner management systems, or websites. For educators, Flipgrid enhances community and social presence in face-to-face, hybrid, and online classrooms. In other words, Flipgrid brings the back row to the front and gives all students a voice. The Flipgrid iPad app extends the Flipgrid online environment and creates innovative new opportunities for reflection, discussion, and demonstration. Cost: Free
I am an ELL teacher at a public high school. Of the 1,200 students who attend, about 150 of them are refugee and immigrant students who come from more than 20 countries, including Nepal, Liberia, Iraq, Somalia, Vietnam, and Mexico. I have a mix of ninth to twelfth graders in all classes. I emphasize writing and speaking in the curriculum through an intensive writing and public speaking project called Journey to America.
The International Literacy Association 2019 Conference
How can educators and administrators create the environment students need to reach their full potential in the classroom and throughout their lives? By infusing literacy in every aspect of education! The ILA 2019 Conference is your chance to learn how to create and grow a thriving culture of literacy in your school, district, and community—one that not only inspires and empowers students and teachers, but also sets them up for greater success. ILA 2019 offers two full days of professional learning on the topics you want, delivered in a variety of styles; two optional additional days of deep-dive learning into children’s literature and today’s hottest literacy topics; and a well-rounded program of research-based and peer-reviewed sessions to help you empower your students and create an inclusive learning community. Visit ilaconference.org to register.
Fifty award-winning literacy educators contribute more than thirty-five “engagements”—student-focused, classroom-tested instructional and assessment actions—to strengthen the reader in every child, while reinforcing one essential fact: reading involves constructing meaning. Reading Revealed is organized in a four-part framework: Knowing Reading, Knowing Readers, Engaging Readers, and Knowing the Language to Use. Each engagement includes a brief introduction; Why?—benefits of the engagement; Who?—students that would benefit most from the engagement; How?—materials and instructions for effective implementation; Closure/SteppingBack—concluding the engagement; How’s It Going?—informal assessment; and Sources for more information. With helpful tips, photos, callouts for additional resources found at scholastic.com/ReadingRevealedResources, an appendix of forms, and lists of professional titles and children’s literature, Reading Revealed offers indispensable support for helping students approach reading strategically and joyfully.