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
Are you curious how you might integrate computer science in your upper elementary classroom, or are you looking for a unique way to have your students share their favorite books? With technology playing an increasingly important role in every profession, a foundational understanding of computer science is becoming an essential component of student learning. To authentically integrate computer science and literacy, I’m going to teach you how to support your students in using block-based coding to program book trailers.
The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. The initiative was established in 1990 by the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month, and since that time, it has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.
The Sejong Writing Competition, presented by the Sejong Cultural Society in collaboration with the Korea Institute, Harvard University, and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, introduces students to Korean culture through literature and poetry. The competition is open to all residents of the United States and Canada regardless of ethnic background.