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
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in April.
The Library of Congress has launched an online collection of 67 historically significant children’s books published more than 100 years ago. Drawn from the Library’s collection, Children’s Book Selections are digital versions both of classic works still read by children today and of lesser-known treasures.
Eric Carle, Picture Writer: The Art of the Picture Book is a 32-minute portrait of Eric Carle, creator of more than 70 books for children, including the bestselling classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In this documentary, Carle methodically layers a tissue paper collage of the caterpillar, pours over thumbnail sketches, and ruminates on drafts of his books.