Tools to Ignite Meaningful Discussions Across the Globe
Designed by a professor and graduate students at the University of Minnesota, Flipgridbrings the world’s voices to the classroom and sends students’ voices around the world. The tool allows for meaningful interaction, but asynchronously—that is, both parties don’t have to be online at the same time. Flipgrid allows teachers to set up a site (“grid”) and pose a question via video for students or others to answer, also via video. Users respond to the initial question, with their responses becoming part of a threaded video conversation. Participants can paste a grid code (generated by Flipgrid) into the freeFlipgrid app, available for iOS and Android, and participate from their phones. With Flipgrid One, teachers have access to a free version of Flipgrid that never expires. They are allowed one grid with limited features and can add as many topics and record as many responses as they like. At a cost of $65 per teacher per year, Flipgrid Classroom offers unlimited grids, the ability to export data to a gradebook and Excel, global classroom connections, and more.
Here is the second set of Jason Ohler’s revelations about digital storytelling. From using digital stories to educate students and letting them pursue their goals, he explains how digital storytelling can be a powerful education tool to help students mature, grow, and think critically.
We are counting down the last few days of 2017, expectant of what is to come in the New Year. From all of us and our guest authors, we would like to wish you a successful and exciting New Year. We will see you on the other side.
Metaverse – AR Browser by GoMeta makes it easy for anyone to create computer vision, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality experiences without needing to write complex code. Using Metaverse Studio, teachers can create engaging games and interactive quizzes to digitally enhance their curriculum.