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.
When I first started teaching 29 years ago, being safe and secure meant having fire drills and locking windows and doors at the end of the day. How times have changed! Today, digital privacy and security have been added to the physical safety of schools. Students are becoming increasingly savvy with technology, but they may not always realize how public their online information is. Because of this, educators must learn how to teach their students online security and safety.
In 1951, a football game inspired what would become a landmark study in psychology. Dartmouth opposed Princeton in a brutal end-of-season match that yielded a broken nose, a broken leg, and a flurry of penalties. The game's lack of sportsmanship became the topic of much public debate, with each side blaming the other for the lack of civility on the field.
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