In this Blog post I share about two software tools I have had significant experience with. Both offer great ways for students to reflect on learning and for teachers to give feedback.
Flipgrid promotes the platform in claiming that it gives every student voice in the classroom (see video below), making learning social and adding a personal element to online discussions (Green & Green, 2018). It taps into social media culture and feels similar to how you might use Snapchat, Instagram or similar platforms, which is naturally appealing to students.
The platform is a great tool for facilitating reflective learning and formative assessment. Children can upload videos from their device, which also makes it a great tool for collecting summative assessment items. Some examples of our use this year include:
"Flipgrid acts as a compliment and an alternative avenue for reflections and synthesizing thoughts. In addition, it helps students begin to hone their public speaking skills without having to stand in front of the entire class. Flipgrid is low stakes, as students are able to practice with the technology and provides a platform for reserved students to have a voice in the overall conversation of the class."
Green, T., & Green, J. (2018). Flipgrid: Adding Voice and Video to Online Discussions. TechTrends, 62(1), 128-130.
Madden, J. (2018). Feeding Forward. School Reform: Case Studies in Teaching Improvement, 192.
McClure, C., & McAndrews, L. (2016). Going native to reach the digital natives: New technologies for the classroom.
Hello, thanks for stopping by! I am Laura Bain and this is my reflective blog for ESC515. This is my 4th subject in my Masters of Education, in which I am specialising in Information and Communication Technologies. Very excited by the coursework for this subject and looking forward to reading what everyone's thoughts are along the way. Thanks for taking the time to visit and reading my entries.