For the entire month of February, people around the globe have been voting on our 2nd grade black history Flipgrid project.
After all of the research, the writing, the filming, the promoting, and the designing, we are ready to announce our winner.
Today, we Skyped with the Flipgrid team in Minneapolis, Minnesota to learn about Flipgrid, announce the winner, and also give out some very special recognitions.
First, students got to meet the Flipgrid team and ask some questions about creating an app. I love when students get to talk directly to the developers. They gain an understanding of how coding plays into real careers. They also hear that app developers come from many different backgrounds and didn’t necessarily come into their role with all of the expertise to create an app.
One of the very special parts of our Skype with Flipgrid is giving out awards. I combed through our grids and looked for students who had the most views and the most likes. These students received some special awards called “The Global Like Award” and “The Global View Award”. Three students had more than 100 views each so they received a special award called “The Super Global View Award”.
I emailed the names to the Flipgrid team and they took turns calling out student names. The teachers and I handed out certificates, and it was so much fun to see the kids cheering each other on. It was a supportive community. Since there were several awards, we did our best to do silent cheers and silent claps for one another. Even the Flipgrid team joined in with our silent celebrating.
Another special moment happened when Taylor, the designer of our Barrow Peace Prize medal, stepped up and told the Flipgrid team about his design. I presented him with the very first Barrow Peace Prize to take home with him.
We also told the Flipgrid team that we are sending a Barrow Peace Prize medal to them as well. They are going to hang it in a special place in the office with their many other awards.
Finally, it was time for us to announce the winner of the 2015 Barrow Peace Prize. The votes were very close between our 6 people from Black History, but in the end, we are happy to announce that the 2015 Barrow Peace Prize goes to….Jesse Owens!
Another copy of the Barrow Peace Prize medal was presented to the 2nd grade in honor of Jesse Owens, and it will be passed around among the classes.
Of course, when you’re Skyping it’s always interesting to see the perspective from the other side. Here are a few views of what it looked like in the Flipgrid headquarters.
At the close of our Skype, the Flipgrid team let the students know that they would be getting a special Peace Prize party complete with Flipgrid stickers!
We would like to send another big thank you to the Charlie Miller, Brad Hosack, and the whole Flipgrid team for taking time out of your day to connect with us and remind our students that their voices matter in our global community. This project just keeps growing and inspiring us (and others) to do even more.