Flipgrid continues to be one of my favorite tools for getting student voice out into the world. They are constantly listening to users and working to improve the functionality of this tool. Now, in the paid version of Flipgrid Classroom, there is a section called “Global Grid Connections”. You can establish any of your grids to be accessible to other members of the Flipgrid Classroom community. As an administrator, I can browse the available grids and look for opportunities for my students to connect and collaborate with other students around the world as well as offer my grids for students around the world to contribute to.
Prior to this release, I would use social media and online communities to seek out collaborating classrooms. I’ll of course still do this, but I love that Flipgrid is taking one of the big barriers to global collaboration and trying out a solution. They are helping me push my grid out to more users so that my students have a chance to have a larger audience as well as hear from other perspectives around the world. They’ve made it so simple to reach out and communicate with classrooms around the world.
Right as all of this update was being announced, Jennifer LaGarde and Brad Gustafson launched the 30-second book talk challenge. Lead Learners and Literacy Legends submitted their 30-second book talks and a competition brackets was setup for voting.
At the bottom of the post, they offered resources for creating your own 30-second book talk challenge. I thought this would make a perfect global connection question on my grid. I started collaborating with Melissa Freeman in 5th grade, and all of her language arts classes came to the library to select books, read, and create 30-second epic book talks.
We started by listening to some book talks, including some vintage Reading Rainbow!
We looked at Jennifer & Brad’s tips for book talks.
Then students identified some important pieces of an epic book talk. We constructed this sheet as a framework for our talks.
Next students chose a book that they recently finished or selected a book from the library to read. I pulled a diverse collection of picture books, especially ones that our 5th graders might overlook because so many feel the pull to read only chapter books. They spent the first day reading and writing their script. Ms. Freeman, Ms. Mullins, and I all walked around and read with students as well as conferenced with them on book talks.
On day 2, students continued working on their scripts, practiced, and recorded. We reminded them that Flipgrid has a feature to pause the recording along the way so that they could pick up a prop, turn to a page in the book, etc. We didn’t want them to waste any of their 30 seconds with transitions. As they submitted their videos, they began watching other people’s videos.
Now, it’s your turn! We hope you will join us on our 30-second book talk grid.
You are welcome to add your own student voices alongside our students sharing favorite books in 30 seconds or less. Let’s unite our student voices through Flipgrid and inspire a global community of readers.