Our 2nd graders have been working on our annual Barrow Peace Prize project since January, and for the past few weeks you have been voting on which person from history will win the award.
On February 28, we all gathered in the library for the big announcement. Prior to this day, students researched a civil rights leader, wrote a persuasive piece of writing, created artwork to accompany their writing, and recorded themselves in Flipgrid. We asked people around the world to view and vote on which civil rights leader should win.
People in 160 different locations around the world cast their votes.
During the Barrow Peace Prize Ceremony, we connected with Flipgrid via Skype. Brad Hosack set the stage for our ceremony by reminding us of the history of this project that has gone on for many years since Flipgrid was an emerging edtech tool.
Then, we launched into student recognitions. Each teacher selected 3 students to recognize for Prolific Persuader, Outstanding Opener, and Dynamic Designer.
A member of the Flipgrid team announced the winners in each category and I handed out certificates to rounds of applause.
Next, we recognized our Barrow Peace Prize designers. A few years ago, a student said that we needed an actual prize for the peace prize. Since then, a group of students designs the peace prize using Tinkercad and we 3D print it. Every student who researches the winning civil rights leader receives a medal.
Finally, it was the moment we had been waiting for. Nate from Flipgrid announced the 2018 Barrow Peace Prize winner………………Martin Luther King Jr. The votes were super close and this was the first year that MLK was one of our finalists for the peace prize. Every student who researched him received their peace prize medal and we also gave a medal to each classroom to share with all students in 2nd grade.
This ceremony really is a celebration of the collective work of 2nd grade. Yes, several students hear their names called, but we all celebrate knowing that our work has reached well beyond the walls of our school to inspire others.
Thank you to every person who watched the student videos, voted, and shared this project. It means the world to the students to know that their videos have been seen.
Again, I marvel at the authentic lesson which included research, technology, creativity and a perseverance to complete a complex task. YEA, Barrow staff for giving our children this experience.