Each year our 2nd graders work on a project called the Barrow Peace Prize. Every student researches one of four people from black history and gathers facts from PebbleGo, Britannica, books, and a few other online resources. They use these facts to write a persuasive essay asking people to vote for their person to win the Barrow Peace Prize. The criteria for the prize is also determined by the students after learning about character traits. These essays are recorded in Flipgrid and are now ready for viewing. We ask people all over the world to watch these videos, listen to these student voices, and vote on which of the four people from Black History should win this year’s award: Jackie Robinson, Sojourner Truth, Martin Luther King Jr., or Harriet Tubman.
You can vote as many times as you like and you are welcome to share this link with everyone you know. If you choose to tweet about our project and share pictures of you or your class of students watching our videos, we hope you will tag @plemmonsa in your tweets so they can be shared with our Barrow students. If you use Instagram, please tag @barrowmediacenter We love to see how this project spreads around the world.
Voting is open now through March 13 at 12PM EST. Simply visit our Smore page, watch several videos, and then click the link to vote. We can’t wait to see who will win this year’s award.
After that, students selected an explorer and began their research. They took their information and used that to write a persuasive piece convincing an audience that their explorer is a hero or villain. They used Flipgrid to record themselves reading their persuasive piece. All of the Flipgrid videos are housed on an Google Site for easy access and each explorer has a Google form voting tool to indicated whether that explorer is a hero or a villain.
Now, this is where you come in! We need you to watch our videos and vote on our heroes or villains. You can choose an explorer and spend some time on that one explorer or you can watch them all! You can share this project with other classrooms or educators and ask them to share.
If you choose to do this with a class, we would love to hear about it! You can tweet pictures or comments to @plemmonsa Most importantly we want you to vote and share.
Soon after our Thanksgiving break, we will take a look at the results and most likely connect with our friends at Flipgrid to talk about coding and our project’s reach.
We hope that our project makes you think about the many perspectives in our world’s history and that you enjoy hearing our voices.
Click here to access our Explorer Google Site! Tip: If you are in Google Chrome, you will need to click on the shield in your address bar to load the “unsafe script”. This will show you the embedded grids. Otherwise, just click on the link on each explorer’s name to access the Flipgrid on a separate page. Feel free to “like” student videos by clicking the hearts, but don’t forget to vote on the Google forms on our site.