Our Barrow 2nd graders have been hard at work researching 6 people from history to nominate for the Barrow Peace Prize. As part of this process, the students developed a list of criteria for what character traits should be represented by the winner of the peace prize. They wrote persuasive essays and created pieces of art work with Ms. Foretich, our art teacher. You can read more about what the students have done in the post, Beginning the Barrow Peace Prize.
This week, students have been coming in to the library in groups of 4 for 15 minutes to record their persuasive essays. When they come, I give them a quick overview of Flipgrid and remind them that there work will be seen by lots of people. Then, they split up around the library and we make sure that the space is relatively quiet for recording. I setup a question for each person from history so that all of the Ruby Bridges videos are together, all the Langston Hughes videos, etc. During the process, students take a picture of their artwork for the Flipgrid and then record themselves reading. Some chose to show their artwork while recording, and other chose to have their face on the video.
One of the things I love the most about Flipgrid is that the videos are instantly uploaded in one central place. I don’t have to spend hours uploading and naming 100 videos after students have recorded.
Now that the videos are recorded, we need you and everyone you know to watch the videos and help us decide which person from history should be the 2016 Barrow Peace Prize winner. I’ve created a Smore page to pull everything together.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Visit https://www.smore.com/dfmsd-2016-barrow-peace-prize
- Click on the link to each grid an watch as many videos as you can.
- Click the heart icon on any video that you “like”.
- At the bottom of the Smore, you will find a link to the Google form to vote on the person you think should win. Or…you can click here.
- Finally, please share our project with your students and networks so that we can have a record-breaking number of votes this year!
On February 18th, we have big plans for how we will announce the winner. We can’t reveal exactly what is going to happen just yet, but we promise it’s big! Happy voting!