I’ve been looking for an excuse to try out the virtual discussion site Flipgrid, where I pose a question to the class and they proceed to answer it via video messages that can be seen by the entire class. Everyone’s videos show up as a grid, kind of like the introduction to The Brady Bunch. As I am still trying the site out, and haven’t upgraded to an official account yet, I can’t embed the grid onto this blog yet, but I think that will be in the near future since the kids had such a great time and the project was such a success!
The fifth grade had been working on a genre study since we returned from February break, and their job was to analyze the fiction section of the OQS library, specifically their genre. They did quite a bit of research and made observations about the state of their genre within our collection. Some groups felt big changes needed to be made; others felt that their genre was being supplemented nicely. Whether positive or negative, all students reported back to me and identified how to improve our overall collection.
After they had investigated what the OQS library currently has in their genre, each group researched what we NEED. That was the fun part! They got to go shopping! Not really, but they did use reputable sites to research new titles that would make great additions to our library. I’m looking forward to buying some before the year is out to show them what an impact they’ve made on their library!
Lastly, the students presented their opinions on what books the library should invest in via Flipgrid, recording messages to me on their laptops. They had a blast watching each other’s videos and “liking” others’ recommendations! It was amazing how comfortable the students were with this concept; I, on the other hand, felt much more awkward videotaping myself! They especially enjoyed taking selfies (aka thumbnails) of themselves.
I am looking forward to ordering some of 5th grade’s recommendations for the library! Take a moment and enjoy our Flipgrid, and let me know what you think!