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Prior to this completing this week’s assignment, I had never used Flipgrid. And…to be completely honest, it took me waaayyy out of my comfort zone.

For whatever reason, I really dislike filming myself. I find I get really nervous and lose my ability to speak when on camera. Irrational, I know, but the thought of completing this week’s tasks almost brought me to tears as I had worked myself up in my head. For me personally, I would have really valued having had the option to express my thoughts in another way – writing, creating visuals, etc. 

Using Flipgrid

I definitely see the benefits of this tool. It provides the opportunity for authentic global sharing and collaboration to take place. It does not depend on individuals in the conversation needing to find a common time for sharing as conversations can take place over time. It is also a great way to “meet” and share ideas with people that you wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to. 

I know that many of my students would love this tool and would be engaged in the process; but, I also know that there are some students who would struggle like I did. I would love to know how other educators deal with this. When using Flipgrid, are all students forced to participate? I haven’t fully investigated the platform, but are their other ways to share your thinking? 

I would also love to see how other educators are using Flipgrid in their classrooms. Some quick googling showed me that there are a lot of great resources already out there. (Like this post by Karly Moura or this Elementary Guide by Flipgrid.)

In my own learning community, I could see Flipgrid being incredibly beneficial for students when they are working on their PYP Exhibition – we can use our passion for a purpose. Flipgrid could be a great way to connect with experts and other individuals passionate about the same things as them!

The one obstacle I can foresee facing prior to putting Flipgrid into use is the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). You can read more about this in a previous post of mine. Because Flipgrid is a new tool to our school, parents would need to be informed and permissions would need to be collected for all students before it could be used. There is the chance that not all students would be allowed to use it and thus accommodations would need to be made. 

The Cycle of Socialization

The use of the Text Rendering Protocol was a great way to engage our cohort in a meaningful discussion about Harro’s chapter on the Cycle of Socialization. I found that by listening to the big takeaways (sentence, phrase, and word) that others’ had shared, I was able to get much more out of the article than I had on my first read through. 

Photo by Jessica Podraza on Unsplash.

This reading has forced me to reflect on my own life. Thinking about my own cycle of socialization, I recognize just how privileged I was in my own upbringing. I am white, able-bodied, heterosexual, English speaking, well educated, and come from a upper-middle class family. With the one exception of being a woman, I hold a lot of social influence. 

I recognize the importance, especially as an educator, of me interrupting the cycle and standing up for change. As professionals, we have the opportunity to connect with students, challenge their thinking, and encourage them to be agents of change. I know that this is an area I need to continue to think about and develop in order to have the impact I would like to have. I discuss the ways in which I may engage students in these conversations in my second Flipgrid video.

Join the Conversation!

If you would like to join our discussion on the Cycle of Socialization, take a read through Harro’s chapter and identify a word, phrase and sentence that are significant to you. Then visit our Flipgrid and add your thoughts!