Monday, April 14, 2014

The Second Graders Share Their Favorite Books

As World Read Aloud Day approached the second graders and I began to talk about our favorite books, our favorite memories of being read out loud to and times when we have read out loud to others. We then decided that we needed to share our favorite books with others and began to brainstorm how we wanted to do so. We talked about putting posters up in the hallways to share our favorite books, some wanted to create something on the iPad to share with other children, some wanted to just sit and talk with their friends about their favorite books. As this discussion was going on, I read on Shannon Miller's blog Van Meter Library Voice about FlipGrid. It dawned on me that that was going to be the best way to share our favorite books with others. Once I showed the children an example of FlipGrid, they couldn't wait to use it themselves.

The children immediately started working on their scripts, deciding what they should and shouldn't tell the viewer. As one child put it, "We don't want to spill the beans because then no one's going to want to read our books!"

Recording the FlipGrids was fun and super easy for the kids to do on their own, but it did come with a challenge or two for me. One thing that I didn't realize going into it was that not all of our iPads had been updated to the latest version of the operating system. While the children could still watch each others FlipGrids on those iPads, they couldn't record on them. In those instances we had the children record on our desktop computers and whether or not the operating system on that was updated or not wasn't an issue.

Here's a little sample of us using this fun app. The kids not only enjoyed recording their FlipGrids, but watching their friends as well. I am excited to see what the children and I can use FlipGrid for next.

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