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Using #KidsNeedMentors & FlipGrid to Inspire Students

I’ve been having a blast this year teaming up with Angela Johnson from Southport Middle School through #KidsNeedMentors. It’s been an amazing experience for both of us in that we’re able to work together to motivate and get students excited about reading and writing. One tool that’s really made this work is FlipGrid.

How Does FlipGrid Work?

Teachers upload discussion questions or a problem, and students answer by adding video responses and likes. Book reviews, number talks, sports demos, class news, mystery games, author talks, or instrument demos are a few ways it’s being used, but the possibilities are endless. Students dig it because they can interact with their friends, plus it’s easy to use and engaging. Who doesn’t love stickers and emojis to personalize profile pictures? 

FlipGrid in Action!

Using FlipGrid, has helped Angie take this mentorship to the next level. Each of her students created a video discussing what they were reading in class and shared their videos with me. It was such a great way to connect with the students!

Angie also uses Flipgrid to build relationships and make connections with her students, which she believe is vital for a successful classroom culture. She also uses it for student conferences/talks often, discussions, activities, and videos. It’s been a great and fun way for her to use technology in her teaching, but also it’s easy to use and students are loving it!

Be sure to follow Angie on Twitter: @SMSMrsJohnson and on Instagram: smsmrs.johnson!

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