This fall I will be teaching Sustainable Food Systems at Kennebec Valley Community College. This is a seminar course that is part of the college’s farm-to-table curriculum.
Just in time for my back-to-school planning blitz, FlipGrid has gotten even better. And I will add talking and sharing to the course syllabus – like dinner with friends.
On occasion, our class goes “online” – a model of blended convenience. Fortunately, there are some amazing films that are readily available to my students when we can not meet face-to-face. This year I will be incorporating “movie reviews” into my course. The movie reviews (aka video reflections) should provide a deeper, more reflective assessment of what students learned than boring question and answer worksheets.
An distinctive feature of FlipGrid is the time limits that it puts on users. The options for time limits have been expanded to include a very concise 15 seconds and an in-depth 5 minutes. This should brighten up my assignments — introduce yourself and your role in the food system in 15 seconds versus reflect on what you have learned about sustainable food production as a system of interrelationships in 5 minutes.
With the opportunity to add purpose statements to grids and attach relevant content, my assignments can now be more explanatory which is perfect since this work will be completed outside of class time and because this course is part of a bigger educational effort.
I will be collaborating with some of my favorite people to have around the dinner table – Rich Perry, Jon Jarc, and Leah Lacrosse – via FlipGrid this school year. We will all be using phenomenon-based learning across our different grade levels (middle school to college), diverse content areas (science, english/language arts, and art) and geographically dispersed schools (New York, Ohio, and Maine). Phenomenon-based learning is a holistic approach that begins with teaching by topics and incorporates digital and non-digital technology. Our shared topic this year will be Why We Explore. We will all be evaluating exploration from the perspective of our courses and then discussing how this exploration causes mankind to evolve. Part of the collaboration – for both us and our students – will be sharing experiences via FlipGrid.
FlipGrid is absolutely committed to student privacy. Teachers control who can view student content. Now teachers can share videos to the FlipGrid community and include hashtags to make the videos searchable. With this, our experiences can be shared with the world. It sounds like it is time to get a bigger table!