As you may know by now, I'm a big fan of Buncee, but there is another digital tool that I love almost as much and that is Flipgrid. I haven't given my all with promoting Flipgrid because I haven't used it as much as I would like in my library. Students have done a few picture book reviews using it (learn more HERE), but I haven't implemented it across the entire school. So....that's about to change.
I applied for and received a grant of $500.00 from our local school system's Educational Foundation. This is a group made up of business partners, retired and current educators, and other community members who donate money to support the work of classroom teachers. They award thousands in grants each year and it really is an honor to be selected, as they are highly competitive.
My grant was called "Flipping for Books" and I basically pitched the idea of using Flipgrid and some basic sound equipment to allow students to do video book reviews. The book reviews will then be available for all students to view and will help in book selection. It also is a great way to give students a voice about what they are choosing to read.
My grant proposal consisted of four basic purchases. The first being the subscription to Flipgrid. I wanted all of the features that are unlocked with a yearly subscription and at $65, you just can't beat the price! My second and third items will work together to create mini-recording booths for students to use. These aren't necessarily required to make Flipgrid work, but in the library there can be noise that causes the student recording to lack volume or clarity. I went to B&H Photo online to find what I was looking for and pitched it as part of the grant.
I've ordered four mics and four mini sound booths to create little recording booth areas for the students to use with their student laptops. Only 4th and 5th graders are 1:1 at this point, so I may have to dig up some laptops to use until our 2nd and 3rd graders are also 1:1 in the coming year. These items do make up the bulk of my purchasing.
Finally, the remaining funds are going to our technology department to "relocate" an existing large screen television/monitor in the library. I have a very large one mounted very HIGH over the circulation desk that is not used for anything! I want to have the tech department lower this monitor and help me connect it up to a computer in order to have a Flipgrid Station of sorts. I'm hoping this will work, but if it doesn't I can come up with another plan. We shall see what they can do.
And that's it! I'm super excited to get Flipgrid going in the library full force and I think having the little mini sound booths and mics will make the kids feel extra special when they get to do their own book reviews!
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