5 More Ideas to Use PebbleGo & Flipgrid in the Classroom
When I think of perfect pairs I think Buzz and Woody, Sherlock and Watson, and of course, PebbleGo and Flipgrid! Some things are just meant to be together and these duos are all just right! As I mentioned in my previous blog post, PebbleGo and Flipgrid have been my go-to combo this year. They helped me keep my students engaged and learning through the end of this crazy school year. Here are a few more awesome ways these two great edtech tools can be used in the classroom!
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is an increasingly important focus in today’s schools, even more so after the 2020/2021 school year. PebbleGo has a wonderful selection of high-quality SEL articles. The high-interest selection makes it easy to integrate into any educational space and is really relevant to today’s students. Pairing these articles with a great response tool like Flipgrid allows us to bring SEL to life!
One of my class’s favorite Flipgrid activities is Two Truths and a Lie. In this activity, students create a video recording where they share two true statements and one lie. The students then complete a gallery walk by watching everyone’s videos and comment on which statement that they think is a lie. After everyone has done the gallery walk, we share out which statements were true and which ones were false. This activity is great for fact review for any content area! Two Truths and a Lie lends itself nicely to SEL review as well. After reading an SEL PebbleGo article, such as Types of Bullying, have students create a Two Truths and a Lie video in Flipgrid. This fun, game-like SEL lesson is a great foundation for building a student-focused classroom culture that keeps learning as the focus.
Call to Action
Students of all ages feel passionate about environmental issues. Coming up with solutions to environmental problems allows for creative and innovative thinking, combining multiple skills from science and social sciences. PebbleGo and Flipgrid is the perfect place to let student’s voices be heard and shared!
A great starting point for these learning discussions is virtual field trips, guest speakers and/or student research. PebbleGo has many awesome articles on animal habitats, conservation, and environmental information. These connect to many content standards and can easily be used in addition to any science curriculum. Students choose their environmental cause to research and create a call to action video in Flipgrid where they make a commercial highlighting the importance of their environmental problem and what people can do to help. Watch their creativity and engagement explode as students share their voices!
I said it before and I will say it again...one of the best ways to learn history is by bringing it to life! PebbleGo Next has a vast selection of informative articles about American history. The photographs, maps, and videos help deepen student’s understanding while giving life to so many important aspects of the American colonies. To engage students even further, have them research and create a replica of one specific colony. Keep the selection of materials open-ended. Students greatly appreciate having the creative freedom to recreate their colonies from a wide variety of construction items. Odds are you’ll get projects made digitally with programs like Minecraft as well as structures built outside with sticks and logs. What a great way to let student choice shine through! Once the colonies are built, students create a video in Flipgrid that showcases their colony. Extend their knowledge by having students include facts about the colony. Keep the learning going by having students ask questions in the comments on Flipgrid. Students can either write or video their responses, which is a great option for students at all levels of learning!
Dream Home Project
Project-based learning is an inquiry-based educational approach that many educators have turned to as it is highly engaging authentic learning. Learning how to make connections and solve problems keeps students interested and answers the age-old question “When will I ever need to know this?!” PebbleGo and Flipgrid are here to help make project-based learning easier than ever before to incorporate into your lessons!
As an educator I often found project-based learning to be tricker to incorporate in math. The pacing of our curriculum and the type of learning needed in mathematics made it hard for me to see how I could add in anything else. This spring I knew we needed a review of multiple math concepts and my students needed a learning experience we hadn’t done yet. The dream home project fit the bill and was a huge success! Students researched homes on PebbleGo, learning about different construction and types of homes throughout the world. They were then tasked with creating their own dream home. I taught fifth grade so there were multiple components to the project, but it can easily be simplified or extended based on the grade level.
First, students drew the floor plan on paper, following a basic set of room criteria. They then calculated the area of their home. Next, they were to create a 3D model of their home. I left this portion of the project open-ended and students had a blast designing their home either digitally or creating it out of materials at their home. I was thrilled to learn about the collaboration they did with this part of the project. Everything from friends helping friends build on Roblox to grandparents working with students to create a wooden dollhouse-like version of their home. I received many great messages from families about how much they enjoyed this project and the time they got to spend together with their students. Students then had to determine the total cost of materials for their home, such as flooring. Students created a video on Flipgrid giving us a tour of their dream home, including a rundown of the total cost. Students loved touring each other’s homes, and the questions about the houses provided a lot of great connection moments!
PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next has one of the greatest selection of biography articles that I have found! The audio feature makes the information accessible to all levels of readers, providing important equity in classroom learning. Learning about real-life people helps students connect in a different way than learning about subjects alone. You can limit people to certain periods of time, such as Revolutionary War historical figures, or other criteria, such as business leaders or Asian Americans. There are so many biography categories on PebbleGo I am certain you will find articles that connect with whatever your curriculum focus is!
To take the learning up a notch on the engagement scale, have students create a wax museum in Flipgrid! To do this, students create a first-person script about the person they are researching. They then design a costume for their person using only items they have at home (no buying stuff!) After dressing up as their person, they create a video in Flipgrid sharing the research they learned about their person as their person! Think ‘Hi! My name is Bessie Coleman and I was a pilot in the 1920s….’ After all the videos are done, have students do a gallery walk of all the videos in Flipgrid building their learning while connecting to others. This year my class completed a character bingo board about Revolutionary War historical figures, writing down one fact about each person to complete a bingo! So much fun and so much learning!
No matter what academic area of focus you are working on, when you add in the perfect duo of PebbleGo and Flipgrid, the engagement and learning soar! Want more information about how to implement any of the aforementioned lessons? Join us at ISTE where we share more about these projects and easy-to-follow how-to demonstrations for both PebbleGo and Flipgrid!