I am thinking of going with Option 2: My Personal Journey Into Media. Since I’m a list person, the following are steps I have completed/hoping to complete over the course of this project.
Educational Apps: SeeSaw and Flipgrid
I have used SeeSaw last year and this year. I mostly used it for parent communication and for posting student work. However, I have made using SeeSaw more frequently and to a greater capacity a goal for myself this year. After a conversation with my co-teachers, I realized my goal had definitely fallen to the wayside and this project sounds like a great way to get back into working toward that goal. A friend of mine uses Flipgrid in her classroom and was telling me about it a few months ago. Then we also used this app in class, so it has piqued my interest as it sounds like it is gaining some popularity.
Social Media Apps: Instagram and (maybe) Tik Tok
I have a personal Instagram account of my own, but only post and “like” pictures. Similar to SeeSaw, I don’t feel like I am using it to its full capacity. Since I do interact with this form of social media, I would like to learn about it and explore its Terms of Service. I am debating about exploring Tik Tok as well. My students have been talking about it constantly, so I am curious what the appeal is for kids in the grades 4/5 range and what they use it for/post.
My Final Product
My final product will essentially be a detailed blog post with links back to resources I have found, used, or created.
Topics to Explore of Each App
I am thinking of looking into the following aspects of each app and then writing a review on each.
- Description of the App
- Terms of Service
- Privacy Implications
- Educational Value/Use
- Reflection of Personal Experiences with the App
What I have done so far:
- Registered for Flipgrid PD
- Looked into SeeSaw PD (PD In Your PJs)
- Checked in with my principal about using Flipgrid in my classroom
Short Term Goals:
- Sign up for SeeSaw PD
- Create Parent Flipgrid note to send home with students
- Look into Instagram information training sessions (if any exist)
- Start using Flipgrid in the classroom by (latest) February 10
- Decide on apps (to Tik Tok or not to Tik Tok)
- Digital Citizenship Lessons (Common Sense Media has great resources and ideas)
- I am also thinking about a possible visit from our school’s constable to chat with the kids and a parents’ night discussing digital citizenship.
Long Term Goals… So Far:
- Detailed review of each app
- Resources used for lessons on digital citizenship
- Blog/Vlog of process week by week for documentation
- Look into some of the research regarding Instagram
Things I’m Wondering About:
Please feel free to comment with your input!
- Is it a good idea to do weekly blog/vlog updates on my project? Or will that become redundant?
- I am thinking of having a detailed final blog post to showcase my project… Thoughts?
- My principal told me I should send a permission note home with my students when using Flipgrid, as it involves the kids posting videos. My understanding is that the videos students make on Flipgrid simply go to my classroom account and kids can comment/watch each other videos, but the videos are not “out there” for people to view publicly. However, anyone who has the code could view the videos kids post. Flipgrid users– sound about right?
- To Tik Tok or not to Tik Tok?
Right now, this is a smattering of ideas! I am curious to see what I find and how it all ends up coming together!
Thanks for reading/commenting!