Perhaps, you’ve already started using Flipgrid You’ve signed up, set up your grids, and made topics. Now that you have your Flipgrid account set up, it’s time to figure out how to best utilize Flipgrid as a librarian. Flipgrid has so many uses for your own Library classroom. Check out how to use Flipgrid in the library. Book Talks First, one way to use Flipgrid in your library classroom is for book talks. Start by creating a grid or topic for Book Talks. Model your own Book Talk by sharing your own video review. Book Talks are less about opinions, however, and more of a teaser for a book.  For example, give your review of Katherine Applegate’s latest book, The One and Only Bob, the sequel to The One and Only Ivan.  Your students will see your teaser of the New York Times’ Best Seller and create their own
Have you jumped on the Seesaw train yet? If not, there is probably a good reason! If you are a librarian and find yourself thinking “That is great for classroom teachers, but how would I use it?”, get ready for a surprise. Why not make use of a tool that students, teachers, and families already use with their grade level classrooms? Keep reading get started with Seesaw in the Library. Create your own classes First, create your own classes to allow more personalization and customization, and work around the two teacher limit in the free Seesaw. This is an especially useful activity. However, it is time consuming depending on the size of your school. If you have more than 500 students,  ask to be a teacher in an already-created classroom. On the other hand, you can create your own classes to give you the chance to communicate with students
Have you heard of the latest app to take over the schools? Seesaw is an interactive app that allows students to post the things they work on in school. Next, their families can see their work! Because it’s based mostly on pictures and video, Seesaw also allows students to post links, text notes, drawings, and other media to share with their families. In addition, there are so many possibilities with Seesaw. Classroom teachers love Seesaw, but teacher librarians can get in on the act, too! Check out how to use Seesaw in the library! Journal posts First, the original intention of Seesaw was an online journal for students and families. As students post their entries to the journal, families get alerts. Next, parents and guardians see what students have been working on during the school day.  In addition, you can also make use of this school-to-home connection! Have students
The library should be all about differentiation and choice! In fact, elementary library classrooms are the place where students should be able to explore different genres, read series books, and even dive into nonfiction. Choice is key in library instruction, and choice boards are a way to give that freedom back to your students. Check out these reasons why you should use choice boards in your library classroom! K-2 Choice Boards in Your Library Classroom Using Choice Boards is not just an option with older students. For beginning readers, giving choice in library activities makes a huge difference in reading enjoyment and comprehension. Share some of your favorite picture books with your emerging readers. Then, give them a choice in how they demonstrate their learning.  To use these activities, start by reading the book aloud to your students either in the Classroom or to your distance learners on Zoom,
Flipgrid’s catchphrase is “empower every voice”. Teachers and students around the globe use Flipgrid to allow all voices to be heard in the classroom. There are so many uses for Flipgrid in the library, and it’s really easy to get started with Flipgrid! Sign Up for Flipgrid Signing up for Flipgrid is simple. You can login with your G Suite or Microsoft account to create an educator account. Start Your Grid Once you sign up, dialogue boxes will walk you through the process, but your first step is creating a Grid. Your Grid is like your homebase for your classroom. I like to create a Grid for each grade level that I teach.  First, you’ll title your Grid. Next, you’ll select a Grid type.  School Email If your students have email addresses, you can easily control which domains have access to your Grid. This helps with security. Note that
As a librarian, you are constantly finding creative resources to get your students to fall in love with books. Why not utilize the format of one of their favorite apps, “Snapchat”? No, you don’t have to have your students download the app. “Book Snaps” simply are digital images or photos where students can annotate or share their own ideas about a book. Learn all about Book Snaps and how to use them in your library classroom! Apps to Use for Book Snaps To begin, your students will take a photo or a screenshot of a page of text. It can be a digital or physical book. In order to annotate the text and add fun images and reactions, they can use any app that allows for editing. The native photo app on most phones PicCollage Canva Seesaw Google Slides Google Drawings. . .and more! How to Create a Book