Each year, school libraries celebrate #SLM17, or School Library Month. The hashtag #SLM17 is used to follow the conversation on social media, with the numerals changing each year. You may recall a post about the history of SLM in March by Sedley Abercrombie.
In the past, we have created books written and illustrated by students telling why they love their school library. This year, we took a page from the fabulous Jennifer LaGarde and used Flipgrid. Flipgrid is a tool that allows users to record and post information to a topic-specific board. The board is created by an admin with an account. Accounts can be free, or you can upgrade for more options.
I posted a simple statement to our students: Share why you love your school library or what you like the most about coming to the library. I posted the statement to a new Flipgrid. We used the QR code provided by Flipgrid and printed off the steps each student would use to create their flip.
Students took notes before recording. Some decided to use the “selfie” side and record themselves while others chose to work in pairs or small groups. After publishing their video, students went back to work in the media center. We plan to share our Flipgrid on our school’s Facebook and Twitter pages after all students have been recorded.
Flipgrid would also make an awesome self-reflection tool for students. Can you imagine the impact Flipgrid self-reflections could have on student work? Recording their thoughts about assignments, research, book reviews! The possibilities are endless.
Now it’s your turn!
Use the Flipgrid link to share what you did to celebrate #SLM17! All responses can be viewed! Not to mention, isn’t this a great tool for advocacy of your school library program?
P.S. Don’t forget to download your Twibbon, Headers, Banners (like the one on this post), and more on AASL’s School Library Month page!
Author: Ashley Cooksey
Library Media Specialist in Arkansas. Self-proclaimed geek. Lover of nature and music. Always learning.