Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Flipgrid Virtual Backgrounds - How and Why

Last week Flipgrid unveiled a list of features for the 2021-22 school year. One of those new features is an updated menu virtual background options called backdrops. In the latest version of Flipgrid you can choose from a large selection of virtual background images or upload your own. Additionally, you can reposition yourself in front of your virtual background with just one click. And you can still use all of your other favorite Flipgrid options like picture frames with your virtual background. 

In this short video I demonstrate how to use virtual backdrops in your Flipgrid videos. 

Applications for Education
Flipgrid's virtual backdrop feature is a great one for students to use when they are recording videos from home. By using the virtual backgrounds they can hide the interiors of their homes. You could also have students use the virtual background option to record greenscreen videos about news stories, weather, or places they want to visit.

Letters, Numbers, Seasons - Free Classroom Posters

PBS Learning Media's newsletter should be on the subscription list of every elementary school teacher in the U.S. I subscribe to it simply because of all of the great resources it provides that I can use with my own children. An example of that is found in the latest issue of the PBS Learning Media newsletter. In it I found a nice collection of free posters that can be downloaded as PDFs. 

PBS Learning Media's Classroom Posters collection contains more than a dozen colorful PDFs featuring the letters of the alphabet with representative icons, numbers, shapes, and short words. In the posters collection you'll also find seasons of the year, months of the year, and weather. Finally, the collection also includes posters about emotions and classroom routines. 

Applications for Education
As you're setting up your classroom for the new school year, you might find yourself needing some new materials for your walls. The PBS Learning Media posters collection is a good place to find some wall materials. I'd also keep the collection bookmarked to share with parents who ask you for resources that they can use at home. For example, as a Dad I plan to print the weather and seasons posters to put on our refrigerator next to our daily listening chart.