Flipgrid to the rescue!
Then I put together a quick Google Slide presentation with directions, added the assignment in Google Classroom and then I sat at home on my couch and watched the flipgrids come in.
I imagined all sorts of things especially from a few of my "rough and tumble" boys. But overwhelmingly I was VERY pleasantly surprised. I saw many of my students using their "scripts" (the written book report page) while making their flipgrids. A few of my kids even made more than one video!
Here are a few of their book report flipgrids...
I am a self-proclaimed Google Queen (at least this is what I tell my students all the time..."I am the Google Queen, how dare you question my authority!" -- not really, just joking) and I have had 1-to-1 devices in my classroom for going on 4 years now. So I have had a lot of time to experiment and "play" with technology with my students.
I am kind of snooty about bringing in new technology websites into my classroom. With each new tech trend, I ask myself "How is this (website, link, etc) better than what I am already doing?" If I can't come up with a good enough reason to sacrifice the time, energy and hair-pulling to teach my class to use the newest tech thing...I don't. I let it pass me by.
1. It was EXTREMELY easy to teach my 2nd graders to use. (*this is HUGE...all of you elementary teachers out there know what I'm talking about!)
2. It offers something I don't already have going on in my classroom.
3. It "hits" my kids on a whole different academic level.
4. It allows ALL students to be successful no matter what their skill level is.
5. It offers MANY possible ways to implement and use
Please check out my earlier post about Flipgrid for more of a description of how Flipgrid works).