Same, same but different

“Using Flipgrid isn’t about recording videos…it’s about learning. Learning that is social, personal, can happen anywhere and anytime, about making connections, it’s deep exploration, and promotes that everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner.” The Educator’s guide to Flipgrid

This week, we read chapter 6: The cycle of socialization by Bobbie Harro, and we have some tasks using Flipgrid. First, we recorded a video in which we shared a word, phrase, and sentence from the reading. After that, we watched 4 videos from colleagues. Visuals experiences made this exchange of information more personal, more ‘human’ not just words. You’ll see their faces and hear their voices. As a second task, we shared our opinions about ‘others’ selections, the impact in our classes and how can we use a similar process in our class. 

I can only say that this was an exercise that involves reflection (self-reflection), understanding of perspectives, critical thinking to analyze the reading and open-mindedness. We all found different powerful words, phrases according to who we are.

Q&A

  1. Have you used Flipgrid before? How was this experience similar to/different from other times you’ve used Flipgrid? 

Liliana: No. This was my first time using it. It blew my mind!

  1. How might you use Flipgrid (or other tools) in your classroom/school in order to collaborate with colleagues and expand students’ authentic, real-world learning experiences? 

Liliana: Flipgrid is a tool that promotes collaboration, helps us construct knowledge, and enhance your voice as a learner. 

I might integrate Flipgrid on my library sessions with students and PD sessions with teachers. I can create ‘Book talks’ between students and teachers. And, it can be the tool that will give a voice to any person on their learning. It promotes collaboration, teamwork and student agency. My take away is that it ‘humanize our learning without frontiers’

  1. How might your reading on diversity and social justice impact your practice? 

Liliana: It drives me to a deep self-reflection about myself, who I am and, what I want. I could identify myself in some scenarios described in the reading. My take-away is very simple: respect. I deeply respect myself, then I respect others beyond any difference. We should give equal opportunities to all our users, exposure to controversial topics to blow their minds and develop an opinion. Every year, we celebrate “The banned books week” to create awareness about books than because of their ideological, ethical, controversial, etc. content, they were banned or censored in different countries. People should have equal rights to information and freedom to choose and develop an opinion.

The Internet opened a window of equality for all of us, as librarians, we should keep it open and training our users on how to use it better, we are given them more options to succeed.

  1. What privileged or oppressed groups are you part of? How has being part of those groups impacted who you are today and how you interact with your colleagues and students?

Liliana: I think I’ve been part of both groups in different moments of my life. I can say that I was born in a privileged group in my country Peru. I had a traditional conservative catholic education. My parents were very proud of our identity as Peruvians (mixed of races and cultures) and they promoted our identification with our country exploring their geography and its rich history. Also, traveling here and there abroad to learn from different cultures. 

Being in India for a while, made me reflect about myself and how people see themselves based on their background and system. India is a country in which every state is a mini-country with its traditions and culture. Here, you can witness the ambivalence of tradition vs progressive. In spite of being abolished, the caste system is still there. Just two questions: Where are you from? (State) and What’s your last name? It will be enough to figure it out the caste. 

Something that I learned is that things will affect you if you let them affect your feelings and who you are. I have learned a lot about being proud of who we are in a world that every day is less tolerant. And, that is what as educators we try to share with our students. Understand the difference and feel proud of yourself, respect, being open-minded and tolerant. The IB program promotes all these values and principles that at the library, we try to promote with kids through stories that made them reflect. I can mention some authors like Jenny Sue Kotecki-Shaw that through books like ‘same, same but different’ finds unity in the difference. Or, Jannie Baker with the book ‘Mirror’ shows how families are the same anywhere.

“Once you know something, you can not know it anymore and knowing it eventually translate into action” Bobbie Harro


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