All posts by Aly Rumberger

I am an Instructional Technology Specialist who is passionate about digital citizenship, multimodal literacies, and exploring school library media centers as instructional spaces. I'm thrilled to be part of such an innovative district that is working to support students in becoming global and equity-minded young citizens. You can reach me at: rumbergera@issaquah.wednet.edu and (425) 837-7138.

Flipgrid + Immersive Reader = Access for All!

  Flipgrid is taking on the ISTE standard of “Empowered Learner” to an entirely new level, by incorporating Microsoft’s Immersive Reader tool. This way, not only are students encouraged to use their voices to post their own videos, but there are built-in supports for them to listen to the initial prompt. By incorporating Immersive Reader ...

“The View from Here” – Digital Storytelling

The Scenario    You’re a teacher that is looking for a way to extend learning and creativity in writing for several of students, particularly those whom you have identified as struggling to express themselves. In addition, you’d like to extend their engagement with the writing process by offering a digital format.  This real scenario features first-grade teacher Leah Doyle. Leah’s students have recently finished a ...

Inspiration for Your Innovation

Did you know that Flipgrid has “Innovation Leads” that provide inspiration and support for using Flipgrid in classrooms? These Innovation Leads have compiled Integration Docs that have links to documents that are organized by grade band and content area. Once in the document, there are typically three lessons created for each level and/or topic. If ...

Making Learning Concrete: Add a Rubric to Flipgrid!

Are students sharing their writing via Flipgrid? Are they orally reporting on something that they have researched? Would you like students to give peer feedback, leaning on language from a rubric? Consider adding a rubric to a Flipgrid topic! There are numerous reasons why you might consider adding a rubric as a resource to Flipgrid. ...

Flipgrid: A Tool to Inspire

Flipgrid is one of the most creative tools currently on the market with a mission to engage, innovate, and amplify student voice. As such, they have an entire link dedicated to “inspiration,” out-of-the-box prompts that will spark conversation, with Flipgrid as the platform to accomplish this. When you’re logged into Flipgrid, it’s as easy as ...

Be in the Know: Consent Forms and Flipgrid

Flipgrid is a tool that is taking off in our district, and rightly so. Students can engage with one another by reflecting on content or lessons, and they can respond and hear classmate responses. The possibilities for sharing learning in creative ways are endless! Click here to read past posts on Flipgrid and how to ...

New to Flipgrid? Check out the Disco Library!

  There are almost 10,000 “Topics” in Flipgrid’s Disco Library – plenty to explore and consider. Within Flipgrid, a “Grid” is your class or content area, and the “Topic” is the project or assignment. The Disco Library has two main sections: Weekly Hits: these are quick templates that you can add to any of your ...

Technology to Foster Classroom Relationships

As a new school year begins, teachers are building relationships with students and fostering positive classroom communities, which inherently means learning student names. As Issaquah’s school community becomes more diverse, learning student names accurately is arguably becoming more important than ever. As all teachers know, names matter, and are central to a student’s identity. This ...

Classkick: Learning Tool for Teachers and Students

As the current school year draws to a close, you might be organizing and looking ahead to next year. Gathering user-friendly tech tools to facilitate work with students and colleagues can help build excitement for the coming year! If you plan to be leading a session with colleagues or facilitating a meeting, Classkick is a ...

Toolkits to Navigate Social Media

  Issaquah School District is currently thinking about social media use across our schools, and what we can do as teachers to support student safety, well-being, and citizenship in their online robust social communities. Common Sense Education, one of our district-supported platforms, offers toolkits for educators that include teacher information and accompanying lessons. One toolkit ...