“Unless someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax.
Educators do what they can, wherever they are to make an impact on students. Paul “Lanny” Watkins, hailing from Swansea, Wales, UK, is a passionate and active advocate for student voice. His knowledge, skills, and determination led to a movement to amplify voice in phenomenal ways in his community and beyond. An Acting Leader of Digital Learning at Ysgol Bae Baglan – a Microsoft Showcase School, Lanny attributes to his growth in Flipgrid to inspiration from another educator, Kathi Kersnowski. He has been rockin’ out Flipgrid for the past two years and has attributed to the growing number of Welsh educators in #FlipgridFever community. Lanny has obtained all Flipgrid certification levels, serves as a #GridGuide and is a Student Voice Ambassador. In January 2019, Lanny and his pal Kathi K. teamed up to present the power connecting classrooms with Flipgrid and Skype. It was an inspiring moment for all in attendance.
💥Impactful 💥 is the one word that comes to Lanny’s mind when he thinks of Flipgrid. We are in awe daily of the impact Lanny is making on the world of education and we can’t wait for more!
#WednesdayWisdom from Lanny
❤️ Discussing ethical and moral issues with technology.
🎯 To discuss planning and self evaluation.
🗣 For transition of pupil moving to our school – opportunity for them to ask pupils about the school,
✅ General assessment of learning.
🏴 Supporting teachers across Wales getting started with Flipgrid
💕 To hear a pupil talk to one of our schools’ senior leaders about how Flipgrid has helped her to grow in confidence and that she is no longer afraid to speak out loud is class shows how huge an impact it can have. I also get to see and hear the passion that pupils have for my subject – something that the produced work doesn’t alway provide an opportunity to show. 💕
Be brave. Don’t be scared about introducing Flipgrid to your pupils – they will thank you for it! The impact it will have on teaching and learning is huge! Don’t be afraid to reach out on social media and ask questions or for help – there is an amazing #FlipgridFever community out there willing to help you.