About Virtual Giff

Jen Giffen (a.k.a. Virtual Giff) currently works as a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher with the York Region District School Board.

She earned her B.Ed (I/S English and Mathematics) at Queen's University and her M.Ed (Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning) at OISE at the University of Toronto.  She has an honours specialist in English and Additional Qualifications in Special Education and Integration of Information and Computer Technology in the Classroom.  She has also been the Literacy Lead, Student Success Teacher, and Modern Learning Teacher.

She is a Google for Education Certified Innovator (#WDC17), a Google for Education Trainer, and a Level 2 Google Educator.  She has a keen interest in EdTech and is always looking for new tools to enhance the learning environment to engage students and increase critical thinking skills.

She spends her free time playing with her three little boys, listening to podcasts,  participating in competitive cheerleading and watching Netflix with her husband.

Get in touch with Jen on social media using the link on the right.


  1. I love your sketchnoting resources. I wanted to ask about your notebook? Is it a RocketBook? If so, is it the color one? I am curious. I would really like to learn more about resources available.


    Alfonso Mendoza
    Instructional Software Specialist
    Sharyland ISD

  2. HI Alfonso - it is a Rocketbook One that I use. It is not the best option for sketchnoting as the colours bleed trhough the pages, but I like the connectivity of it.

  3. Dear Jen, I was reading an article "10 Ways to Use Flipgrid" http://blog.flipgrid.com/news/2017/6/13/10ways
    where you were, among other ideas, discussing the use of FlipGrid for professional book groups. You included a link to a sample FlipGrid you conducted with teachers around a professional book: https://flipgrid.com/60087d
    but the link requires a password, which was not offered. Is there a way to preview this FlipGrid? I would like to do this with some colleagues.
    Laurie Pastore Literacy Coach Mamaroneck NY