About Virtual Giff

Jen Giffen (aka Virtual Giff) is a Teacher Librarian and Former Curriculum Consultant (Digital Literacy)
Consultant in the York Region District School Board in Ontario, Canada. She has been in
education since 2001. She has a B.Ed from Queen's University (Cha Gheill!) and an M.Ed in
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from OISE at the University of Toronto.

Google Innovator (#WDC17), Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE), Apple Teacher, HP Teaching Fellow, Student Voice Ambassador, sketchnoter, teacher matchmaker, cheerleader, mom of three boys (#boymom), and up for just about anything. Co-host of #ShukesandGiff the podcast, Jen is a believer that you have time to do anything you want – you just need to make time. Former player of the game of school, she now seeks to ensure learning is authentic and relevant, especially for struggling students You can often find her learning at her computer, having a conversation with her Google Home, driving around listening to podcasts and chilling & watching Netflix with her husband (#forreal). She wants you to know that while at first, the hokey pokey is hard, eventually you turn yourself around. #Ginger #Canadian #HashtagLover. @VirtualGiff – everywhere.


  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