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Tips and Tricks of Using Seesaw From Our #SeesawChat

#SeesawChat: 12th May 2016

“There are so many new things out there about what technology and how to use it in the classroom. I am not really comfortable using it.” This is a common statement among educators who are not comfortable infusing technology into the classroom. Very true. It can really be overwhelming. If I ask a couple of teachers, they will come up with at least 5 different apps they use in class.

This is what I tell them, “I am quite comfortable using technology in the classroom but will never catch up with every new tool out there. I remind myself, use one as it fits.”

Here’s one that caught my attention last summer and was able to delve into it more a few days ago by taking the training to be a Seesaw Ambassador.

My first #SeesawChat with fellow educators brought saw many ideas that I would like to share in this post. Both teachers and students are capturing and documenting the learning that takes place in school.

Spelling via Mrs. St. John’s Class

Capturing progress on IEP Goals via Heather Gauck

Genius Hour via Miss Zeisler

Reader’s Response via Jess Ische

Math via Miss Elikwu

Assessment via Traci Piltz

Text Features via Joni Quintavalle

Math via myself courtesy of Mrs. S MathTechLearnCentre class

Health via Traci Wood

Oral Reporting via Jennifer Sanders

Interactive QR Code via Emily Corrigan

Retelling via Miss Knutson’s Class

Word Connections via Mrs. Gadtke

Science via Ryan Wiggins

Expect more collections on how to enhance students learning through the use of Seesaw and other apps as I continue to explore this digital road.

At one point, I read a line that somehow goes like this, “If you’re doing something great that no one knows, then, there’s not much greatness in what you’re doing.” Share the love. Feel free to add to this list below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DPA: Daily Physical Activity

A slice of exercise for the Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 29.

Often times, I feel guilty having students sitting for the longest time because they need to finish an assigned task. Meanwhile, as a teacher, I like to move around. When attending workshops, I need to have some caffeine boost especially if it’s happening after work and I know I will be sitting down for a minimum of 2 hours.

Kids are the same way. They want to move around. Some of them need more space than others. One or two would need that extra room on the carpet when the whole class is there. I had one student who would be moving from one spot to another during this time but he’s all attentive to what’s happening. As a whole class, we learned that it’s what he needed. We gave that to him.

Four years ago, I made a compilation of dance songs in a CD. Of course, one of them was Cha Cha Slide. Now, there are more resources that are available for us to use in our classroom. As long as we have the internet connection, they are available for use anytime. They are more up-to-date too. Here are the links that I use that the kids love.

I am getting better at allowing frequent breaks in the classroom reminding myself that exercise is good for the heart as well as the mind.

 

To Keep or To Toss?

It’s Friday. Let me share a slice with a personal touch on my Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 4.

Always a goal: Keep what’s valuable and toss everything else! But how do I really decide on which one to save.

How many paper printouts and recyclables do we accumulate every year that we get a heavy heart to part ways? Tests, handouts, arts and crafts samples, worksheets, egg cartons, yogurt containers in all sizes. At the end of each school year, they all go in boxes, plastic crates, filing cabinets, folders, shelves, under the sink. Name it. Mind you, the garbage cans and recycling bins get full still.

Teachers are hoarders, trying to keep everything because there’s a chance of using them again. But the question is when?

From what I have and keep because I decided that I will be using them again, I don’t have a lot. But I am still not pleased with the accumulation. It’s not right. How much do I really have to keep these days? If I need something, I just need to google it. 98% of the time, I’ll find them online.

I’ve been better with recyclable materials. No more hiding them under the sink. They consume too much space. Overall, I like everything to be in proper place all the time. It does bother me if books are not placed properly in their bins. I need to wipe the chalkboard with wet cloth at the end of the day. My students knew what to do. It should look like it’s not used at all. Everything should be placed back where they got them. I know it’s a bit too much. Maybe, way too much for others but that’s just me.

When all sorts of paper come home from school, that’s where the problem is. Which one stays? Which one gets shredded? Which one gets into the small recycling bin under my desk in my home office? In December, I got rid of a lot of them. Yet, I still feel that I am still keeping more that are outdated already. I try to avoid buying more “pretty” bins. The more bins I have, the less I will get rid of.

Every weekend, my To Do List includes “Sort paper from school.” It’s over a year. It’s still there.

Other than that, almost everything is in order in the house. Shoes, jackets, clothes, towels, soaps. They are all neatly piled, hanged or tucked.

Maybe, it’s just me. Although, it does bother me. I’ll get it done to my organizational standard. The day will come that I can finally say, I have less of what I need and am living clutter-free.

 

 

Word Swag It!

I am always amaze by quotes or sayings that were written with graphics on the background. They add so much meaning to a few written words.

It was almost the end of July. I saw a tweet of Tina Zita. Her dad made one using Word Swag. Wait… If he can do it, I can too. He inspired me!

That’s the turning point for me to buy Word Swag app for $4.59. Very rarely that I would buy an app (although I buy my music) but this one is definitely a go! One huge advantage that I find using Word Swag is having photos from Pixabay if you choose to search for images within the app.

The app sat on my device for a while not really knowing what I need to create about until two weeks later where I got to use it to post question of the day while co-hosting a week long #asiaED chat on Twitter (which calls for another post).

Not only that I bought the app, I also unlocked the other fonts for a few extra dollars. Like any new learning, I struggled at the beginning. The writing was too small with my first try. It was okay to view on the phone or tablet because of the zoom in feature but not on the computer.

Persistence… Or was it because I really had to use it at that time? What ever the reason maybe, that made me played with it a bit more. That’s when I discovered that I can adjust the appearance and the colour of the fonts and blur or brighten the image. I have to think of my students when I am introducing some new learning or teaching a new skill. They persevere.

Below are some examples that I’ve created. I can say, it’s worth what I paid for! Now, I am wondering if I can have them develop for display and use in the classroom.

 

Summer is Over! Now, What?

A new school year has started. This post may be a bit late but better get it done than saying, “I should have written about it,” later on in my blogging life. Push. Push. Push. I told myself that I need to get back on track. The world doesn’t stop spinning. I should not stop from moving forward.

This summer, I did a lot of professional/personal learning through Twitter and it made me to connect more globally without leaving the comfort of my own home office for the most part. It didn’t come easy to disconnect as I continue to grow my #PLN. At some instances, even when I was camping.

Who would have thought that participating in some #educhats during the summer nights would lead to a great experience in co-hosting a global Twitter chat?

Craig Kemp offered Jason Wigmore and I to co-host #asiaED slow chat in August. Because of this, we’d met so many wonderful educators along the way. Even though the connection was made virtually, it felt like a great relationship was built. Jason and I looked forward at any given time of the day to check responses. Each and everyone shared great experiences and challenged each other’s thinking.

It was also a challenge on my part to manage and monitor two Twitter accounts: my own and @asiaEDchat especially when I wanted the views to come from one of the accounts in particular. A few times, I had to delete my tweet to change the source. Ugh! That’s when Tweetdeck came handy. When I need it, I will learn it.

More can be said about it but OUR SUCCESS wouldn’t be possible without the PEOPLE who dedicated part of their time to pop in to share their two cents, retweet, promote or favourite our Q-a-Day tweet whether on summer break, sipping a cup of coffee, on a tour or from a long day at school. We are VERY GRATEFUL of your participation! Most importantly, we VALUE the CONNECTION we’d made.

As we are all back in school, I still look forward to continue to share the learning, the collaboration and the fun with my #PLN.

If I put my learning experience in a student’s perspective, each student in our class will look forward to spend each day in our classroom because they’re engaged, interested and having fun. I learned so much because I opened myself to learning through global connection. How do we see this fit with our students? With the curriculum? How would the students benefit if we let them learn beyond the walls of the school, out of our comfort zones as teachers?

In this age, WE BUILD BRIDGES, NOT WALLS for educators and students alike. When would you start to break the wall as a teacher? When would you start to build the bridge for your students?