Thursday Three Tuscaloosa City Schools Elementary Technology news, Volume 4

“We find when we talk about 21st century skills, people often reduce them to skills for the workplace and skills involving technology. And we’re really talking about skills for creativity, for civic engagement, for social life–the full range of experiences that young people will be involved in in the future.” -Henry Jenkins, Provost’s Professor of Communications

School is where students begin to build essential skills that will translate into the workplace and the world! Seesaw is a tool that will help students engage in critical thinking, be creative, collaborate with peers, and communicate in new ways.

Seesaw Digital Portfolios are one of the latest and greatest tools for collecting student work, providing timely feedback, communicating with parents, connecting students globally, and more! The creative/collaborative possibilities are endless.

In implementing Seesaw, teachers empower students to create, reflect, share, and collaborate. Students “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, voice recordings, and links. The beauty of this digital tool is not only ease of use, but all student created content is approved by the teacher.

Activities Library

Seesaw has an amazing library full of activities ready for use in your classroom! As soon as the kids are signed up, the activity library allows you to search for activities via grade, subject matter, or even global projects like Dot Day!

Seesaw Activities Library

Once an activity is selected, it can instantly be assigned for class, small group, or individual students.

Adding activities for students to complete in Seesaw.

Think about the possibilities of reinforcing skills that you teach in a small group!!

Sample Activity from Seesaw

Getting Started

Getting started with Seesaw is so easy that you will wish you had started sooner! Alicia and Amanda will be glad to help you set up your class and get started. Ready to start today? You can go to the Seesaw Help Center, where you’ll find tutorials on how to setup your class list in Seesaw. After that, you can begin logging kids into the app, and connecting parents to see student work (with your approval).

Once students are in the system (which is easy by copying and pasting your class list), you will need to have students to connect to your Seesaw Classroom. Students can access Seesaw through the website, https://web.seesaw.me/ or via Clever. Once on Seesaw, students will be asked to do one of the following: input their TCS google email address or scan a class QR code. Class codes only work for 24 hours for security reasons, and while there is an option for class QR code logins, that would rely on devices having a camera. The best option (in our opinion) is to provide students with a login card containing their TCS Google Email Login (____.____@tuscaloosacityschools.com) and working to sign everyone up through the class code. When the class code is entered along with the student email, students will be connected to your class and should not have to enter this code in the future.

Once the kids are in, you are ready for the magic to begin. Seesaw has a plethora of activities to help students and teacher learn how to use all the special features (such as using photos, drawing, videos, camera roll, notes, links, and adding files). One option available to teachers is Seesaw Task Cards. These cards contain activities that help lead students in learning basics skills needed to use Seesaw applications.

Example task card

Seesaw has step-by-step guides to introduce Seesaw to every grade level from PreK to High School. Guides are also available for for specialists and ELL teachers! You can easily find those in the Seesaw Help Center. These guides provide easy to follow, step-by-step instructions to get started with activities you can implement almost as quickly as you can sign up!

Seesaw Getting Started Guide

Read All About It!

One of our most favorite ideas for using Seesaw is to have students record themselves reading. Students start by simply picking a book and then using the seesaw app option to take a picture of the front of their book in the student journal. After a picture has been taken, they will click the green check mark in the upper right hand corner.

Adding a picture to Seesaw in a student journal.

Then students can use the next page to record their reading. Students have a 5 minute max to read the book. A solution to help the videos to not be quite as long is to give students a timer set at whatever time limit you desire. After students have recorded, they can go back and listen to their reading. Since Seesaw stores items all throughout the year, students can access earlier readings and compare their fluency at different points in the year.

Option to record voice a Seesaw student journal.

How Can We Help You?

Contact us at any time to schedule planning for these activities or more:

  • Connect on Twitter: Create your PLN!
  • Mystery Skype
  • Mystery Number Skype
  • Global Connections
  • Technology Integration in classroom instruction (whole group and small group)
  • Typing Club
  • Clever
  • Dot Day Activities
  • Global Read Aloud activities and connections
  • Google Apps for Education: Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites
  • Seesaw Digital Portfolios
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Blogging
  • Coding
Alicia Sewell and Amanda Walker

Alicia Sewell: RQES, VES, OES, MLK, TMES, and TASPA

Amanda Walker: UPES, CES, SKY, SVES, WFES, and AES

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