Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Montana PBS Seesaw Webinar

Join me and my awesome friend Nikki Vradenburg, tech integrationist for Montana PBS, in a Seesaw webinar! This webinar will focus on Seesaw basics and is geared toward beginning Seesaw learners. Webinar will be held from 3:45-4:45pm on Wednesday, November 8th and will be worth 1 OPI renewal unit. Step up available, but no MEA Trade. Sign up below!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Teach Like a Pirate Book Club Flipgrid

I am so impressed by these teachers' reflections after reading Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. It's been a super fun book club! Hope you'll join us for our next one!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Weekly Tech-y News October 30-November 3

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Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Create Student Avatars Using PicCollage Kids

In Mrs. Podoll's 2nd grade we used Erintegration's awesome idea for creating student avatars using the app PicCollage Kids. Allowing students to customize their avatars for use in Seesaw and other programs that require a profile picture gives them ownership of their journal, as well as helps protect student privacy. Plus, this was a really fun activity for learning how to use PicCollage Kids and encouraging student creativity. Read this post on the PicCollage Educators blog to find out how to make them. Continue reading to see some more amazing examples from Mrs. Podoll's class!

Seesaw Social

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Growth Goals

Love these awesome technology #growthgoals shared by TILT Phase 2 teachers! These were created using the Seesaw activities feature.
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Rainbow Words Activity on Seesaw

I shared an idea on Twitter where teachers could upload templates for high frequency words into Seesaw, and have students "rainbow write" the words using the drawing tool in Seesaw. My amazing friend Sara Malchow used Keynote to create a whole bunch of awesome templates for rainbow words, which you can access here. She also gives directions for adding these to Seesaw, where students can copy & edit to complete the rainbow words. However, using the new Seesaw update with activities, you can not only share these, but save to your activity library to use again and again. Keep reading to see how!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

New Seesaw Update: Activities

Run ... don't walk ... and UPDATE YOUR SEESAW APP! The new activities feature is a game changer for your classroom. Choose from the Seesaw library, or create your own. These activities are then saved in your activity library to easily use in your other classes. Excited to use this new feature! Click the image to learn more.

Weekly Tech-y News October 23-27, 2017

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Spooky Good Costume Collages!

Fall is such a busy and fun time of year, and I know my kindergartners were always super motivated to learn when I could somehow incorporate one of their favorite holidays - Halloween - into my lessons! They love the excitement of Halloween and it helps them to become engaged in so many learning activities. Using the app PicCollage Kids is a fantastic and easy way to let your students illustrate their Halloween costumes and share with the class, and this simple activity could be tied to many different concepts in your classroom.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weekly Tech-y News

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Pre-Make Labels in Seesaw for Students!

Did you know you can add labels to a post in Seesaw, have your students copy & edit the post, then they can access the labels and move them around on their own copy?! Super cool for word scrambles, word sorts, and labeling images. After they copy & edit the post, they just need to select the label tool in order to open it and be able to move the labels around. See the example below! And if you like this pumpkin example, you can access the image here for use in your own classroom. (Choose File > Download As > .jpg to create an image that you can upload to your Seesaw class.)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sight Word Scramble in Seesaw

Make word scrambles for your students! They click copy & edit and then unscramble the sight words.

This same technique can also be used to pre-make labels, place them on top of an image in Seesaw, and have students arrange the labels where they belong.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Interactive Alphabet Cards Using Seesaw

These interactive sight word QR codes I made last year were a hit, so here's another set, this time featuring ABCs. The QR codes were created in Seesaw by adding a screenshot of each letter and graphic, then using the microphone tool to record my voice reading the letter name, sound and word. Once posted, Seesaw automatically generates a QR code that even has the image in the middle! Genius! These QR codes can then be printed and attached to the back of alphabet cards to create an interactive learning experience for young learners.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Weekly Tech-y News

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Visuals for Adobe Spark Video Projects

I created these visuals to help students as they complete projects using the free tool Adobe Spark video. This is available as an iPad app, or can be accessed from Chromebooks or computers via spark.adobe.com. PLEASE NOTE: A sign in with Adobe ID is required before students begin working. I usually sign young learners in under my Adobe ID so all of their projects are synced to my account and I can view their progress. This also makes sign in much easier. You'll only need to sign in once, then it should remember the account information. Click the images to download PDF versions of these visuals.