Have you downloaded these Seesaw ebooks yet?
Seesaw: An overview for Teachers is a simple to read ebook that explains how easy Seesaw is for you and your students! It takes you through how to get set up using Seesaw, the positives, tips and tricks to using it with links to resources that might help you along the way.
Download this as a pdf here: http://bit.ly/seesawebook
Download it and read it on itunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/seesaw/id1417466004?mt=11
40 ways to use Seesaw in your classroom is to provide teachers with 40 activities, resources and ways to use Seesaw within your classroom! This is perfect for those who need ideas, templates or activities for reading, writing or maths!
Download this as a pdf here: http://bit.ly/seesawebook2
Download it and read it on itunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/40-ways-to-use-seesaw-in-your-classroom/id1435552566?mt=11
How do you shake up learning? It's just a great slogin. Gets you really thinking about the learning and teaching that is going on in the classroom. Kasey Bell is a fantastic educator from USA that provides resources, ebooks, books and PLD services to help you 'shake up learning'.
I first came across Shake Up learning in early 2018 when I purchased her book - Shake Up learning. It was a easy read with tonnes of tips to help you think about what is going on in the classroom and what you can do to help you move to a dynamic type of teaching and learning. You can purchase this for yourself from amazon here >> 'Shake up learning' book
A huge part of Shake up learning is the online courses that are run! These are amazing, and a great way of discovering new learning, tips and ideas for you and your class! There are heaps currently offered with more coming over the next few months. Check them all out here on the website >> Shake up learning teachable PLD
A few favs on there at the moment are:
Google Classroom Master Class Online Course
The Dynamic Learning Workshop Online Course
Get Google Certified Online Course
Become a Google Certified Trainer Online Course
This one is coming in November!
Google Slides Master Class Online Course
Click on the links to go and view or purchase those online courses! Believe me, it is worth the money! You will walk away with so many ideas! Check it out, and email me if you have any questions about anything.
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I presented my second Seesaw presentation today at U-learn 2018. This one was still focusing on Seesaw, but how you can integrate it with other apps in literacy. This focused on 'app-smashing' - using multiple apps to produce an end product.
If you would like access to my presentation to see my slides, please visit bit.ly/jordanpriestleyseesaw2! It shows you step by step examples on how to use the apps, activities you can use it with and how to share it to Seesaw! Lots of fun if you have some free time.
Today I presented at a New Zealand teacher conference - U-learn. It was a great way to share with other educators, providing some help on how to use Seesaw within literacy. We worked on some activities, explored the seesaw activity library and then made some of our own!
I had fun delivering this session and hope the people attending did too! If you were unable to attend and want access to the slide deck that I shared, please visit bit.ly/jordanpriestleyseesaw1 to make a copy for yourself!
Daily 5! Who loves it? Uses it? Has no idea what it is? Daily 5 is a fantastic way of delivering your reading programme! It has five elements to it that students can practice or work through to build their literacy skills. The aim is for students to be able to manage themselves in Daily 5 but this of course is completely up to you and your students. And some teachers prefer to have control over student choice.
The five elements to Daily 5 are:
-work on writing
-read to self
-read to someone
-listen to reading
You can of course include other elements to it, but these are the basis to a Daily 5 programme. You would have work with teacher or teacher time as well. I first came across it a few years ago on Twitter and to further investigate, I brought this book. It explains everything you need to know about Daily 5 and how to make it work in your class. So I got started, following the book, making changes where possible to suit my kids and work on this Daily 5 journey. I must admit, the first year I started Daily 5 it was a bit of a jumble. But now, my third year into using Daily 5 I really see the benefits my children are receiving from doing it. I teach Year 1/2 students.
So if you are looking for where to get started I'm going to help you out!
First read through my Daily 5 slides. These were made for PRT's at my school to explain what Daily 5 is and how you could run it. I have shared these on my website but here is the link again for you >> Daily 5 PLD Slides
Now you need some resources! I created a huge Daily 5 resource pack to help you get started with Daily 5 in your class! This pack has signs, templates, examples and even self-assessment criteria checklists! Perfect for getting into Daily 5. This is available to purchase on my website or Teachers Pay Teachers page. Purchase this on my website and use the code 'daily5' to get a cheeky discount!
Alongside my above resources I use a Daily 5 checklist. This is once my students have strong routine skills and are ready to self manage their choices in using Daily 5. Each student gets their own copy of a board and crosses out the choices they make during reading time. I have other extra ones in their also to keep it interesting and make sure my students are engaged. This checklist would work great alongside my other Daily 5 resources and is available for purchase from my website or Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Purchase this on my website and use the code 'daily5' to get a cheeky discount!
Google Sites has changed since I first came across Google Sites and they are so much more user friendly! The ability to create sites, add your media and share these like any other Google app is awesome!
Today I gave a PLD session with my teachers at school on using Google Sites to help them with their inquiry. Our teachers are do lots of collaborative learning amongst classes with no a lot of ways to document and share their learning. Sure you could use a Google doc or Google Slide dec. But that doesn't give you the same options like Google Sites can.
If you are looking for some information on using Googles Sites or even some example Google Sites check out my PLD slide deck >> bit.ly/mrspriestleyictgooglesitesPLD.
ClassDojo is amazing!!! There are so many tools that they provide for teachers, students and educators to use to make their classroom fantastic!
In my PLD Slides that I have shared, it breaks down all the aspects that ClassDojo provides to help you learn about all that is has to offer. Some of these tools are:
-behaviour management rewards for each students little monster avatar
-toolkit involving a timer, random picker, think pair share, noise monitor and more!
-portfolios >> their new way of sharing learning with family members like Seesaw
I mainly use ClassDojo for the behaviour tracking and toolkit. As I use Seesaw for sharing student learning, I won't be using ClassDojo Portfolios in place of that. They both have the same features but as we have been using Seesaw for three years I will be sticking to that.
Check out the link to my PLD Slides here for you to view, use and make use of in your classroom practice >> http://bit.ly/mrspriestleyictclassdojo
I do requests! This is apart of my website that I am so happy to share and connect to help other educators across the world.
If there is anything you were after, or something specific please let me know so I can see if I can help! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with some pictures or an outline of what you are after. Or send me a DM on Facebook.
Hapara is a fantastic tool for teachers to manage sharing documents with their students. It allows you to create classes that you assign your students too, showing you insight into their google drive, documents, emails and shared documents. You can even see what your students are working on their screen!
If you have not yet heard of Hapara check out their website here for information: Hapara.com
Hapara is great for differentiated instruction. It makes learning visible and can increase learner agency of their work. Hapara workspace is the Google Classroom equivalent - allowing your students to work in a space, sharing their work, rubrics and evidence in one place.
I recently ran a quick PLD session at my school introducing some of the features to my teachers. As we use both Google Classroom and Hapara, the teachers at my school need to make sure they have sufficient knowledge using both to be able to make an informed decision for what works best for them. Check out the link here to my PLD slides to have a look yourself >> Using Hapara in your classroom PLD
So i have finally done it!
It has taken awhile but I am finally able to share with you a Google Drive link with over 100 different individual resources, activities, google slide templates and links to PLD sessions I have run for you to use in your classroom or teaching practice!
Jordan Priestley Resource Library
I have split them into three main folders:
-Google resources >> that are used or created for use with google apps or google classroom
-Seesaw resources >> that are created for use with Seesaw
-Tech Tips >> A copy of the tech tips in pdf form that can help you with key ideas in your teaching practice
There are also some resources that are random templates, ideas or activities that are not predetermined to either.
As you can imagine, making these has taken a very long time, with hard work and effort. You are welcome to use these as you please in your classroom and welcome to share these with your fellow teachers at school. Please can I ask for you to make a copy of the files you wish, but pay credit when doing so and sharing.
Please credit Traci Piltz (for creating the Seesaw Parent Evening kit), Sara Malchow (for her rainbow word templates), Donna Golightly for her maths activities.
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