If you don't already know, Seesaw is my favourite app of all time. The opportunities it has for students in the classroom is amazing - allowing open communication between the classroom and home, helping students to create learning opportunities that open them up to create and reflect in their learning. Incorporating Seesaw into the classroom is easy - with loads of resources available to help make this happen.
Seesaw also has lots of printables (as seen in my top photo) that can be downloaded and printed for free. Access those here.
Looking for more Seesaw resources? Type 'Seesaw' into the search box below to have all my Seesaw posts and website blogs come up!
This weekend was the first 'The WIP Hui' held in Napier, New Zealand. The WIP Hui was formed by 6 like minded educators that want to help others to connect, share and disrupt education. We found that at conferences it can be a real hit and miss opportunity, with lots of the learning being done by talking or having smaller connections and conversations with others. So we thought why not make our own unconference hui to help us share and connect with others.
So we came together, got started and formed a plan! And that is what we have - The WIP Hui. WIP stands for work in progress; like all teachers are doing, always working on growing/learning as professions.
This then led to the first round of workshops! Three educators shared their ideas about topics they are passionate about. We voted on ones that we were interested in and those educators got the floor.
We then had some more smackdowns and an open sharing time. These were really interesting to hear what others were doing in the classroom.
Some of the ideas shared were:
Day 1 was a great success and I am so happy that people are full of ideas, tips and tricks to take away to their classrooms. Tomorrow will bring about more new ideas, with 3 more workshops and a design thinking session!
If you don't already know, I share a lot of my resources for teachers to use. They are on here, my website; teachers pay teachers store and also on a shared Google drive resource library that I have created with my resources in there. There is lots of teachers from all over the world to access - someone new to the profession, someone looking for ideas or something just looking for something to browse.
Check out this quick video showing you where all the freebies are!
A resource I have available online to purchase is my 'Planning templates using Google'. It is 14 different planning templates created on Google docs and Google sheets. These templates are all ones I have created myself and used in my teaching practice. I love creating resources especially ones that will be used everyday.
With these planning templates, my favourite is the Google sheets version as I have them all in one Google sheets workbook for each term. Check out this video showing you each of the planning templates included in the resource.
Seesaw for beginners is the third course I have released online as part of my Mrs Priestley ICT Online courses. These are all free to complete; teaching skills in a hands on, easy to listen to course that you can complete at any time of the day, anywhere.
The first two are Google Drive for Teachers and Navigating Google Docs. Each of these courses aim to provide an insightful look into how each of the topics work, with videos, quizzes and activities that you can complete along the course.
Once enrolled, you have free access to the course at all times, being able to access it anywhere and refresh at any time. There is also a certificate and digital badge you can download once you have completed the course.
It's the end of 2019 and 2020 will be here very shortly. I love to be organised and have some idea of what I might do in the new year - looking for resources, new ideas for the classroom and downloading/printing things that I know I will use. Check out this quick website post sharing some of my personal resources that I will use in the classroom for 2020! Purchase them now while they are on sale.
Plus loads more resources, games, worksheets and bundles that you could use in lots of different areas in the classroom! Find them on my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
There are loads for free including the VIP free section of my website and Google Drive shared resource library. Find the links below!
With the digital technologies curriculum and increase of digital use in the classroom, there are lots of teachers still looking for support on ways to implement this in the classroom. This is a website post of ideas, links and resources I have used, created or come across. Check them out below and use what you would like in your classroom.
Coding blog posts
There are lots of other coding blog posts that I have on my website that I have previously posted sharing ideas or links. These can be used in different ways so check them out below!
Coding on Scratch
Coding - is it really that hard?
Digital technologies curriculum within the junior school
Plus there are hundreds of other resources available online! Simply search 'coding' or 'digital' on Google and see what comes up. Teachers Pay Teachers have lots of free coding resources too.
There are lots of activities that you can do in the classroom to bring about Christmas and the importance of Christmas. Lots of children don't celebrate Christmas which is completely fine. But there is lots of Christmas themed activities I have created for free for use in the classroom.
Happy grams!!! A quick and cute note for parents on how the day has gone. With so many things that go on during the day, it can be hard to make contact with parents to let them know about the amazing things their child might have done! Could be around attitude, perseverance, assessment or just a general awesome day!
Mrs Priestley ICT blog is a place to read, download and view ideas!