I have now got four videos showing how to insert emojis on an iPad, chromebook on google docs, chromebook on seesaw and macbook! All of these are easy to follow tutorials that show you how to get them inserted. If this is something you didn't know about - then tune in to one of these below to learn how!
During this lockdown, teachers have needed to adjust, make changes and reflect on practices that have or have not worked for them. Everyday we are learning as professionals what will work for our students online in this distant home learning, and what also is just a complete fail. Communication has been a huge part of this, with many using zoom to connect, teach & continue to build skills with our students.
In my zoom sessions I do model a lot of my learning so my students can see, hear and have me explain what is happening. This is modelled through my iPad, air played to the session in my zoom. I have found this very helpful in helping connect my students to the learning and also to ensure I am being clear in my learning.
Check out this video tutorial below that shows you how I use screenshare and annotation apps/software during a zoom conversation.
I came across this Bitmoji scene from a lady on a facebook group I follow. This amazing idea is such a fun and creative one using your Bitmoji. There was a tutorial that I followed to make my own but then I couldn't find the post again. So I just created my own tutorial instead. Many people are using this for Google classroom, seesaw posts or just updates for students to add excitement or difference. Check out my example below and tutorial you can watch to make your own!
There is nothing harder than helping parents and students use Seesaw without being around to actually help them. It is already hard enough doing online learning, but sometimes technology makes it even more difficult!
These cheat sheets were designed to help target key questions that parents and students have when using Seesaw. How to sign up, how to interact and how to navigate. For students it shows how to post to their journal too. Great to share with parents who might need a visual guide to help them navigate this new learning. Preview the sheets below and grab a copy on the link below.
This week I set up digital sticker books on Seesaw. These are to provide motivation for the work completed and submitted online for our week activities on Seesaw. These are easy to set up and use the stickers that I have created as well - just slightly different. My students have loved this online reward system and encourages them whilst we are on home learning. Watch the recording tutorial below!
I am using zoom for daily class meetings whilst we are in lock down, meaning that I will be attempting to run some sort of normality PLUS fun activities in these sessions. Using this type of learning could be tricky, but here are some tips that might help you! These are grouped around home fun, reading, writing, maths and word work. Something for everyone and all of these can be done without technology (apart from the zoom session). Click on the link below for the posters.
Today I ran an online zoom session sharing what I am doing in my classroom for home learning whilst we are on lockdown. I have delivered lots of online learning over this holiday period but for some reason I was extra anxious today about sharing my ideas. Mostly because of how judgemental people have been online and I am mindful of what people think about setting work for their students online. But nevertheless, I shared what I am doing with everyone and you can take it or leave it.
I have always loved sharing what I am doing in the classroom and remote or home learning is no different. I am confident in the ideas I have and that it will help continue to build connections with students whilst also practicing key skills we have learnt in the classroom.
Missed the session or want to watch the recording? Find the below and also a link to the slides you can access - with links to resources I have made available for you to make copies of. Find that at the bottom of the page.
Over the past week I have been creating Seesaw cheat sheets for educators! One page help tips on using Seesaw and their tools! Great for new users, someone wanting a little bit of help or that visual reminder for your classroom or office! These are constantly being added to based on needs and requests so stay tuned for more! These are free to download and use - simply click on the link at the bottom to be taken to the pdf!
Want the second set of cheat sheets? Grab them below!
Today I ran the last of my online Seesaw PLD, focusing on providing feedback in different ways - using the traditional Seesaw tools and new stickers. It was a really quick PLD but awesome if you are looking to provide your students with feedback in different ways. Check out the recording and slide deck attached for a copy of the slides and also my template you can use.
With online learning, it can be really daunting to come up with ideas that are fun yet still covering key skills or concepts they might have or be learning in class. So this quick tip for word work is a great way for students to practice and keep up with their learning from class. This one involves a really simple slidedeck which you can make a copy of for yourself here.
Screencastify is a great free and simple screen recorder tool you can use at home or in class. It can record students work, you talking, be used as a webcam, record desktop and more! It even has options to be used as a whiteboard for drawing to support work that is being recorded.
Screencastify is a chrome web extention that sits at the top of your browser. It is added through the website or the chrome extension store and records up to 5 minute long videos. These are then saved in a Google folder in your Google drive for you to access, view, share and even download! Great for documentation and modelling!
Check out my video navigation showing you how to find it, use it and record with it!
There is a lot of talk about Zoom being unsafe at the moment, but if you are taking the right security measures then you will be fine. See the attached infographic below on ways you can secure your zoom sessions for you and your students. Simple things like using a password, locking your session and using a waiting room.
See my attached video showing you how to navigate zoom and create a zoom session for you and your students.
Looking for some guidance with Seesaw skills? Last year I ran a session on U-learn that explored how to use Seesaw skills and add skills to work. These are a great way to tag work with a learning intention or skill that can be then referred back to or tracked against. It can be showed against subjects, skills and more.
Seesaw has lots more information Seesaw skills that is also available free to access via their website. I personally don't use skills at the moment as I am not using it in a reporting way, or way of gathering evidence of skill but aim to use it in the future again once my students are more confident in using it.
Want access to the slides? Find the link here!
Today I ran the last of my online PLD for Seesaw - focusing on Seesaw folders and blogs. This was a quick introduction into these aspects, showing how to get them set up in your classroom and used by the teacher or students. This was recorded with the recording shared below. There is also access to the slides here at this link.
Need some help remembering how to make Seesaw activities? Use this easy to follow cheat sheet. It follows the process you would use to create and assign a Seesaw activity in your teacher account. It also includes a link to the Seesaw icon text shortcuts (via the pdf download). This could be used at home for home learning activities or for help in your classroom. Download it via pdf below!
Mrs Priestley ICT blog is a place to read, download and view ideas!