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.
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.
Bitmoji is just one of those things I have to use in the classroom! I love incorporating Bitmoji into my class resources, on the wall or in things I am presenting! It is free, easy to use and just lots of fun!
There is many ways you can use Bitmoji in the classroom or in your resources - with lots of templates, resources and pre-made examples you can go off. I have many free resources that you can use as templates in your classroom - ones I have personally used in my classroom on a daily basis. Check out these two of my favourites!
Each fortnight I release a digital newsletter with specific tips, ideas and links to read on the go! Nothing too long and wordy. But short snippets with things you can implement in the classroom tomorrow! This is free to subscribe to, and gets emailed to your inbox every fortnight.
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Have you heard about the changes to our curriculum in New Zealand? If you were not aware, major yet fantastic changes were made to our curriculum that involved the technology curriculum area. These included the introduction of progress outcomes 'computational thinking for digital technologies' and 'designing and developing digital outcomes'. It is expected that by 2020, all schools in New Zealand are to be teaching the content whether it be stand alone, or integrated.
Of course, integration across all other curriculum areas is best to ensure meaningful integration and learning opportunities. But the reality of this can be easier said than done. Especially with the other 100 things we need to do in the classroom every day! If you haven't yet heard about these changes, or checked the new changes made follow the link here.
Computational thinking for digital technologies is all about students being able to express problems and formulate solutions in ways that means a computer can be used to solve them. Algorithmic thinking skills are important in this section.
Designing and developing digital outcomes is about students becoming experts in using different technologies to create digital content for the web, interactive digital platforms and print. Also understanding how and who systems are made for; becoming confident manipulators of data and its outcome.
I have posted a few times about the digital technologies in the classroom so check out my past blog posts on my website by typing in 'digital technologies' into the search bar to bring these up. I am also working on a long term plan that unpacks the progress outcomes for teachers looking for ideas on how they can implement these into their classrooms. Stay tuned for that!
View lots more ideas about digital technologies from Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko below too.
I created my templates on powerpoint with a fancy font and colour. The fonts I brought were off teachers pay teachers that I uploaded onto my computer to be able to use. You then save your text and background as an image, and upload it onto google keep as an 'add image'. It will then save it to the top of your note.
There are lots of other great ideas floating around the internet but I hope this helps unpack it easily on how you can make it pretty yourself.
This week I am sharing my teacher tech videos page - the new addition to my website. This is a place where educators, teachers, individuals and even students can go to for quick help tips around digital devices.
The videos are sectioned into three sections currently: google related videos, seesaw related videos and then anything else technology based. The videos are filmed using screencastify or quicktime player screen recorder and are short videos talking through simple steps or ideas. The youtube links are also there if you would rather view them on Youtube.
Click on the link here to check it out!
I rearranged my desktop recently to make it all colour coded in order with a background of the things I am working on and doing. Something different than your usual macbook or laptop pre-created background. And the icons add to make it seem organised and in check.
Check out this quick video I uploaded to youtube last year on how to make fancy looking icons like mine to add some excitement, interest and difference to your desktop! Easy to create and use!
You can make a copy of my daily check in google form here! So easy to use with any year level students; and a great way to introduce digital technologies into your classroom practice in a fun and easy way! I created the simple above poster for students to scan when they first come in the morning! Way easier than typing out a url each day!
Seesaw already has some great getting started guidelines that take teachers and students through a series of lessons to unpack each tool when beginning with Seesaw. Find the guides here.
I took those guides, and created some task cards that can align with those so students can learn about the Seesaw tools, follow specific instructions when using the tools to become confident users of Seesaw.
These task cards are free to download and use for your students. There are seven in total, that work through using the main tools when starting out: taking a photo, video, creating a drawing, writing note and writing a comment.
Download it from my teachers pay teachers store link here, or download the pdf below. Check out my other Seesaw task cards also.
Build a word
Build a word
This resource is great for young students to use to build words with letter tiles. This resource comes with three different variations:
-letters tiles, endings and middle sounds
-letter tiles, endings and blends/digraphs
Assign these to students using google apps via classroom, give your students the selected slide or all three to use to make their words.
Seesaw getting started task card
Seesaw 'Getting Started' Task Cards
These task cards are great for using alongside Seesaw to implement into your classroom practice. These can be given to students to follow while they are working through the Seesaw 'Getting Started' guides >> https://help.seesaw.me/hc/en-us/articles/205565209-Getting-Started-Guides
These task cards include:
-take a photo
-take a selfie photo
-create a drawing
-take a video
-use the microphone
-write a note
-write a comment
Use these to help your students practice the different tools when learning all about them.
Request a selfie - seesaw
Request a Selfie!
A resource to help remind your children to take a picture of any work they are proud of! Print both the sheets out, laminate and attach the small cameras to pegs, clips or paper clips. Children can take a small camera clip and place it on their work when they are done.
Seesaw task cards - maths
Seesaw Maths Task Cards
Use these in your maths rotations or activities! Instructions are listed for the students to follow using Seesaw on an ipad.
Task cards included:
Counting to 100
Days in school
Number of the day
Seesaw task cards - reading
Seesaw Reading Task Cards
Use these in your reading rotations or activities! Instructions are listed for the students to follow using Seesaw on an ipad.
Task cards included:
Blend of the week
Recognising rhyming words
Rime of the week
Seesaw task cards - writing
Seesaw Writing Task Cards
Use these in your writing rotations or activities. Instructions are listed for the students to follow using Seesaw on an ipad.
This bundle also includes exemplars and templates to go alongside the writing task cards to be used in the new Seesaw 'activities' section. These are different to my usual task cards.
To use the templates, you need to export the one you want as a JPEG file, upload it as an 'activity' for your students to use. Instructions on how to do this are in the file.
Task cards included:
-write a letter
-high frequency words
-write a story
-instruction sheet for how to export to seesaw activity
-write a card
-card example sheet
-write a letter
-letter example sheet
-write a story
-story example sheet
-write a postcard
-postcard example sheet
-write a letter
-letter example sheet
Seesaw task cards - ESOL
Seesaw ESOL Task Cards
These Seesaw task cards are perfect for students new to English. They have instructions, picture prompts and basic activities to get students to explore language while using Seesaw. These are for use of Seesaw on an ipad.
Task cards included are:
-my school (photo)
-my school (drawing)
-my friends (photo)
-my friends (drawing)
-my body parts (drawing)
-my body parts (photo)
-what is the weather?
-fruit salad activity sheet
-how do you feel?
-how do you feel? activity sheet
-this is me
-this is me activity sheet
-seasons activity sheet
-shopping cart activity sheet
Seesaw task cards - Maths #2
Seesaw Maths Task Cards #2
These are my second set of Seesaw Maths Task Cards. These task cards include an activity on the left hand side for students to complete alongside the task card instructions. The instructions on the right clearly show the steps for students to take to achieve the learning activity.
These task cards include:
addition problem solving
subtraction problem solving
division problem solving
multiplication problem solving
compare number sets
fill in the numbers (10)
fill in the numbers (20)
Eye Spy with my little eye - two versions
Eye spy with my little eye
This resource is a great activity to find objects as a time saver or activity for your students. There are lots of the objects ranging from A-Z that are scattered around the page. There are also three versions of the eye spy:
-Find the objects (10 pages)
-Find the objects beginning with the sound (A-Z)
-Find the objects beginning with the sound (A-Z) with object clues to be used as wipe sheets
This resource comes in two parts:
So here it is! My new pdf ebook (soon to come to itunes for download) sharing 8 engaging ways to use technology in the classroom. And by 8, it is WAY more than 8! This pdf ebook is jam packed with ideas that cover 8 topics that can have technology integrated within it effectively.
The areas that are covered in this ebook are:
-share the learning
-gather feedback or student voice
-interact with learning
-project based learning
-be our guest
Within each chapter, it unpacks what it means and then shares some apps, ideas and activities that can be used to show this area in the classroom.
This pdf ebook is FREE to download so get it now!!!!
I always love using technology in engaging ways throughout all my lessons. One great app that integrates devices in a collaborative yet exciting way is Kahoot!
Kahoot is a hands on, engaging and interactive app/website that provides game based quizzes for students to play. The teacher (or student) sets up the game and students join using a pin. They can play in individual mode or team mode. Students can choose a nickname or team name and are ready to play!
I saw this online a few weeks ago and immediately had to do it for myself! Who doesn't love pretty stuff on their background notes right?
So straight into it, I created my font backgrounds, saved them as images and uploaded them to my Google Keep notes! Simple, easy and colourful - perfect for my obsessiveness over cute colourful things!
Check out the short 3 minute video below on how you can make yours!
Last year I created this slide deck for a staff meeting in my Junior Team with a recording of it attached above. This is just a youtube of the slide deck if you prefer to listen rather than read. The slides show how easily you can break down those tricky key terms in your practice or classroom.
Above are two plans that I created for my team also. The first plan is a junior devices ICT use LTP that provides ideas, tips and links to a range of things that can be taught in the classroom in all ICT areas.
The second plan is a junior coding LTP that provides ideas, links and resources for teaching coding in a junior classroom.
Both of these are in pdf form but can be moved into google docs form. Please do not share these files without permission - you are welcome to share the link to this post. Both of these were created by myself and full credit needs to be left at the top if in use.
There are plenty of other resources available including more that I have created in this folder link (pictured above). These include specific examples to the Digital Technologies curriculum that can be used in your classroom.
When sharing, please share the link to this post when sharing the links. Please do not recreate any of the information or planning you find - both of these were created by myself and full credit needs to be left at the top if in use.
Google Docs is great for using in the classroom for both teachers and students. It has huge opportunities for collaboration, ease of use and making connections to others across the world. It is an online version of a similar app - Word, but with the data and app save online in the 'cloud'.
At my school I am introducing and implementing work using Google apps in class. A part of this is unpacking google drive and the apps that go along with it. This is a pdf I created that unpacks a little bit more information on what it looks like, the tools and how you can use it.
Check out this easy to read pdf attached below. It just provides you with quick snippets to show you an insight on how it works. Great for those who are unsure on how complicated it can be or how to use the tools.
Mrs Priestley ICT blog is a place to read, download and view ideas!