This year I was working on implementing Seesaw with students and teachers and really wanted to set up some progressions to help make the implementation or use easier. The aim of these progressions were to show each level of user that a student and teacher could be with links to tools, comments, posting and blog. They work through three levels of progressions that students and teachers could be: beginner, proficient and advanced.
The best thing about these progressions is they are easily able to be used for both students and teachers. These could be printed off and displayed in the classroom and be referred to whilst students are using them. For teachers, these could be displayed in the staff room and be used as a form of reflection of assessment.
Download the pdfs of both below or click the links for online access.
Of course you can make the sign up google form as easy or as complicated as you would like. You would then generate the google form to populate into a sheets tracking grid so you can see who will be coming on which day. This is what you can print out for students to attend, or make it into a pretty graph!
Check out this example to see how it works >> http://bit.ly/workshopformsexample
Man i love inquiry time! This week we started our new inquiry unit 'think like a paleontologist'! Lots to learn, so many avenues to go down and lots of interest areas we can branch into. It is of course, all about the learners.
But to get them going, you always need a hook! And boy had I sorted a good one this time!
We first did some prior knowledge, KWL chart building and exploring some pictures of a Paleontologist from Google. Students created wondering questions around what we could delve further into in the next sessions and future for our unit. I then said that I had received an awesome email from some really special - a Paleontologist!
After watching this hilarious (and poor acting skills) video, I had heaps of students say that there was no way he could have come to school and put an egg. I said well then we need to go and investigate to see whether Pete was true or not. So off we went.
So once we had found it we then had a huge discussion around the egg. Where did it come from? How did it get there? With over 50 questions they came up with! It really started to unpack our thinking and wonderings for this topic. So we carefully took the egg back to class and crafted an email reply back to Palaeontologist Pete. I was so impressed with some of their questions. I feel sorry for Pete having to reply back (hahaha).
So there we go! A great entrance into our inquiry topic, thinking bigger about Palaeontology. Sure it is about finding fossils, but got to hook them into the learning somehow! And dinosaurs come from eggs also. There are so many avenues this can go into and I really look forward to seeing where this goes over the time!
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!!!!
This week's sunday spotlight shares my new resource - think like a Paleontologist! A great activity pack allowing students to explore paleontology and fossils to align with your topic or inquiry setting! This pack includes activities that everyone can do before, during and after a paleontology session. I was looking online for specific activities that were going along with our inquiry and found it was just easier to make my own that purchase multiple different ones in different packs. So i quickly whipped these up to use in my classroom on Tuesday - but for all of you to use also!
As I start my new inquiry on dinosaurs and fossils, these activities will help my students explore the topic, to be used in a journal type form. We will be completing these alongside fun, hands on activities like dinosaur egg predicting, dinosaur fossil digging and much more!
Use the code 'dinosaur' to get a discount on this new resource! Check it out here!
Wow, I can not believe I am sharing this project finally with you all! This has been a long time coming, especially since coming back from the Sydney academy has brought about so many problems and set backs.
But never fear - we have got lift off in making this project a success!
Arabella's Adventures! A series of technology themed picture books targeting specific digital skills and learning opportunities for teachers and students. A way of removing teacher input and leaving the technology teaching up to students! The aim with these books is for students to learn key skills on their own, but with reinforcement of follow up activities.
I have nothing to share yet, but going to be working on my prototype over the next 3 months! I can not wait to share this with you all. Want to know more and be the first to hear about Arabella's Adventures? Subscribe here >> bit.ly/Arabellasadventures
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!
Today's sunday spotlight is a quick video showing how you can use exit slips in your class. These are a great end of lesson way for students (and the teacher) to view how the student found the learning and check if they need some more support.
There is also a self-reflection face at the bottom for students to fill in. This provides further insight into the lesson and how they found it.
I use these for maths at the moment and have some pre-made (like the video example) with some questions linked into their learning outcomes. I also have blank ones where I will hand write the learning intention on and have students just write their own evidence on the maths exit slip dependent on the lesson activities.
You can create your own exit slips very easily, or use my templates! Find them both below!
Maths Exit Slips
Maths Exit Slips
Maths exit slips are a great way to get students to reflect on their learning, whilst showing their working out. Students can use these in group time, after group work or independently to reflect on topics or areas of study you do in maths.
I use mine to align with each PR1ME chapter so I can get a feel for how students are working through with the topics.
These exit slips have:
-show your working
-smiley face reflection
There are also two types of exit slips.
Make your own Maths Exit Slip
Make your own Maths Exit Slip
This is an interactive version of my maths exit slip where you can add your own activity to complete and learning intention. I have mine set up to have a space for sharing their learning in the middle and have the learning intention on the right hand side. This resource allows you to add your own text boxes and learning intentions to fit your class needs.
This resource will be a pdf with the link to the google drawings resource. You will be able to make a copy of the template to add your own things into it.
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!
Download a copy of the parent handout below or check out the youtube video for some more ideas.
Mrs Priestley ICT blog is a place to read, download and view ideas!