I love when the conversation goes, "Well, I've never done this before, but I think it could be great..."
and the teacher says- "Sure!"
In first grade we used SeeSaw to do some thinking around visualization. They've been reading aloud the Secret Zoo, and well narrated story with lots of description. Classrooms regularly use the record and draw tool to explain concepts or math problems. I haven't seen it used this way yet. It's pretty neat to see a sort of second by second look into what a child is visualizing, and given the limited time, it seems like students prioritize what they think is the most important.
Our writing coach gave me some feedback around having students use the picture and video to do some writing about reading. She thought it could help students dig a little deeper while writing about their reading. I'm excited to see the future of this activity and how it changes and gets better.
Our district has started a new initiative to have all teachers keep a classroom website. The idea is to streamline and make consistent the ways that our teachers communicate with families. This should be really nice for families, especially families with lots of kids (and lots of different teachers!)
I'm taking the opportunity to introduce some digital badging to our staff. The idea is that teachers can earn some digital badges for doing new things with technology or instruction. By taking some risks or trying something out, teachers get a little kudos in the form of a small badge. These badges can be proudly displayed on their websites. It's a no pressure, no obligation roll out, but I would like to see teachers have something to display while they're doing some lifelong learning.
I've created a few badges using Canva. Canva is a neat graphic design tool. It makes my badges look super cool. Just check out that Bridges App Super User badge! I just use the logo template, and it's about the right size in my opinion for badges. There are some other badging backpacks and the like out there, but I think the badges will also keep teachers invested in their websites. So for now, we're just using them as images.
I'm excited, and I hope the staff gets excited too. I think it's great when teachers share with students and families that every day they are learning right along with the kids.
Instructional Technology Coach