PLaPalooza!

Because I presented with Sergio during the first 2 sessions I was only able to see one presentation this morning. As I walked the halls towards the room I was told by a colleague that the room I was headed to was only taking secondary attendees. I made an audible and chose to attend the last Seesaw it Up! presentation.

Although we as a school use Seesaw already, I have only ever logged in created some fake students and sent a fake assignment. This PD showed us how to connect with parents, which I think is brilliant as Seesaw does a great job allowing the teacher to control communication. I like that students have the ability to populate content for the world, through a blog, but also create content for the teacher’s private viewing. I also think it’s great that when a parent goes to view the history of student work, they are only seeing their child. Simple things like these make this tool a great feedback system.

My biggest takeaway was how they used Seesaw in language arts. Showing examples of how 3rd grade students could annotate over a picture of what they read really allows teachers a quicker opportunity for feedback. Students can highlight details from the text while also using skills taught during their mini-lesson. They also suggested having students record themselves reading. This could be a great tool for students who may be feeling anxious when asked to read to a teacher. It’s also a good opportunity for students to go back and listen to their reading as a means of helping the student build fluency.

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