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Friday, June 17, 2016

10 Sensational Seesaw Ideas

What can you do with Seesaw?  Why should you use this free app in your classroom?  There are so many cool ideas but  providing a record of learning, reflection, and parent communication are the best reasons.  I plan to start right away using the resource provided by Seesaw to introduce the app to the students! Check out this Student Challenge!  I bet your students will love it!

Here are 10 exciting things I did this past year that I don't want  to forget next year!!!

1. Researching and recording:  After learning all about dinosaurs, we pretended to discover a dinosaur, created it with colored paper, and then wrote about it!  The students thought  best part was  recording with Seesaw to share.

  

                                                  
2. Letter/Sound Learning: The students loved using BINGO dabbers to record learning but then placing it on Seesaw to share with others provided the most amazing self discovery!
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3. Rereading: I also used it to have the students record a rereading!  This probably made the most impact on my reading group time.  Students could work in pairs while I did a running record on another student.  I could then listen to the rereading for strategies and fluency after school.  It save so much time; I was amazed!

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4. Games: Recording of games for parents to see the learning that was happening made the students so proud!  I heard from so many parents that they were so happy to share with the kids at home!  Instead of hearing, "Nothing." when the student came home, parents shared Seesaw and had many conversations!

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5. Sound Fluency: Working and recording sounds for fluency help the students grow as readers.  I had a 5th grader that gave up her recess to help in the classroom.  She would record the students reading the sounds in 1 minute!  The goal was to get to the end in a minute as quickly as possible!

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6. Art Projects: Making fun Art Projects talk!  Some were just silly and others were done after class research!  

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7. Choral Reading: Recording students chorally reading together!  They were so proud to actually be looking and the words and knowing what they said.  I "I am actually reading the words I see," shouted an excited reader.

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8.  Practice:  The students loved showing parents what they practiced, and then they had an example of what to do to practice at home!  Putting motions helps students remember!

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9. Notes/Newsletters: Keeping parents and students up to date was so easy! I uploaded this picture and then recorded the information!  Next year, I'm thinking of having the students do this for the newsletter!


10. FUN!  Showing students having fun got the most likes and results! Yeah!  We did a lot of fun things!

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These are just a few of the many things we did using this great app!  I had so many parents ask if the next year's teacher would be using this app; they really found it useful!

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