@seesaw, I love you!

So let’s just take a second here to talk about twitter.  I did use twitter a little bit in my undergrad for one of Alec’s class and then immediately after that, I ditched it. I don’t really have a good Twitter love cute emoji twitter GIFreason why–I just did and never ever went back. Well, now I am feeling as if– TWITTER WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE? Ok, ok I know this is my own fault. Everyone talks about how great twitter is and how as a teacher it is an amazing resource to learn from and to connect with other educators. Well how I didn’t listen earlier really is beyond me!

Gif Credit: Giphy

I have found twitter to be so helpful in building knowledge around using seesaw in the classroom. One of the first people I started following was @seesaw when I set up my twitter account. Throughout the day they are using their twitter account to inform educators of PD opportunities as well as any new features that they are launching on their site. In the short period of time that I have been using seesaw in my classroom they have already updated and added new features to the site. Twitter was how I became informed of the changes and where I learned how the new features can be implemented.This past month @seesaw has launched an activities feature on the seesaw app. On October 19th @seesaw shared this new feature via their twitter feed inviting teachers to join them for PD to learn more about the new feature the activities tab!

Teachers quickly learned about this feature and the excitement spread! @seesaw re-tweets teachers ideas and comments about seesaw all day long to help spread the excitement among educators.

I really appreciate how @seesaw takes the time to re-tweet many of the posts that they are tagged in. If you check their feed the majority of their feed is re-tweets sharing how teachers are using seesaw in their classroom. I find this so beneficial to see how teachers are using it firsthand in their classrooms. I have have gained so many valuable ideas from this. You can tell @seesaw is so supportive of teachers and appreciative of how they are using this in their classrooms! What better way to celebrate learning than by sharing it with others!!

I got the idea for students to read and share their published writing on seesaw from @seesaw sharing @mrsmichelclass tweet on their news feed.  This was a great example of students using seesaw to record their published pieces of work and share them with their families. This week our class completed their first polished piece of writing using the entire writing process. I had students record themselves reading their stories to add to their journals. This was a great task for my students to share their stories as well as being able to listen to their recording of their stories. During the editing process I ask students to read their stories out loud to themselves. I always find this to be helpful in editing as it allows them to hear their story and ensure that it makes sense. I feel that students learned so much more about their stories by listening to them being played back as opposed to just reading them out loud to themselves. I now plan on adding this step in my editing process for our next writing assignment! This has helped me realize that seesaw shouldn’t just be for reporting the final project but should also be for documenting the process!

This week I have 16 parents connected which in my classroom is only 66% of parents connected. I have a goal to have 100% participation so I have some work to do. I have now sent two separate notes home reminding parents to sign up. I am trying to figure out what my next step should be. Does anyone have suggestions about what works to get parents on board with something? I would love suggestions on this!

Photo Credit: Seesaw

One thing I am going to look into is the feature that seesaw has which translates the welcome letter into students first languages. I have two families who may understand better if the letter is translated. I am going to look into what language they would need their letters translated into and see if seesaw provides those language options. I feel like this is a very helpful tool for teachers as getting letters translated can be difficult. I am sure my EAL families will greatly appreciate this. This is on my to do list this week!

All in all it has been another good week using seesaw in our classroom. The students are getting in the groove and parents are liking and commenting on their child’s work! I can’t wait to hear from parents what they think about seeing their students work on seesaw. This tweet warmed my heart and I am sure we will get similar feedback!

Just wanted to give everyone a quick update to what we have been up to and how twitter has been amazing in helping keep me informed about what the new features are and how others are using seesaw in their classroom to its fullest potential.

Go give @seesaw a follow! You won’t be disappointed!!

About cdegelman

Grade 3/4 teacher at Douglas Park School in Regina, Saskatchewan
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6 Responses to @seesaw, I love you!

  1. Great post, Channing! I am also a huge fan of Twitter! I’m glad your learning project is going so well. Seems like you have accomplished so much and in such a short amount of time! I really enjoyed the images you posted to twitter. It is so nice to see the students showcase their hard work. Very rewarding!

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  2. Kara says:

    To get the remaining parents signed up, can you send emails directly to those that have not signed up? Or use some form of a message manager (we use SchoolMessenger in my division). You may just even have to call them. With persistence, you will get them all!

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    • cdegelman says:

      I got two more signed up tonight! Yay!! I told the kids to go home tonight and tell them again! We are getting there! I think I may call the rest by the end of the week to touch base!

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  3. shelbymackey says:

    This sounds awesome Channing! I too, had twitter as an undergrad and then couldn’t find the relevance and stopped using it completely! Now, I’ve been actually taught how to use is and what it’s good for, I see a lot of potential with it! Seesaw also sounds amazing and I think I am going to try to use it in my ELA classes next semester, and see how it goes. Looking forward to watching what else you do in your class with it!

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  4. thehackelhub says:

    I too wondered about the struggle of getting parents involved when I started my social media journey and although it seems like a long wait sometimes, I have 23/24 participating in my Facebook page and 19/24 agreed to participate in this project, even though it’s public. I had 2 parents sign up once they saw the Internet Safety Video and a couple other kids post their author/photographer posts – I think seeing our efforts in action is what it takes to get some on board. Know that your hard work is not in vein as I am sure the parents who are involved appreciate it so much, I know I appreciate the updates!

    I LOVE the idea of having kids read and record it!! I don’t have a Seesaw account but I could easily have them read and post it to my Facebook page. SO many possibilities! I am 100% sneaking that idea and trying it out! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration.

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