EdTech Spotlights: Roger Torrez of WES, using Seesaw

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Roger Torrez, Instructional Technology Coach at Winona Elementary School, supports teachers and students co-creating personalized learning opportunities.  WES is in the process of implementing this versatile tool.  Seesaw plays nicely with others, working on iPads and Chromebooks, as well as linking to a wide variety of apps outside the system.

When teachers create assignments within Seesaw, they record models and work processes.  This supports flipping the classroom when students view videos prior to class.  Parents and teachers communicate on assignments as desired, with the tools shown in the pink area on the right of the image below.

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Parents, students, and teachers share thoughts on student work in words by typing or writing, or by recording audio comments.  This both shortens the feedback loop and opens the input to more than just one evaluator when appropriate.  Communicating in Seesaw can include videos for modeling to parents everything from new approaches to teaching math to specific praise to help modify behaviors at home.

Seesaw uses QR codes like these (live links) Screen Shot 2017-12-01 at 9.00.17 AM.png  Screen Shot 2017-12-01 at 9.00.33 AM.png for sharing information and learning without compromising student data privacy.  Students record their writing to practice fluency, peer edit, and share accomplishments with teachers and family members.  After viewing student work, parents use the app to send congratulations.  QR codes on school posters share behavior expectations.  When teachers record project parameters and directions, students review the video as many times as needed, freeing the teacher to support students at work rather than spending time repeating directions.   QR codes allow access to recordings of project explanations for parents, and sharing videos of work samples during art shows or other parent nights.

For learning activities within the program, Seesaw provides tools that allow teachers to differentiate learning and meet individual student needs.  Teachers can share lessons within Seesaw as well.  The image below shows a word sort that can be done digitally:

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Within the application both students and teachers can use the tools pictured below to record a video or screen cast, snap a photo, insert a link, draw, write a note and more.

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Students record screencasts of themselves solving math problems so others can access the video to learn their approach.  This elevates student experts in the class and increases shared learning for all.  Students also use the videos to engage in number talks exploring why wrong answers are wrong.  Exploring number talks and multiple approaches for solving math problems deepens learning and supports critical thinking skills.

This is just another example of some the resourceful teachers and team work going in TSD schools.  Please contact Roger or Jeannie with questions or for more information.

By Jeannie Sponheim

This post originally published Dec. 1, 2017, on tsdtech.org


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