Pike Upper School student Karen G. created the below presentation and showed it to students at Assembly yesterday to highlighting some of the exciting new features of iOS 11. It is about 3 minutes long and covers some improvements that will be available for our classrooms. Thanks for leading our student community with the change to this new iOS Karen! If anyone has questions about the update please contact the Tech Department.
Seesaw has added integration with Google Drive. You can now add Google Drive Docs, Spreadsheets, Slides, videos, and pictures directly to Seesaw. This allows you to create documents in Google drive with text, drawings, and pictures and then insert them into your Seesaw feed. Write a monthy letter to parents and share it with them in Seesaw. Add multiple pictures to a document and then share the doc via Seesaw. Find out the details here.
Some teachers have students use post it notes to handwrite feedback about topics or as an exit ticket after class. Do you use post it notes in your class or have you wanted to try something like this? If so, the Post it Note Plus App will be a great addition to your technology toolbox. Post it Note Plus allows you to scan a group of Post it notes to a digital board where you can sort, organize, add notes, and share the board with others. Click the image below to watch a short video with specifics about how to use this useful app. Have you used this app? How might you use this app in your classroom? Share your thoughts so we can learn from each other.
Google Expeditions allows you to take your class on a Virtual Fieldtrip. Tour the Aztec and Mayan Ruins, the International Space Station, or Gettysburg National Military park. You can do all of this with your classroom iPads. When using Expeditions, you become the leader on your iPad and students join you on the tour with their iPads. Edtech teacher has created and quick video to show you how this works. Start by downloading the app on your iPad. After that, you will be ready to take your students on a virtual Field Trip!
Digital copyright awareness is an important responsibility that often gets overlooked or can be easily misunderstood. The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons is an excellent explanation of the many layers of responsible use and has many resources for teachers and students to use when working with or creating online content.
In addition to the educator’s guide, Fran and Linda also recommend the links below:
Cyberbee interactive copyright Q and A (Flash version) (non-Flash version)
Be Copyright Cool Google Slides presentation by Brisbane Catholic Education
We encourage you to check this information out, since understanding digital copyright is an essential skill for students. Also, remember that we have excellent in house resources about this topic, so be sure to be in touch with Fran and Linda in the Library if you have more questions or need help.
iPad or iPhone – Use the do not disturb feature. This will silence notifications on your device so you can work distraction free.
Laptop – Close all apps. Turn off all notifications. Only use one app at time.
Extra Challenge – To give yourself larger blocks of time to focus. Check email only 2 or 3 times a day.
What works for you? Let us know in the comments.
Learn | Try | Amplify Week 6:
Last week you heard from the Lower and Middle School about the benefits of using SeeSaw with students. This week we are sharing how SeeSaw is being used as an extension to some Upper School Math classrooms at Pike (4.5 minutes, see video above or click here to watch). You won’t want to miss hearing Becky Miller’s 7th Grade Math students talking about what they like about using SeeSaw, and the video also features Nicole DeRosa’s teacher perspective. If you would like help getting started with SeeSaw in the new year, please let the tech department know.
For some more SeeSaw Activity ideas for Grades 6 – 8 click here.
View two Safari tabs on the same screen on an iPad running iOS 10. See below for 4 ways to do it courtesy of Tony Vincent.
For week 5 of our Learn | Try | Amplify initiative, we are sharing a couple of videos (4 minutes) about how 1st and 3rd grades are using Seesaw as a digital portfolio app to engage parents, teach digital citizenship, and encourage students to reflect on their learning. Seesaw is one of the best educational apps to come out in the last couple of years so, I encourage you to carve out some time to check it out. Are you using Seesaw? Share how you’re using it in the comment section.
For more See Saw activity ideas in Grades K – 2 click here.
For more SeeSaw activity ideas in Grades 3 – 5 click here.
For week 2 of our Learn | Try | Amplify initiative, I am sharing a short video (2.5 minutes) where you can learn about the benefits of using the online virtual bulletin board called Padlet in the Classroom.
After watching the video you can try using a Padlet and let us know if you have any ideas of how you would like to use Padlet or if you have already found a way for Padlet to amplify your teaching in the classroom. Click here to contribute to a collaborative learning wall.
More Padlet Resources
If you are interested in starting to use Padlet and would like to watch a full tutorial, here is a good video that is about 13 minutes long and quickly teaches all of the features:
Here are some of the resources that I used to make my video: