PD in Your PJs – Engaging in Literacy with Seesaw



hi everyone welcome to PD in your PJs we are really excited that you are here today with us joining us for some training with some star seasaw teachers now tonight we're in for a treat because we have two amazing first grade teachers joining us Marnie Lambeth and Megan Collins who are rockin seesaw in their first-grade classroom so I am thrilled that they're here with us tonight I am Angela France ISA so I will be here hosting the webinar but also answering your questions so if you haven't ever joined us for a PD in your PJs before here are a couple things to note you will hear us talking and if you have questions you are able to type those into the question box just know that we are going to try to save the questions for the end of the presentation we only have 30 minutes here with you today so and we have they've got so many amazing slides to share with you I want to make sure we get through all of that but we are also recording this session and we will email you the slides and the recording after the session that should arrive in your inbox by tomorrow so if you are listening to the recording welcome and again if you have questions go ahead and type those in and we are gonna focus on answering those at the end so right now I'm gonna change our presenter to Meghan she is gonna take over and she's gonna pull up the slides that they have prepared for you and honestly when I saw the slides and what they were gonna share I was really excited looking good Meghan I can see your screen so she's gonna go into present mode so we can see her screen and you know her full screen of her slides and I'm gonna hand it over to Marnie and Meghan and welcome ladies hi thank you so much hi everyone welcome alright we're super excited to talk to you about what we've been doing in literacy with seesaw all right get started sure um so I'm Marni Labatt's I am a pastor in Michigan and this is my second year using seesaw in my first-grade classroom and I'm Meghan Collins this is my fifth year teaching first grade and same as Marni this is my second year using to see so on my classroom so these are the reasons why we love seesaw so we've been using it for two years we originally were looking for some sort of portfolio online for our students but everything was a little bit too hard for our first graders and we came across seesaw and we were just blown away by what it offered in the platform and the ease of it for our students and so we love that seesaw allows our students to document their learning we love that it'll seesaw allows our instruction to be more individualized to meet our students needs we love the connection that allows parents to have with their child's learning and we also love how easy it is for teachers students and parents and hopefully the slides that we are going to go over and all of our examples are going to show you kind of examples of all these like why we love them so our classrooms just a little background we are one-to-one iPads in our classroom we have about 25 students each and this is a lot of two and a half years of using iPads in the classroom so we've been fortunate to have those our students sign in using the QR scan code is just really nice for the grade particularly because our students have their own iPads that they just they have it with them all day long and they're literally seesaw all day long and the parents love that because it's kind of a window into what they did all day so basically to start for our literacy block last year we started doing bingo we wanted something that was more student-led and had more student choice where we weren't telling the students when to switch and where to go so it's essentially the same activities that we were doing during like a daily five-block but instead of having structured rotations the students choose a bingo path they do two bingos each week or two bingos each week and then they choose which they do and in what order and so you don't have those kids that are finishing work early or those kids that are taking forever and holding up the rest of the group so this has been really nice and the kids are really motivated by it and really liked it so all the examples that we're going to go through are from this bingo board and obviously like any of the examples that we're showing you you could use in a different different structure in your literacy block but we just wanted to at least give you the bingo board and this is one of the examples we started out really simply at the beginning of the year and then as the class learns new activities the bingo board changes so the students the tools that they use the most within the seesaw ask are the solar button they take pictures of work that they've completed on paper to show what they've learned and then they also use the camera roll to upload screenshots images videos things that they've done with some other apps that they have documented their learning with and then we also do notes particularly when we introduce our new spelling list the students often type their new spelling words and notes and then use the audio feature to record those new stories so here's another of the kind of basic seasaw tools that our students use all the time if you look down at the button there's a screen of a screen shot of a student taking a picture and if you look down at the bottom there's a little record button and that's available in photo and drawing and note and they basically just press that and then they can record their thinking record themselves reading the word it's it's absolutely fantastic and there is also if you look next to that there is a little crayon pencil and it allows the students to draw on top of a photo which we use later on and we'll show you also another thing that we use for our spelling seesaw is so awesome because instead of before this is available you had to create a QR code in a different program but seesaw actually allows you to create a QR code off of things that you make in seesaw so we have things that we've created in seesaw and the students have the QR code they go to their little main menu bar click the QR code and then they can scan it and it takes it to takes them to the item within seesaw so they don't ever have to go anywhere else or not on the Internet they aren't looking for a different habits it's that's pretty awesome so one of the activities that we do and that students really enjoy is we do story retails with chatter packs chatter pics is a free app and what students do with that is when they read to self then they do a chatter picks and I will show you in the next slide how we do that but they either have to choose to reread a portion of the book which helps us with their reading fluency or they can choose to retell the story which is also great for the retail part so the students love it because chatter fix is just a really fun app but they reread or retail the books from their own individual reading table and then they submit it on on seesaw for us and put a parent so here's an example started it was going to start playing so quickly alright so you could what that looks like when it's turned in to us and the kids get a kick out of it and making you might have to turn up the volume on your computer too if you if you play another role okay thank you all right so how to chatter pecs so Marnie do want to take this as well so um how they do chatter pics is for our students what we have them do is we have them reads itself out of their on personalized reading tab and then they have to take one book when they're done with the read itself time and they open up the chatter pics app and take a picture of the book cover or a page within the book that they're going to be rereading that that choice is really up to them so they very easy to take a picture within the app and then they create a mouse which is pictured there on the slide and they just draw their finger over a straight line normally they choose to draw the mouse over the character that's in the picture and then what they do next is in the middle picture there you see a timer and it gives them up to 30 seconds to record their voice after hitting the microphone and this is when they can either reread or retail with what they read and after that the very or the third picture there shows that the exported to camera roll and then they go into seesaw and they just upload it from camera roll it's really very simple and they're even fun to do and put out in the hallway with the QR codes so the other classes can share in them as well so this is what I call seesaw seesaw rainbow writing I'm sure many teachers are familiar with traditional rainbow writing um but just to kind of mix it up a little I have created seesaw rainbow writing and what the students do is I create their lists and I share it with a printed QR code and hang it up in the room the students scan the appropriate one and then they hit the copy and edit feature which in order to do that you have to make sure that the editing feature is on for your students so they goes at the three dots to the bottom and they'll copy and edit and then they trace over the typing that I have there and they typically use a stylus so they're still practicing on the proper grasp of a pencil and they can pick their colors and go over it with two or three colors whatever is required and then they resubmit it back to me and I see that they've practiced her he saw rainbow rating on the next slide it shows how exactly we do that so first I create a table within a document we use Google Docs here but you could do it in word very easily and then I just take a screenshot of that and crop the picture down as small as I can get it just so I only has a table so the C letters are large enough for this just to copy tightly and then from there I submit it using the camera button again onto C sauce and then I either you can edit people and share with specific students which you see there in the bottom picture or you couldn't do like I said and print the QR code for students who need it can go scan it when they need it and that would bring it up but you do have to make sure that the copy and edit feature is enabled for the students in order to do it all right another way that we use C is just for a basic word work so in addition to all of the activities that the students can do on their iPads we also have a few different just paper options available to them and we'll talk about it in a little bit but all of our students are on individualized spelling lists so all of our word work is generic we don't have any paper options available that have the words printed on them which has been fantastic so we have three or four options the students can grab them use them for their word list so you can see we have rainbow spelling smelly spelling and one where they're hunting for vowels and basically they complete the paper they take a picture of it in seesaw with the photo button and then they turn it into us and it's been fantastic as well because we have less you know piles of paper that we're grading and we can just go through and see saw on seesaw and see what they're doing and if we notice something that they needed correction on we can always go and like draw that in or leave an audio comment for students on top of their work and their parents can do the same can leave them nice like audio comments and like their work so this is another retail option this is with an app called Book Creator Book Creator is a paid app however there is a free version where you can create one free book so that would be an option the student just have to delete that book in order to create a new book each time but here at our schools we use condense and one of the key maps is called a flow map and the flow map is great for sequencing so what the students do here is they retell the main events of the story in the proper order and they use Book Creator to show it with pictures and text and audio so in the next couple of slides we'll talk about how they do that it seems like a lot of stuff but if one is doing favorites so with the Creator they're essentially creating an iBook so what happens is step one would be to open up a creator app and then in the first picture you see they've they select new book and then followed a year ago but creator added these great comic options so and step two they're at the bottom you see there's like a comic book panel which is really nice for creating these flops so most of my students tend to pick the square but it doesn't really matter then on step three they have to hit the plus sign and select panels with our four maps we typically do four per page just because it seems the best for fitting the picture and the text so then step four they take the pictures of the important events in the book so they really just open up the book and they tap that little camera picture there in the panel and they take a picture of each of the important events and they can add more pages if they need to or if there's only four important events then that's the own you're the one page in step size there's a couple of some ways that they can retell the story one way is that goes the plus sign and they can add text and they can choose how they'd like it to look so on this example I just use caption and they can retell the story in their own words I'm typing what happened in that particular part of the book and then the other option the if they were going to type the text instead they could add an audio so again the plus sign they there is an add sound option underneath the media selection and there's just a little red record button they press record and it gives them this little microphone and they just move it to the page that they want to add and that's really nice particularly for Turner's early writers who may be retelling the story through typing the text out would be very tedious or may be difficult to read if you're working with younger learn learners like kindergarten and so the audio option is really nice so I don't tell them which option they have to use it's their choice and they motivates them more so then the next step after they do that is um they use a pen to draw the flow so they're showing the reader the direction that their map flows in our flow maps always go in the same direction because it's based off these thinking maps that utilize and then the last step depends if they chose to do typing or to do audio if they chose to type then they're going to export it as a PDF to see saw so they just express PDF we typically choose single pages it just seems to read you a little better and then it just hits Isan and it goes on rate of and as you saw if they did the audio options are going to need export as video and then it'll just read it as a short little video so they hit export a video and then they just tap this you saw button and it's really that easy our young learners pick up on it very quickly particularly because they love us so much so it is it's really very easy I know it seems like a lot of steps but it's not the Marty I'm just interject for a second because I love this idea and I love that you have all these steps laid out in the slides which everyone is going to get after this session so I just want to point out to think that these last two steps she's talking about kind of are questions that come up a lot when people are using Book Creator with sisa so if you if your students aren't adding you know voice you would just export it as a PDF like Marnie said if they are using voice in their book creator you know book they want to export it as a video to sisa so that it actually plays their voice in it we don't yet support exporting as an ePub so just kind of keep that in mind as well but keep cruising you guys you guys are doing great lots more to talk about alright weird sorry so we do words there way in our classroom which is where all of our word lists come from that our students use so we do word sorts as one of our options you can see on the icon and the top left not the unicorns and that we have two different pictures so the top one is the symbol for stick around which is an a paid app that we bought and that we created word sorts in or down below is just the paper word sort so on the left you can see there's the stick around app they sort the words within the stick around app they save a photo of it within the app and then upload it from the camera or all same kind of thing as we've been talking about another option in the middle just traditional paper sort and the students always have these available to them so they do it like normal on construction paper they take a picture and then they mail the paper home and now we we haven't done this yet with our students but we made a sample one with the updates the seesaw has had there are there's now the option to create captions and labels and things so you could actually make a word sort within seesaw instead of needing to use an app like stick around so that's pretty awesome yeah so check that out yes you can make it with them like a QR code and then the students could scan the appropriate app for them and they can either type their own labels in or like I did there you typed labels in and then they just drag and drop them in the appropriate areas which is a great option so it was just I imported a picture of that sort 22b for example and then added the labels over top and then they just drag and drop to add them to the correct areas of the sort so one of our other options is magnetic letters this is a free app well if you want the Capitals which is what we utilize because that one's free and we use it like traditional magnetic letters and the students they have to build ten of their spelling words in the night medic letter app which the letters are actually rather large this example here the students shrunk them down which is an option or sometimes students who don't take the time to shrink them down or have a little more trouble with that they maybe put five words on one picture and upload that one to seesaw and then put five words on the other picture so the how they do this is they build the word then they take a screenshot of them by pushing the home button and like the on/off button at the same time that's what screenshot and then they submit it from their camera roll like that so the students can change colors if they ask there's fun seasonal backgrounds so the students have a really good time with them a word cloud is something we started using this year I'm so same kind of similar thing as magnetic letters and they open up a word cloud app and they type 10 of their spelling words and then they can personalize a word cloud they can change how the words are configure they can change the color the font loans they have how they like it they take a screenshot like how Marnie was talking about and then they upload it as a photo from their camera roll and to seesaw and this is something that we just started using keyboards this year so this is something that is great typing practice as well when it's just you know a great way to embed it within your day so this is how I like to use seesaw for our site words so what I've found is that site words to be difficult to practice because the kind of flashcards and you need someone on the other end to correct the words for you so what I did was I went in and I typed the words for example one within the seesaw and then I recorded myself reading the word so what students do is I have them in a site word folder and there's different levels there's a pre Primmer and Primmer and a first grade second grade third grade and the students go to their appropriate folder and it's the only one that's share with them they click on their words and they read them and then in order to double-check them they hit the play button and then they heard it they hear read back to them which is a really great self-checking sight words and I found really good success with students engage them quicker because they can actually hear the words that properly rather than practicing it incorrectly so as I mentioned before we have individualized spelling lists I can't even tell you I mean we probably have 12 different lists going in each of our classroom at any given time and we literally would not be able to do this without seesaw and so we start out for each spelling list if you look down on the left there's our spelling les legless 14 and down on the bottom there is a QR code so within seesaw Marny made a video which you can see in the middle where she explains the word families for each week and then reads the words to the students because with you know 12 different less we weren't able to do this with the students and they needed that introduction still every week so on Friday we pass out our spelling words the students scan the QR code at the bottom of their list and then they listen to the list explain to them and then once they have their list they go into the notes section on seesaw which is on that main screen and they type their words in and then they record themselves reading them and this has been great because you think oh they they know these words they can read them you know they've gotten the pattern and this has been really wonderful for realizing if they do have it or if they if they need some more instruction on what the words are and that's what they I've heard a lot of teachers say is that they're so surprised because they can't read them and it's this is a great way to know whether or not that student is able to understand the sign pattern and read the words back so I'm like Megan said we have a ton of spelling words fine list going on I think at one point I made my highest with 17 this year essentialist so just like introducing 17 spelling pattern Thursday it would be very hard to give 17 different tests in a day so we also give our spelling test through seesaw so what we do is we create an image like there on the Left word says list 14 it's all right there on the right and we take a picture of that and we just audio record our voice over top exactly how we would say a regular spelling test and we print a QR codes and so on the left there you see this selling tests QR codes are always hung up because usually most from routine utilize it seems so the students when it comes time for sign test they grab their scientists paper they walk right over to there their QR codes they scan it go back to the seats and they listen to the tests being given and then they just turn in the regular paper test like they would have if I would have just read them on the sign test I found particularly when there's a stuff that you don't find si that can sometimes throw students off it doesn't throw them off anymore because they take it just like they typically would on in Meghan and I create these and share them so we don't have to be reinventing the wheel and re giving on the same test so this has been a lifesaver then I just interrupt for a second because this is okay so clarify for everyone list new because I want you to understand the awesome things that these ladies are doing so basically there get you know they're really personalizing instruction and differentiating instruction with having as you can see on the left here the amount of different spelling tests that are available each week to students so when they actually get ready to take the test what what Meghan and Marty have done you can see on the right if they just taken basically a screenshot of an image that lists that has the list and then they have tapped the record mic button under that picture and recorded themselves giving the test like saying number one is see right see number two is so the students aren't actually seeing the words but you can see on the image you're on the right it looks like this is a one minute 17 seconds long so that's how long it took them to record themselves giving a spelling test and then once that item has been added to see so they're just printing the QR code and hanging it on the chart here that they have in their classroom so that students you know those are hanging up I'm assuming for maybe even a year potentially yeah and they just grab they can just scan that QR code for the list that they want to listen to and off they go with their paper and pencil did I do a good job ladies trying today yeah it's exactly and it's it's a minute law and like it was a couple our project to record all of these fantastic it really did not take that long and then it's done for the year and we can just hold them up as we need awesome keep cruising hey no one can go ahead one say thanks to the students too is that as they're listening to their tests they can take it at their own pace some students take longer to sound out words and others and when you give a whole group test you're sometimes waiting for that last student to finish because you don't want them to feel rushed the students can pause the audio as much as they need to rewind as much as they need and re-listen to the words as needed and take their time alright so that is it questions instead awesome so we have time for questions for Meghan and Marnie so go ahead and do that in a Meghan I don't know if you are logged in to a seesaw class but I might just demo this luckily we're just getting questions about how do you actually make the QR code in C sauce so what I'm gonna tell you is um let me see I don't want you to have to open your show okay well I'm gonna change presenter back to me okay um and what I'm gonna do is can you see my screen okay so what I'm going to do is just show you how to do QR codes so anything in a seesaw class any of this right here if I just tap on the three dots under the item I can go to get item QR code and just tap right there and see you so right now is generating that QR code for me so when that is scanned by any student it's going to take them to that item in C so I didn't have to put anything in there I didn't have to use any other app it just happens automatically so any item you add to seesaw will create a QR code like that so other questions keep typing them and I'm going to pass it back to you if you still have your slides up Meghan if that's okay yeah okay so other questions I know there's a lot coming in here woohoo okay um okay so katie is wondering if all this you're doing is in freezing side and the answer is yes everything they've showed here tonight Kimberly is wondering when you give the students their list do you tag them so parents can see what their lists of the week are we I think that yeah and so what my students do is they take a picture within within seasaw of their paper copy and that's where parents can do their list by tagging students then they can see what other students around that list and I so I feel like that should be more private so I just have when I pass the paper copy out on Fridays the first thing we do is take a picture of it and upload that to see sauce my parents have it awesome and joy is wondering does someone have to be a member of your class to access the item from the QR code and I'll answer that quickly so joy the answer is no they don't have to be a member of the class however if you want them to copy and edit the item they do have to be in the seaside class that the item came from all right let's see Karen wants to know how do you manage all the other QR codes in the classroom are they advisers or alpha nah um they are actually hung up around the room like we I've got one that takes into a folder that they scan it and then they find it takes it to the folder of like word sort and then they find their number of word sort if they're on list 14 definitely taken they push it to see saw you saw week to sign word ones they're all hung up I also have some up for math so they kind of different zone areas within the room and the students know where they need to go to get the QR code that they're looking for yep and one that's that's great tips and I think the other thing I want to just let everyone know that's listing and I was listening to the recording as well is that Meghan and Marnie are coming from classrooms that are one-to-one iPads but I'm coming from a classroom that had five sharing devices and everything they showed me here today is think I can completely do in my classroom there would be some minor tweaks like we would probably in my classroom use real magnetic letters instead of the app because it's faster for them you know I can have multiple students building with the magnetic letters and then just taking a picture in reading is a little bit quicker than having them build in that other things to consider you know that's very similar for a lot of the other content that they're doing as well so kind of keep that in mind – I don't want you to walk away thinking oh my gosh I have to have one-to-one devices for any of this to happen even even the differentiated spelling test I mean students can go about that at a station and even listen to their specific list at you know at different times as well so you're getting lots of love for your ladies from front question mostly just people that are super excited so I'm going to keep the good yeah digging in to questions here let's see Michelle wants to know can you make the spelling test without assigning them to the students how do I do that without sharing to a student um so what we do is after we make the spelling test when it gives you the option of like everyone and all the kids in your class you just hit the green checkmark and just bypass that and that way nobody's tagged in it so no one's parents get like alerted to the spelling test or anything like that yep so just leave that empty so when it gives you an option to click on everyone or click on any student name if you just leave that blank and submit it it just shows up as something that's added by the teacher and families don't get you know notified ah let's see other questions we're okay Kathy wants to know where do you put the QR codes once it's done paper or within seiza we print paper copies yes and then cut them out and normally I actually end up putting them at a table within a googol back and just give it a title just so it's nice and clear to the students what exactly that QR codes for like if it's for list 14 or for math ones if it's story problem one it just made nice and clear for the students what exactly that QR code is for but we just print paper copies all right so Courtney is wondering how can you clarify how you made your word swords in seiza yes so what I did is I made a picture so and I just uploaded that picture so that one maybe says like list sort 26 or something like this and that's just an image you upload the picture and then with the new seesaw updates you hit at the bottom you want to add labels and then you just type the labels in so once the labels are all in there then you make a QR code and you hang that up and your students can scan it but you just have to make sure that the copy and edit features on because when the students scan it they need to hit the three dots and go to copy and edit so now they have their own copy and they're not editing the one that you made yep perfect and actually to get that to show off the copy and edit for students you would just as a teacher tap on your profile icon in the upper left and then scroll down to manage class and then you want to turn on in a bow item other day that's how you get copy and edit to show up um for students lots of people are asking where can they see your Fingal board ladies um where do you see I see me we can share it out on Twitter oh sure they would love that yep one example um yeah I just pull it up there I see so we create a new one every month every month in half just to keep the students interested in new activities even our word reject if –'tis change but we can definitely share an example and it'll be like a Google Doc and we can put out a link at want we're awesome that would be fabulous um when I asked Marnie and Megan to come I was so excited because in my kindergarten classroom I did a very similar thing but we had what I called menus so we had selected items that students could choose and then you know I wasn't having to keep track of who was rotating where they just chose their activities and went went at it so um we have some more question we have lots of questions so Marnie and Megan are you okay to stick around for a few more minutes yeah okay um let's see so Katie is wondering do they get a chance to get the next list are they all available does that make sense so I'm wondering um I guess she's wondering about the spelling component the spelling test or list so they take their tests you know so each week they take their tests on the list that they're on and if they pass they move on to the next list and if they don't then they stay at the current list that they're on so every Thursday we give our spelling tests tests and then that gives us the afternoon to kind of get things ready and figure out which list so we we have all the copies of this volume tests already printed so we just pull ok Johnny's on list one I write Johnny on the top of his list and just kind of make a pile that way and then Friday during our lip block I pass out all the paper copies that had their names on them and it could be the exact same test that they had last week if they didn't pass or it could be a new list awesome okay more questions um let's see there's so many questions and so many people that are just super excited about your ideas so Karen is wondering do you ever have students hand in items to you without it going in their season profile yeah the bottom of the I don't yeah the first couple weeks of school we did as they're kind of learning because they're so used to here's my paper I'm done now what do I do so it took a couple weeks to break them of that habit like okay you're done you've taken a picture it goes into your mailbox and then you go on to your next activity so now neither of us have that problem but it was definitely a learning curve at the beginning of the year right and they've learned it's kind of an account ability factor you know if it's if it's not on seesaw and your literacy bingo folder then it's like it never happened so they really learn quick that they need to get it up there they need to have it in the folder and it holds them accountable for while they're doing their rotations did they get the time managed did they get to Larrick tonight so they were supposed to get to so it's an accountability piece to that because they have a certain number of activities to accomplishing each week and they need to have them submitted a seesaw awesome so ladies can you go back to the beginning slide because I want people to know how to get in contact with you if they want to reach out to you and you know ask you questions or follow-up they have their Twitter information right there and after this session you will also get a survey that you can fill out about the session and I'm actually going to choose one amazingly lucky person that fills out the survey to get a seesaw t-shirt so we really like you to go over this survey I know it's exciting right I'm feeling I'm feeling just no chance webinar so when we close this webinar here in a moment you'll have a chance to just fill out the survey tool just pop up as you as we leave here but I want to really thank Marnie and Meghan for coming and sharing their ideas of how they are rocking and rolling with sisa and extra credit for Marnie it works to be her first ever webinar she did she did amazing and of course Meghan I feel like you're an old mode you've done this you've done this before I hear so thank you both for coming and sharing your amazing ideas with us I think you have a lot of excited teachers out there that I know will rethink and try to try to pull see-saw into their literacy routines so thanks ladies for coming thank you know you know everybody hopefully they feel free to reach out yeah that's my pattern predatory yeah and the slides and also the recording and coming at you probably by tomorrow your inbox so thanks everyone for coming thank you thanks

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