PD in Your PJs: Seesaw and Literacy



hey everyone very excited that you are joining us here today to learn about seesaw and literacy we are sharing some great examples for the elementary classroom so if you've never come before it to PD and your PJs welcome just know that we will send you the slides and this recording as well after this presentation so be looking for that in your email inbox if you pre registered for this webinar if you're watching the recording welcome thanks for stopping by as well so we have two awesome panelists with us here tonight and I'm actually going to throw the presentation over to Diane and we will see her screen here in a moment and she is a kindergarten teacher that's going to share some amazing ideas with us and we also have Heather Mars with us here today who is a 3rd grade teacher who has awesome ideas and of course I couldn't resist myself I have a strong passion for literacy I am Angela if you've visited PD in your PJs before you know that I have taught kindergarten for 15 years and also and I was certified reading teacher as well so this is I love I love this whole topic so I can see your slides miss dang go take it away all right well thank you guys for tuning in tonight we are here like she said to talk about literacy and seesaw so we will be moving fast but I promise you we will have a lot of fabulous examples for you tonight my name is Diane trout I am a second year kindergarten teacher at spark Academy for STEM education in Athens Alabama but we love using seesaw not only for science and math but for literacy too so we are connected on our spark on our spark seesaw blog our link is right here and then we have Heather Heather you want to tell us a little bit about yourself hi guys I'm Heather I teach third grade in Southern Oregon and I've been teaching third grade for about 10 years and we are a one-to-one iPad district so my students are using seesaw for everything from math to reading to writing to assessment so yeah all right thank you we're excited all right tonight's agenda why should we use sea salt and literacy how can we use it in literacy we're gonna go into a little bit of app smashing personalized learning communications with parents and of course a little bit of some seesaw plays so how can we use seesaw in literary literacy stations we can make literacy stations differentiated as we all know we have different students on different levels so seesaw is a prime example of how easy it is to differentiate literacy stations we can also make our literacy stations self-guided no more telling us telling students second-by-second what to do all they have to do is hit play and they will know what they're supposed to do and it also gives students ownership that's the big thing with digital citizenship nowadays if students have ownership over their work they're going to take more pride in their work and just be proud of it and be able to share it not only with their class but their parents and globally so those are three big things of life seesaw is fabulous in literacy excuse me literacy stations all right stop how many times a day do you have to keep students from interrupting your small groups because they're just so excited to show you what they have done I'm in kindergarten I'm constantly teaching them put it on seesaw put it on seesaw we're in week 12 right now and I still have to help remind them all right you did your puzzle you did your project all right let's show me what you wrote on seesaw let's get it on there let's have documentation explain it to me on seesaw so the seesaw is a fabulous way to keep kids from interrupting you when you're working one-on-one with students I have an example here of a writing sample that we've done in kindergarten we work on letter formation we work on sounding words out and so it's about two minutes three minutes long and I'm going to kind of fast-forward to the end and I want you to think about all these different things you can be getting from watching this one video so she goes on to spell out lunch box and the assignment was to write a sentence about something you see in the classroom and so I can tell from that really quick one-minute video right there how she's forming her letters is she using her sight words issue using capitalization punctuation alright how is she blending her letters together so there's lots of different things that I had looked for when I watched that and she did a fabulous job sounding that out I think all right we're going to jump to this slide all right we do a lot of progress monitoring in elementary school as you know and it is so time-consuming to check every student on their letters on their numbers greater they and fewer than read your sight words so what we have done is we have taken a picture of our sight word list and we have uploaded it in to see and we're going to give you a quick glimpse of how we progress monitoring and you want to start it again on my screen I'm not seeing the example hey guys sorry it looks like we may have lost Diane so I mean Heather can you see my screen yes okay so what we're gonna do is we will see if she can jump back in here I'm sure she's trying to reconnect but what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna keep cruising here I mean go to the example she was showing because that was actually not showing up very well for me so I'm gonna click on it and see if we have a better connection so I have done this actually in my kindergarten classroom as well and I think a lot of you know it's just a good way to quickly track how students are doing and again then it's documented it's there you can go back and see it but I also love the fact that then it's shared with parents as well so I'm gonna keep going Diane if you pack back in here let me know because I'm gonna let you take back over here all right I'm back in here yeah that's okay why don't you just go from my screen in case we get disconnected again and then we'll just keep cruising sound good all right sounds fabulous the next screen we're gonna talk about whole group spelling now instead of spending time every week calling out your spelling list to your group your whole class your 2025 students and calling out every word saying your sentence it is so much easier to put it in seesaw and all you have to do is you add it as a note you type the name of the test you type the microphone microphone and record the test and you can put it in a station so throughout the week you can have your students as they rotate through their stations two people do it in one station rotation two people do it in the next and over the course of your week your students will all have turned in their spelling test and they write their answers on the paper then they can take a picture of the paper and submit Anfisa so much easier and so much more time to less time consuming then whole grape exactly and then if you're doing different she is spelling to there's an example later about that too it just makes it a lot easier as well so what's this example partner reading okay this example of partner rating is in kindergarten manipulating the iPads to see each other to record themselves read their story so you can see the book and listen to them I try and have them partner read so if you click on where it says partner reading it'll take us to a link where they recorded to each other reading a basic story awesome and I've done this to where where even if they are taking a video of their reading sometimes I have a just take a picture of the cover and then use the mic and me too if you don't have a partner available that's another kind of trick you can use as well tell us about this Diana showcase learning alright so we get so proud when we read we took our sight words checks that we just did and I printed out the QR codes for our class and I glued them on a big piece of paper and put them out in the hall so anyone administrators board members teachers other students could come by and scan our QR codes and listen to our fabulous kindergarteners rocking their sight words it's a really great way you can print out your QR codes you can do scavenger hunts around the room you can do read and write the room and it gives them a good way to share with the whole school not just a teacher but the whole school if they know it's going up in the hall and their fourth-grade brother might be watching they're going to take pride in that so I love it I know we go a little QR code crazy here at seesaw like a 30-minute webinar just with some ideas to get you going by check that out as well tell us about this fluency chuckit I know Heather's gonna go into more details about how she does it in her third grade classroom how do you do it Diane this is actually from my next-door neighbor she teaches first grade at spark and she set this up at the station she had their papers in there and she had them read a couple of times to themselves and when they were ready she had them track under the word as they're reading draw that the words that they were reading so instead of coming to the teacher in reading they're doing a self check on there and making sure that they could read their words that they can read their story that's a great example and I think too if you're doing running records with your students it's just another great way to I did capturing their reading is huge instead of even just trying to note it on paper as well and just a great way for them to be able to kind of look back on their growth as well so Heather tell us more about how you do your reading fluency checks in your classroom oh my students meet with me every week during our workshop time and every other week I do a fluency check with them and I pull the passage from our curriculum that we currently have and then I just quickly run through a one minute for each student I have groups of about four and so this video video will show you just a really short glimpse of what it looks like when we do that necessar all right do you see the screen now Heather and we lock it there okay so this is just a little video let's play it it's really keeping the pressure on the love that Heather and I know that our screen was acting wonky again so don't worry guys you're gonna get the slide so you can review all these when they come in the slide so basically Heather I just want to recap so people have a really good flow of how you do this so you are taking a photograph of a reading passage if you try to upload a PDF it's not gonna work to let them record their voice so you upload that reading passage and you've created a fake student your class called fluency so students go to fluency and when they tap that item they're gonna go to the three dots and do copy and edit because in your manage class settings you have enable item editing turn on for them and then they select their name because you have your class set up as a shared environment right yes I do okay and then and then that's their copy to record you know record their voice and record on so that's awesome I love it um let's keep cruising here oh look at this I already talked about yeah it's eyes so that people can go back and reference I knows when you hear it out loud that's you know so you can go back and do you have students do this once a week Heather or how often do you have them do it with you we do it every other week and the school year we do it in the small groups in the teacher station and then as we progress I teach them how to get into partners and one person is checking while the other person is reading so they're able to take on the teacher part about me so that I have more time to do other you know things in small groups that I'd like to be awesome let's keep cruising here reading workshop ideas Heather I think this is yours too right yeah yeah I wanted to really quickly just run through a few ideas that we do in our classroom first you saw the slide that you see there I made on buncee and I love using them for making sides especially interactive ones so I can post that slide on the seesaw and it's active so my kids can click on it and it'll take them to anything that I make the slide you know link to yeah great so we use seesaw to post I post a listening Center video on there and I have a fake student called listening Center and so that's where my students are able to access that we used to saw for responding to reading I'll post padlet on seesaw so the students can access it easily and add their responses to their reading for that week we do Writing Center on seesaw where I post the prompt on the wall next to the table where the Writing Center is and they write in notes on seesaw and we also do independent reading on epic books for kids the app and then my students screenshot their reading log and post it to seesaw at the end of the week so I can see that they've been accountable during their independent love it love it great idea feather and then some of these ideas are yours – Heather so tell us tell us about the ones you have here ok so on book creator I love using book creator for interactive reading and math journals if you follow me at all on Twitter you know that very well we also love making vocabulary comic books on book creator and so my students make a comic book and they have their vocabulary words in an image and a definition and then we save it as a video and share it to seesaw that way oh yeah and then um with chatter pics we do anything from vocabulary to summaries of a story to taking on the character's persona last year my students had to pretend like they were madam CJ Walker and retell the story perspective we read a book about her so that was a little tough for me chatter pics and we just sent it straight to seesaw or if we did multiple vocabulary words we'd put it into book reader as a book yeah there it is a video on seesaw awesome and then Diane you have this idea over here with Nearpod you want to just tell us a little bit about it I don't think we're gonna go into the link right now but maybe tell us what see if we did when we get an airport okay with Nearpod there's very it's a very interactive slideshow you can set it where the students can do it on their own so I can print out a code and put it in a literacy station and my students can log in with the code and work through the lesson and so what I would have them do this picture right here has a bunch of different pictures and the goal is for the students to circle the pictures that start with a D so instead of giving them paper to circle a black and white copy the directions are to take a screenshot of the slide that has all the pictures on it load it into seesaw through your camera roll and circle all of the pictures that start with the letter D and submit it so instead of making copies they had this beautiful color picture yeah I think so it before me and then we have some great links up here of different examples so when you get the slides definitely check those out we're running you know we have so much more to tell you so I'm we gotta keep cruising here but um I had to throw some ideas and just because you know I I couldn't handle I couldn't stand not not sharing something so this idea actually comes from a seesaw ambassador Alyssa Barnes who teaching kindergarten in my former school that I was in and I was visiting the other day and she actually has these um basically rings at the listening station with you know each month she has a different set of books that are on there so here are her November cue our listening Center stations so this is kind of what it looks like on the inside she actually has a you know the picture of the book and then the QI recording of the book right here I think some of these are actually links to videos but this is super easy to do and see so if you are you know any book that you pick up in your listening station or you know in your classroom you can literally make it into an interactive listening station by just recording yourself reading it in sisa and then you know you could do a setup like this like alyssa has or you could also even my next idea which I love that a that another kind of Erin teacher my friend Leslie segeberg is going to try if she's actually going to get older students may need fourth or fifth graders and she's a kindergarten teacher and maybe students that maybe are struggling with fluency at that level or need really an authentic reason to maybe practice their fluency but kind of having them buddy up with her your class and maybe they're reading those books like kindergarteners choose or other students choose the older students are recording themselves reading those into sisa and then I suggest creating a little read aloud folder and see that you're doing this and then what you can do is one follow those recordings are added to that read aloud folder you are able to on the website in to see saw and you can just filter the feed to that specific folder called read aloud and then in the upper corner there's going to be something that says print PDF and that's actually going to print all the QR codes to all of those read aloud books and then you can literally take your book and take that QR code to the book I always liked to have my kindergarteners holding those books in their hands as they were listening as well so that's just another idea to customize listening station but also maybe give an authentic reason to older students as well to you know to kind of practice their reading so here is just a list of ulcers I apologize for my slides they're so crazy today this idea came on Twitter actually a while ago from Stephanie O'Neil and she was inspired by someone else but students voted on their favorite book and then they made an audio comment under to tell why they chose it so I loved that of course with today's whole election thing I thought that was appropriate this idea comes from Tracy Tracy had this awesome blog post which will be in again the slides but she is talking about making your word walk interacted with CR C saw QR codes so she kind of goes through a process that's a little bit more in-depth if because someone had already created all of these cute little word cards in Google but you can easily just use her regular word sight word cards in your classroom take a picture and then record your voice so she has made kind of little interactive videos and she goes in great detail how she does that and then Marni amazing ideas she is actually gonna come back in December and do a webinar with us she has something that she calls literacy bingo and basically the students have this bingo board where they are working at their literacy stations and choosing what they're going to do and uh almost all of this content they are saving to seesaw after to kind of have again that accountability in place as well and again that reflection piece so this is another idea this little girl in her class is doing doing chatter pics and doing a rereading and then adding that to seesaw as well so you see her little first graders working hard there and then she also does some differentiated spelling so you can see she couldn't do individualized spelling list without seesaw so right now she's saying she has 14 different lists I was like oh my goodness 14 different spine can you imagine yes but the level of differentiation she's able to do because she's using suicide to do that so definitely come back in December and hoping to have her here December 1st is all right kind of a rough sketch plan but keep an eye out for that and then Diane back to you only member just a couple more minutes so we might kind of he'll make it yeah parents we always want parents to be engaged with their students so seesaw really encourages dialogue with parents it also lets them know their child's level of reading parents are not too keen on picking out appropriate material for them to read at home and even if we're sending home passages to read they tend to skew their view of how their students are reading I know I have a third grader in the seventh grader and so I love hearing my son read on seesaw to me because it really opens my eyes to how he reads at school to his teacher I mean it's really easy for the parents to see the techniques being taught you couldn't sit there and talk about it you know in a newsletter all day but to see these techniques are so important for the teachers and it also allows for parents to give constructive feedback and my favorite thing is it allows for no report card surprises if in second things got exactly one fit no one likes that right so I'm gonna kind of go through this quick Diane do you want to just elaborate a little bit so SESAC class is really a paid upgrade where you have additional tools for formative assessment so if you want to talk about this for a second yes it's an easy way to see where it's all student stand in just one click so what you'll do is you're okay you'll click on your skills view and this screen will pop up and this is just a little bit of snippet you can see a little bit of our reading a little bit of our science and the green means they have four stars and then over on the right you see light green that means they have about three stars and it's rating from 1 1 to 4 stars and the number in each box means how many items they have been assigned for that standard so my students that have all greens in their reading standard they're getting threes and fours and the very bottom you can see one that's a yellow and they know about half of their sight words and so I can easily click on this in one tap and see where all my students are on all of their standards after I've gone in into some of their stars that's fabulous yup and all the stuff your your you know students are submitting NC so they're just really show kind of a different level of you know their understanding I think as well I'm so private folder is another option in C SAP plus so we have a whole 30 minute webinar just about seesaw plus I'm gonna kind of scan over this but wow we needed right we really need an outerwear right ladies I'm doing we're just getting here like so many ideas here but I do want to respect everyone's time so we are at the 30 minute mark so we do have lots of questions coming in so if you're thinking I'm out of here Angela I've spent 30 minutes with you guys I need to go go for it but we will hang around here for a few minutes and answer the questions that you have coming in if you are leaving us just know that you are going to get the recording and you're also going to get the slides as well so I know we went super fast we threw a lot of ideas at you tonight but this is just kind of things to start with and of course I hope to do you know in even more in-depth look at literacy because quite honestly when I started using C saw that for me was one of the first things I thought oh my gosh I should finally finally my kids have a voice so um thanks for joining us tonight I am we are gonna kind of stick around and answer questions so stick around if you want to we'll just spend a couple of minutes but those of you that are you know you've had enough and joined us thank you thank you thank you and come back another time

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