education

Using Seesaw in my Math Class

I use Seesaw in generally two ways. One, as a reflection tool. Since I have only 10 iPads, I will rotate the iPads among the students so each students will get to post their reflection at least once a week. They are free to use either any feature in Seesaw to share about what they have learnt about Math for that particular week. Here are some examples of reflections done by my students:
The second way in which I use Seesaw is to make students’ thinking visible or getting students to create content. Students will work in groups of 2 or 3 to create a video or a screenshot with voice recording of their solution to explain how they solved a Math problem or explain a certain concept. Students struggled with it initially as they were not used to sharing and explaining their solution or concept. They had to think deeper beyond just solving Math problem to explaining their solution or concept with clarity. This has allowed them to understand the Mathematical concept even better as teaching and explaining something allows them to internalize the concepts better. Here are some examples of the videos done by my students:
My students really enjoyed using Seesaw to create and share what they have learnt. Seesaw has also allowed me to get into their minds and surface out any misconceptions that they may have. Without Seesaw, I would not be able to do so as sometimes students may be able to get the correct answer but their method or concepts are totally wrong. Through this I hope to develop my students to become critical and creative problem solvers. I love Seesaw also because it’s so easy to use! The technology does not get into the way. I highly recommend Seesaw to teachers who want to push your students to think and make their thinking visible. This platform allows you to do that and it also acts as a documentation for future reference. One important aspect of making thinking visible is also to document their thinking so that students can refer to their past work and see how much they have grown and progressed.

In March 2014, I had the privilege of sharing the Flipped Classroom methodology with Parents and members of the public. The turn-out was so overwhelming I had to do 2 re-runs of my sharing session. Here’s the recording of one of my session. Enjoy!

 

Project Explorer

Projectexplorer.org is an incredible resource to help connect students with the world and understand other cultures and global issues. It’s great for Social Studies. It opens the eyes of students to not just the culture and practices of different countries but also to issues that these countries face.

What I like about this website is that the videos are all short and so easy to understand. If you register you will gain access to lessons plans. These lesson plans shows you how to tie in the videos with your lessons. One of the video I looked at was the Orang Utan from Singapore and the lesson they tied in to this video was on understanding endangered animals and what we can do to help them.

It’s an awesome resource that you should check out.

Plicker

Assessment for learning is an important part of education. Getting immediate feedback on how my class is doing is critical for me as a teacher. I’ve tried e-clickers and iPad apps before but as we are not a 1-to-1 school, having to distribute the e-clickers or iPads meant a loss in precious curriculum time.

Imaging my joy when I tried out plickers for the very first time. Plickers is basically paper clickers that works!. Each student has one card unique to them, they rotated the card to select their answer and raise it up. All I had to do was to use the Plicker app on my iPad or iPhone to capture their answers.

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I was skeptical at first as to whether it works. After trying out today with my class of 38 students I can tell you it works! I can scan almost half the class at one go. It’s amazing how the app is able to pick up so many cards at the same time. The only drawback was that the app tends to hang, it worked better on my iPhone 4s than on my iPad Mini but it was no big deal. Almost instantly, I could get feedback from my students and I also know the answers that each student gave!

Using the “Live View” feature on the website, I could show the students what was the answers that everyone gave as a whole class and what the correct answer was.

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In this way, I know how the class did as a whole and how individual students fared. This is simply the best app for school who do not have so many devices in the hands of students. The possibilities of how this app can be used in schools.