Elementary Ed Tech Update
Distance Learning Edition
We believe that it's safe to say that, if asked a mere month ago, none of us would have predicted the immediate changes in effect for Pearland ISD teachers and staff. That being said, we (your Elementary Ed Tech Specialists) know that you are more than capable of rising to the challenge which moving to an online learning environment provides. We've trained you for this -- perhaps not for such a drastic shift, but we want to build on your existing strengths as we navigate these uncharted waters... TOGETHER.
Seesaw is a very powerful, yet simple to navigate and use, FREE online learning journal/digital portfolio. It was selected as the elementary Home Learning platform for several reasons, mainly because Pearland ISD already has 400 current teachers with active accounts this school year. This means that a lot of our students are already familiar with it from using it in their classrooms, making the adjustment to home use that much easier. Also, Seesaw has been used in PISD for several years already, so a lot of students have had multiple years of exposure and are very comfortable using it independently. Seesaw gives students the ability to show their thinking through use of six different tools: photos, videos, drawings, notes, links, and files. Seesaw provides a safe, closed environment to learn digital citizenship skills, as well as delivering a simple home/school connection that parents and teachers can use to communicate about school work. Teachers can choose to create their own assignments from scratch, or select an activity from the teacher-created products freely available in the Activity Library. Another benefit to all parties involved is that Seesaw can be accessed via the free Seesaw Class app (available in the app stores for Apple and Android devices), or via the web at app.seesaw.me.
• Documents can be uploaded and students can annotate and record audio and/or video responses to them.
• Teachers can post assignments with audio instructions that students can replay as often as needed.
• Teachers can post links to additional web resources.
• Teachers can utilize pre-created subject-based and grade-level organized activities.
• Teachers can send announcements to students and parents.
Seesaw easily provides the means to meet the district requirements for sharing TEKS-aligned videos, web links, and step-by-step notes to students and their families. And your Elementary ETSs can still facilitate trainings as we all begin to learn how to use Seesaw at home!
Resources for Teachers
Resources for Students
Resources for Families
How we can help
To that end, we are offering several online training opportunities that we believe will be helpful:
Virtual PD & Webinars
We will be hosting daily professional developments from 10am-11am. The topics will be posted on the webinar schedule page (linked below), and you will need to register for each course in Eduphoria. The page will be updated often, so please check the page frequently, and sign up if it interests you!
Below, we've linked to our "Feed the Penguins" blog, where we will be periodically posting about Distance Learning tools, tips, tricks, and resources.
In addition to our blog, please follow our social media channels, linked at the bottom of this newsletter, specifically the hashtags #PearlandTech and #HookedOnEdTech.
Some campuses have been using Teams for quite a while, and many also utilize the Staff Notebook created for your campus. If your campus uses this, please don't forget about the Technology Training sections that you have, containing handouts and resources that we have covered in our campus technology PD.