Innovate RSD

Increasing Digital Literacy in RSD | January Newsletter

Launch of the Innovate RSD Newsletter!

Introducing a monthly snapshot of information pertaining to technology integration. I will keep it short, to the point and only offer practical information and tools that you can use to enhance your teaching and accelerate your students' learning.

Each Episode will contain:

  • Website of the month
  • App of the month
  • Teacher Spotlight
  • Monthly Challenge
  • Training Event

* Please share your favorites with me and I will include them in future issues!

Website of the Month: Wonderopolis

Wonderopolis is a free website where people of all ages can explore and discover. Each day they post a new intriguing question and explore it in a variety of ways. The approach informs and encourages new questions. You can also search the large database for other topics you might be wondering about. This would be a great resource for independent reading time, and journal writing prompts.

Want to learn more? View video here

App of the Month: Dragon Dictation

If you are not already familiar with this app, you will definitely want to check it out! Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text. For students that struggle with writing, Dragon Dictation removes many of the barriers (e.g. typing issues, and spelling concerns). DD is the number one recommended dictation tool by Apple.

On a personal note- You can also use it to dictate status updates directly to your Social Networking applications, and send notes or reminders to yourself.

Teacher Spotlight: Polly Kreisberg

Polly is currently a Kindergarten teacher at Glenfair Elementary School. She has been in the district for many years and served in many different positions. Those of you who know her, know Polly is a very talented teacher. When Polly and I first talked a few months ago, she was interested in two things. She wanted her iPads cleaned up and organized, and she wanted to be able to document her students learning.

After doing some investigating, she selected the most useful apps, had them organized in folders, and removed the rest. Polly then began to utilize the free app Seesaw, so that students can now document their learning.

We are now several months in, and her kindergarten students are able to utilize all of the features of Seesaw with little or no instructions. They can take pictures, write, record audio and video, and upload their work.

One of the things I love most about working with Polly is her ability to determine the most meaningful ways to utilize the technology with her students. Even though she does not always know how to use all the features of the technology, she grasps the concept and is open to discovery. It will be exciting to see how far her students come over the next few months. The great thing is, Polly will have digital evidence of their growth.

See some examples of her students work below:

January Challenge: Use Seesaw or Schoology to Document Student Learning

Every time I visit a class or meet with a teacher I am always so impressed with the many great ideas and projects. One of my goals for this year is to be able to share and recognize the great work that is occurring.

For this challenge I am asking you to use either Seesaw or Schoology to document student learning. Email me your evidence (could be a link, or an image), and you will be entered into a drawing for a $15 iTunes Gift Card.

*Evidence must be submitted by February 5th. When it gets closer I will send out a reminder.


As many of you know I am a huge fan of Seesaw. In case you aren't familiar, think of Seesaw as a learning journal. It is a very simple way for students to document their learning, teachers to collect and manage digital projects, share that work with parents, and much more. I have found it to be exceptionally useful for primary classrooms, and in classes with shared iPads.

If you haven't signed up for Seesaw yet, it takes about 5 minutes to sign up. If you want support getting started, just email me and I can get your class up and running.

Here is a link to tutorials and more info about Seesaw. I will also be having several drop-in training sessions throughout the rest of this month.


Schoology is also another great platform to document student learning. Since it is not as easy to use as Seesaw, I would recommend it primarily for 3rd grade and up, and/or classes that are 1:1 devices.

If you are interested in getting started with Schoology and need support let me know. Here is a link to some tutorials and more information about using Schoology with your class

Seesaw Training (Drop in Session)

Thursday, Jan. 21st, 2:30-4:30pm

225 Main Street

Fairview, OR

Stop by portable 3 @Fairview Elementary for support with Seesaw. No need to stay the entire time.

We will talk about:

  • The basics of getting started with Seesaw
  • Lesson ideas
  • What works and what doesn't
  • How to implement a weekly production plan.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

You Can Book Me!

As your instructional technology specialist I am always looking for more effective ways that I can reach you. In order to make it easier to find a time that works, you can simply book time with me by accessing the following link!

Click here to access my You Can Book Me account.

What Does Instructional Technology Look Like?

In an effort to give more concrete examples of tech integration here are a few examples of what I can help you with.