Washington Tech Tidbits

Washington School - March 21, 2016 - Rachel Labuz

Featured iPad App: Seesaw

At last week's QIT meeting, Alaina and Katie gave a wonderful presentation on Seesaw and the many opportunities it has to offer our students, parents, and teachers.

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that allows users of all ages to document and share what they are learning at school. It is a free iPad app that is available on all of our kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and gen ed cart iPads. Intermediate teachers, have no fear... Seesaw is also available in the Chrome Web Store!

Seesaw is a class learning journal that allows teachers and students to create and/or upload work to post in a private class Seesaw feed. Teachers approve all posts. Parents can be invited to see their child’s posts through a different app.

Seesaw posts can be:

  • photos

  • videos

  • drawings

  • typed text

  • website links

They can also be annotated with audio and drawings!

To get started with Seesaw, check out this presentation that was created by Allison Sobotka (ITC at Franklin) and the video below.

Seesaw: The Learning Journal Overview
Interested in joining TIC or the AES Committee?

Please fill out this survey, if you are interested in being on the Technology Integration Committee or the Apps/Extensions/Software Evaluation Committee for the 2016-17 school year!

Awesome Squiggles

Awesome Squiggles is a global art project where classrooms create original art based on four squiggly lines and then share their artwork with others.

There are 2 levels of participation from which you can choose:

  • LEVEL 1 - Students create the artwork, and the teacher shares it via Twitter using the hashtag #awesomesquiggles. NO COLLABORATION is required at this level.
  • LEVEL 2 - Classrooms will be partnered with another similarly-aged classroom to share artwork through Google Hangout or Skype.

For more information on the project, click here.

If you're interested in participating, register by this Friday, March 25. This year's squiggles are pictured above. :)
Question About PARCC?

If you have a question about the upcoming PARCC assessment, place it on this document, and we will get you an answer as soon as possible.

New Osmos!

I am so excited to share that, by the end of the week, we will have FIVE Osmos available for checkout at Washington School. A big thanks to PTO for purchasing this technology for our students!

Osmo uses reflective technology to interact with any iPad and can be used to play 5 free apps that are available for download in the app store (Numbers, Tangrams, Words, Newton, and Masterpiece).

Check out the video below to see Osmo in action. Let me know if you're interested in trying it out in your classroom!

Osmo TV Commercial C

Growth Mindset Materials

Check out this packet that encourages primary students to reflect on their thinking and embrace a growth mindset.

Pinterest users, take a look at this mindset board! So many wonderful resources!