Digital Conversion Bytes

Vol. 2 - October 7, 2016

The Seesaw App for the iPad is Changing Communication & Conversation at Clegern Elementary

Clegern Elementary is off to an amazing start! This year, the staff at Clegern were introduced to the Seesaw app on the iPad. Seesaw allows students to capture their learning throughout the school day in a digital portfolio. Parents subscribe to their student's portfolio and anytime something new is added, they can be notified immediately. The paragraphs that follow are from Erin Bell, a teacher at Clegern Elementary.

"Every afternoon, thousands of Edmond students climb into cars and hop off buses to be greeted by parents who eagerly ask, “How was school? What did you do today?” Each day thousands of students reply, “Nothing.” Edmond parents know that in a district with high standards and excellent instructors students did not do “Nothing.” There is an exciting new tool that provides teachers and students with a fun and easy way to give families an up-close and personal view of the exciting learning opportunities going on in our classrooms. Seesaw is the tool that can get this job done by providing a digital portfolio that can be shared among students, families, and teachers. Students can submit video, photo, audio, and digital creation projects to this portfolio. Teachers can choose to share these with parents or use them as a way to assess student understanding and mastery of concepts. I have found Seesaw to be a valuable tool for assessment, motivation, and classroom management.

The parents in my class have been very positive about Seesaw. Not only can parents see their child’s work, they can also comment on portfolio items. Parents enjoy the opportunity to know what is going on at school, however, the true Seesaw fans are the students. Students enjoy the immediate digital comments parents make and they love using Seesaw because it is another way to interact with peers. Seesaw is a hit with students and families in my classroom!"

Here are a few examples of the things students are sharing through the Seesaw app on the iPad.

Seesaw at Clegern Elementary

Chromebooks are an invaluable tool

Students at Sequoyah Middle School in Mrs. Andrea Gorney's 8th grade science class have found the Chromebooks to be an invaluable tool in their classroom. Mrs. Gorney has the students using the Chromebooks for notetaking, experiment observation and documentation, presentations, and much more! The Chromebooks have allowed her students to be an active part of learning.
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Canvas: The Perfect Tool

Mr. Lance Mock, an 8th grade science teacher at Cheyenne Middle School, has embraced the Canvas Learning Management System and his students love it! Students are able to work through assignments at their own individual pace while Mr. Mock facilitates their learning. If a student misses a day of class, all of the work they missed is available through Canvas.
Canvas at Cheyenne

About the Project

Digital Conversion, simply put, is about learning and not about technology. The project will provide student mobile devices, digital content (curriculum, including textbooks), professional development, network infrastructure, and a Learning Management System. This project will provide our students with the experience, skills, confidence, and adaptability they will need to succeed in college and in the workforce.