Planning to Use See Saw for the Course Prototype

Hard at work

Hard at work

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      After Ellen and Samantha and I decided to create our project around the topic of Gr. 3 Visual Arts, Ellen suggested we use something called See Saw.  I have been doing some research and it appears to be a great tool to use for young students in the area of art.   I read that See Saw is a student driven digital portfolio where students can document their learning through photos, videos, drawings, text notes etc. A benefit to teachers is that student work can be uploaded, organized and available from any device or computer.  Student work can be shared with parents and peers in a private or public way.

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According to our assignment, See Saw will be an appropriate tool for our target population and demographics.  Considering the topic of visual art, it will allow students to create their product in a variety of ways and provide easy assessment.  A teacher could potentially use one ipad and pass it around for students to use individual logins (not ideal but has potential). Finally, this tool is great to use with EAL learners.


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     With all the tools out there, why did we choose See Saw?  For the many reasons that they advertise:

  1. gives all students a voice
  2. makes thinking and learning visible
  3. creates ownership in learning
  4. builds reflection
  5. supports creation
  6. builds strong communication between home and school
  7. provides authentic assessment opportunities
  8. there is an embedded blog
  9. can invite co-teachers
  10. great for EAL learners

I think another big plus for me personally, is that I like the idea of investing this time and energy into something that I will actually use with my students.

Was just watching a screencast on  Nicole’s blog this week.  She and Amy are also using See Saw, but drew attention to Weebly to oraganize the information online.  It seems like a great idea so I will be talking to my group about it and we may follow suit…? (thanks for the info.)

So Many New Things to Process

So many new things to think about!

So many new things to think about!

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     I really feels like I am learning a new language.  Even though I know it’s not true, it seems l am the only one having to start near the beginning of the technology continuum.  I feel like I am learning words such as and, the, at…. while others are able to use this language to speak another one.  I have to spend so much time researching the meanings of the terminology, then I have to turn around and try to figure out how to create an online course (all the while – trying to remember to ‘have fun’).

     I am grateful to my colleagues who continue to generously offer help and suggestions.  Ellen and I have decided to base our prototype on the Saskatchewan Grade 3 Arts Ed. Curriculum . We have not made any final decisions about the particulars, but will be doing that in the following weeks.  As Natalie said in her blog this week, I too feel “fairly overwhelmed with the “how-to” of the process.”

     Danielle posted something on Twitter that was good for me to read this week.  It talks about 4 ways to personalize learning .  It peaked my interest about Genius Hour with  “…a few of [their] favorite online tools to use include Google Slides, Sway, Buncee, Thinglink, Padlet, and Powtoon. I’m sure after checking these out, we will have a better idea about what we might use in our project.


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     I enjoyed the article The Myth about No Significant Difference this week.  I think it is clever how the authors point out in each paragraph the potentially important roles that technology can play. Then turn around and ask at the end of each paragraph ‘if technology makes a vital difference’.  Information like this gives me faith that increased implementation of technology into the classroom can be a good thing for students. Ideas like: “it allows students to interact with experts and work on real-world problems”, and “simulations allow students to learn by doing”, and “users receive information, but they also comment, collaborate, and create their own content.”

     Stephen Downes post also contains some information that helps me to think about why moving towards having a blended classroom might be a good idea: ” In the case of personal learning, the role of the educational system is not to provide learning, it is to support learning. Meanwhile, the decisions about what to learn, how to learn, and where to learn are made outside the educational system, and principally, by the individual learners themselves.”  I think his final paragraph is so important, where he talks about the fact that people need to be able to learn on their own in order to become ‘effective’ learners.

And finally, I end this post with an idea I got from reading Kara’s blog this week – and try to embed a GIF. (thanks Kara 🙂

If anyone has any good ideas for platforms that would be good to use for visual art – please let me know.  Thank you kindly !

Lean On Me by BubblezwithaZ


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All I have to do is dive in

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Thankfully I don’t feel as isolated from technology as I used to. Before taking my first Ed. Tech. class, I was feeling left behind and somewhat lost.  There has always been a  resistance to my embracing technology. I was one of the last to use the internet, email, and even a cell phone.  This resistance comes from a number of different beliefs: I like to keep things simple, I like to have face to face human interactions, and also – fear of the unknown.

Since my previous Ed. Tech. class,  I have noticed a new confidence around technology that I feel good about. I have a small, but growing sense of wonder and curiosity. I am happy to say that Andres words this week are with me as I try to ‘have fun’ with this class.

Goal number one for me this semester is to try to relax and to overcome the intimidating feelings I have around technology (… like trying not to compare myself with others , and learning how to use Twitter). Goal number two is to understand more about blended learning, which I’m sure will come about in assignment number one. Finally, my third goal will be to try to maintain a balance between home and school and University.

Thanks to Kyle for suggesting my first look at blended learning .

I am on my journey to trade in resistance for persistence.


I can do this!

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