As I mentioned in my last post, I have been on leave from school, and I have been thinking about how I can use technology to stay connected to my students while I’m away. I’ve also been thinking about how to stay more connected to my students in general, because as a librarian, I have limited class time to work with them individually and provide meaningful feedback. I was fortunate to come across Benjamin Sheridan’s recent post about Seesaw, which reminded me that Seesaw is a perfect way to communicate with my students beyond our class time together. Benjamin’s post was very timely, as our school recently upgraded our Seesaw subscription so that classroom teachers and specialists can have shared access to a classroom account again (after awhile without it). His post motivated me to search for ideas as to how I can make the most of Seesaw as a librarian.
App Savvy Students
In our 1:1 school, students are already very savvy in their use of a variety of apps and are skilled with app-smashing. While Seesaw has some helpful built-in tools for creating quick videos, audio, notes, etc., it’s great that students can also easily import products created in other apps. This means that when I want the students to complete an assignment, I can give them the option to use whichever app(s) they are most comfortable with. I love that this also provides a variety of responses rather than cookie-cutter products.
Yesterday, our school held a Virtual Learning Day in which students learned from home. We posted assigned work on our blogs, and it was great to see Seesaw filling up with student work throughout the day. I asked my students to do a simple reading response activity, and I loved seeing the creative ways in which they responded. Some made videos, some used Chatterpix, others used Shadow Puppet or Pic Collage. All of these were added to Seesaw where I could access them and provide feedback from home.
Going Beyond with Seesaw in the Library
Thanks to the inspiration from Ben’s post, I have spent some time searching for ways that other librarians are using Seesaw, as well as ways it’s being used in classrooms that I could incorporate into the library. I came across a great webinar about Documenting Library Learning With Seesaw Digital Portfolio, which led me to a helpful resource page with Seesaw activity ideas. That led me to Pinterest, where I found a few ideas, including this great chart full of possible activities. I decided to create my own chart to collect the ideas I think could work well in our library. I look forward to adding to it over time as I find new ideas. (Please feel free to send me ideas to add to the chart!)
Seesaw and my Final Project
The goal of my Course 5 Final Project is to use technology to deepen student learning through our Battle of the Books program. Many of the ideas I’ve gained through this Seesaw activity search will be perfect for helping students dig deeper into our Battle books!