Seesaw is hands down the ultimate anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better app. Just ask Mrs. Bshara! Second graders in her literacy classroom are getting hands-on, individualized, differentiated instruction thanks to their teacher's fabulous decision to use Seesaw for sight word practice. Mrs. Bshara's students simply log in to Seesaw and then BAM! right there is a personalized video of Mrs. Bshara reading their sight word cards that they need to practice. The students can easily read the words and follow along with the comforting voice of their teacher instructing them on how to read each one! To take it a step further, each student can create a video in Seesaw of themselves reading their sight words and using them in sentences. With the help of Seesaw, Mrs. Bshara, support staff, and her students' parents can immediately see the progress her students are making with mastering their sight words. Are you using Seesaw? How so? If you'd like some support in setting up this amazingly versatile and simple to use app, email me to set up an appointment! You will be blown away by how many different and useful ways you can apply Seesaw to your classroom routines.
Vocaroo is a simple website that allows you to create a QR code of an audio recording. Teachers could use Vocaroo to create an interactive way for students to practice recognizing their sight words by allowing their students to record themselves saying their sight word and then using it in a sentence. Students can practice reading the sight word on the front of the index card and then they can instantly and independently check their accuracy by scanning the QR code on the back, which will contain a recording of themselves saying the word and then using the word in a sentence. This would be a highly engaging literacy center to add to your toolbox. Schedule an appointment with me to learn how easy it is to create QR codes of an audio recording.
Epic! is a FREE for educators app that has thousands of popular, high interest books. This amazing app allows you to support a wide-range of learners with tons of highly engaging early readers, chapter books, non-fiction, and audio books. In the teacher dashboard you can set up individual student profiles where students will log in to personalize their library and bookmark their unfinished books. Students can access the Epic! library through the app on their iPads or even on their Chromebooks. From the teacher dashboard you can also view student activity, create and assign quizzes, or create a collection of books to assign to your students. Use Epic! to highlight specific reading strategies in a guided reading group, assign a collection of books for your students to research a topic, encourage students to diversify their reading with an Epic! genre reading challenge, track how many books your class reads with Epic!'s printable readerpillar, and so much more! This is a must have app for every teacher (and parent). You will easily hook even your most reluctant readers.
Mrs. Vanasse and her first graders taught me about a super fun creation app called Sock Puppets today! Mrs. Vanasse showed us how to create a puppet show by selecting her characters, background, and props. Then, she recorded her voice. Her students were thrilled to see Mrs. Vanasse's completed show and couldn't wait to create their own. Mrs. Vanasse also showed us how easy it is to make a puppet show with more than one character (you can add up to 4 different characters.) She said she uses Sock Puppets to help her students with many of their reading standards, including having them retell the beginning, middle, and end of a story! Click on the app to see it in the app store, or download it to your devices from our SAD6 catalog today!
Are you looking for an AMAZING way to document, track, and share your students' work and progress? Try Seesaw. It's a free app that allows your students to easily capture their learning with photos or videos of their work. They can even add digital drawings or notes. All of their work is organized in one place, which you can access from any device. Seesaw will give your students an authentic audience for their work as everything they do can be easily shared with classmates and families. This app is incredible and super simple to use. I'd love to help you get started with it.
As teachers are facing the reality of planning for a new school year, I thought I'd take a moment to share one of my favorite lesson planning resources. Common Curriculum is a really versatile website that allows teachers to tackle lesson planning in a more efficient way. Once you create a free account and decide on a lesson plan template, or design your own, you can begin to quickly add the standards you're working on by using their easy search feature. No copying and pasting, just simply click on the standards that you want to include. You can also add attachments or links to websites right in your plan book so all of your resources are in one place. Your digital plan book can also be shared with others, which makes team planning and collaboration a breeze! If there's a storm day or unplanned event, you can easily shift your lessons to the next day. I love how easy it is to shuffle things around and how quickly you can look at a week's or month's worth of plans. This site works really well for teachers who teach multiple classes or subject areas. One downfall, or point of frustration, to digital planning on Common Curriculum is that you cannot print your plans from their website unless you upgrade to the paid version. Do you have a planning tool that works well for you? Leave a comment below. If you're interested in trying out Common Curriculum, and would like some support, please feel free to book an appointment with me!
From creation apps, to web design, to Infinite Campus tutorials, our Bonny Eagle teachers are taking a break from their summer vacations to improve their tech skills today at BCES. Click here to see what we're learning!