A few months ago while I was looking for a new school, I came across Books in a Jar at a local library. Books in a Jar was started back in 2013 when a student thought it would be fun to take pieces of a torn up book and put sentences, words, phrases, ect in a mason jar and then have students try and guess the story it was from. Kind of like a game of Clue, but with torn to deconstructed pieces of a book. At the time, I thought there be a great way to turn this into a STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art and mathematics) project/activity. However, I was so busy at the time looking for a new job and recreating some older lessons over the summer, I filed it away. This past week a few teachers were talking about it on Twitter and I grabbed my old notebook and came up with this awesome lesson/project you can do with students K-3.
In this short tutorial, I explain how you can add digital stickers using Seesaw. Continue reading DocStickers on Seesaw
In the last month, I, along with many other educators have been participating in Booksnaps. For those who don’t know, Booksnaps was started by Tara Martin. Have students or staff make their learning and thinking VISIBLE by creating powerful reflections of their reading using Snapchat, Instagram, Buncee or using classroom tools like Seesaw or Google Drawings. What I love about Booksnaps as pointed out by Dave Burgess is “We immediately began snapping images of our favorite quotes and adding them to our “Snap Story” for daily viewing between face-to-face meetings.” I have just recently joined a “SnapGroup” which is a new feature that allows you to chat with a set of Snapchat users up to 15 members and we have been having a great time talking about education, projects and just having all around fun (we’re teachers after all).
I didn’t get onto Snapchat until almost two years ago when two of my coworkers were using Snapchat to send me images of tech problems occurring into their classroom through screenshots. So, I joined the Snapchat bandwagon and have been using it since. Well, thanks to Tara, I came up with a great way to use Snapchat in the classroom for Coding and Robot Edu. Here are a few ideas you can use from Ozobot to Tickle App.
Bitmoji is a avatar creation resource that can be used from messenger to gmail. Hard to believe it’s been almost three and a half years since I discovered Bitstrips, which was the predecessor to Bitmoji. A firm believer with Comics in the Classroom, I use to use Bitstrips for several of my posters, presentations and even my facebook status. Since 2013, they have grown into a widely use creation tool that are now being used by teachers and students much like emojis or stickers. Here are a few ideas on how to use them in your classroom.
Back in 2014, I read the book: What’s Under your Cape by Barbara Gruener. A fantastic book about student empathy any and Student Character of the Superhero Kind. I have used the book many times since reading it and I was able to use it great with my STEAM class this week. Using Seesaw, I had students take pictures of teachers and turn them into superheroes. Asking them to show what their super powers were and there were some great results. I then had students do the same to their classmates and using their iPads and some amazing innovation, created … Continue reading What’s Under your Cape with Seesaw
If you were at ISTE 2016 in Colorado this year and stopped by the Seesaw booth or attended any of their panels, you most likely noticed App Dice. Teachers and administrators were loving them. Many people were on Twitters and their websites talking about App Dice and loving the idea. I even had several people surprised that App Dice have been around for a little over two years. Followed by many asking me how I came up with the idea. Well, I discovered the idea just after Christmas in 2013. I was looking through Pinterest and I found a teacher blog about a teacher who took some stickers of various iPad apps and put them on dice and then had teachers roll them to come up with some lessons. However, they didn’t use them for App Smashing or random selecting of Apps either. No, they originally rolled them when they were making a lesson with Apps they knew and then had to make their lesson with that exact App. So, if the teacher was going to do an lesson on geography and they rolled Pic Collage. They would have to do a lesson with students that used Pic Collage with just that App. There was no real app smashing, and it was always with the basic school Apps that were on their classroom iPads that were a shared cart. I loved the idea of Apps on dice, but it was way too limiting. Continue reading “App Dice: A Two Year Journey”
The other day I said I was going to start remodeling my office to be more inviting to students and staff alike. While I planned on doing this slowly over the next few weeks. As they say, time waits for no man and I ended up getting an earlier start due to an accident occurring during some regular checks, such as my entire shelf collapsing (don’t worry, I’m OK). So, after a few hours of moving, cataloging, archiving and a few other things here is the start to my remodel.
The school year has come to an end once more, students have graduated, classrooms are cleaned up and there is that short miniature break before getting ready to play for the next school year. However, as we know during the Summer the classic FOMO (fear of missing out) does rear its ugly head a bit more than it does during the regular school year. I know I have my experience of FOMO both during and after the school year has wrapped up. More so in the summer than during the fall or spring. So, how can you avoid those FOMO blues? Here are a few types and ways to still bring a smile to your face even if you are not there.
In this Periscope Edu vidoe, I show how to use an App Catcher, which is a spin on the classic Cootie Catcher in the classroom. I focus on the digital classroom app, Seesaw and how you can use the App Catcher with other related Apps for your classroom. Continue reading Using Seesaw App Catcher