Each day, whilst the school is closed, I have been sending daily tips and advice to our staff to support with their online learning provision. Sometimes it is in response to common questions, and sometimes it is just great tips and tools. I’ve decided to share them in light of the ongoing global impact of Covid-19.
Seesaw: I’d like to share with you an activity from Alex in which he is teaching Maths using Seesaw. What he has done is when creating the activity – he has created a multimedia example, and so then he can create either a set of slides or the task that children have to complete. He has then recorded his voice, but most importantly, he is writing or adding shapes live whilst speaking. If you didn’t know this was possible in Seesaw – now you do! So you can essentially use it as a whiteboard – even better if you have a stylus. (we can arrange for you to borrow an LT chromebook for a few weeks if you would like a stylus and touchscreen). Then this is added as separate to the actual template provided to complete the tasks. Again this means that as the student completes an activity on their template – they can refer to the instructions at any time without leaving their work, by clicking view instructions at the top of their page.
Top tips: Use the arrow shape in Seesaw as a pointer. Also you can pause at any point, add in some text on the screen, then play to have it magically appear.
Just a reminder from Mel that whilst we wait for BrainPop’s free access, you can also use Britannica Online as a place for children to do some research. I think this site warrants a tutorial video for kids (and teachers) so I’ll make one this weekend – some of the tools when using this include changing your reading level, being able to cite correctly, and as a teacher, posting articles direct to a google classroom.