When I first entered into the DEL masters program I had no idea what I was getting into. Luckily for me, it’s turned out to be a mind-opening and enhancing journey. This summer our EDTC 6104 course continued to shift my perception of technologies role in the classroom. Technology has the opportunity to enhance teaching and students learning when integrated mindfully. For our community engagement project this quarter we were tasked with developing a training or workshop that we could present to a desired audience, or conference. As I began thinking of the possibilities that I could choose from I grounded my work in ISTE coaching standard 3, which revolves around creating and supporting effective digital age learning environments that maximize the learning of all students. After some thought, I landed on Seesaw a digital learning portfolio platform that empowers students of any age to document what they are learning at school, reflect and learn from others. I felt that Seesaw was just the tool that could maximize learning of all studnets. Better yet, Seesaw was a tool that I had begun to dabble in this past school year and something that I am passionate about implementing in my classroom this year. As I began thinking about the professional development I would design I immediately thought of my school and our students. Seesaw is a supported app of our district but no one at our school is currently using it, nor am I aware of many teachers who know what it is. Thus, my goal for the PD was to educate teachers at our school of Seesaw and it’s potential impact on learning.
When beginning to plan out a professional development that I could deliver to staff at my school I began to learn like a student. I took a few preofessional development courses provided by Seesaw, called PD in your pj’s. I learned that Seesaw had many PD resources created for teachers to use and make their own. After doing some trainings and looking through many of the resources I came up with the plan to have two 45 minute hands-on blended trainings. I arose with the following objectives:
Training 1 Enhancing Student Learning with Seesaw: Hands-On Teacher Training:
Develop an understanding of what Seesaw is and how it can be used in the classroom to enhance student learning
Learn the logistics of Seesaw: how to use the features and navigate the app as students and teachers
Gain and share ideas on how you might use Seesaw in your classroom
Training 2 Seesaw: Digging Deeper into Digital Learning Portfolios
Determine a goal or purpose for your class digital portfolios
Reflect on best practices for digital portfolios
Plan an activity(s) or lesson(s) to bring back and implement in your classroom
Materials that I would use to support these objectives are linked below:
Overview Google Slides- presented at a staff meeting or sent out through email
Training 1 Google Slides- presented and sent out to staff at first training
Training 2 Google Slides- presented and sent out to staff at first training
Padlet Curated Seesaw Resources- to explore before or after trainings
The training’s address ISTE’s coaching standard 3 in the following ways:
3. Digital age learning environments Technology coaches create and support effective digital age learning environments to maximize the learning of all students.
a. Model effective classroom management and collaborative learning strategies to maximize teacher and student use of digital tools and resources and access to technology-rich learning environments.
Addressed in training #1 through modeling Seesaw as a teacher, while participants experience the platform as a student. Also, there are times in training #1 and #2 for teachers to collaborate and explore Seesaw and related resources.
b. Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments
Addressed by exploring Seesaw and its features, as well as using Padlet and Google Docs and Slides to curate resources, tutorials, and PD that support technology-rich learning environments.
c. Coach teachers in and model use of online and blended learning, digital content, and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities and choices for online professional development for teachers and administrators
Addressed in training #1 and #2. Training #1 provides materials to do before coming to the training and uses a blended approach during the training to explore and learn about Seesaw. Additionally, between trainings teachers can practice and use Seesaw thus bringing experience, ideas, and questions to training #2 where they dig deeper into digital portfolios and create an intentional plan(s) or lesson(s) they can bring back and implement in their classroom. Both trainings also extend Seesaws professional development options and videos that teachers can use to extend learning.
d. Select, evaluate, and facilitate the use of adaptive and assistive technologies to support student learning
Addressed through training #1 and #2 which highlights how Seesaw supports student learning through:
Showcase student learning and voice
Provide formative insights
Authentic audience: parents, teachers, *peers
e. Troubleshoot basic software, hardware, and connectivity problems common in digital learning environments
Addressed in both trainings as teachers will be working on Seesaw as a student and teacher.
f. Collaborate with teachers and administrators to select and evaluate digital tools and resources that enhance teaching and learning and are compatible with the school technology infrastructure
Addressed in training #2 where teachers look at evaluating the needs and learning objectives of their digital portfolios and collaborate to create an intentional plan(s) or lesson(s) to bring back and implement in their classroom.
g. Use digital communication and collaboration tools to communicate locally and globally with students, parents, peers, and the larger community
Addressed in both trainings where teachers will be using Seesaw, Padlet and Google Docs/ Slides to collaborate and communicate with each other, students and families.
Overall, I am really happy with how the training objectives and supporting material turned out and am eager to see which teachers are interested in learning more about using Seesaw to enhance learning in their classrooms. To learn more about my presentations and plans please watch this condensed summary video: