Welcome back to Teacher of SIS rocks!
This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Sherri Banner, a third-grade teacher at Parkside.
She started using the student-driven portfolio app Seesaw to turn simple math station reflections into an empowering activity where her students share their learnings to the broader SIS community and the world.
What did you want your students to know or understand?
I wanted them to understand they could reach an audience greater than just their peers in class.
The world is so connected today, and I wanted them to realize the work they create can be shared globally. With one click a person in Mongolia or NY can view and learn from the products of they share.
I wanted them to know that world is large, yet, at the same time, small enough to make educational connections anywhere. Especially, with the technology tools, we have at our disposal.
What skills did you want your students to gain?
I wanted to highlight three main skills.
First, presentation. I wanted to give all students, especially the shy ones with low voices, an avenue to share their learning.
Second, voice. Both in identifying feeling in a text when reading and also speaking with it in mind.
Third, confidence. I wanted them to be able to share their understanding with their peers, who then could appreciate the insights they came up with. This, in turn, would help them gain confidence in presenting more in other public situations.
How did you teach this lesson in the past?
In the past, I used Kidblogs (taught in first grade).
Although there were pains using it (get to that later) it was a good platform for the students to reflect and share their work. Additionally, it was a way to create transparency with the parents surrounding their child’s work, which I would also show them during conferences.
How did you problem-solve and be creative to come up with this new method for this lesson?
It started from using Kidblog. Like I mentioned above there were a lot of pains and friction points for both students and teachers to get on and make a post.
So what do you do…research.
I wanted to a tool that would give my students more agency, while at the same time, provide them with a greater audience than their peers.
Thus, when I saw all the reviews about Seesaw, I knew I found something I could use.
Actually, It seemed too good to be true as everyone said how user-friendly it was, how it could be used iPads, and how it eliminated frictions points of other portfolio tools out there.
I actually started using it as a math center to highlight what they learned that week, but it has transformed into so much more.
Students are now able to take a picture of a piece of work (math, reading, writing…) and then voice over with narration or draw on top of the image to show their understanding in real time with three clicks on an iPad.
It has morphed into a powerful reflection tool for my students and it houses their learning journey.
The students have become quite adept using the tool (along with others). This being paired with my attendance at the Shekou EdTech Summit conference led me to start my own SIT (Student Innovation Team). They are becoming student innovation coaches…watch out MR. K!
The SIT team will help in rolling out new apps to their peers in both our class, but also other third grade classes as well.
Thus, if you want some student innovation team to come to your room to roll out an app, let me know.
Educreations – interactive whiteboard where kids can show their learning. Multiple pages and can link within Seesaw