I’m very excited about the new learning journal app Seesaw which can help teachers and parents connect with students and keep track of their school work. Seesaw is a simple way for students as young as 5 to independently document what they are learning at school. It empowers students to take more ownership of their learning.
Seesaw gives parents a personalized, up-to-date window of what their child is doing and learning at school. It has a visual format that parents can easily follow and crosses language barriers too. Seesaw makes it easy to collect digital & physical work in one place that’s organized by student and accessible from everywhere. The kid-friendly Seesaw camera makes it simple to snap a picture of physical work like a poster, drawing, or 3D model. Seesaw integrates with over 20 other popular content creation apps for the classroom so all student multimedia gets seamlessly collected and stored.
There are over 30 Common Core aligned activity ideas on our Teacher Resource Center so its easy to put Seesaw into practice in your class today.
Learn more by visiting their website!
Last year I introduced Frolyc, a very cool teacher tool for creating lesson based activities and shared their premium offerings. Frolyc continues to be a flexible and powerful educational platform that empowers teachers and students to curate, create, teach and learn.
Over the past few months Frolyc’s activity catalog has grown significantly. There are over 130 cross-curricular, multimedia-rich reading, questioning and writing activities created by teachers that have been used in their very own classrooms.
Frolyc is launching a teacher-author program to incentivize teachers and further grow this catalog of Common Core aligned activities. If you are a teacher who creates lessons or a teacher who wants to create interactive mini-apps for the iPad, get in touch with Frolyc to learn more about this program.
If not, browse their catalog of iPad activities and assign some to your students. If you don’t find activities that suit your needs, create one or request one. Explore Frolyc, I am sure you will be hooked!
Theme Poems is another terrific app available for iPads and Android tablets from the International Reading Association. Elementary school students can choose from a variety of themes and create a poem that takes a shape related to a specific topic. It’s a great tool to use in small groups or stations when exploring poetry with your students. They can work in pairs to bring their writing to life and save the final creations straight to each device.
Learn more about this completely free app by visiting their website or check out another favorite from the people behind ReadWriteThink!
Not teaching poetry? Check out my Syllabuy Store for tech-friendly lesson plans for all subject areas!
Start the new year off with activities that develop empathy in your students. A kindness journal is a great activity to work on empathy, and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this is the perfect time to start one. Students can create a kindness journal on edu.buncee.com which they can add to throughout the year.
To make a kindness journal, first fill up your buncee canvas with photos of kind acts. Add in links or videos of news and world events where kindness or empathy have been demonstrated. Then, have your students journal how they recently acted thoughtfully, or ask them to write a story of an inspiring random act of kindness. As a beautiful finishing touch, ask the kids to compose a poem on empathy and kindness, illustrating it with drawings, quotes, and stickers.
Students can continue to add to their buncee journals throughout the year, and when the school year draws to a close, each child can present their journal to their classmates. Share it with parents, the school, or local community to spread kindness beyond your classroom walls.
Learn more about Buncee by visiting their website and get started with this creation tool today!