This is the first year that I’ve been using virtual notebooks in my classroom. At first, I was a bit nervous about trying this with six-year-olds, but I felt it could open up so many collaborative tools for my students.
We are a Title I public school in Rhode Island and each student K-12 has his or her own Chromebook. My students are very familiar with different Google applications, but I was looking for something I could use in place of a science notebook. I was introduced to Seesaw by a colleague and decided to give it a try.
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Teaching is an art. And as part of mastering that art, we put in much effort to improve our instruction and meet the needs of our students. Fortunately, with technology we’re now able to explore exciting new possibilities when it comes to enhancing and expanding instruction.
Technology at its best promotes innovation and allows us to add to our already-long library of strategies for differentiation. Technology — used well — allows us to be more creative, adding more colors to our instructional paint palette. Part of the issue, though, is knowing what to use, how to use it, and for what purpose.
It’s a dreary, rainy, Seattle Monday morning, but the spinning disco ball in our room is casting snowball light spots around the room and the lasers are putting on their show. It’s barely 8:45 am and our room is abuzz with activity. School doesn’t start for another 20 minutes, but my students are already diving deep into their work.
Like a whirlwind, Nafiso comes bouncing into our classroom and makes a beeline straight for me. Before I can even open my mouth, her elated screams fill the void.
“Mr. Ewing, Mr. Ewing! They were talking about Andy Warhol on the radio this morning. All about some painting that these people are fighting over!” Nafiso has a big grin on her face. She is so excited to talk art with me.