The Results Are In….

I created a short survey for parents about the use of social media in the classroom. The survey was intended to see how the use of social media (Seesaw, Twitter, School wires, emails) in the classroom has changed their way of thinking and or improved their conversations with their child about the school day. 

Link to the survey

Survey Results:

Parents were emailed  the link to the survey for two months. Only 15 out of 22 parents answered the survey questions.

As a result, parents seem pretty satisfied with the use of different types of media in the classroom to communicate about their child’s school day. Parents seemed well informed about their child’s school day. Parents liked receiving my weekly email reminders and updates. Twitter, Seesaw and my teacher website seemed to be very informing as well.  The few optional comments that were made were mostly positive.

 

Making comments on a connected class using Seesaw.

We continue to work on making thoughtful and appropriate comments on peer work within our class. This time we connected with another second grade class in our school district. The students do not know one another. Together as a whole class, we reviewed how to form an appropriate comment. We made suggestions for sentence starters. We came up with a class rule about the use of emojis.

The next few pictures display the types of comments my students were writing to their second grade peers in another school.

Blog Comments and Seesaw

Here’s an example of a student who used the camera to capture a real image. Then she used the drawing tools and video recording in Seesaw to explain her thinking. Below the video are the comments she received and you can also see in small print that the video was seen by her parents.

Blog Comments

As we continue our work on being appropriate digital citizens, our next lesson focused on making blog comments. We looked at sample comments on other students blogs. Students posted to a Padlet explaining what they notice about blog comments.

Blogging with students

We’ve been using Seesaw for blogging about our learning. The kids are exerts with all the recording and drawing tools. In an effort to review some digital citizen manners, the students used Padlet to answer the question, what is a blog? Students used a QR code to gain access to the Padlet page. Then they created a note to post onto the Padlet.

Adobe Spark Video

Adobe Spark video was another great, easy to use application. I think students would really enjoy making their own videos with it. It contains great images for students to insert from the photo library. It also has some catchy tunes if you want to incorporate music into the slide show. Adobe Spark video can really ignite your creativity. There are so many slide show categories to choose from. Then you can add your own picture or choose from the gallery of pictures to make the perfect presentation. This was a short slide show made about one of our units of study on reptiles.

Building Empathy in the Classroom

I attended a workshop hosted by Scarsdale HS teacher Lisa Yokana and Michael Schurr, Riverdale Country School on how we might build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other. This workshop wasn’t what I had thought it was going to be. I thought we were going to be building and creating physical things like a “maker space”. 

I never thought of myself as a “design thinker”.  Attending this workshop helped me to think a little more out of the box. It was nice that this class had some high school students to interact with and get ideas from a student perspective. We did a fun ice breaker that involved counting on beats 1,2,3. We also brainstormed with one another about ideas on how to brainstorm ideas to build empathy. There were great suggestions like role reversals. For example, a teacher would spend the day in the life of a student. Another example, that came to mind was that each grade level in my school does a community service project. Third graders in my school does something called Midnight Run where the students make sandwiches at school for a homeless shelter. Well, perhaps, students should take a trip to a food shelter to serve the food to a homeless person. It would have more of an impact. 

I feel that instilling empathy in young children has to begin from the home and community. Empathy begins in the home. Encouraging your child to keep trying even when they fail should be celebrated. We need to build a community where the kids feel safe to fail and know that it’s ok. They need some grit! Kids today need to be flexible too. Working hard will have great rewards.