Seesaw @Pikeschool


For week 5 of our Learn | Try | Amplify initiative, we are sharing a couple of videos (4 minutes) about how 1st and 3rd grades are using Seesaw as a digital portfolio app to engage parents, teach digital citizenship, and encourage students to reflect on their learning. Seesaw is one of the best educational apps to come out in the last couple of years so, I encourage you to carve out some time to check it out. Are you using Seesaw? Share how you’re using it in the comment section.

1st Grade Seesaw Video

3rd Grade Seesaw Video

For more See Saw activity ideas in Grades K – 2 click here.

For more SeeSaw activity ideas in Grades 3 – 5 click here.

EdTechTeacher Resources

For week 3 of our Learn | Try | Amplify initiative, we are sharing a short video (2 minutes.  See above) about, which can inspire you with many innovative ideas and resources for teaching and learning with technology.  We invite you to share about your discoveries and ideas for amplifying your teaching from EdTechTeacher in the comment section of this post.  

Tech Tool Note: I created the EdTechTeacher video using Adobe Spark, which allows you to easily narrate and share well designed stories in minutes.

Using Padlet in the Classroom

For week 2 of our Learn | Try | Amplify initiative, I am sharing a short video (2.5 minutes) where you can learn about the benefits of using the online virtual bulletin board called Padlet in the Classroom.

After watching the video you can try using a Padlet and let us know if you have any ideas of how you would like to use Padlet or if you have already found a way for Padlet to amplify your teaching in the classroom.  Click here to contribute to a collaborative learning wall.

More Padlet Resources
If you are interested in starting to use Padlet and would like to watch a full tutorial, here is a good video that is about 13 minutes long and quickly teaches all of the features:

Learn Padlet – NEW! 2016 Tutorial

Here are some of the resources that I used to make my video:

5 Ways to Use Padlet from Education World

How to Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching via Cool Cat Teacher

32 Interesting Ways to Use Padlet in the Classroom

Lastly, here is an image with some ideas for using Padlet in the Classroom via @SimplySuzy (Technology Invisible)

iPad as Teacher’s Assistant

The iPad Can Help Manage Your Classroom

Ever wish you had an assistant in your classroom? In a way, your iPad can act as your assistant and, in a sense, amplify your lessons and activities. Full Disclosure…. I’m completely stealing this idea, verbatim, from Tony Vincent’s blog. Tony’s infographic is filled with great ideas for using your iPad as your assistant. Each section of the infographic is organized into common tasks like manage your classroom, assess student work, or interact with your students. Below, I have shared just the section titled “Manage the Classroom” to narrow things down and provide focus for this week. I encourage you to give one of these apps a try this week and report how it went in the comments. That way, we can all learn from each other.

Learn | Try | Amplify @PikeSchool

We are excited to announce that starting next Wednesday 11/2 the Tech Department will share a weekly technology learning opportunity until Winter Break.  We are calling this initiative: Learn | Try | Amplify @PikeSchool, with the hopes that you will be exposed to some technology tools that have the potential to amplify your daily teaching in a way that can lead to powerful learning.  Each week’s tip will be delivered via email, will take 5 minutes and the flexible format allows you to complete it at any time.  We hope that you will consider joining us!

-The Tech Dept
#LearnTryAmplify @PikeSchool

The book Amplify by Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke has been an excellent resource about digital learning in the elementary and middle school classroom and inspired the name of this initiative.

Parenting and Technology Post

Check out our recent Tech Dept. blog post via the Pike Perspectives blog.

by Jennifer Zacharis

The thoughtful integration of technology by teachers in all of our classrooms at Pike has enhanced our student’s ability to learn, connect, create and collaborate with technological ease.  This comes naturally to a generation who has always been surrounded by quickly evolving innovations.  Technology is so deeply woven into our students’ lives that they aren’t even aware of what life could be like without it.   The reality exists that as technology changes we constantly need to adjust as parents and educators.

The many benefits of a more connected classroom are paired with the fact that we must equip students with the confidence to navigate issues such as cyberbullying, privacy, safety and other potential digital conflicts.  In order to promote a positive digital culture, Pike has continued to integrate parts of Common Sense Media’s Digital Citizenship Curriculum across the grades.  This program empowers students to think critically, behave safely and act responsibly online.  In addition, our students participate in many projects throughout the year that model good citizenship beyond this curriculum.  These projects create real learning opportunities in a safe environment where students can eventually become responsible independent learners.

Since most online use by students tends to happen at home the need also exists for parents and children to stay in conversation and keep working together for safe and responsible behavior online.  An ongoing dialog is necessary as your child grows and their digital life evolves.  To help families navigate issues related to parenting and technology we have listed many realities, issues and solutions on the parent section of our Tech Department website, All Things Tech.  Common Sense Media is an excellent resource for Parents with information about the powerful tools their kids are using and how to help their kids make good choices online.  Their Connecting Families Program has many resources for families to address important topics and prompts for meaningful conversations about making good decisions.  The Pike Library has hard copies of the excellent government publication Netcetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online which is also available as a dowloadable PDF.  Parents may also attend an upcoming session with Upper School Head, Colleen Welsh and Director of Technology Aaron Hovel on November 3 from 8:30 – 9:00 am about making sense of the digital world as a parent.

Large-Scale Building | Makerspace May

Welcome to the final week of Makerspace May!  Watch the above video or click here to watch Lower School Pike students using our new large-scale building kit called Rigamajig (3 minutes).  You can learn more about Rigamajig by watching this video (2.5 minutes) made by the creators of the kit as well if you are interested.  Please consider coming to Spark this week to check out activities related to all the videos this month, including the opportunity to make a large creation with the Rigamajig.

Thanks for watching our videos this month!  If you have any questions, or need help planning for ideas for next year please let us know.
-The Tech Department
#makerspacemay @PikeSchool

3D Printing|Makerspace May

Welcome to week 3 of Makerspace May!  The theme of this week is 3D Printing.  Watch the above video (5 minutes) or click here to see many students and some teachers speak about the first year of using 3D printing technology at Pike.  You can also come to Spark and try TinkerCad to get a quick sense of what it is like to design something for 3D printing.  The bridge building and circuit challenges will also be available for you to try.  Come on your own, bring a partner or work with your team and learn about the possibilities of our makerspace.

To access many 3D printing teaching resources visit Project Ignite.

Many thanks to all the faculty and students who contributed to the video!

-The Tech Department
#makerspacemay @PikeSchool

Makerspace May Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of Makerspace May!  The theme of this week is circuits.  We have 2 short informative videos about using circuits this week.  Watch Linda Spence talk about her English Circuit project above or click here (less than 4 minutes) and you can learn more about paper circuitry and 21st century notebooking here (less than 2 minutes).  Lastly, please come to Spark and complete a short and easy circuit challenge (15 minutes).  The bridge building challenge from last week will also be available.  Come on your own, bring a partner or work with your team and learn about the possibilities of our makerspace.

See below for more circuitry teaching resources:
21st Century Notebooking
How To Wire Multiple LED’s in a Parallel Circuit
Circuit Teacher Resources