Larkspur News!

November 5, 2018

 

NO School tomorrow! Teachers will be diving into Seesaw and Google Classroom. 

Seesaw is used in grades K-6:

This is our first year of school-wide implementation for Seesaw. Please be patient with us as all our teachers are learning this new platform and we want to make sure we do it right. Here are some of the amazing features Seesaw has to offer. 

INCREASE STUDENT & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Streamlined setup, upgraded features, and school-wide collaboration help even the least tech-savvy teachers transform their instruction, while making it easier than ever to engage families in their child’s learning. 

BUILD A COMPREHENSIVE RECORD OF STUDENT LEARNING

With Seesaw for Schools, students build a comprehensive portfolio of work that spans their entire career at your school, across all classes and grade levels. Portfolios are maintained for the entire time a student is enrolled at your school, and administrators, teachers, students and parents can access those records. Parents only sign up once and can see their child’s work across classes and from year to year, completely free of charge. 

ASSESS STUDENT PROGRESS TOWARDS STANDARDS

Teachers using Seesaw for formative assessment can now tag student posts with school-defined standards and get real time insight into student progress.

Administrators can see student progress by class or grade level on a school-wide dashboard to get a better understanding of how students are doing across key curriculum objectives.

COLLABORATE WITH THE SCHOOL ACTIVITY LIBRARY

With Seesaw for Schools, teachers can publish activities to the School Activity Library to be shared and used by all teachers at their school.

The School Activity Library helps all teachers in your building collaborate to engage students, teach and assess 21st century skills, and connect families to the classroom.

 

Google Classroom is used in grades 4-6

Google Classroom is a content management system that allows teachers to enrich student learning by increasing:

Accessibility

Google Classroom can be accessed from any computer via Google Chrome or from any mobile device regardless of platform.  All files uploaded by teachers and students are stored in a Classroom folder on Google Drive. Users can access Classroom anytime, anywhere. Students no longer have to worry about crashed computers or hungry dogs.

Exposure

Classroom provides students with exposure to an online learning system. Many college and university programs now require students to enroll in at least one online class. Exposure to Google Classroom may help students transition into other learning management systems used in higher education.

Paperless

Teachers and students won’t have excessive amounts of paper to shuffle since Classroom is completely paperless. When teachers upload assignments and assessments to Classroom, they are simultaneously saved to Drive. Students can complete assignments and assessments directly through Classroom, and their work is also saved to Drive. Students can access missed work due to absences and locate other resources they may need.

Time Saver

Classroom is a huge time saver. With all resources saved in one place and the ability to access Classroom anywhere, teachers will have more free time to complete other tasks. Since Classroom can be accessed from a mobile device, teachers and students can participate through their phones or tablets.

Communication

Built-in tools make communicating with students and parents a breeze. Teachers and students can send emails, post to the stream, send private comments on assignments, and provide feedback on work. Teachers have full control over student comments and posts. They can also communicate with parents through individual emails or through Classroom email summaries which include class announcements and due dates.

Collaborate

Classroom offers several ways for students to collaborate. Teachers can facilitate online discussions between students and create group projects within the Classroom. In addition, students can collaborate on Google Docs which have been shared by the teacher.

Engagement

Most digital natives are comfortable with technology and will be more apt to take ownership in their learning through use of technology. Classroom offers numerous ways to make learning interactive and collaborative. It offers teachers the ability to differentiate assignments, include videos and web pages into lessons, and create collaborative group assignments.

Differentiation

Through Classroom, teachers are easily able to differentiate instruction for learners. Assigning lessons to the whole class, individual students, or groups of students takes just a few simple steps when creating an assignment on the Classwork page.

Feedback

Providing meaningful feedback to students is a valuable part of all learning. Within the grading tool of Classroom, teachers can send feedback to each student on assignments. The ability to create a comment bank for future use is also available within the grading tool. In addition, the Classroom mobile app allows users to annotate work.

Data Analysis

In order to make learning meaningful, teachers should analyze data from assessments to ensure students are understanding learning objectives. Data from assessments can easily be exported into Sheets for sorting and analysis.

 

*Please join us this Friday, November 9th for our annual Veteran's Day Assembly 10:00 and lunch. Thank you to Sally Erickson and all our volunteers for supporting our troops! 

 

Upcoming Events

November 12- PTO Meeting 4:30

November 14- SAC Meeting 4:30

November 15- STEAM Night 4:30

November 19-23 No School- Thanksgiving Break

November 29th Holiday Craft Night 4:00

 

Thank you for all your support and dedication to our little school in the woods. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any comments, questions or concerns. Have a wonderful week!

 

Jen Oldham, Principal

 

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