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Balancing Learning and Engagement With Seesaw

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Lindsay Foster  
Anne Truger  

Seesaw is an incredibly flexible teaching and assessment tool. In this hands-on session, explore out-of-the-box strategies and applications of this wildly popular learning tool. See how to build engaging learning experiences with a focus on students with special needs and ESL learners.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants should have a free or paid account on https://web.seesaw.me/
Topic: Instructional design & delivery
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: ESL, Special education
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

OBJECTIVE: Participants will be able to replicate cross curricular Seesaw activities for grades PreK to age 22.
EDUCATIONAL CHALLENGE: Educators are adopting Seesaw as an instructional tool within their classrooms but lack the understanding of application to differentiate topics to meet the needs of a wide variety of student populations.
INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES/STRATEGIES: Participants will have the opportunity to replicate and create content specific, differentiated Seesaw activities for their classroom of learners.
EVIDENCE of SUCCESS: Educators will be generating individualized, content specific, standards based Seesaw activities rather than only using content from the library.


5 minutes Introduction
5 minutes explanation of Seesaw
10 minutes comparing and contrasting free/paid options
35 minutes stations/rotations
- Exemplars
- Exploration
- Learning
- Creation
5 minutes Wrap-up/Question & Answer

Supporting research

Nur, M., & Riadil, I. (2019). SEESAW MEDIA: DIGITAL NATIVES' PREFERENCE IN 4.0 SPEAKING LEARNING CLASS. Retrieved October 04, 2020, from https://jurnal.unimus.ac.id/index.php/ELLIC/article/view/4718

Greaves, T., Hayes, J., Wilson, L., Gelziak, M, & Peterson, R. (2010) The technology factor: Nine keys to student achievement and cost-effectiveness Shelton, CT. MDR. https://www.k12blueprint.com/sites/default/files/Project-RED-Technolgy-Factor.pdf

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Lindsay Foster, Tarrant County College Connect Campus

Lindsay Foster has two decades of educational experience as an elementary classroom educator, a technology applications instructor, and as an instructional technology coach. As an Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mrs. Foster helps students & educators alike build meaningful & engaging learning experiences using technology across the curriculum. Mrs. Foster is a Google Certified Trainer, a LEGO Education US Master Educator, Book Creator Ambassador, and BreakoutEDU Trainer. Mrs. Foster loves to showcase student and educator experiences in the classroom, on the campus and across her district and state, and her speaking engagements have included ISTE, TCEA, MACUL, NCTIES, TCEA ETC, TCCA, TiA, and TXGoo.

Anne Truger, TrueNorth Educational Cooperative 804
ISTE Certified Educator

Anne Truger is an educational technology consultant with over 20 years of conference presentation experience. Anne dreams of a world where technology integration becomes truly seamless and invisible. Currently Anne works as a Instructional Technology Coach for TrueNorth 804 Educational Cooperative. In her free time she provides Google Training for private clients. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator. Anne has presented at APC 2018-2021, ISTE 2001-2021 and at many other local conferences. She enjoys presenting and sharing her lifelong love of learning and technology passion with others.

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