Luis believes in a school community where every individual lives the value of ‘respect’ by aiming high and regularly celebrating academic and personal growth. But at the start of 2016, not all members of the ‘committed team’ surrounding each student were able to be engaged in the learning journey due to irregular communication between teachers, parents and students.
Luis decided he needed to start engaging the school community in regular and consistent feedback. After a bit of research into digital tools and finding out what the kids, parents and teachers wanted, he decided that Seesaw was the tool that best suited the needs of the community.
He used his class as a test dummy and once they’d ironed out a few bumps he ran some professional learning with his colleagues.. and the kids! Luis spent a lesson with the learners in each class, introducing them to the purpose of Seesaw, how to use it and cyber safety. They created visual posters for each classroom to remind the students and to ensure the use of Seesaw was a part of learning culture.
QR codes were sent home to parents along with an introduction to Seesaw and some basic instructions.
In just 6 months, each of the 264 students at Luis’ school are using Seesaw, and in the first week alone of using the app, 8 different parents gave positive him feedback. Parents like this one..
“As part of our Olympic studies, we posted to Seesaw a video we watched about the Australian Olympic athlete, Peter Norman, who was criticised for supporting African American athletes during a race at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
A parent came in to say that her child had insisted they watch the video as a family because it was “so meaningful and important that every Australian learn about what Peter Norman did”. They watched the video as a family and then had a discussion around the dinner table about the moral themes and issues. The parent described how powerful it was to see her child so passionate.”
Like the idea?
Luis would love your support for As Simple as a Seesaw, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and he’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where he can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Luis and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer him on in the comments below as well.
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