Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a restful and calm break. Students started the new year back continuing our non-fiction reading and writing units, and started reviewing and learning adding and subtracting within 100 strategies in math. In this newsletter I have included a summary of SeeSaw, a new journaling/blogging app, and the login process for Reading Horizons.
At QAE, we are so lucky to have access to the newest technology. We just started a using a new program called SeeSaw! It is an app that allows students to document their work in writing, drawing, photo or video. It's similar to KidBlog with slightly less login hassle and a simpler user interface.
Students will be able to sort their work into separate folders depending on what they are blogging about. Students can comment on other students' work. Before any work is posted, SeeSaw requires that I approve student work. This feature is great because I can give feedback to students right away about their work, and regulates what content is posted.
Here is the letter from SeeSaw for parent access:
This year we're going to use a new tool to share what we're learning in class called Seesaw. Your child will have his or her own learning journal, and you can get notified when your child adds new items. It's completely private -- only you can see your child's journal outside of class.
Click on https://app.seesaw.me/s/011-355-975 to sign up -- it takes just 30 seconds.
Once you sign up, you can download the Seesaw Parent app for iPhone or Android, or access your child's journal on the web.
Once you click on the link, SeeSaw will send me a notification that you would like to view your child's work and I will approve you. You may send the link to anyone, and I will verify with you if there is anyone who is not a guardian asking for access. Most students should have at least one post. Some might not have any due to some technology glitches, but we will be adding more in the weeks to come!
We also started the Reading Horizons app which is associated with the Reading Horizons phonics curriculum. It is an engaging app that teaches and reinforces the marking skills from the Reading Horizons curriculum. We will mostly use this app in school. If students would like to use it at home, that is great! I would set the limit to about 60 minutes per week, however this is not required.
To sign in, first download the Puffin Academy app (the background is purple). Then download the Reading Horizons app within Puffin Academy. Then, students use queenanne as their site ID. Next, use the first initial of their first name, and then their full last name. No spaces. For example, my name would look like: kthibault
Please let me know if you have any questions or ask your student to see if they remember our login process!
One of the second grade teachers at QAE. Read this blog and stay up-to-date on classroom activities.
|Ms. Thibault's 2nd Grade||