5 things to try!
With more and more school closures, travels bans and some countries in ‘lockdown’; schools and teachers everywhere are planning, preparing and delivering quality education for their learners, at a distance. And, while nothing is as good as in person, we can make home learning meaningful by following a few tips while using Seesaw.
- Involve the parents- Parents want to know what their little ones are doing; maybe even do it with them. Use the Family Announcements tool to set them a daily or weekly challenge: Scavenger Hunts, painting or some light gardening.
- Keep it simple- This is the time for consistency and routine. If you are going to use digital tools and apps, they should be using familiar with technology so they can concentrate on inquiry and investigations. Avoid introducing new technology at this time. Rather, encourage them to play, read and discover!
- Use their environments- Learning about shapes? I’ve seen it already this week — Honor and our Early Years Team!! There are so many household items that can be used for learning. Taking photos of shapes in the kitchen, asking students to create groups of their favourite toys, take a picture and explain.
- Use the camera- If you managed to send home devices; great. If not, ask Mum or Dad, in the Family Announcements. Encourage your young learners to take pictures of their inquiries.
- Build Community and Encourage Collaboration- This might be a great time to switch on the comment feature. Away from friends for days or weeks, maybe months. Give them some interaction opportunities. Encourage them to comment on each other’s work. Try these: I like, I see…, I think…, I wonder…,