Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Seesaw isn't just for the Playground!

Second graders recently completed a Real World Math experience
by presenting their learning of addition and subtraction strategies in a variety of ways. Throughout the unit on Addition and Subtraction, students were exposed to different strategies to solve multi-digit problems. Of the strategies that were presented the favorites were:

  • Standard Algorithm (lining the numbers vertically to add or subtract)
  • Decomposing (writing numbers in expanded form)
  • Counting Up and Back on an Open Number Line
  • Building to the Nearest 10 or 100

To present their knowledge we chose the app Seesaw, which is a digital portfolio. Seesaw is an easy to use tool that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. Using Seesaw, students were able to capture their learning with photos and videos of their work.

Here are some of the students’ presentations:

Other benefits of using Seesaw is that students’ work is organized in one place and is accessible to teachers and parents using an iPad and/or Computer. Student work can also be shared with classmates, parents, or published on a class or school blog like ‘The Goodrich Way.’  Seesaw gives students a real audience for their work and offers parents a personalized window into their child's learning.

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