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Amber Dryer

  • Well, here I am at the end of course five with my final project now completed! I have learned a great deal throughout my COETAIL journey and I’ve established a very large PLN group that I will continue to seek a […]

  • Well, I am doing well with the final project unit (not quite the same on the video making portion).I have been pleasantly surprised at how well the students did throughout the unit now that we are almost finished […]

  • I’ll admit, I have been slacking off a lot during course five (though I have been teaching my final unit and trying new technology while teaching it) I have not been using my PLN at all in recent months. I r […]

  • Amber Dryer posted a new activity comment 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    I would love to follow you and see how your journey with e-portfolios is going. I use Seesaw mainly as a tool for sharing daily work with parents and student choice on what and when to share (as well as a platform for digital citizenship). I am curious how I can organise it better for the students to use and easily look back on their own work and…[Read more]

  • Amber Dryer posted a new activity comment 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    I would love to follow your journey with digital portfolios! I use Seesaw in my class and I am working on ways to use it for reflection and learning as well. I’d love to see how your students progress and how the teaching evolves as well. Thank you for sharing!

  • Amber Dryer posted a new activity comment 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Holly!
    I love seeing what you are doing with seesaw! I think I should do some of the online PD’s so learn more about purposeful use with seesaw. We have been playing with it a lot this year and I am learning more and more, but I would like to guide the students more to reflect on their work through out the year. That is my next step with…[Read more]

    • Hey Amber,

      It is always nice to get positive feedback, thanks! It’s so gratifying to experience how one can influence/teach/learn from another Educator beyond your own school’s walls. The most influential teachers I continue to learn from are no longer at my school, but their ability to influence me hasn’t been affected (Thanks to our belief in…[Read more]

  • Amber Dryer posted a new activity comment 11 months, 4 weeks ago

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for sharing your experiences while piloting Seesaw.

    I have been playing with Seesaw a lot this year. It has been a great way to share work with the parents. I have about half the class that is always sharing, so I still need to get the other half to share a bit more.

    We recently discovered the comments area and the…[Read more]

    • Excellent to hear Amber. The students seem to love the comment feature the most! They love being able to see and comment on their friend’s work. It seems almost more than the comments they get from their parents! We’re currently exploring how our librarian might be able to utilise SeeSaw with students/classes as well. It’s a work in progress for…[Read more]

      • Hi Amber and Benjamin. I just wanted to add that I really love the comment feature in Seesaw. As a librarian, I have limited class time with my students, so having them submit work in Seesaw allows me to connect with them and provide individual feedback in a way that I never could before. Seesaw really is amazing!

  • I have learned a lot through COETAIL (though I still get stuck on minor techie issues) and I have done some really cool projects such as The Little Ideas Swap Blog where my students blogged what they were learning […]

  • Amber Dryer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    This looks like a fun unit! I can’ t wait to see some of the videos and stories the children tell! If you’d like any information about animals in Hong Kong (real of fake since we have the dragon dance with Chinese New Year) let me know and we can figure out a time to share some posts or attempt a skype class visit! I’ll be happy to share what your…[Read more]

  • I decided I wanted to try Projects Based Learning (PBL) after reading more about it and reviewing the Wikipedia  definition:
    A student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which […]

  • Amber Dryer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. It’s really cool what the first grade teacher did with another school for digital story telling. I attempted some global communication last year and it started very well, but has fizzled out this year. You are right in the fact that I need to celebrate the small successes though. At least I learned something along with…[Read more]

  • As I think about the technology I use in my classroom and reflect back to how much I was using prior to COETAIL, I do have to say I have learned a lot and improved in some ways.

    Often, I would just add […]

    • Thank you for your comment. It’s really cool what the first grade teacher did with another school for digital story telling. I attempted some global communication last year and it started very well, but has fizzled out this year. You are right in the fact that I need to celebrate the small successes though. At least I learned something along with the children and I had a lot of fun doing it! I guess I just need to keep thinking of ways to reach out more globally and try a few new things and see where I end up. Thank you again for your comment!

  • Amber Dryer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Hello,
    I teach Kindergarten in Hong Kong and have just began experimenting with Seesaw. I have taught the students how to take pictures and videos, but it has been a struggle to get them to post on their own without me suggesting it (most posts go directly to their parents as a portfolio). Any ideas or suggestions about how I can encourage them…[Read more]

    • Hi Amber,

      I had the same problem last year. I started using Seesaw as a substitute for paper. If I want them to answer a math problem, I have them draw it in their Seesaw. This has allowed me to write it right into my lesson plans and makes it easier for me to remind them. The more I have used it, the more I remember to ask them if they want to…[Read more]

  • Amber Dryer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Thank you for sharing this great PBL unit for learning more about electricity and how it works. The children are very engaged and seem to want to try different things to find out if they are conductive. I love how some kids tried something out and realized it didn’t work (because of the bracelet). IT was great to see the older and younger…[Read more]

  • “How do you prepare children for the future when you are not even sure what the future will be?”

    I remember my professor back in 2001 asking me that question prior to my completion of my teaching degree. I spe […]

  • Amber Dryer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    That’s awesome! What a great activity for the children to learn counting, building and have fun!

  • Amber Dryer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Thank you for posting. I did enjoy reading your thoughts about the future of education. I agree with you.
    It’s interesting to see the shift between education from subjects to more PBL learning. In some ways, I’ve always admired early childhood teachers because PBL seemed to be an integral part of the daily routine without really making an effort…[Read more]

    • Hi Amber,
      I was working on lesson plans today and realized that today’s lesson which was on “The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” was “supposed” to be for Reader’s Workshop. I also focused the word “sequencing”. It was a fun lesson and my children really got the “sequence” and so did I. They really learned how to retell this story in sequential…[Read more]

  • Amber Dryer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. I had never thought about it with high school, but they do need time to socialize more and in different ways. The social groups they have through technology may be different than their social group at school. It would be interesting to see!

  • Amber Dryer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Thanks for the ideas. I would like to sit with them more. There are 60 of them and only three of us, but the boys may settle down more if I sat with them. Unfortunately, our space is small and despite all the building toys and other activities we have, they only want to play guns and bad guys (very common at the age, but difficult in a tight…[Read more]

  • Amber Dryer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    I am still thinking about the final project. Possibly a more hands on, projects based approach to our social studies unit titled “Stories my grandparents tell” about past/present/future and needs and wants. Not sure how to make that more projects based, but I would like to try that one.
    If not that unit, then I might do our Science unit on…[Read more]

    • These ideas sound like they could be very interesting projects Amber. I am especially intrigued by the “stories my grandparents tell”. Logistically it sounds like it could be tough… but to be able to have short audio/video recordings of the students grandparents would be so cool!

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