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Benjamin J Sheridan

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    Hello all, the time has come to submit your final projects!

    You will use this form to submit your final project which will then be displayed on our blog […]

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 11 months ago

    What a great post Jennifer! I loved hearing how you sought out “helpers”. (I love that footage BTW.) I usually find reaching out to others always helps me consolidate my thinking as well as gather new ideas that almost always enhance whatever it is I’m working on.

    You are so lucky to have such wonderful people to work with!

    • Thank you, Ben! Yes, I am so fortunate to have such a-MAZ-ing colleagues. Seeking help and letting myself be vulnerable as a teacher has only enhanced my (and my students’) learning. I agree; collaborating with others really helps me articulate my vision as well as incorporate new ideas into my work. I just need to make sure I keep my fear in…[Read more]

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Glad you found the post helpful Andrew!

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Keep your head up Linda! Remember Youtube is your personal tutor! 🙂 Let me know how I can help. I’m always up for a quick Hangout.

  • This is something I’ve been thinking about recently. I think we’re all guilty of pointing. We love to point at things and complain that they aren’t working well. We love to point out when things don’t go as […]

    • Oh may have you hit a nerve! Some of my tardiness is based on massive personal changes, but some is on not knowing how to move forward!
      Today I was going to record audio! I have had someone sit with me 2 x so far, providing directions. Today, alone, I sat and couldn’t find the first thing I needed in iMovie! Do I feel like a failure? You bet! But I keep on moving, hopefully in a direction that will get me on the roll I need to be working towards!
      Keep on Keeping on!
      Linda

    • Excellent time to remind us of framing our responses to our own provocations. Great point Ben, the post immediately reconsidered the flow and “voice” of my next blog post. Thank you

      Also, Linda, forge ahead!

  • Howdy all! Crazy to think it’s already mid March! I have been hearing from some of you who have been sharing final projects and they are looking great! As you finish up don’t forget to submit your project via […]

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Thanks for your insights Linda! We are in the midst of finding out where SeeSaw fits into our philosophy. We are trying to move away from documenting an event or product as we did with blogs. We are trying to allow students to focus more on the learning they are engaging with and to reflect on and receive feedback on this learning. The students…[Read more]

  • I’m not sure if you’ve heard the news but COETAIL has partnered with Google for Education! This is very exciting news for current, former, and future COETAILers. Form Jeff’s blog:

    A partnership that will […]

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    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!

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Hi Jon! We have several classes who have used both EasyBlog and SeeSaw so I’m sure they can give you a side by side comparison. I’m open for a Hangout if you ever want to chat about the similarities and differences between the two.

  • A quick check in post…
    I wanted to write to check in and to let you all know what I’ve been up to. I do so much reading about what you are up to through your blog posts I thought it’s about time I fill you in […]

    • Hi Benjamin,
      I love that you posted about Seesaw, because I have been thinking about how I can make better use of Seesaw as the ES Librarian. Our school recently upgraded our subscription so that specialists and homeroom teachers can share a classroom account. As a specialist teacher, it is so great to have a common app that I know all of my library students are familiar with and that I can plan to use in my instruction. So far, I’ve mainly had students use Seesaw to post book reviews, but I know we can use it for far more. I really appreciate the resources you’ve shared here. I will explore them all and try to make the most of all that Seesaw has to offer!
      Laurie (AIS-R Course 5 Cohort).

    • Hi Ben,

      Glad to hear that your exploits have been so successful!

      In Grade 1 here, we have been trying out Easyblog in one or two our classes and teachers and students love it!

      In later grades, students use Blogger (which is great due to the integration of all our Google apps and photos but can be complicated for the younger students).

      I’m going to check out seesaw however after this.

      -Jon

      • Hi Jon! We have several classes who have used both EasyBlog and SeeSaw so I’m sure they can give you a side by side comparison. I’m open for a Hangout if you ever want to chat about the similarities and differences between the two.

    • 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 students have been very excited to see if their parents have commented. I hope they will spend more time looking at their peers work as well.

      I am learning how seesaw works the more I use it (it’s a lot easier than I thought) so I can’t wait to see what else we will do with it.

      • 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 sure… Can’t wait to hear more about how you are using it going forward!

        • 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!

    • Hi,

      We have been using Seesaw for over a year now as an e-portflio system which means that I put up pictures of my students’ activities and samples of their work so the parents have a window into what is happening in class.

      I find that the parents have an insatiable desire to know everything that their children are doing. So we are really moving from an e-portfolio platform to an window into the classroom platform. I’m really not sure how I feel about that!

      The parents comments have brought up a good point about what is the real purpose of Seesaw at our school. The teachers see it as an e-portfolio platform. It seems that we now we need to discuss what that means to us; as well as talk about what that means to the parents. And, then decide what is the real purpose of Seesaw. Right now I feel that the parents feel that tons of information wouldn’t be enough, but then aren’t we losing sight on what our real purpose is and that is teaching their child and helping them learn, not just taking photos or videos all day. Any thoughts?

      Meanwhile, I am in the midst of our “Coetail” unit. I began by asking my children to video themselves while they told about the animal they “researched”. The answer was “NO!”. I will continue to push them into taking the risk and doing something totally new!

      Linda

      • Hi Linda,
        I often find that my students are hesitant to video themselves too, so I give them the option of posting a photo and using the audio feature for the narration instead. This has helped everyone to be able to complete the assignment in a way that they are comfortable with. Just sharing in case it might help!
        Laurie (AIS-R Coetail Course 5)

      • Thanks for your insights Linda! We are in the midst of finding out where SeeSaw fits into our philosophy. We are trying to move away from documenting an event or product as we did with blogs. We are trying to allow students to focus more on the learning they are engaging with and to reflect on and receive feedback on this learning. The students are liking the social aspect so far. But… after the shiny newness of it wears off I’m interested to see how it goes. That said… based on the feedback I’ve gotten so far I’m actually very positive!

    • Thanks, Benjamin!
      We’re doing a Virtual Learning day with our G 3-5 students today, and thanks to your post, I was reminded that Seesaw is the perfect way to have my students share and connect from home. Today I had them do some simple responses to a book we’re reading, and it’s been fun to check Seesaw throughout the day and see things they’ve created using Shadowpuppet, Chatterpix, PicCollage, etc. One of my favorite Seesaw features is the ability to grab embed code to quickly share student work on my Learning Commons blog.
      Thanks for getting me connected with your librarian, Philip! I look forward to sharing ideas! And thanks again for a very helpful post!
      Laurie

  • So here we are at the beginning of the end… Course 5 is underway!
    As I’m sure you have noticed the format for Course 5 is a bit different than the other courses. For starters the time period with which you […]

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    It sounds like you are on the right track for sure! Reading you comment made me excited to read Romeo and Juliet again!

  • Can you believe it! We are approaching the end of Course 4! As you are all thinking about what you will be doing for your Course 5 final project I wanted to share my Course 5 final project… from way back in […]

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    Wow, it all sounds so awesome! I really like how you are focusing on assessment. If we continue to use the same assessments we aren’t really allowing ourselves and our students to redefine the learning experience. You point out a great stumbling block though… our schools assessment and grading policy. I think you are on to something by…[Read more]

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    Wow, both very cool ideas Jon. I could see both of them becoming pretty cool projects. I’m excited to see which direction you go. I like how you are already projecting what resources you will need to utilize to move ahead. I’m also glad you see your PLN as a resource!

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    Yes Linda, you are correct. You can read about Course 5 expectations here.

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    Wow! These all sound incredible! And… congratulations on your new gig! I’m sure you will love Hanoi! Vietnam is a wonderful country.

    I’m interested to see which of these projects your students are most interested in tackling. They all seem very engaging!

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hi Linda. You certainly have a lot of great stuff going on! You do not need to complete and implement the final project by the end for Course 4… you merely have to create the UBD template. You will implement the project sometime over the spring semester while you are in course 5..

  • Benjamin J Sheridan posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    Holly… we should talk. Let’s set up a time to do a Hangout.

    Also.. Andrew Grover is working on digital portfolios as well. Give him a shout.

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