Getting Started

Objectives, Community Building,
and Workshop Archiving...Oh My! 

Objective for the Day

Today is all about Purposeful Play. Your goal is to experience learning as a student in order to gain a greater understanding of the ways that iPads can support the creation of new learning artifacts in order to make thinking visible.

Learning Tasks

  1. Gain a greater understanding of the functional capabilities of your iPad so as to begin to develop fluency with the device.
  2. Explore opportunities to use a variety of tools to make deeper connections with your students and better support their learning.
  3. Play with a number of different apps in order to create artifacts as evidence of learning and to demonstrate understanding through a number of modalities.
  4. Curate YOUR learning into a digital artifact that you can share with your colleagues back at school.

Building a Community of Learners

Throughout the day, one of my goals is to model strategies that you can take back and use with your students. To archive and share your learning from the workshop, we are going to be using SeeSaw: The Learning Journal. SeeSaw is a digital portfolio for students where both teachers and students can curate learning experiences.

For more information, explore Steve Bambury's (from iPadEducators) great article that highlights the features of SeeSaw.

Examples from Craig Badura (@MrBadura)

Example 1: One student sharing the sight words they have learned
Example 2: A student shares a photo grid of a recipe
Example 3: A student shares ingredients needed to make applesauce

Challenge #1: Join Our SeeSaw Class

For the rest of the workshop, you will all be students in a SeeSaw class.  To play,
  • Open the SeeSaw app.
  • Tap on "I'm a Student."
  • Scan the QR Code. 
Challenge #2 - Introduce yourself
You have 6 different ways to share what you learn in SeeSaw.  We are going to start with the Photo option.
Though we have already introduced ourselves within our face-to-face environment, we also want to make virtual introductions.  This will also allow all of us to potentially continue to connect and share our learning beyond this single day. 

For this activity, please follow the specific directions in the slideshow below.  Please include:
  • A selfie taken today
  • Text telling a couple of things about yourself
  • An audio recording reading your text or talking naturally introducing yourself to the group
  • Some annotations/drawing on top of the picture

How to do Virtual Introductions in Seesaw

Building a Workshop Archive

We are going to use Book Creator to create a workshop archive.  With Book Creator, students can create eBooks that include:
  • Text
  • Audio
  • Handwriting/Drawing
  • Images from the Camera
  • Videos from the Camera
  • Shapes and Stickers
  • Paper Backgrounds
  • Comic Book Panels
There are also a number of exporting options so that students can share and collaborate on Books.

We will be working through this book and adding it throughout day. I have created a template for you to complete.  In this book, you want to curate all that you have created as well as have an opportunity to reflect.  

  • First and foremost, this is YOUR book/workshop archive.  I want you to modify it, playing and exploring in Book Creator.  Feel free to change fonts, colors, etc.  
  • Also, add pages to the book as your need them!  
  • If you have been taking notes on paper, take pictures of those notes!
  • If you have been taking notes elsewhere, consider taking screenshots of those notes or copy & pasting some of them into this book.
Reflection Break:  During the reflection break, I will air drop the Book Creator template to each of you.  As we take some time to rejuvenate, please complete the first activity within the book. 

*New to Book Creator?  Follow the step-by-step directions below:

How to Work within Your Book Creator Book