Teacher: Jake Lee
Lesson Title: SeeSaw Blogging Fun
Grade Level: First Grade
Lesson Type: Beginning of School Year
Technology Environment: 1 to 1 iPad Classroom
Blogging Platform: SeeSaw Class Blogs
- Students will practice adding items to SeeSaw Learning Journal.
- Students will learn how to use Blogging feature on SeeSaw.
- Students will practice leaving comments on their peer’s blog posts.
Students will have learned how to create digital artifacts using the app Book Creator. They will have created a digital story called “5 Things to Know About Me” in our writer’s workshop time. Students will also have practiced adding items to their SeeSaw Learning Journal. This lesson’s focus will be on learning to hit the “blog” button to add an item to our classroom blog. This lesson will also be a chance to practice using digital citizenship as students comment on each other’s blog.
Lesson Flow: This lesson will be done in 3 parts either in the same day or different days.
Part 1: Adding item to SeeSaw
- Lesson will begin as a mini-lesson in our meeting area. I will use this time to directly teach students how to add items to our classroom blog. I will also review how to add items into SeeSaw. I will select a student’s “5 Things” Book Creator story and use a guided teaching model to review how to add items into SeeSaw.
- Once the item is added to the student’s SeeSaw learning journal, I will go to the item and show the students how they simple hit the “blog” button which will add that item to our classroom blog.
- Students will then be asked to find a spot in the room to add their “5 Things” Book Creator story to their SeeSaw Learning Journal as well as our classroom blog.
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Here is a look at blogging with Seesaw!
- Students will gather in our classroom meeting area and we will watch “Pause and Think Online” video that is tied to their digital citizenship curriculum.
- We will discuss the video and talk about how we should “pause and think” before we comment on our friend’s posts on our classroom blog.
- We will then brainstorm positive and constructive comments that we might use when we comment on someone’s post online. We will create an anchor chart highlighting these comments. Students will be able to take a picture of the anchor chart on their iPads to use as they comment.
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Here is the video that will guide the digital citizenship conversation.
- Students will gather in the meeting area.
- We will review the anchor chart for digitally responsible commenting for our blogs.
- We will go over the rubric I created for this activity. (Attached below)
- Students will be given 30-45 minutes to visit our classroom SeeSaw blog on their iPads and comment on their friends “5 Things” Book Creator story.
- We will gather at the conclusion of their time and we will review the blog posts as a class. I will highlight comments that truly model good digital citizenship and compare to rubric.
I will also guide parents to visit our classroom blog to see the student’s interactions. I always hope that the students commenting will also guide and be a model to parents as they comment on their child’s learning journal and our classroom blog. Also, I always leave a portion of my back to school night to speak to parents about commenting on their child’s work. Parents are encouraged to keep it constructive and positive. I like to have this lesson complete so I can share it with parents as a model lesson.