The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Seesaw and Showbie - A window into the school day in the Junior School

There are many rich learning experiences occurring each day in the ELC and JS. While parents would love to be able to see them all, it is sometimes hard for the younger boys to articulate all they have done during that day. Many times, students will share one small activity, or even say 'not much' when asked about their day on the car ride home.

This year the ELC teachers are using the Seesaw app to capture and share what is happening in the Pre-Kindy/Kindy, Pre-Primary and Year 1 classrooms. Seesaw allows teachers to provide an immediate and personalised window to share and communicate with their families. Posts to Seesaw can include photos, videos and collages, which can be great conversation starters. Popular posts this term have included Bush School photos, slow motion videos of STEM experiences, and the French 'Welcome/Hello' song. These posts can then trigger a conversation with families which further cements learning for the students.

Boys in Years 2 to 5 are using Showbie to collect and upload their digital work and receive feedback from their teachers. Showbie allows teachers from all subject areas to give digital comments, either written or audio. Showbie is a great way for the Year 2 to 5 parents to see what has been happening in their son's class and start a conversation on what they are working on.

Next time parents ask their son what has been happening at school and hear the response 'Not much', ask your son to grab his iPad or open up Seesaw on your mobile device for a great way to discuss and help deepen the learning.

Mrs Amanda Ritchie
ILT Integration Specialist