Options for Home Learning

With the possibility of schools closing or pupils needing to self isolate we thought it would be useful to review some of the options for being able to set children work and then hand it in. All the services below can be accessed for free. If you need any further help or advice please contact me at tim.bleazard@theinnovationcentres.com or via @idletim on Twitter or @innov__services. There are several links to help and support from each of the services below too.

Seesaw

Seesaw have created this very useful page for home learning on their site https://web.seesaw.me/home-learning there is also a link to a webinar on home learning on this page. At present children can sign in to Seesaw using a QR code or an email/Google account. The majority of schools we work with use the QR code. The QR code is designed for use in the classroom and not to be taken home.

Seesaw have announced they are launching individual QR codes and code logins on Friday of this week (see the webinar mentioned above). This means children can log in to a device at home with a personal QR code on iPads, Android tables, iPhones, Android phones and Kindle Fires. Other pupils won’t be able to see their work. They can also log into Seesaw on a PC, Mac, Chromebook or any other device with a browser using a text code. Normally Seesaw text codes expire in an hour but these will last for 30 days.

In the webinar mentioned above there’s an example of a teacher posting a dry run activity where children open an assignment at home and use some of the Seesaw features to hand their work in.

Seesaw has a brilliant help centre here it has a great section on setting pupil activities here. They update their social media platforms on twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc regularly.

Google Classroom.

Schools using G Suite for Education may already be up and running with Google classroom. Like Seesaw teachers can share files and links, post messages, set assignments which children can turn in and then receive feedback. This excellent video from Pocketful of Primary on YouTube gives an excellent overview and shows how you can get started. Like Seesaw, children can access Google Classroom on almost any device with an internet connection.

Class Dojo

Class Dojo also offers the ability for teachers to set tasks for the children which cab be handed in and feedback can be given. This is known as student portfolios. There is lots of info about portfolios and more on the Class Dojo helpdesk here. You can click this link to see a list of devices that work with Class Dojo.

Purple Mash

Purple Mash announced that they are offering their service for free to schools who don’t already subscribe so it can be accessed by children at home. Schools can sign up here. Purple Mash has a feature called 2Dos which teachers can use to assign work to classes, groups or individual pupils. Once the work is completed children can hand in their work where teachers can offer feedback. The Purple Mash Guide to using 2Do s can be found here. Purple Mash can be accessed on a broad range of devices with an internet connection.

Please get in touch with each organisation if you need more help or info. As a Seesaw Ambassador, G Suite for Education Trainer and Purple Mash Trainer I’m happy to help if you have any questions too.

Tim Bleazard

Tim has over 20 years experience as a primary school teacher, twelve of them as an ICT co-ordinator. In 2009 he was seconded to Challenge City Learning Centre and used the opportunity to assist schools in their understanding and use of a range of new and emerging technologies. He joined the team as a Curriculum Innovation Consultant in 2012. Tim is a qualified E-Safety Mark Assessor, CEOP Ambassador, Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer and a Google Certified Teacher. Tim’s role includes evaluating a range of mobile devices (Apple, Android and Microsoft) and advising on their appropriate use in schools. Tim is passionate about blogging, programming and using creative digital technology such as video, animation, photography and audio to raise attainment across the curriculum. He leads the very successful ‘Media Literacy Leaders’ project in partnership with Bradford UNESCO City of Film, the British Film Institute and Cape UK.

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