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Thanks so much!!! 14719 W. 163RD ST HOMER GLEN LOYOLA UniverSITY CHICAGO Homer student makes dean’s list Samantha Gillooley, of Homer Glen, was named to the College of Arts and Sciences’ dean’s list at Loyola University Chicago for the first semester of the 2017-2018 academic year. Compiled by Editor Thomas Czaja, news the Homer Horizon | January 25, 2018 | 11 New computer program at Homer 33C opens communication between parents, students Jacquelyn Schlabach Assistant Editor It’s normal for parents to ask their children what they did at school when they come home. Too often, however, the infamous answers tend to be “nothing” or ”not much.” A new educational program called Seesaw is changing the way parents and children communicate with one another about the activities done throughout the school day in Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C. All grade levels at Luther J. Schilling and select teachers at Goodings Grove, William J. Butler and William E. Young Schools are using Seesaw, which allows students to post throughout the day the various activities and assignments they have already done for their parents to see. Parents can sign in to Seesaw via the phone application or directly on the website and get notifications when their child has made a post. Children can share their learning via a video, drawing, audio or picture and more. “We do so much on the computers now that the parents don’t get the opportunity to see, and now students are able to screenshot the things that they make, they’re able to upload files, any Google slideshows, and it’s just great for the parents to see what they’re doing on a daily basis in the classroom,” said Alisha Neil, third-grade teacher at Schilling School. Schilling School was the pilot school for the program starting at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. At the start of the 2017-2018 school year, teachers updated from the free version of Seesaw to the school edition, which offers more options in terms of capabilities. Third-graders at Schilling School upload content to Seesaw on their laptops during a class activity Jan. 12 reflecting on what they learned about Martin Luther King, Jr. Photos by Jacquelyn Schlabach/22nd Century Media “Really, we were looking for it to empower our students to showcase their learning, but also really to kind of engage our families more in communication; we wanted students to be able to show that authentic work sample,” said Kathleen Robinson, assistant superintendent for instruction at Homer 33C. “It’s a really powerful tool for the kids to create videos of learning concepts. They can put pictures on there, they can upload and their parents can have it on their cellphone, they can log into a computer, so it’s real time. Once they post, parents can see right away what they’re doing at school.” Both parents and teachers can comment on the students’ post or “like” it. As well, certain teachers have allowed their students to comment on their classmates’ posts. Teachers can also see which parents have looked at their student’s work. “Often, when kids come home from school, parents will ask, ‘hey, what did you do at school today,’ what happened, what was exciting and many times, the answer, is ‘well, same as yesterday,’ or ‘not much’ or ‘nothing.’ Parents can say to a child, ‘hey, I saw today you were working on multiplication of fractions, I saw your video on that it looked great, tell me a little bit about it,’” Robinson said. Neil and her colleague Tasha Ohotzke, a third-grade teacher at Schilling, both use Seesaw and have their students post at least once a day to up to five times a day. “It’s just definitely a wonderful experience,” Ohotzke said. “I feel like it’s such a great time to be a student, and to even be a teacher because the capabilities that technology is affording is just amazing. What these kids are capable to do and how they can share their learning in a multitude of ways has just been an amazing experience for all parties involved: Kids, parents, teachers.” Hayden Barnett, a fourthgrader in Neil’s class, said her mom talks to her about the posts she sees while at work. “My mom’s like, cause she always goes [on] at work, because that’s the only time she can see my stuff, because it doesn’t work on her phone, so she always is on it at work and is like, ‘Oh, I saw that you did this today, and I thought that it was really cute that you did that,’” Barnett said. Barnett’s favorite part about Seesaw is making videos. “I really like how you can be yourself on it and you can take videos, and you can just record how you want it to be and make it your own way that you like it to be,” she said. Barnett’s classmate, Cole Danaher, said his mom always comments on his posts because she likes them a lot. As the students progress in their studies, the digital portfolio of all the things that they have posted will carry with them to the next grade level. “They’re reflecting on their learning; it’s awesome,” Ohotzke said. “When they go back on their portfolio, and they can look Fourth-grader Giavanna Diciolla uses Seesaw during class. through and scroll through all the way back and say, like, ‘Woah, look at where I started at the beginning of the year, and now I’m here.’” Every Monday, Neil has her students write a paragraph about what they did over the weekend and post it to Seesaw, saying it helps get them ready for typing in middle school. “It really is the educational technology grad slam,” Ohotzke said. Ohotzke said Seesaw has helped make her job easier because it allows her to see what students are thinking and what topics they are excelling in or need more help in. “I think it’s just helped my job to be a lot easier, as well,” she said. “Seeing every student, not just the ones that raise their hand every day, but giving them all a voice for even my most shy, introverted kids. They have an avenue to share with me, as well.” One of her students, thirdgrader Quinn Danaher, said doing an activity like the one they did in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., which required them to write at least six things they learned about him, helped him to better understand the material discussed in class. “They all love it,” Neil said. “The kids love to do videos and teach videos; they feel like it’s their own personal YouTube where they can teach others what they’re learning, and I think parents love to see their kids during the day. They don’t always communicate what they’re doing, but when they’re able to see the videos and read what they’re doing, it’s a good snapshot into their day.” Robinson said that all four grade schools will be using the school edition of Seesaw by the start of the 2018-2019 school year. “We’ll be excited when all of our elementary teachers are using it, and all families next year are in engaged in it,” Robinson said. Homer 33C’s focus is to implement Seesaw schoolwide at the elementary level, and then work to get all teachers at Homer Jr. High and Hadley Middle School to use it. There are already a few teachers at Homer and Hadley that use the free version of Seesaw. “Sometimes, the most successful initiatives are more grassroot initiatives, those that the teachers really see great value in and they get excited about, so that’s why this is kind of trickling from a few teachers to now four elementary buildings by the end of next year,” Robinson said.