As a reading specialist, I have learned to help students see the value of doing their best on their assignments. Having small groups of students allows me frequent opportunities to have personal conversations with my students about taking pride in their work. When I ask to see work from their classrooms, they are either reluctant or eager to share depending upon their effort levels. Knowing that my students perform better on their work when they know I will see it, led me to an idea.
I started implementing audiences for most all of our work by using multiple forms of sharing. I use social media such as classroom Periscope and Twitter accounts. These accounts can be very powerful “hand in” tools for teachers. Currently, I have added classroom developed tools such as Seesaw and Classkick to share students’ work. In my room we use QR codes to share with each other as well. Projects are shared differently depending upon the type, but the idea of sharing is forever attached to many of our activities.
For Periscope I created a classroom account. Parents and students are invited to follow our classroom account. A permission slip is sent home along with the account information. Even though our school has permission for web use forms on file, I still send home specific web permissions each time we use a different web platform for sharing work. Here is a copy of my Periscope permission slip form. Feel free to click on the picture for your copy.
On sharing day (once a week) students scan codes, watch or view projects, write a compliment to the creator, and place the compliment in the creator’s container. We have a movie theme in our room, hence the popcorn and theater items.
The power of this Star Wall alone has changed the way my students view work and projects. We post only the cumulative projects we do so students can “show off” their hard work. If it is done for every project, I’m afraid the power and influence of sharing would be lost.
Classkick is a lesson planning and delivery tool that is also free! It provides teachers with a tool to create and present lessons that can be tailored to each individual student’s needs if desired! It is by far my FAVORITE lesson planning tool to date! It is also a great way to share completed assignments with other teachers, students, and parents. Lessons/assignments are shared through a code or through email. I store my students assignments digitally but you can leave them right in the app/webpage as well. I also use it for my Student Self-Assessments for monthly monitoring their reading progress. If you’d like to learn more about how I assess using Classkick, I have a blog post here about it. CLICK HERE.