The Power of Twitter

Twitter in the Classroom
While some school admin team's ask that social media not be used by teachers, others are a little more open-minded (#PYPChat)  Here at Seisen, we have been given the 'green' light to adopt and welcome social media given that it is able to impact on learning standards in the classroom. Personally, I advocate the use of Twitter in the classroom. In fact, when leading training sessions, there is a live hashtag conversation available.

As we know, social media is not without its flaws and yes, there is often content that is not age-appropriate. However, we must accept this and be understanding that Twitter and its counterparts allow schools and staff members to share fantastic ideas/theories and blogs!

Using Twitter to Make an Impact!
Social media feeds have been very active recently with the tragic news coming out of Paris.  In light of this, if you are looking for resources for support and to offer guidance, +Tara Carnright  latest blog post is a must-read!

Monday's morning prayer was a little different this week as a result of the Paris attacks.  Mrs. Rogers, Head of School, led us in a moment of silence.  Seisen's guiding principals were in mind, and it gave us all time to reflect and reaffirm our own beliefs.

This week I have been working with grades 3 to 6. During this time, we've shared experiences of internet use and reflected on practice. The girls utilised role-play and drama to showcase their understanding of unexpected behaviour whilst online and how to cope with these instances.

Breaking News! 18th November 2015 - 3:10 pm

With a little over five minutes of the school day remaining,  my Twitter feed is wild.

I decided to work with Grade 5A in a way different to other #esafety sessions'.

I used the words of Mrs. Rogers and the guiding principles that Seisen International School is built on:
  • Shape international mindedness and celebrate international diversity
  • Reach out to the world with hospitality and hope.
  • Act as leaven for worldwide community building
  • Share all that we are and have
With a couple of whiteboards and a lot of enthusiasm, +Christine Richardson 5A students sent a message to reach out to the world, help shape international mindedness, act as a leaven for others and share all that we have!
Tweet all about it! 
There is a real 'twitter buzz' around the elementary school at the moment.  Over lunch today, it was great to hear that Ms. Brittany has signed up to Twitter, thus bringing the world of twitter into the gym and taking our PE classes outside the walls of Seisen.

Update: 5th March

Part II is a far cry from my initial taste of Twitter!

I would love to hear how you are using Twitter and other forms of social media to make an impact! Leave your comments below.

Learning through ICT Coffee Morning

Throughout the year, the elementary school hosts a variety of PYP Coffee Morning's. This past Wednesday, ICT was asked to present.  This gave us the opportunity to demonstrate to parents how we are using technology to support student inquiry and enhance standards.

This year, we have moved to blogs as a method of communication, and today we officially launched the comment feature to our parents.  Be sure to visit our blogs and give our students an audience! The introduction of blogs has revolutionized the way in which we communicate with parents. Now, we are able to engage with a world-wide audience.

The morning included a demo from Mr Hughes on how we are using Mathletics, giving parents the chance to explore this fantastic learning tool through the eyes of their daughters. Ms Lea proudly talked about the rebranding of the ES Media Centre, while Ms Carnright shared her blog.

Thank you to all in attendance! It was a great atmosphere with fantastic collaboration between staff and parents.

Mr Hughes and Ms Sandra will host the next PYP Coffee Morning on Thursday, February 11th, where they will be talking about assessment and the IOWA standardized measures of achievment. To confirm your place, click here.

If you are interested in learning more, there is the opportunity during the 3-Way Learning Conferences this coming Monday, November 23rd.

Using QR Codes to Create Portfolio Pages

Report Card Season is well underway and with it comes the need to evidence student learning.

During our last elementary school staff meeting, a question from our music department got me thinking....hence this blog post!

"How do we evidence student learning when a physical printed piece of work is not produced?"

"Students have produced a fantastic piece of work, but it is an MP4 and we cannot put this into a portfolio."

FEAR NOT...Enter Google Drawing and QR Codes...

Steps to Success

  • First, open a new Google Drawing Document. If you have created a template format for portfolio use, great.  If not then, click here for an example - feel free to save a copy and use it!
  • QR Codes (Quick Response) are a mobile phone readable barcode that can store website URL's. Here at Seisen International School we use GAFE (Google Apps for Education) so all that we store on The Drive is given a link (URL).  
  • Ensure you have saved the file you wish for parents, students and colleagues to marvel in the magic at in Google Drive.  Create a shareable link and decide your privacy setting - it might be best if anyone with the link is able to view the file.
  • Copy the URL, visit paste it into the generator and the QR is created!
  • Download and save the QR Code.  
  • Click here to download Mr Towse's steps to success guide!
If you use this or any of the ideas in this blog, I would love to hear from you.  Let me know through email, Twitter or leave a comment below!


On October 31st, we celebrate Halloween, thought to be the one night of the year when ghosts, witches, and fairies are especially active.

Whilst Kindergarten, Middle School & High School celebrated Halloween last week, our elementary school was taking IOWA Tests!

This week our Homeroom Parents' have been busy decorating homerooms across the elementary school ready for Thursday's (5th November) Celebration.

ICT integration meets Halloween and Mr Towse is showcasing Ditty and WordFoto.  It is not the first time these apps have featured in Mr Towse Blog!

If you are a regular visitor to Mr Towse's Blog you may remember the post, featuring WordFoto.  It was used in Grade 4's Previous Unit of Inquiry - Central Idea: Creating and responding to art develops understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Here the girls used the app to create a piece of art to represent social issues.

Mr Towse has used Word Foto this Halloween to represent words associated to this particular time of year.  This was given to students and students used their Word Foto to create a word bank of ideas.  It was a great link to week eight's 100-word challenge.

Mr Towse as The joker
Original Photo
Mr Towse as The joker

Ditty makes another appearance on PYP ICT with Mr Towse, it also features on Ms. Carnright's blog.  Check it out!

If you use this or any of the ideas in this blog, I would love to hear from you. Let me know through email, Twitter or leave a comment below!

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