Developing essential agreements to use with Seesaw – our new portfolio tool

Mr Broughton helped us last week to understand how important it is to reflect on our thinking with Seesaw – which we do all the time in 5W. Metacognition – this time applied to what and how we post our learnings on Seesaw. This is what we came up with:

Here is Mr Broughton working with us – thank you Mr Broughton!

How to take GOOD video using iPads

Mr. Broughton came in to our class this week and we came up with the following rules/ideas for getting good video on the iPad.

1. Always use the iPad in LANDSCAPE mode.
2. Background – make sure it’s not ‘busy’ or distracting. Simple but with contrast. Check brightness.
3. Don’t stand next to, or lean on a wall.
4. Light on one side of a face can be nice.
5. You don’t have to have the subject of the video in the middle of the screen. Offset it. Rule of thirds!
6. Be aware of volume.
7. All video should be UNDER 5 minutes – though 1 or 2 minutes is often enough.

Thank you Mr. Broughton

Mr. Broughton taught us HOW to take + edit great PHOTOS on the iPad

Mr. Broughton came in to class today to teach us HOW to take and edit great photos on the iPad – and then put them in to Seesaw.

Mr. Broughton recommends that:

1. you FOCUS on the image.
2. you hold the iPad still (arms at your sides)
3. keep your fingers away from the lens.
4. think about whether you want to or need to use the timer or flash.
5. keep the image in the CENTER.
6. be careful of GLARE – take the photo over the top of the image and in a brightly lit place.

How to EDIT:

Always use the AUTO ENHANCE tool
CROP the image leaving a small margin around the outside

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Welcome to The Hour of Code

The founders of Facebook, Microsoft, and Google all started their journeys with just one line of code. This week 5 million students in 33,000 classrooms across 167 countries will be trying out code as part of Computer Science Education Week. Khan Academy created an ‘Hour of Code’ lesson. At the end of the hour, students will have (hopefully coded their very own greeting card to send to someone this holiday season:

If they can type, they can code. Coding may seem a little scary to some, but Khan Academy have made a fun hour of coding that’ll have them building things in a snap. They have custom made a tutorial for students that requires no prior experience and is good for grades 3 to 12 and beyond – anybody can learn:


Welcome to our Hour of Code!: Pamela welcomes you to our programming community here on Khan Academy.

Planet Nutshell

Planet Nutshell produces short animated videos to explain products, services, and concepts. One of their series of videos is all about the Internet and Internet safety for K-12 students.

NetSafe Episode 5: Cyberbullies are No Fun! (Grades 4-6) from Planet Nutshell on Vimeo.

NetSafe Episode 6: What is Personal Information? (Grades 4-6) from Planet Nutshell onVimeo.

NetSafe Episode 7: Understanding Online “Friends” (Grades 4-6) from Planet Nutshell onVimeo.

NetSafe Episode 8: Talk to an Adult You Trust (Grades 4-6) from Planet Nutshell on Vimeo.

NetSafe Episode 9: Posting Pictures Online (Grades 4-6) from Planet Nutshell on Vimeo