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Your Guide to Bits & Pieces

As all of us are working hard to figure out how to best support learning in the new normal during The Great Disruption, we are reposting our Welcome Guide to Bits & Pieces. We have a ton of resources that can help support your educational technology needs. To help you navigate both The BNP and ...

BrainPOP- It’s Come A Long Way Baby

When I was in the classroom,  I used BrainPOP videos mostly as sub plans. The videos were an easy way to give my students a solid review of what we had already learned in class. It was simple, kids liked it, and the 10 question quiz kept them accountable for paying attention in my absence. ...

Seesaw Adds The “Send Back” Feature For Teachers.

(Edit:  This feature will actually not be available until January 22, 2020) Seesaw recently rolled out a new feature that finally allows teachers to send a student’s post back to them to re-edit if needed.  This has been a feature request for some time and is finally here!  But… there is a catch. First, this feature ...

Computer Science Education Week: Who is Grace Hopper?

Grace Hopper (1906-1992) studied math and physics at Vassar and Yale in a time many women did not attend college. A professor at Vassar college when World War II erupted, she was compelled to join the US Navy to assist with the war efforts. Grace was assigned to the Bureau of Ordnance Computation Project at ...

Hour of Code: Questions and Answers

 What is Hour of Code? Hour of Code began in 2014 as a one hour introduction to Computer Science. It was developed as a way to demystify “code” and broaden participation.  Schools, businesses, and communities across the globe participate in one hour of coding during Computer Science Education week. While one hour is not enough ...

December 9th – 15th is Computer Science Education Week!

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But only 45% of all high schools teach computer science. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this! If you’ve heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code. ...

Seesaw Gets Drafty

Seesaw seems to always be looking for ways to help students show their learning.  They are also really good at listening to feedback from teachers, students, and parents when they have ideas for improving an already awesome tool. One of the most often requested feature over the last few years is Drafts.  This featuer would ...

Reflect Quickly With Seesaw’s Chrome Extension

Being able to reflect on their learning in Seesaw can be very powerful.  Seesaw has some great creative tools like the drawing and highlighter tools, voice or video to explain something, or importing pictures or other files.  There is so much that can be done in Seesaw for students to reflect on their work. If ...

Welcome Back

At Bits & Pieces we are excited to start another year supporting all of your educational technology needs. To help you navigate both The BNP and the bigger waters of educational technology, we’ve put together this handy guide to all things Bits and Pieces. Read on to find out all that it can do. Using ...

Seesaw Makes Some BIG Updates!

Seesaw just got even better at empowering students with its new updates, released on June 18, 2019.   They have added tools and enhanced existing ones to unlock more opportunities for students to think creatively and reflect on their learning. To take advantage of the updates,  make sure to update the iOS app on iPads or ...