Unleashing the Deep Learning


  • Reflect on how you integrate technology with new pedagogies to unleash deep learning.

Last week we went overnight in VLE because the cases of coronavirus raised so much in South Korea, the city council declared a state of emergency, level 2.5 and all the schools went on an online learning system.

That was the perfect opportunity to grab the seesaw, assign my task, and communicate with my students. We had a theme to draw, paint, and animate our favorite character.

Inspired by the 6C from the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning by  Michael Fullan

*Character Education





*Critical Thinking


I try to integrate the communication, creativity, critical thinking attributes to apply in this project. We gave our best to communicate clearly our ideas and to listen to each other carefully. To be original and express our creativity as much as possible. And at the end to make a self-assessment to apply self-critical thinking.

For some of the students went pretty good and for some were limited in expressing themself with the animation tools. I will show you some examples.




We also hold a Zoom meeting session to explain the task more in detail and to answer and guide my students immediately in real-time, while they are creating. 


  • Design personalized learning experiences and accommodate learner differences.


For animation, they could choose between FlipaClip, Aggie.io,  Seesaw, and other animation programs to create something with digital animation. It was depending on their level, how simple or how complicated they would like to develop this task. 

Here are a few examples of their answer for self-assessment for this project. But I admit, because I gave them too many questions, (5pages), the children from 5th Grade, were confused and didn’t answer so detailed as I expect it.

Then I tried to restructure my self-assessment and I reduced it to fewer questions and another class (4th Graders)responded very well. Finally, I could get more information that I could evaluate.



This an example where I used technology to integrate in my art class practice, was to create an assessment assignment where I asked a few important questions to guide their reflection about their art project. In the end, I invited the children to name two things(stars) that they are proud of and one wish that they would like to improve.

I found out a great resource online and I tried to guide my questions based on that model. Here is an explicit self-assessment example.

My students’ response:

Reflecting on theories of pedagogy in deep learning I was happy to read about this author, Paulo Freire, who impressed me very much with his humanist thoughts.

Paulo Freire wrote about “Dialogical Learning. In his book “The Pedagogy of the Oppressed”, he names the five important factors that an educator should have in order to define the dialogical learning process.

*Humility, *Hope, *Faith, *Love, and * Critical Thinking. 

How do you demonstrate humility, hope, faith, love, and critical thinking in your classroom/school?


”  Teachers who approach students with a genuine desire to learn from and understand them facilitates much a more effective relationship than those who adopt a directive approach centered on their own knowledge, education, and experience. “(Paulo Freire)

Because I am an artist myself, and I know what a delicate situation is when expressing your feeling through arts. I try to put myself in their shoes and imagine that my students feel the same. Therefore, I come with much respect and care when I express my opinion, first encouraging them and then guiding them carefully on how can they improve their work. So first I asked them what they wanted to express and listen to them then I can give them some advice.

Because I respect their work, I often ask if they would like me to show aside some technical tricks or directly on their work.


Dialogue cannot be carried on in a climate of hopelessness. If the dialoguers expect nothing to come of their efforts, their encounters will be empty, sterile, bureaucratic and tedious.” – Paulo Freire

I encourage my students and inspire hope, that I believe in them and that I am looking forward to seeing their artwork as soon as they are finished and whenever they are ready to share with me.


When teachers have faith in students, they see them as autonomous individuals deserving of respect. This faith in students paves the way for a deeper trust to be established, and trust is critical in any relationship where real, meaningful learning is a goal.” Paulo Freire

In a way, hope and faith are very close and interconnecting. It is the trust that I invest in them, that they could do their best and that they will be proud of themself and confident in their knowledge and talents.


“If I do not love the world–If I do not love life–If I do not love [people]–I cannot enter into dialogue.” – Paulo Freire

I believe that all the educators who choose this work to work with children, they trully love children and are capable to give, sharing their knowledge with their heart.

To love means to be vulnerable. Brené Brown also explained this in a very deep talk. She explains also about shame, courage, and the power that you can have in your classroom as a teacher.

How can you take etical decisions and that shame and guilty are so important feelings.  A valuable advice that stayed in my mind was :”If someone speaks about a hatred massage then talk about pain.” as Brene Brown said.





“Only dialogue … is … capable of generating critical thinking.” – Paulo Freire

“One way to keep our focus on student learning is to ask, “Are we letting the students do the thinking?” Freire

Some strategies to create an open dialog, constructive, and encouraging critical thinking are:

  • Connecting learning to student interests
  • Asking good questions
  • Using learning structures and teaching strategies that prompt student thinking

For me, connecting learning to student interests, helped me a lot to get their attention and focus on the art subject.  When they have a subject matter, a character(a hero like Zelda, or “Among Us”), that they love, they are so passionate and motivated about what they are doing, that they really try their best.

Guiding the introduction to my lesson with good questions is also one of my personal challenges because I am trying to apply as much as I can, inquiring based learning. That is why I am thinking which are the good key questions to prompt their learning in the direction that I want them to learn.

What do you think, which strategies are you using in your teaching?


2 Replies to “Unleashing the Deep Learning”

  1. Hi Simona,

    Thank you for an inspiring post. I like the way you are using Seesaw. This is one of my favorite tools. Online learning is simply unimaginable without it, especially after the recent Google G Suite tools meltdown for an hour (maybe you have heard about it :). This experience made me think – now what? How to communicate without Gmail, Hangouts, Meets? Seesaw was the answer. It is a great tool for fluent communication between teachers and students, as well as teachers and parents. By the way, Lithuania is also beating the record of COVID cases and all of the schools are teaching online till the end of January, and people are supposed to stay home and not leave it without a really serious reason. Coming back to your Seesaw activity – thank you for really great resources. I was curious from the very first moment of reading your post – what tool has Simona to create animations…? I don’t know if you are familiar with Scratch coding, but you might like it. It is my latest discovery, really cool resources with detailed instructions on how to create really cool stuff. Especially, when using it as an art tool, it allows students to draw stages and characters and animate them after that. Google CS First – https://csfirst.withgoogle.com/s/en/home and Code club by Raspberry Pi – https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/codeclub

    1. Hi Julia!
      So nice to hear from you! Thank you so much for your great advice about Scratch coding. It is so helpful. I really appreciate that.
      The students used most of them FlipaClip for their animation. Some of them used also seesaw tools (video, recording).
      Seesaw was in our school for PYP and ES the main tool that we assigned the tasks. Google docs were for the 5th Grade and the other upper grades. We hold via zoom assemblies every week sharing the wonderful results of our learning and jokes and stories about profile learners, we made also a Shout Out List were everyone could send a message to their friends and teachers. This was a great success to hold our community together. Maybe you could try this out at your school.
      I hope you are well and safe in Lithuania. I wish you good health and stay safe. Good luck with remote learning!
      And not last, Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year 2021!

      Cheers, Simona.

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