Seesaw: A Tool for the Students, Teachers, and Parents!
SeeSaw: A Wonderful tool for Teachers, Students, and Parents!
Type of technology: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, and Android
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade Level: K-12
Subject Area: All Areas
My first exposure to Seesaw was as a parent. I was asked by my daughter’s classroom teacher to acquire the app to view my daughter’s digital portfolio. At first I thought, “Oh God, not another app I have to manipulate my way through and see everyone else’s conversations.” I am a bit of an introvert and I don’t like to get 800 emails a day and also deal in other people’s business. To my delight Seesaw was not at all the digital traffic jam that I thought it would be. Every couple of days I get a text message that alerts me to something added to my daughter’s account. It is always fun for me to get a quick glimpse of her day and I am able to send my encouragement for her efforts made.
How it can be used in the classroom?
From using it as a digital portfolio to show parents at report card conferences to using it as a part of the student’s assessment process, Seesaw has potential for many roles in the classroom. It is super simple to set up and once you get the ball rolling the students engagement grows significantly.
I started using it in collaboration with our music teacher at our school. We wanted to try it out before we introduced it to the rest of our staff. She first had every student load an example of what they are learning in her class so that when the parents signed up using their child’s individual QR code, they would have something to see and get really “jazzed” about it.
The school app we had loaded onto our iPads.
An example of an essay one of my students wanted to share with her parents. On the right side of the screen you can see my seesaw dashboard. It shows the names of my students and how many posts they have made.
This is a screen shot of how intuitive the program is for the students. I have heard of kindergarteners able to independently use it.
Other possible uses for Seesaw:
- Use as a formative assessment
- Parent communication
- Digital portfolio
- Reading and Writing rotation
- Share work or tests students are proud of
- Create video or book reviews to be published
- Exit tickets
- Share projects for peer and parent review
- Share what they learned in school that day
I can think of a million ways Seesaw can be beneficial in a classroom.
Pro: It is free! It is very easy to set up and parents love it. When I talked about it at my parent conferences the parents had already heard all about it from their children. They were ready to sign up. Many had the app from their children insisting they get it. The children are excited to be displaying their accomplishments and are proud their parents are giving them almost immediate feedback. Parents are reporting to me that they love being able to get a closer look at the day to day in the classroom.
I should add that before anything actually gets posted you have the ultimate control of whether or not it makes it to the site. If students are fooling around, and they do sometimes, you can choose to delete the post and no one is the wiser!
Con: I truly haven’t found anything negative to say. I love it!