Documenting student learning with Seesaw

      As a teacher, it is easy for me to see the progress students are making by the work that they produce. What I have found, however, is that students and parents aren’t able to see that same progress because they do not have access to the finished products on a daily basis. I have recently introduced Seesaw, a student driven digital portfolio into my classroom. Seesaw allows students to create notes, upload work, and make videos to document their work. At first, I was skeptical about how this program would engage students and invest them in their learning, but after the first use of Seesaw I have no doubt this program will be a success.

 

How I am using this:

Students will be given a simple daily assignment on Seesaw as seen below.

Screenshot 2016-01-29 at 10.12.32 AM

Students can then complete the assignment in a variety of ways.Screenshot 2016-01-29 at 10.13.30 AM

      Once students have completed their work, they submit it for my approval. If approved, their assignment is posted on the their personal Seesaw timeline, and the class timeline which only the teacher is able to access. Other classmates are able to see the work of their peers and like or comment on it (with approval, of course)!

 

Here are some examples of what we have done in Spelhouse!

Screenshot 2016-01-29 at 10.15.45 AMNa’Shon’s uploaded Dust Bowl narrative

 
Screenshot 2016-01-29 at 10.17.08 AMClassmates showing Taurus some love with their likes and comments!

 
Screenshot 2016-01-29 at 10.18.36 AMJay’Quan explaining to classmates how to conduct a proper experiment.

Other features:

      Seesaw allows for parents to follow their child’s timeline and check-in and comment on their work. Seesaw even provides a handout explaining their product and step-by-step instructions of how to access it!  Another feature that I really like is that Seesaw allows for teachers to create a classroom blog, and easily link items from your class timeline on to the blog. I feel that having a class blog where we publish work will introduce a new level of academic ownership in my classroom.

Pros Cons
  • Students are SO invested in the Facebook and Instagram like features of Seesaw
  • Allows students to document learning in a variety of ways
  • I am able to approve all posts, comments, etc
  • Parents are able to follow their students work
  • Extremely user friendly
  • It is easy to link work from the class timeline to the class blog
  • Students like to take pictures and create videos that are not necessarily school-related

        Overall, I am so happy to have introduced this app to my class. I will continue to use it to document student work to show the progress we make as a class.

 

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