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Seesaw in the Classroom

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Many of you may remember the seesaw.  A piece of playground equipment that was merely a long plank of wood attached to a centered fulcrum that provided tons of fun as two (or more) children, one sitting on each end, alternate pumping themselves into the air by pushing with their feet.  Back and forth, back and forth, up and down, up and down.  It’s very rare that you will see a seesaw in playgrounds these days.  However, you will see Seesaw (the app) in the classrooms!  Seesaw is a free digital portfolio for students that allows that “Back and Forth” communication with their teachers and parents.  Students independently document their projects and post them for both family and teachers to see and react to.  I like to call it “Safe, Selective, Social Media with an Educational Twist”.

In Kindergarten we use Seesaw on a daily basis.  Students use an iPad to access the Seesaw app.  They then select one of the Seesaw tools (Photo, Video, Drawing, Add File, Note, or Link) to record their assignment or creation.  One example would be in our “Reading Station”.  Students enjoy reading and/or looking at their favorite books (non-digital, of course).  They can either record themselves reading a book, give a short book report, or do story retell by telling the beginning, middle, and end of the story.  Another example would be to take a picture of a sentence or story they wrote, then record themselves reading it.  They then “Post” their entry.  Once an entry is posted, the teacher must first approve it before it can be seen by the student and parents. 

Once the teacher receives entries that were posted, they can either approve them for the student or parent to see, edit, save it for student editing, make comments, or save any entries to discuss with the students or parents at Parent-Teacher conferences.  The teacher can also create activities for students to complete in Seesaw, such as providing a link for students to watch a specific video.  Teachers also can create formative assessments for students to complete.

Parents have a Seesaw app downloaded on their chosen device.  Only the teacher can approve parent access.  Parents only see their own child’s work, and if they have more than one child in school that is using Seesaw, they can access each child’s Seesaw account.  It provides an immediate and personalized view of their child’s day at school.  Parents can “LIKE” or comment on their child’s work just as one would on other social media.  They also receive immediate communication from the teacher.  Teachers can post announcements and class news for everyone to receive through the digital portfolio.

Teachers also have the ability to create a Blog within the Seesaw app for students to share their work on a much wider scale.  Sharing their work throughout the world on a simple level.  Our classroom has not chosen this feature at this time.  If you are interested in learning more about Seesaw, you can contact me at mmarker@freemanschools.net, or visit https://web.seesaw.me/.

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