Saturday, December 2, 2017

Seesaw - Notes from #EdCampR13 Session | #EdCamp

Students can post photos, audio, video, links, text, and and upload files to Seesaw.

Interesting use of Seesaw by teacher who is facilitating: Student filled out a behavior worksheet when she was off task. Then posted a pic of it to Seesaw and did an audio reflection on it. Parents can then see what happened and discuss at home later. (Personal thought: Would this make Seesaw less appealing to the students?)

Up to 10 family members can be given access to see students's work in Seesaw. In one case, a grandmother who lives out of state gets to see her grandchild's work and comments on it all the time. So cool!!! (Might want to let parents know they shouldn't invite someone who might be too judgmental.)

Types of Posts That Can be Made in Seesaw
One teacher shared that she teaches in a low SES area but has 100% participation from parents because they all have smartphones and can use the app! Parents can choose if they want to be notified by email or by an app notification when something is posted by their child. Parents only see their own students' work unless the teacher posts to the blog function. 

Students can comment on each others' work. The comment activity can be toggled on and off for specific activities in Seesaw. Great way to teach digital citizenship and appropriate online behavior. 

Can help students understand that this is their WOW work. Parents don't want to see pics of your shoes or the ceiling, etc.

In September, Seesaw just added the ability for teachers to create activities for students to do. Students complete in Seesaw. Example shown by facilitator was a template she made in Google Slides for demonstrating understanding of a multiplication problem. She downloaded as a PDF then uploaded to the Seesaw activity, and students were able to use the Seesaw tools to create.

Activities can be copied from class to class and even shared via link with another teacher!

Great for accountability! Can pull up activities and see who has completed them, then direct students accordingly.

Can download all activities as PDFs individually or the whole journal. Students could save the PDF to their Google Drive if you aren't using the paid version that allows the journal to follow the student from year to year.

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