Thursday, September 3, 2015

Seesaw App

Sally Shackelford, 2nd grade at Trace Crossings Elementary, shared a great app with me recently. It's Seesaw, a digital portfolio tool which can be used with any age but will be of particular interest to K-2 because of the ease of use with the iPad.

Check out this video of Sally telling us about the app.  

Here is a description of the app from the company:
Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school.

Easily Capture Student Learning in Any Form
∙ Students can use photos, videos, drawings, text notes, links to show what they know. 
∙ When students add to their Seesaw journal, content is uploaded, organized by student, and immediately accessible to teachers from any device.
∙ Teachers can browse work from the entire class or for a single student.  Optionally, use folders to organize work by subject area or project.
∙ Teachers can flag items for follow up or to review at parent-teacher conferences.

Sign In Options that Work for All Ages
∙ Younger learners or classrooms with shared devices can sign in with a QR code.  Older students can sign in with their existing Google Account.
Encourage Reflection and Provide an Authentic Audience
∙ Seesaw helps capture the learning process not just the end result.  Students can use Seesaw’s built-in audio recording and drawing tools to reflect on what they’ve learned or explain how they got their answer.
∙ Seesaw gives students an authentic audience of their peers and parents, encouraging better work and real feedback. Teachers can control who can see what, and what feedback options are available, such as likes and comments.
Strengthen Connections Between School and Home
∙ Include families in the learning process by inviting them to view updates to their child’s Seesaw journal. Seesaw’s immediate, visual updates actually get seen by parents, provide encouragement for students, and cross language barriers.
∙ Teachers approve all new additions and comments before anything is shared with parents.

Teacher Resource Center 
∙ Getting started tips, professional development resources, FAQ.
∙ More than 30 Common Core aligned activity ideas.
∙ Personalized customer support if you need help.

Note:  It's important to remember anytime you create a login for a child, you must have parent permission. You can view Seesaw's privacy policy here.  Also remember to discuss with the students what they can and cannot share online. Only the parents who you share the link with will be able to access the portfolio which makes this a great, safe app for young children.

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