Seesaw: a digital portfolio of student work
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Looking for a way kids can share their work with parents? Thinking ahead to curriculum night or parent-teacher conferences? Seesaw is a great solution. It’s paperless! It’s organized! And so easy to use!
It’s a digital portfolio and it’s so kid-friendly that they can upload their own work. That’s huge for the kids and you too! For the kids, it’s exciting to upload, organize and embellish their work. For you, it’s sharing the work! No more collecting and saving projects for 20+ kids. Each person’s is kept in one place and, the best part is… they’re taking charge of it. That’s a win for sustainability!
How we use it
Anna uses it in her classroom. She uses it to record her students’ presentations so that they and their parents can see what an amazing job they did! She, also, uses it to keep digital copies of the students’ creations throughout the year – including those hard to keep pieces of artwork like salt dough maps of the continents!
Marti hasn’t used it yet but after seeing what it can do, she’s all in.
Here’s what we like:
- It’ so kid-friendly! The app even recognizes when the camera is still enough to get a clear shot so kids can be their own photographers and organizers. It’s quick and simple for you to create a class and folders so that kids organize their own work. So they’re getting practice with functional organization skills and you’re not getting the repeated practice of organizing 20+ students’ work!
- It’s got great features – the ability for kids to do their own voiceovers easily and add drawings. Those extras will make kids even more excited about showcasing their work!
- Easy for you to give kids feedback. Yup, you can still review students’ work with feet up at home but you won’t have to lug the projects home. That’s one for sustainability!
- It’s great for parent communication and for sharing students’ work. Which also means it can be great evidence for evals – think Danielson Framework.
- You can set the restrictions so that you approve anything students upload, all comments they make and approve work so that parents can access it. You can decide just how open or restrictive you want access to be – from students viewing and sharing comments with each other to access being restricted to just you.
- Teachers can upload and assign work through Seesaw. We haven’t done that yet but since annotating looks easy and straightforward for kids, we think it could be a good option.
- The app is versatile. It’s accessible online, on Chromebook, Android, and iOS. And even in several languages. If your students have their own Google account, they can use it so set up is even easier.
- Seesaw has a parent invite printable with a QR code that tells how to register and download the app so no homework for you there! An important thing to make sure they know is that while parent access is free, it’s limited to the most work uploaded within the last 30 days unless they pay a yearly fee (about $10).
Creative, dynamic, organized student portfolios? SeeSaw could be your ticket! You’ve got this! Make it happen!