Sunday, February 18, 2018

Reflective Website Post 2: Exploring SeeSaw

Hi everyone!

I'm back with another reflection post for my technology grad class.
If you want to read my first post about Technology Use Over the Years, click here.

For this post, I am exploring the SeeSaw Learning Journal.
I would love to hear your feedback of the app in the comments...please tell me how you use it and any tips that you wish you would have known when you first got started! :)

If you read my previous post, then you know that I love incorporating new technology in my classroom...but now I am looking to find a more purposeful way to incorporate technology for student use.
I think SeeSaw might be the answer!

Here's what I know so far:
*digital portfolios
*each student has their own portfolio
*students login using a specific QR code for their class
*multiple media forms (pictures, video, recordings, drawings, notes)
*assignments can be organized by subject area
*student portfolios can be shared with parents
*parents can only access their child's work
*students and teachers can leave feedback/comments on assignments (teachers moderate)
*iOS, Android, Kindle, Chrome book, Chrome, Firefox compatible

Here is a quick video overview that I found helpful when learning about SeeSaw:

Last week, I observed a teacher using SeeSaw with a small group of students. She had created a math task (story problem) for students to respond to in the app. It was interesting to see how the students chose to respond. Three of the students started with paper & pencil. They solved the problem and showed their work on the paper. They then took a picture of their paper using the iPad, and uploaded it to their journal. One student went about it a different way. He decided to respond to the assignment with a drawing. He still solved the problem and showed his work, but chose to upload his drawing rather than a picture of paper work. 
All of the students successfully uploaded an answer to the assignment, but this showed that there is also some technology differentiation when using SeeSaw. The students can choose the best way for them to complete assignments.

The image above came from a PDF file, SeeSaw Overview for Teachers.
You can find the whole PDF here.

I have created a class on the SeeSaw app and started looking through some of the assignments that are already created on the app. I think a few of these might be a good way to get started and get the students acquainted with the new app and how it works. These things will also give them practice uploading different types of media.
(1) My Goal: Students draw a picture of their goal and record a statement about their goal.
(2) Favorite Classroom Spot: Students upload a picture or video of their favorite spot in our classroom and why.
(3) Writer's Workshop: Students take a picture or video of their writing and record themselves reading it.

I would love to hear your thoughts below about using SeeSaw in the classroom!
What grade do you teach?
What are the best ways that you've found to have students use the app?
Do you have your own iPads or shared iPads?
Did you include parents right away?
Any tips/tricks you'd like to share?

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