Teacher Review For Seesaw: The Learning Journal

Excellent Tool for Creating Digital Portfolios

Stephanie F.
Educational Technology Integration Consultant
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Seesaw is in incredible tool to use in your classroom to help your students create digital portfolios. Students can submit work in a variety of formats including, photos, videos, drawings, links, or typed notes. To set up a class a teacher creates an account and can choose to register students individually (great for shared iPad scenarios) or to have students sign in themselves using a Google login (great for 1:1 scenarios). Teachers have lots of control options, such as, allowing students to see each others work and portfolios, approving items before they appear in the portfolio, and allowing parents access to the portfolio. If a teacher allows a parent to have access, there is a prepared letter for parents with instructions to log in on any device and view their students portfolio. This letter can be printed in a variety of languages. Also, teachers can email parents with information on creating the account and allowing access. Teachers are able to view student work in the portfolio as a whole class, as individuals, or based on assignment grouping using folders.
My Take
I think this is a fantastic tool to use in the classroom. Seesaw solves the issue of, "My students made this incredible thing on the iPad/Chromebook/etc, how do I view it/evaluate it/share it with parents?" With Seesaw teachers can have students create incredible projects using other apps and submit their work to one place for the teacher to check and review. Teachers can also comment on student work and help them understand problems they may need to overcome in their learning. Seesaw works wonderfully in a shared iPad environment, where students are using iPads that are shared within the classroom or with other classrooms in the building. Teachers no longer have to search and find a students project on an iPad in a set of 20+. When using Seesaw the hardest part is setting up the classroom and settings, and even this is not very difficult. I would estimate that even the most non-tech savvy teachers could have their classrooms up and running with all the settings within 15 minutes. Allowing parent access is easy once you have your classroom set up. The Seesaw help center is incredible and also very responsive to any questions you may have. Overall I am very impressed with this app and highly recommend it to any teachers that are using iPads/andriod/chromebook and want quick access to student work.