How I Use It
Learning journal, digital portfolio, social media platform, a lightweight learning management system, blogging...these are the top words that come to mind when I think about Seesaw. I've just started using Seesaw with second grade classrooms simply to work on fluency and to quickly share recordings with classmates and teachers. But it's so much more than this. It is Edmodo, Educreations, Kidblog, Quick Voice, your camera, etc. all wrapped into one nice little package. No need to download a bunch of apps on your iPads. This can do most everything you need and allow your students to learn, create and share with the most important stakeholders...teachers, students and parents.
This app, hands down, is my favorite app, for sure. I'm a huge proponent of effective uses of tablets in schools and this app supports my mission 100%. Students can easily capture their learning by snapping a photo, recording a video, drawing a picture, pulling work from the camera roll, or typing a note and then share it with their teacher and classmates. Student work appears on the class wall similar to Edmodo where the teacher and other students can comment, like, and create conversations all to keep the learning going. One of my favorite quotes from a conference I went to is, "Don't let content die on the device." We have our students spend a lot of time creating "stuff" and then it just sits on the device and is forgotten. This app keeps those things alive and makes learning a social event. Do you have students who are emerging or struggling readers and writers? Have no fear. Seesaw is here allowing students to post audio explanations and comments to anything they share ...a great way to differentiate. Do you have your students create works of art in other apps like Toontastic, PicCollage or ChatterPix? No worries, save those to the camera roll and then Seesaw allows you to upload that work and easily share. Shadow Puppets will automatically upload it to Seesaw for you. Worried that your parents won't be getting the normal amount of papers in their Tuesday folders? Get them connected to Seesaw as well so they can keep up with the learning that goes on in your classroom. Last, but not least, Seesaw provides amazing support in getting started and ideas on how to implement in your classroom. Just check out their website. Give this app (or website) a try. You will not be disappointed.