Teacher Review For Seesaw: The Learning Journal

My "Go To" Creation App That Connects Schools and Families

Jamie M.
Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
Hanover County Public Schools
Ashland, VA
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Learning
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
Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I’ve successfully used this app with grades K-5, including students who are English language learners and have been been identified with disabilities, in a variety of ways. Kindergartners used the drawing option to illustrate an object they better understand with one of their five senses. After illustrating, students created a voice recording explaining how one of their five senses gave them information about the object. First and fifth graders have used the app as a way to share ChatterKids, PicCollage, and Toontastic projects with their classmates and families. First graders used the photo option to take a picture of a geometric shape and then explained the features of that shape (including vertices, edges, and angles) through audio recording and drawing on the photo. Third and fourth graders have used the app to record themselves reading. Afterwards, they listened to their recording and self-assessed their fluency on a rubric and set goals for improvement. Seesaw will allow them to easily go back and listen to their recordings as the year continues and enable them to hear their progress. Third graders wrote using the note option and then shared their work with classmates. Afterwards, they read one another’s writing and provided constructive comments.
My Take
I love the versatility this app offers with the different item types students can create - drawing, note, link, recording, photo, camera roll. Assignments can be modified to meet the needs of struggling and advanced learners.Classroom setup is quick and Seesaw’s support staff was fast and efficient in helping me work toward getting the app unblocked on our district’s network. After I registered with Seesaw, I received several short e-mails with ideas for how to use Seesaw in the classroom. Perfect for those looking for meaningful ways to integrate technology into their instruction. Seesaw helps greatly with workflow allowing students to create, share, view and comment on others’ work within a few taps. It also works directly with other apps (like PicCollage and Shadow Puppets) and allows students to save directly to their Seesaw profiles through the share features. Setting options within each class, including those for work approval, commenting, and parent access, allow teachers to customize permissions to best meet the needs of their class. Each student receives a personalized QR code as part of an informative letter that allows her family to access her work - a great way to engage families in learning and school without adding more to teachers’ plates. One perk similar apps don’t offer is the ability to download and save work offline. An addition I would like to see is for users to have the ability to create items that included multiple pages of drawings. One change I’d like made relates to students accessing Seesaw through a computer. They use a class access code and it is only valid for 14 minutes, when used as centers this can be a hindrance. I would like teachers to have the ability to modify the length of time the code is valid.