Teacher Review For Seesaw: The Learning Journal

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Jennifer A.
Classroom teacher
Montclaire Elementary School
Los Altos, CA
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My Grades 2
My Subjects English Language Arts, English Language Learning, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
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
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
My students complete a large portion of their daily work on iPads. We use Seesaw to transfer all iPad work home so parents and other family members can see what's been happening in class. I can comment on student work, just like I might on paper, and parents can also comment. My students also use Seesaw as a way to reflect on their work and progress in class. Earlier this week Seesaw made a classroom blog available so students can share and communicate with students in another Seesaw classrooms.
My Take
I like that Seesaw interfaces with so many file types and other apps. Students can upload photos, videos, and links to their portfolio and they can also take photos, draw, and take notes within Seesaw. Seesaw allows students to record audio and annotate on top of photos. Many apps use the "open in" feature to transfer projects directly from the app created in to Seesaw. The way buttons are organized makes the workflow easy for students. Another feature in Seesaw is the ability of the teacher to add an image, which all the students can make a copy of. Students can then annotate, working toward a paperless classroom. This feature works well when my students want to draw on an image, such as matching or circling items, but not when they want to write words. I've requested a feature to allow for typing.