How I Use It
I will first admit that I am new to using Seesaw in my 5th grade classroom this year, however, it's been a phenomenal ride thus far! This app can be used in so many different ways to make the "home-school connection" that I will only cover a few! First, I used the resources on the website to help me to decide how to introduce this to my students. This was very new to them as well, so I wanted to make sure I chose the right way to present it. Seesaw has many amazing resources on their website. They also provide a Seesaw Teachers Facebook group that I highly recommend that you join. Many teachers ask questions and share their ideas on there as well. The first thing that I did with Seesaw was to have the students take a picture of themselves on the first day of school. Then they uploaded it into their journals and wrote what they were excited for this school year. Students caught on right away with how to scan the code and place items into their folders. I would recommend spending a lot of time getting to know the settings and what you want to have turned on and off. I created a "Test Student" account for myself so that I could see what the students would see before presenting it to the students. This helped me to know what they would encounter when they started. Since then, the possibilities are endless. I have had them upload a picture of finished map in Social Studies and record themselves telling 3 things they learned from it. Students have also worked in centers and instead of submitting written work to show a QAR sort, they took a photo and uploaded it into their journal. As I think of different lessons and projects we do in the classroom, I think of ways to incorporate Seesaw so students can document their learning.
My overall opinion is that this a resource all teachers should be using. Not only does it allow parents to connect with their child and see what they are doing in school, but it also allows students to reflect and revisit some of their work as well. Parents have commented about awesome it is to be able to see their work and then carry on a conversation at home because they saw exactly what their child was learning or doing that day/week. I love that helps the students to become more independent and also adds a level of responsibility because they are posting their work online for their parents and other students to see. Since we are in a shared device classroom this year, we use the QR code which means that other students can see one another's work, however this doesn't have to be the case if you are 1:1. I cannot wait to continue to use this product with my students and parents in more creative ways this school year and beyond!