In addition to creating lessons and assessments, teachers can use the site for preparing report cards and conducting parent-teacher conferences. They also can give students scannable codes that link to their user accounts, allowing them to quickly and easily upload on-the-spot snaps as exit tickets or quick assessments. Additionally, students can provide reflections on their own learning and engage in communication with their teacher.Continue reading Show less
Sesame is a portfolio, assessment, and parent-communication tool with both app and Web versions. Teachers create portfolios for each student and then give students and parents access to that portfolio. Using the Sesame Snap app, teachers and students then can add "snaps" (photos or videos) or mini-snapshots of how a student is doing in school. Teachers also can comment on student snaps. For example, a student could upload a picture of her math assignment, and the teacher could leave a comment with suggestions for progress the next day. Teachers also can create assignments and rubrics and assess them directly from the site. There also are links to both Canadian and American educational standards, allowing teachers to directly import learning objectives to your rubric. This consolidates assessment to one website instead of a thousand spreadsheets and allows teachers to provide ongoing feedback on student learning to families.
Sesame offers a flexible platform for greater communication among students, teachers, and parents, which is an important component of learning. The site attempts to minimize the time teachers spend on assessment, allowing for more focus on learning activities and fostering communication. Many teachers have found that this system takes less time than traditional assessment, although if they share assessments with parents (by exporting them one by one), there may be an expectation that they consistently update these assessments throughout the year. Some teachers might find that process unwieldy. Generally, though, this is a great way to increase communication, address students' needs, and de-escalate conflicts.