What is Seesaw?
The best way to describe what Seesaw is to show you. Click the links below to see some examples of what I have had my kids do on Seesaw, how I have used it to flip lessons, as well as how I use Seesaw to communicate with parents. Check out these examples of student work and of me flipping my lessons:
|Student Example 1||Student Example 2||Student Example 3
|Student Example 4||Student Example 5||Student Example 6|
|Flipped Example 1||Flipped Example 2||Flipped Example 3|
I could show you thousands more examples of how my students and I use this tool every day in our classroom (8,142 examples to be exact), but we simply don’t have time for that.
Seesaw is basically Facebook for the classroom (with a focus on sharing our best work, of course) and has transformed my life as a teacher and my students' lives as learners. Students can post their work, comment and offer feedback on each others work (if you allow them to), edit their work, and you can even have them post work from home! They can also draw, type, label, point, and record to explain their thinking. It is truly the best way to see what students are thinking and learning on your journey together through the school year!
Seesaw is also a great platform for sharing eLearning lessons and for students to post their work. I use it to embed my Google Slides which contain videos, links, explanations, and instructions for posting their work.
Why do you need this tool in your classroom?
Seesaw was completely foreign to me when I started at my new school in 2015. Even though I was unsure of what it was exactly, my teaching partner was doing it so I thought, "Why not?" Little did I know that my life as a teacher would be forever changed. I fell so in love with Seesaw, that I became an ambassador and preach its features anywhere to anyone who will listen.
What's so great about this platform is that you can use it to best serve you and your students in the way that is best for you and them. The possibilities are endless. You can:
|Flipped Spelling Assessment||Flipped Math Assessment|
Embed links from YouTube to teach/enhance lessons
Communicate and interact with parents
My students love it when they see that students from halfway around the world have commented on their work or pictures! (See below.)
Watch this first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlw-tUKvnNc
Watch this second: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1Z0OqzwKp0
Seesaw hosts many ‘PD in Your PJ’s’ about how to use this tool in different ways. It is such a huge help for those just starting out as well as those teachers who are ready to take their Seesawing to the next level! Follow them on Twitter (@seesaw) to be notified when they are hosting a new "PD in Your PJ's." If you miss it, they also post them on YouTube.
Give Seesaw a try. You won’t regret it.
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