Today’s Contributor: Zuri Garcia
She is a 2nd grade ESL teacher at Dawson elementary. She is in her 5th year of teaching in Austin ISD.
Hello! Today, I want to share my love of Seesaw with you all! This app is a true game changer! It functions as a teaching tool, a motivator for students, a parent-teacher communication tool, additionally it also provides a way for families to see and be active in what their child is learning about in school. Here’s how.
Here’s a snapshot of the Seesaw library
You can use a smartphone to find and assign activities to individual students (hello, differentiation! And, targeted practice!) or to your entire class.
- All academic subjects + SEL lessons
- Innovative and integrated across curriculum
- Dual language friendly
Students strengthen self-efficacy by being able to choose how they prefer to demonstrate learning. Students can choose from several tools within the app. The app is intuitive and appropriate for Pre-K and up!
- Photograph (Digital citizenship consideration: When is a selfie appropriate?)
- Video ( Digital citizenship consideration: Need recording etiquette i.e.don’t walk behind someone, photobomb, yell etc.)
- Writing (Scaffolding strategie: How many sentences? Offer a sentence starter such as, “I learned…”)
Parents + Motivation
My students love uploading their work for their families to check out, but the real motivator comes from families commenting on their child’s photos, videos, etc. Students love logging in and seeing what their families have said, especially when they include emojis. Through Seesaw, families are given the opportunity to be continuously engaged with and up to date on their child’s academics. Moreso, Seesaw can also be used to showcase student work.
- Connect parents to the classroom
- Students receive parent feedback
- Increase student motivation
- Create student portfolios
- Parent conference data
This all sounds great, right? But, how do we make this work in reality? My students upload their finished independent work to Seesaw, and then leave the iPad in their group’s caddy for the next person at their table to use once they too have finished. Additionally, you could also have students only upload their “best” work or even “before and afters” of individualized learning goals they are working toward. More importantly, figure out what works for your class! So, just try it and then tweak it to fit your needs!