One of the district provided digital tools this year is Seesaw. This is a powerful tool that allows students to demonstrate their learning through drawing, voice recording, taking videos/pictures and so much more. Teachers gain insight to student understanding instantly. Families can also see their child’s work and communicate directly to the school.
Students in this class also use the recording/video features to share their thinking and learning. Emily finds student recordings the most exciting feature of Seesaw, “I like how I can tell what students are thinking one by one. I can watch their videos at a later time and make adjustments to instruction and developing groups.I do this on an almost daily basis to pull groups for phonics differentiated lessons.”
Within Seesaw, students also share videos and comment on one another’s work. Another feature that Emily has found helpful is the Seesaw Digital Citizenship printable posters. “I teach students how to give purposeful comments that are specific to work. They can give positive feedback or comments using the sentence starters I found on Seesaw.”
Emily and her 2nd grade team will be using the Seesaw Drawing feature to Create and Reflect as a tool for their IEG in which students share their learning at a DOK 2 or above. They are currently solving math problems and verbally explaining their thinking.
When asked where teachers could start, Emily’s advice was, “Don’t be intimidated, start small with the Activity Library to get your feet wet. You can work up to creating your own activities.”
Julie Carlson (the DTL at Deane) stated, "Deane teachers are excited to utilize Seesaw in instruction with students. The built in features of video, audio, and text allow our students to demonstrate their thinking and creativity. We are excited that it allows students to be producers with an authentic audience. Emily has been using Seesaw with students to deepen their understanding of content and digital citizenship. Her willingness to support our staff in co-leading PD is an example of her collaborative nature and leadership."
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This is not just an elementary/primary tool. Secondary classroom can use Seesaw too. Checkout this video to see the possibilities! Consider getting families connected to your class and print out invites for upcoming conferences by watching this video. The Jeffco EdTech team has put together this text set to help you learn independently or feel free to reach out to your EdTech specialist for school-based learning or questions.