Monday, March 28, 2016

A Glipse into Our Class Seesaw! {FREE APP!}

Have you heard of Seesaw?  It is amazing and FREE!  It has taken "student-led learning" to a new level in my classroom this year.  My kiddos are encouraged to grab one of our class iPads and document their learning (or a friend's learning!) throughout the day.  This has really pushed my students to use their words to explain and describe their learning process.  We still have a ways to go but they have made tremendous progress!
Here is a video one of my students made about his morning work station activity:
I love it when my learners decide to document another student's work like in the video below:
(She's working on creating real and nonsense words from my Clovers, Rainbows & Leprechauns! Oh My! EL and Math pack!)

As you know it's nearly impossible to see everyone's work as it is happening.  That's another reason why I love this app! I can sit on my couch in the evening and look through the day's feed to see the end products of some of those activities I missed earlier in the day.  I just ask my students to snap a pic for me on Seesaw and then I can look over it at my convenience.  I do this often with fluency practice!  Kids record their voices reading and I can listen to it later.  Here's an example of CVC word building that one of my girls did last week.

It takes only a few minutes to set up your class on the app.  You can choose to approve items before they are published which I recommend!  You invite parents to sign up for their child's account as well and they can receive notifications when their child has posted a new picture, video, audio file, etc.  A fantastic way to improve your parent communication! I LOVE having a digital portfolio for each student!  There is so much to explore with this app and it is easy to get started.  You can visit the Seesaw website {here} for more information and to get started.  I can't wait to use this in new ways in my room and share it with you soon! :)

2 comments:

  1. I teach first grade in MN and have been trying to do this via other apps. Thanks for the videos and the app suggestion. They were super helpful and affirming that I am on the right path!

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  2. Mary, I just started using Seesaw in my kinder class a month ago and LOVE it! I feel like I am just scratching the surface with it so far because it can be used in so many ways.

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