Finding the right tech tool for both a primary and an intermediate application can be challenging, but Seesaw, a digital portfolio option, can be a perfect fit for kindergarten through sixth grade. Depending on how it is used, it could potentially meet every tech standard while promoting communication with parents about student work.
It is helpful to first know what Seesaw can do and then choose your purpose for its use with students. Seesaw is a way for students to share their individual work, first with each other and secondly with any others invited to view. As one student calls it, it is a “Facebook for kids” with an academic focus. They can like each other’s posts and offer comments, while the teacher has full control of what is added to the class feed through an approval process, to include comments. However, determining your purpose is an important step for implementing Seesaw. Its original intent is simply building a student portfolio of their work and sharing it with others. However, assignments can be given directly in Seesaw itself with six different options.
Additionally, students can collaborate on a given assignment and add it to each partner’s portfolio. With the commenting feature and the ability to share with others, students can improve their communication skills and learn how to effectively interact with their peers and parents in an online forum.
Click here for my guidelines and suggestions for developing your approach to using this collaborative and interactive Web 2.0 tool, which does require parent permission (click here for the GFPS Parent Permission Slip). There are lesson ideas as well as a suggested scope and sequence for introducing students to Seesaw. Feel free to contact me or your instructional coach for additional support and begin building students' online portfolios.
I am a technology integration coach for a school district supporting one preschool, fifteen elementary schools, two middle schools, and three high schools. Check here for the latest updates on instructional technology.