CONCEPT: A digital learning journal for your class.
DELIVERY:Seesaw is not the only option available to educators wishing to have a digital space to store and share work. Web apps like Padlet have been around for a while now and of course Showbie and Edmodo will be known by most. The first thing that caught my attention about Seesaw was it's pedigree. Created by the team behind Shadow Puppet Edu, which in my opinion is one of the top ten apps for educators, it was likely to be two things - easy to use and well delivered. Seesaw ticks those two boxes with ease and then some. It may be nascent and still developing (many updates and features are already in the works) but it is definitely worth checking out by anyone in primary education.
The first thing that I loved about the delivery here is the login system. Some of our students and teachers (especially higher up the school) have complained about too many logins for all the different platforms we utilise. Not for Seesaw which uses a QR code to access the class journal. From there photos or videos can be taken, drawings can be created and anything in the camera roll can be uploaded (hello app combos!)
Harnessing a similar interface to Shadow Puppet, annotations, text captions and even voice recordings can be added to images. This opens up a wealth of metacognitive opportunities by allowing students to reflect on skills used to create a piece of work or just explain what they were doing to reinforce understanding. Having completed this, a list of the student names is shown and you just tag who this work belongs to. The fact that you can tag multiple people means that work can be filed in several journals simultaneously - so a group working on the same project or task don't have to all upload the same thing. It also means that as the teacher, you can upload work quickly to student journals on their behalf. This in turn opens the app up to the single iPad classroom or the Early Years classroom where they are perhaps not ready to do it themselves!
Parent access is just as easy to grant. It can be done via email but the easiest choice is to download the handy parent handout, complete with personalised QR code on each page and full instructions to the seesaw Parent app. Once in, parents can view,Mike and comment on their child's work. They can even set notifications to alert them of new additions! This is a great window to the classroom and something that they really will enjoy.
LIMITATIONS:The double-edged sword of the quick log in system is that users cannot login separately and therefore cannot post their own likes and comments to posts. This semi-social network feature would definitely hook older students! Being able to share PDFs and other file formats would also be great.
CONCLUSION: The most streamlined and efficient digital learning journal available to educators. So simple that even Early Years students could be taught to use it. Highly recommended. 5/5
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