Seesaw: An Online Digital Portfolio
Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of any age to create, capture and share what they’re learning at school. They can choose to share it with their teachers, parents, classmates, and even the world.
See saw is available as an app (both Android or iOS) and also as a website at https://web.seesaw.me/
It is currently used in over 200,000 classrooms, 1-in-4 schools in the US, and over 100 countries. I have started to experiment with it at my school and first impressions are good. It’s a great way for children to capture their work and learning and share it with parents and peers.
For students, Seesaw helps them do document their work and learning in an online digital portfolio space. It allows them to see their own growth and provides an audience for their work – whether that be peers, parents, or the world at large.
For teachers, Seesaw saves time on organization and communication and makes formative assessment really easy.
Seesaw allows the child to easily capture their learning in any form
- Students can use photos, videos, drawings, text notes, links or PDFs to show what they know and store evidence in their digital portfolio.
- When students add to Seesaw, content is uploaded, organized by student, and accessible from any device.
- Teachers can browse work from the entire class or for a single student. If they like, teachers can use folders to organize work by subject area or project.
There are a number of sign in options that work for all ages. Younger learners or classrooms with shared devices can sign in with a QR code or class code while older students can sign in with their email address or Google account.
Seesaw encourages reflection and provides an authentic audience. Seesaw helps capture the entire learning process and not just the end result. Students can use Seesaw’s built-in audio recording and drawing tools to reflect on what they’ve learned or explain how they got their answer. Teachers can control who can see what, and what feedback options are available, such as likes and comments.
This application is a great way to strengthen connections between school and home. It includes families in the learning process by inviting them to view updates to their child’s Seesaw journal. Seesaw’s immediate, visual updates actually get seen by parents which provides encouragement for students to improve their work and effort. Teachers get to approve all new additions and comments before anything is shared with parents.