Digital Conversion Bytes
Vol. 2 - October 7, 2016
The Seesaw App for the iPad is Changing Communication & Conversation at Clegern Elementary
Clegern Elementary is off to an amazing start! This year, the staff at Clegern were introduced to the Seesaw app on the iPad. Seesaw allows students to capture their learning throughout the school day in a digital portfolio. Parents subscribe to their student's portfolio and anytime something new is added, they can be notified immediately. The paragraphs that follow are from Erin Bell, a teacher at Clegern Elementary.
"Every afternoon, thousands of Edmond students climb into cars and hop off buses to be greeted by parents who eagerly ask, “How was school? What did you do today?” Each day thousands of students reply, “Nothing.” Edmond parents know that in a district with high standards and excellent instructors students did not do “Nothing.” There is an exciting new tool that provides teachers and students with a fun and easy way to give families an up-close and personal view of the exciting learning opportunities going on in our classrooms. Seesaw is the tool that can get this job done by providing a digital portfolio that can be shared among students, families, and teachers. Students can submit video, photo, audio, and digital creation projects to this portfolio. Teachers can choose to share these with parents or use them as a way to assess student understanding and mastery of concepts. I have found Seesaw to be a valuable tool for assessment, motivation, and classroom management.
The parents in my class have been very positive about Seesaw. Not only can parents see their child’s work, they can also comment on portfolio items. Parents enjoy the opportunity to know what is going on at school, however, the true Seesaw fans are the students. Students enjoy the immediate digital comments parents make and they love using Seesaw because it is another way to interact with peers. Seesaw is a hit with students and families in my classroom!"