Our district went 1:1 three years ago, which means each of my third graders has their own ipad. Even though I recognize the benefits of integrating technology into our teaching and learning, I have reservations as well. My biggest struggle has been finding tools on our ipads that we can use every day (or not) that are not gamified. My kids are a distractable group. When the ipads come out, it’s tenfold.
Well, thanks to my colleagues, I think I have finally been introduced to the most effective app so far. It’s called Seesaw and it’s free. Yes, free. Here’s the nitty gritty on it:
What is it? It’s a portfolio to house student work. It’s a way for kids to show evidence of their learning. It’s a communication tool between myself and my students. It’s a way for parents to see what their child is doing in school.
Why do I like it so much? Well, it’s free. Did I say that? It’s also so crazy easy to figure out – even for me – and I can’t run the remote for my tv at home. We don’t do many worksheets in school – we are reading and we have authentic writing going on. I often feel parents do not know what the daily happenings in our room are. Now they can. And, they can even give their child feedback.
But here is the best thing ~
Tonight, I had to make sub plans for tomorrow (yuck) and I could actually write my kids a note on SeeSaw, give them directions for lessons and even give them links for some art videos I want them to watch on their ipads tomorrow. My kids love to draw and several of them are writing graphic novels during writing workshop (Jeff Kinny fans), so I thought some drawing lessons were in order. Here is what I wrote them:
Today for Art Workshop, you will have some drawing lessons. Please watch these art videos with Mr. P. and he will give you some wonderful lessons on drawing characters with shapes. Then, get some paper and try making your own characters using some of his ideas!! Have fun!! I can’t wait to come back on Monday and see what you have done!
Mrs. Daniels 🙂
How cool is that? Now, all I need to put in the sub plans for Art Workshop is, “Have kids go to their SeeSaw feed.”
I was a skeptic about falling into the “App World”, but this one has possibilities.
Let me know if you have used Seesaw and how you use it. I’d love to here your thoughts.
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8 thoughts on “Finally. . . An Ipad App I Love sol#16”
OMG, I love your review. I have to put SeeSaw on my iPads. Thanks! I share your disconcerted feelings about the time wasting, button pushing, no learning experiences of many apps. Total waste of time.
I will test out See Saw. Thank you!!
It’s always gratifying to find a new technique that works with kids. There are many ways in, we just have to find the ones that work.
I’m searching for the app now! I’m happy to hear of the various ways you have used this.
Sounds like a cool app! I love reading a good review!
I love what you are doing with Seesaw. I have read some concerns because parents have to pay to have their child’s info after the year is over- is this true or not? There are several teachers at my school also loving Seesaw- looks worthwhile!
I haven’t used See Saw, but I know some teachers who use it and love it. It’s nice to find something that makes your life a little easier and engages kids.
Sweeet! App appeal. Thank you for sharing your find and how it has contributed in meaningful ways to your instruction. I just watched Mr. P., he is amazing. He might be able to teach me a thing or two. Your comparison of your tech skills to your tv remote made giggle. I am going to check it out. I wonder how I might use SeeSaw in my PD courses. I always want to give teachers time to explore resources I am giving them but they too, need some structure. Gracias.
I am glad you have found a tool that, not only your life easier, but also makes you happy!