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.
I am participating in the Slice of Life challenge to write and publish a post every day in March. I’m on Day 10!
Image from http://web.seesaw.me/.