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Using Google Apps or Google Drive on the Seesaw Website

You can now add work created using Google apps like Docs, Slides or Sheets, directly into Seesaw portfolios! Seesaw will automatically convert files into PDFs for easy viewing, or pull in image files (jpg, png) stored in Google Drive. 

Say goodbye to messy link sharing and problems with connected families not being able to view files—Seesaw and Google can now work together seamlessly in your classroom!

Here's how to use the Add File tool on the Seesaw Website: 

  1. Click on the green + to add a new item to Seesaw.
  2. Click on the Add File button. 
  3. Click on Select from Google Drive button. 
  4. Sign in to your Google account. Once you've authenticated, you can browse files in your Google Drive.
  5. We support adding Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings, plus any photos you have stored in Google Drive! If the file can be added into Seesaw, the "Select" button will turn blue.
  6. Click the file you want to add, then click "Select" button. 
  7. Seesaw will automatically convert Docs, Slides, Sheets or Drawing files into a PDF. Then you’ll be taken to the annotation screen. You can tap the mic and add voice to the first page of the PDF, or write a text caption. If you have photos saved to Google Drive, you’ll see all of the photo annotation options. Drawing, labels, voice and caption, just as if you uploaded it from your computer, or took it using the photo tool. 
  8. Because the file has been converted to a PDF, everyone will be able to view it in the journal, even if they don’t have Google apps installed on their device or access to your Google Drive. This is great for connected families!
  9. To view a PDF that you’ve added into Seesaw from the journal view, just tap on it to expand, then you can browse all of the pages. Students and families will also be able to do this!

Chromebook Tip
If you try to add a file from Google Drive from the “Select a File” option, you will only be able to add jpg, png or pdf files. But if you choose "Select from Google Drive" option instead, you can add all Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings, plus any photos you have stored in Google Drive! 

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