How does Seesaw work?

Seesaw is a digital student portfolio that gives students an audience for their work!

Students add posts to their journals. Student posts showcase the creative projects they've been working on in the classroom. This could include photos, artwork, videos, activities, notes, projects they've created in other apps, and more. The sky's the limit!

Teachers get notified when students add posts and can choose to approve work before it shows up in student journals. Teachers also have the ability to post student work and provide feedback.

Families get notified when there are new posts in their student's journal. They can view posts and add likes and comments.


Since we've seen Seesaw used by different teachers in so many different ways, we thought it would be helpful to summarize a few typical uses we've seen and the corresponding class settings in Seesaw:

Seesaw for Feedback and Reflection

Some teachers use Seesaw primarily as a place for students to share their work, and specifically encourage individual reflection and peer feedback.  Seesaw becomes a place not only where student work can be stored, but where teachers and peers can provide encouragement, constructive criticism, and suggestions for improvement.  An authentic audience of peers can encourage students to do their best work.  Teachers have the opportunity to review any comments before they are posted to ensure that feedback is constructive & appropriate.


  • Students can see each other's work: On
  • Student Likes and Comments: Enable likes, comments, and comment approval.
  • Enable item editing: On

Seesaw for Assignments & Assessment

Some teachers choose to use Seesaw in a more private way, where they can do student assessment, collect work, and give direct private feedback to students.  You can even push assignments to students for them to complete and turn in via Seesaw.  This makes Seesaw primarily a place where students and teachers can interact around their work.


  • Students can see each other's work: OFF
  • Student Likes and Comments: Enable comments and comment approval.
  • Enable item editing: ON

Seesaw for Parent Engagement

For other teachers, Seesaw is primarily used a way to communicate with parents and keep them in the loop on the learning their child is doing at school.  Students add items to Seesaw that they are proud of in a self directed way, as well as work their teacher has assigned.  Teachers report that students are motivated to do better work when they know their parents will provide immediate feedback during the day or ask them about it that evening.


  • Students can see each other's work: OFF
  • Student Likes and Comments: Disable Likes & Comments
  • Parent Likes and Comments: Enabled

These are just a few of the typical ways we've seen teachers use Seesaw, but you can configure Seesaw so it works best for you.  Our settings enable you to use Seesaw to achieve one of these goals, or a mix of all three.

Check out for examples of how teachers have used Seesaw in their classrooms!

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