How does Seesaw work?

Seesaw is a platform for student engagement that inspires students of all ages to do their best, and saves teachers time!

Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos and more to capture learning in a portfolio. 

Teachers find or create activities to share with students. 

Families only see their child's work and leave comments and encouragement. Learn more about what families see here.

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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. 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.

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.

Settings

  • 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.

Settings

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

For other teachers, Seesaw is primarily used a way to communicate with families and keep them in the loop on the learning their child is doing at school. Students add posts 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 families will provide immediate feedback during the day or ask them about it that evening.

Settings

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