How to use Activities in Seesaw

Teachers can easily create and assign activities for students to complete in Seesaw on any device and on the web. The new activity assign flow makes it easier for teachers to schedule activities in advance, add a due date to activities so that students know when to complete them, and automatically archive to keep the activities tab organized! 

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How do I create an Activity? 

  1. Tap the green +Add button.
  2. Tap Create Activity or Assessment (or tap Browse Activity Library in the Activities tab in your Seesaw class).
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  3. Fill in the details of the Activity:
    1. Activity name
    2. Choose your response template (Creative Canvas, Assessment, Upload Resource, Link Resource, or Note). If no template is selected, students get the option to choose how they respond to your instruction by using any of Seesaw's tools. 
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    3. Enter student instructions (can voice instructions, multimedia instructions, or an example). These will appear at the top of an activity.
    4. Add teacher notes. Teacher notes are not visible to students. 
    5. You can also add Skills or publish to the School Library with a paid subscription.
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    6. At any time when creating an Activity, teachers can tap Preview as Student to view the Activity in Student Mode. This allows you to check activities before assigning to students. 
    7. Tap Save to save the Activity to your library.
How do I assign an Activity?

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  1. Once the activity is saved, or if you are selecting an existing activity from the Seesaw Resource Library, tap Assign to select the class(es) where you would like to publish the activity. 
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  2. If desired, edit the activity. You can edit the activity name, template, instructions, teacher notes.
  3. Select Student Groups and/or Students who you would like to assign the activity to.
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  4. Tap Save.
  5. Select the activity start date and due date.
  6. Choose any skills you would like to associate with the assignment. 
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  7. In Organize>Folders tap Choose.

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  8. Choose visibility for the Activity. Post visibility will default to your class settings, or can be customized to teacher only or student, family, and teachers. Note: post visibility can be changed at any time by clicking on the folder icon under a post and selecting your new visibility preference.
  9. Select the folder(s) where you want the activity to live. Learn more about Highlights here!
  10. Tap Assign Now.
  11. All assigned activities will appear in the Activities tab in your Seesaw class. Students will tap the Activities tab to see new activities.

All student responses will be stored with their name under the Activity. As a teacher, you can see who has responded to an Activity by tapping the response banner.

Family members will only see their child's response to an Activity. Family members will not be able to see assigned or unapproved Activities. 

How do I use the Activities tab?
Once Activities have been assigned to students, you can use the Activities tab and the Calendar view or List view to easily plan ahead and manage instruction on Seesaw. 

New activities tab.gifPlan ahead: teachers can view activities in both a calendar or list view, to easily keep track of the different activities they have assigned, scheduled, or archived in an easy-to-read format!

To access the calendar, tap the Activities tab. The list is the default view, but you can toggle to calendar view at any time.

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Manage instruction: Teachers can review student responses to activities that are currently assigned to students. Make edits to scheduled activities before they go live to students. Help students stay organized by Archiving activities so that they are no longer active for students. 

Present to Class: Teachers can also Present to Class from the Activities Tab. To Present to Class, tap the Present to Class button on the thumbnail. 

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How do I view active, scheduled, or archived Activities?
In List view, teachers are able to view Active Activities, Scheduled Activities, and Archived Activities.
  1. Tap the Activities tab within your class. 
  2. You will see a drop-down tab on the left-hand side that will have 3 options to choose from: Active Activities, Scheduled Activities, and Archived Activities. 
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How do I edit a folder for an Activity that was previously assigned to a class? 

1. Tap the Activities tab.

2. Tap the [...] button, then tap Edit Activity Details.
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3. Tap Edit next to the folder option.

Note: When adding a Folder to an Activity that was already assigned in your class, it will be applied to all future student responses but will not be retroactively applied to any existing student responses. To add Folder(s) to existing student responses, tap the folder icon on the student response post and select the correct Folder.
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How do I use activities in the Seesaw Resource Library?
You can browse the Seesaw Resource Library by grade and/or subject area, or search and filter with keywords.

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  1. Tap the green +Add button, then select Assign Activity (or tap 'Browse Activity Library' in the Activities tab in your Seesaw class).
  2. Tap on a collection or Activity to view the student instructions and teacher notes.
  3. Tap the heart icon to save the activity to your personal library.
  4. Tap Assign to publish the activity as-is, or tap the [...] button and select Edit Activity to customize the Activity. 
  5. If desired, edit the activity. You can edit the activity name, template, instructions, teacher notes.
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  6. All assigned activities will appear in the Activities tab in your Seesaw class. Students will tap the Activities tab to see new activities.


How do students respond to an Activity?

Share these instructions with your students!

1. Tap the Activities tab.

2. Tap the green +Add Response button.

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3. If there is a student template, it will open in the Creative Canvas when you tap +Add Response. If the teacher hasn't added a student template, you can select a Creative Tool for the Activity response. Students can listen to an audio recording of instructions in this view, as well as during the creation and editing of the Activity.

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4. Edit the post to add voice recordings, drawings, text labels, or captions. Tap the green Check.

Student responses to Activities will appear in the student journal. Teachers can also access all student responses from the Activities tab. Families will be able to see student activity responses from their child only. 

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if a student accidentally closes the Seesaw app or browser window, Seesaw will save a copy of their work on their device or computer. When they open Seesaw again on the same device or computer, Seesaw will recover the work and they can continue working where they left off. For their work to be uploaded to their portfolio and visible to teachers and family members, students should still tap Draft or the green Check.


How do I review and approve student responses to Activities?
Teachers can access all student responses from the Activities tab. All co-teachers in a class can approve posts and comments that are awaiting approval. 
1. When you log in, you will see a banner on the bottom of the screen with items waiting for teacher approval.
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2. You can add comments (press Enter or tap the Post button to save the comment). Then, decide whether you want to approve the item or delete the item.CleanShot 2024-04-02 at 08.58.48.png
*Teachers with a Seesaw subscription or on a Premium Features trial will also have the option to Send Back a student response for revision. Students will get a notification that their work has been sent back. They can tap the notification to view comments and tap Edit or Finish Response to update their work.
Pin to Top 

Do you have an activity you really want students to see and complete? Use the Pin to Top feature! Teachers can pin one activity to the top of the Activities feed for students to see first when they select the Activities tab.

  1. To pin an Activity, select the [...] button on an Activity, then Pin to Top.
  2. After selecting Pin to Top from the [...] menu, you will see the activity moved to the top of the Activity feed with the label, Pinned. Students will see this at the top of the To-Do List until they complete the Activity (at which time it will move to their Done list).
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  3. Teachers can unpin an activity at any time by selecting the [...] button on the Activity, then Unpin Activity. Unpinning an Activity will remove the Activity from the top of the student To-Do List and allow a new Activity to be pinned in its place.

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