Student sign-in modes

Teachers choose whether students sign in to Seesaw by scanning a Student Code or logging in with their email address or Google Account. If your students are using Seesaw at home and don't have an email address or Google Account, send home the Home Learning Code. Learn how to do this here.

Student sign-in modes can be changed at any time by following the below steps:

1. Tap the Wrench icon.

2. Go to Class Settings.

3. Select Student Sign in Mode.

Class Code Student Sign In (1:1 Devices or Shared Devices) 

The classroom sign in code is designed for young learners (PreK-3) or classrooms with shared devices. No usernames/passwords are required. Students sign in using the QR Class Code or Text Class Code. Students choose their name from the class list to add items to their journal.

  1. Open the Seesaw app.
  2. Tap I'm a Student.
  3. Tap the blue Scan Code button OR scan the QR for the class.
  4. 1:1 students choose their name from the list, shared device students are ready to make a post!      

Note for Class Student Code - 1:1 Devices Sign In: The signed-in student can add items to only their journal, and can remain signed in for up to one year. If another student wants to use the same device to add items to their journal, Student 1 would need to sign out and Student 2 would need to sign in.

If you're concerned about students signing in to the wrong journal, don't post the QR Student Code poster in your classroom. Instead, have students come to you to get the QR code. You can then make sure students pick the correct journal.

Email/Google Account Student Sign In (for Classroom and Home)

Email/Google sign in is designed for students who can remember their email address and password.

  • If you're using free Seesaw, students will type in a Join Code to connect their email address to the class the first time they use Seesaw. Afterwards, they'll use their email/password to sign in to Seesaw.
  • If you're using Seesaw for Schools, students can just sign in with their school email address to access all of their classes.

Once students sign in to Seesaw, they stay signed in for up to 1 year. 

  1. Open the Seesaw app.
  2. Tap I'm a Student.
  3. If using free Seesaw, type the Class Join code from the teacher and tap Go. Students will then create an account with their email/password or continue with Google. 
  4. If using Seesaw for Schools, students tap Sign In with Google or type in their school email and password to sign in. 

Home Learning Code Student Sign In
Home Learning Codes are an individualized QR code or Text Code that allow students to log into the Seesaw app or at at home while protecting student privacy. Students can post to their journal, respond to activities, and view announcements. Students cannot see each other's work. No class setting changes are needed.

As a teacher, in order to access your Home Learning Codes, please follow the steps here!

Home Learning Codes are different than Student Class Codes. Student Class Codes are for students to use when they are working in their classroom. Home Learning Codes are a secure way for students to log in from home. The Class Code should only be used in the physical classroom. To protect student privacy, the Class Code should not be sent home. Students should log in from home using the Home Learning Code (if they don't sign in with email/Google).

To sign in with a Home Learning Code:

  1. Open the Seesaw app.
  2. Tap I'm a Student.
  3. Tap the blue Scan Code button and scan the Home Learning Code or type in your Home Learning Text Code.  

How do I combine student journals after I change sign in mode?

If you switch from Class Code sign in to email/Google sign in, you may want to combine student journals so that there are not duplicate students (two separate portfolios for each student). After students join your class, you can combine their existing journal with their new account. After combining student journals, the work and families from the existing student will be associated with the new student.

  1. First, make sure that your class is in email/google sign in mode (you can change this back to QR code after you have merged students).
  2. Tap the wrench icon in the top right corner.
  3. Tap Manage Students.
  4. Select a student.
  5. Tap Combine with other student journal button.
  6. Follow the prompts to combine the two journals.

You can only combine two students within the same class. Students without an email address can only be combined with students with an email address on their account. Combining student journals cannot be undone, so please do this carefully.



Students using Seesaw for Schools can also sign in via Clever. Find out how here!

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