Is Seesaw Accessible?

Accessibility Philosophy

We are passionate about the fact that Seesaw gives all learners different ways to demonstrate their learning. We prioritize designing tools that are intuitive for all learners and make it easy for students to choose the tool that works best for them—photo, video, voice, text and more. For example, students can take photos of written work, record a video of themselves reading out loud, or record their train of thought as they work through a math problem using our Draw+Record tool. 

Additionally, teachers can add voice instructions or video instructions to any lesson or announcement to support pre-readers and visually impaired students. 

To support building strong community around learning, teachers, students and family members can leave voice or text comments on student work. We also support translation features for family members and teachers who speak different languages.  

These features help all students better understand assignments, enable students to make their thinking visible in the ways that work best for them, and help build a powerful learning loop between students, teachers and families.  

From a technical perspective, we want Seesaw to be as accessible as possible and are committed to continuously improving accessibility so we can serve all learners. Check out more technical specifics below. 

Technical Accessibility Details 

  • Printing: Teachers, students and families can print any post or assignment by tapping the [...] and choosing Print.   
  • Speech to Text or Dictation: Speech to text or dictation features are supported. Here's how to use speech to text on iOS, Android, Chrome, and Edge
  • Screen Readers: Screen readers are supported on the web.   
  • Color Contrast, Inverting Colors and Font Size: Basic accessibility features built into the OS or browser for color contrast, inverting colors and font size are supported. On iOS, adjusting text size is not available consistently throughout the app experience, but buttons are sized to the minimum size for W3C compliance. 
  • WCAG or W3C Compliance: Our newest features, like the creative tools students use to complete assignments and show their learning, follow W3C accessibility standards. We are making strides towards W3C compliance in the rest of the app. 
  • Government Product Accessibility Template (GPAT, VPAT) 

Supplemental Accessibility Tools 

  • Edge Browser: Seesaw supports the Read Aloud tool that's available in Edge. Install the latest version of Edge, right click on the scren, and choose "Read Aloud" to enable this functionality to read posts or assignments aloud. More details.
  • Chrome Browser: To switch Seesaw to a dark theme, follow these steps.  
  • Chrome Browser: To increase color contrast, install this Color Contrast Plugin.  
  • Chrome Browser: Translation for students can be enabled with this Translation Plugin

 

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