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Comments Visible to Students on Activity Tab

Currently the only way I have to communicate with students directly is Seesaw.  Some parents are not responsive to email/calls, so when a child needs to fix something on their assignment, I write a comment on their work in Seesaw.  Students weren't making even easy changes and I was getting very frustrated at them not listening until I had one of my students share their screen.

 

On the activity tab where all of students unfinished assignments are located, comments are not visible.  This is extremely problematic, because this is where students go to know what to do.  

 

What they have to do now:

1. Go to the journal page where comments are visible.  Scroll through all the activities to find the ones they need to fix.   When doing this with children over Zoom, I can tell you 8 year olds do NOT do this easily independently, which is why I was telling them to use the activity feature.

2. Go to inbox, and then go to notifications.  (My kids can't read the word notifications and don't know what it means.)  Read my comment.  Make several clicks to get to the assignment, including one where they have to know that the blue words are a hyperlink.  Remember what they are supposed to change while they are in the assignment.  Also, if I made an older comment and sent it back again, they will just see that I sent it back not the previous comment.

 

I think this feature was designed for only positive feedback on complete work, but my kids need to be able to know that they forgot page 6 or got #1 wrong.  Kids and parents are EXTREMELY frustrated, because they didn't know why I was sending back work....and I thought I was telling them.

 

Ideally this would be visible when students are editing their work.  (Currently I could go into each student's work and add comments by adding a text box, but that would take FOREVER.)  I would take it being visible on the "in progress" assignment page under the activity though.

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  • I agree!!!

     

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  • This is a HUGE problem with Seesaw. I had no idea the kids couldn't see my comments/voice recordings either.  I have been reminding them and parents that they need to read/listen and then fix the work.  Instead they just resubmit without fixing ANYTHING.  How can we let Seesaw know that this needs to be changed ASAP?!?  Or give teachers a "grade" button that they can click to grade the work.  If we edit the work the students can actually erase everything we wrote on it.  Not to mention it is a huge pain because editing one piece of work bumps you out into the journal again and it's a huge process to get to the next student's assignment.  This program has a lot of great features but when using it for remote learning there is A LOT that needs to be fixed.  It is not teacher friendly for grading or helping kids fix up their work.  

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  • Today was the first time I noticed this as well!  I have been yelling until I'm blue in the face trying to get students to read my comments!

     

    NONE of them have told me that they can't even see them!  It wasn't until I was looking over a kid's shoulder today that I even realized they can't see them.   There HAS to be a way for them to see them!  It is the only way students can easily correct the things that are wrong.

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  • This feature is only good if students can easily use it. Please make it more user friendly. 

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  • This is completely, utterly ridiculous! Here I thought I was being so helpful leaving feedback for my kids. And I wondered why they were returning everything unchanged. I had no idea my comments weren't attached to the work I was returning. What's the point of having a comment feature if it doesn't stay with the work? My kindergartner's can't do the required steps needed to find the comments. Please fix this!

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  • Whether the teacher sends the activity back or approves it, students need to be able to read the comments. Feedback is one of the most effective strategies for helping students learn, so kids who can't read comments are being held back. This also begs the question, If my students can't read the comments that I leave for them, why is there a comment feature?

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  • I'm having the same problem! They used to be able to see it (I think) but now they can't. In distance learning, having them be able to easily access my comments is critical!  Please fix it!!!!

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  • I've made a rather long video for my kiddos (I teacher kindergarten) explaining  how to find comments. So many of my students aren't able to do it because they can't read and navigating to and from the comments area takes a lot of clicks. It would be very helpful if the comments were attached to the activity in a more visible, accessible way for our younger, non-reading students. 

    For now, my fellow teachers, my work around has been to edit the activity, create a new page and insert a picture of me, record my comment, cut the video and paste it onto the main page (resizing it to small and in the corner), then deleting the extra page. 

    It's a long process, for sure, but my students are responding and making changes. 

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  • Totally agree! My students are fifth graders and, although they read better, there are other obstacles. The comments are not part of the frame, so when they open the assignment, the comments often are not even in the frame the kids are looking at. Some kids will need to scroll down to see the comments--IF they remember, while others will need to resize their screen (ctrl -). (Wait! How do you do that? Does that mean shrink the screen???) 

    Teacher comments need to be in a more visible space on the page--perhaps the right or left of the page rather than all the way at the bottom, where it gets cut off of the screen. 

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  • Totally agree! My students are fifth graders and, although they read better, there are other obstacles. The comments are not part of the frame, so when they open the assignment, the comments often are not even in the frame the kids are looking at. Some kids will need to scroll down to see the comments--IF they remember, while others will need to resize their screen (ctrl -). (Wait! How do you do that? Does that mean shrink the screen???) 

    Teacher comments need to be in a more visible space on the page--perhaps the right or left of the page rather than all the way at the bottom, where it gets cut off of the screen. 

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  • Yes,  when I go to check my students' account to see if the received my  constructive feedback, it would not be easily found by a student in kindergarten.  This is unfortunate.

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