Lock "Feature"

Curious to know the reason for the "Lock/Unlock" feature in Seesaw. In my experience as a parent, it simply adds confusion and frustration to the learning experience and serves no apparent practical purpose. Has it been UX tested? What's is the net benefit to the user? I use it frequently, but only to disable it.... Do other parents find it to be useful in someway? If so, how?

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  • There are two lock/unlock features in Seesaw.  The first one locks an item in place so that students cannot mistakenly move it.  This is important if the teacher would like an object to stay in place (like a link, heading, or background that students need to write on).  For example, if a worksheet could not be locked, students could accidentally move it while trying to write on it.  

    The other lock feature allows for teachers to lock the size of an object.  This is important because students can move items around (i.e. a word or picture sort) without accidentally resizing the object while moving it.  

    I would recommend reaching out to the teacher if it is being used in a way that is frustrating for you or your child.  

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  • Thank you for your helpful comment, Eric. I am referring to the the lock feature which prevents an item from being moved. I can absolutely see why it would be an important teacher/administrator feature, but why is it exposed to the end user (the student)? In 1.5 years of Zoom-based schooling, I've unlocked objects many, many times for my son but I've never locked one. I'm struggling to see what the use case would be for the student to lock/unlock an object. If the object needs to be moved as a way of demonstrating knowledge, why should it ever be locked? Conversely, if the object needs to remain fixed in place, why should the student be able to override that? Are you indicating that this scenario reflects a misuse of the feature by the instructor? Really appreciate your help!

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  • One example: When I take a picture of my son's homework and post it in the Journal, the photos are locked by default. This is not helpful when you have to include multiple photos in one submission and need to move and resize them so they are well-organized and easier for the teacher to read.

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  • Gotcha!  I can see how that would be annoying.  Try choosing the "drawing" option rather than the "photo" option when choosing a creative canvas.  The drawing option does not default to locking photos.  The photo option locks the photo because it is intended for students to take one single picture and then add voice or drawing to it.  

    The team looks at this feedback thread so your request will be read.  

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