If you know me then you know that I am a big fan of using technology in the classroom. Last year I started using a program called Seesaw. Many people are familiar with this app now as it has taken over the elementary school scene as the next “big thing”. I fell in love with the possibilities of Seesaw at a conference I attended a few years ago where I was shown the different ways that this app could be used in the elementary school classroom.
If you are new to Seesaw then here is a quick synopsis on why I love it so much and how it brings literacy into the classroom on a daily basis. Literacy is talking, explaining, writing, reading, collaborating, and producing–all things that Seesaw allows students, teachers, and parents to do. Seesaw allows students to share and gives them a genuine audience to share with (classmates, teachers, principal, parents, and even the world). This has grown my learning community and strengthened the way my students are becoming literate. Below are some examples of ways in which I use Seesaw to enhance literacy in all subject areas:
Math– EXPLAINING, JUSTIFYING, CLARIFY– All buzzwords students see when they are asked to explain their thought process through a math problem. I have started using Seesaw as an exit ticket at the end of our math lessons. Students either work alone or with a partner and have to explain what they learned that day using any of the Seesaw tools. Many of my students prefer to take a video using manipulatives and white boards to explain or to take a picture of their problem and “draw” on the picture to explain their thinking with text. I always encourage my students to use our vocabulary words in their descriptions. This has given me a focus for my exit tickets and allowed students to summarize what we have done for the day before moving on. We recently finished a unit on money where students had to post a video on Seesaw showing different ways to show the same amount of money. I like to give students an example by creating a video that they can reference. Sometimes I even give students a “script” to follow to help them focus their video. Here is an example of a video I created that students could reference.
English Language Arts– In English I also like to use Seesaw as a form of assessment. For example, we are finishing up our text features unit and I gave my students a text features scavenger hunt to complete using Seesaw (resource here ). The students were able to work together to complete it and it was great review for explaining and identifying text features. I also like to have students practice their fluency using Seesaw. During reading group I will have students read their book and record it or record themselves reading their fluency passages. Some students have fluency folders in which they practice the same passage all week and then on Friday they get to record themselves reading it on Seesaw! I also like to use it as a place where students can post their work. During writing workshop students post their final copies onto Seesaw and comment on each other’s work. This also gives parents an opportunity to see the final copies of student work.
I am always looking for new ways to use Seesaw in the classroom as my students LOVE to share.