The Seesaw app allows students to use pictures, video, audio recordings, drawings and text to show what they know. Their work can be shared in real time with teachers and parents. Then, teachers can go in at any time to make comments about what the students have “turned-in” digitally.
But, teachers aren’t the only ones providing feedback. Students can share their work with classmates and, through the use of text, voice, comments and “likes”, offer advice to their peers.
Heather Belcher, 4th-grade teacher, says that this kind of student collaboration provides valuable insight. “It can tell me how well the student giving the advice understands the content. It shows if they are learning the content on a deeper level,” she explained.
Sarah Rethaber, 2nd-grade teacher adds, “In addition to learning collaboration skills, the students are also learning social media etiquette and the proper way to give and receive constructive criticism, both of which are extremely important as digital citizens.”
Fourth graders, Vivian and Sylvia told the FISD Board they love using Seesaw. And, parents love to see what their children are learning, as is evident by one FNE parent’s feedback. “It allows our children to get familiarized with the digital world and also provides excitement as an additional way to perform work besides paper and pencil. On the parent perspective, it gives me the ability to interact with my daughter’s work. It brings a smile to my face to be able to hear her voice on audio clips pertaining to her work.”
Thank you to Mrs. Belcher, Mrs. Chilek, Mrs. Hayslip and Mrs. Rethaber for sharing the ways they are engaging entire families in learning using innovative strategies.