5 Tips to make your Seesaw platform awesome!
1. Two way communication with individual students
Communicating with students (to assist them with work or just to check in with students unable to attend classes) is very important. Here’s a quick video showing how to use notes and comments to allow communication. You could also use this method to send explainer style videos to an individual student if they need further help.
2. Make sure your settings are correct
Children are naturally inquisitive and are happy to experiment in apps to see what they can do. This can mean that they sometimes find ways around settings. For example, if you don’t want children to see each other’s work you naturally would set the setting ‘students can see each other’s work’ to off. However, if children are allowed to edit their posts then they can then edit the people. This allows them to start tagging each other and this means that they can effectively use their posts as a social media chat tool. To help you, here are our recommended student settings.
Optionally, you may also want to allow students comments for reasons like tip 1. So here are our recommended settings for comments.
3. Make use of the Sample Student
Built into Seesaw is a sample student. This student doesn’t have a login as it’s designed to be used by the teacher. It allows teachers to test activities and check announcements etc from within the teacher login. For example, if you have created an activity but your not sure how it will work, all you need to do is assign the activity to the sample student only and then go into activities and click add response. This allows you to select the sample student and then test out your activity as if you are a student.
4. Linking to Google Docs/Slides
A really useful tool in Seesaw is the ability to link to Google Docs or Google Slides via the link tool. This allows the full presentation to be viewed or choice boards to be created.
5. Make use of folders and the calendar tool
As you use Seesaw more and more you will find the journal will start filling up with hundreds of pieces of work, and this is fantastic, but you need to manage it. This is where folders come in. Seesaw allows you to create your folders and work can be easily tagged to one or more folder. We have have found creating folders for each subject to be very useful as you can then easily identify the work required to show evidence for each subject. This can work very nicely with a password protected blog to share with your SLT/Ofsted/Subject Leaders. They can then easily see the work to do subject monitoring, deep dives etc.
Another way to sort work is to use the calendar tool. This is a little know tool in the journal which allows you to show work only posted on the date you select in the calendar. This allows you to quickly see work completed on a selected day. Plus, the calendar tool can be combined with the folders tool to allow you to see work completed on a specific date in a specific folder.