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Primary Communication Platform: Seesaw

What is Seesaw?

Seesaw is a digital portfolio, a new way of sharing what your child is learning at school. Seesaw gives children and teachers, a place to document and share their learning. Seesaw gives students a creative tools to capture and reflect on their learning – in real time. This gives parents a window into each of our classrooms and into their student’s learning process.

Each child gets their own journal, and with teacher guidance, can add photos, videos, drawings, voice recordings, notes and much more. All students at IICS will have their own Seesaw digital portfolio.

Parents can then sign up and are able to see their child’s work right on their phones or computers. It gives parents an immediate and personalized window into their child’s life at school. Parents get to see snapshots of their child’s learning at school and it gives them a way to encourage their child with specific and positive comments.

Students feel empowered to independently document their learning, and are motivated by knowing that their work has an authentic audience.

Teachers are able to capture real evidence of learning, which they can review at any time. This gives them them valuable insights into each student’s growth. Seesaw makes it easy for students and teachers to identify and demonstrate growth.

Why Use Seesaw?

  1.  It captures student learning . Students can “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, voice recordings, and notes. They can also import directly from many popular apps.

  2.  It collects student work from any device. Students, parents and teachers can log on and access seesaw from any device.

  3.  It encourages deeper thinking and reflection. Seesaw captures the learning process, not just the end result. Seesaw provides a variety of tools which students can use to explain their thinking and reflect on their learning.

  4.  It gives students an authentic audience. Students can share their learning with friends and family anywhere in the world. Knowing that they have a real audience, motivates students to push themselves to use more effort and to be more thoughtful with their posts.

  5.  All student content is safe and secure. Individual journals are not public on the web and are only accessible by people who have been invited. Parents and teachers have full control of this.

  6.  Those invited to a student’s journal get immediate notification. Parents and friends can choose to be notified each time their child posts something, once a day or they can turn notifications off. They can access their child’s journal anytime via an iOS app, Android app, Kindle Fire app, or on the website using other smartphones and computers throughout the year!

A Few Important Features About Seesaw:

  • Each child’s portfolio stays with them for the duration of their time at school.

  • At any time, a child’s portfolio can be ‘exported’ to a PDF to save or print. The PDF has QR codes to watch any video content.

  • Parents will only have access to their child’s journal. This means they will see items tagged with their child’s name and items the teacher tags with “Everyone”.

  • Up to 10 family members can connect to one child, so please feel free to share your QR code or join link (both found on Seesaw letter sent home with your child) with family members.

  • In the Early Years, students will only be able to post items using school devices at school.

  • In Grades 3 – 6, students will be able to post items from any device, at home or school, through signing into Seesaw with their school Google account.

 What Do Parents Need To Do?

  • Register with Seesaw: Follow the directions to register and after you’ve been approved by your child’s teacher, you’ll get access to their journal.

  • Choose how you want to be notified: Customize your notification preferences in Account Settings. Then check Seesaw regularly to view new entries in your child’s journal.

  • Celebrate your child’s efforts: Take the time to comment on each post. You can use these posts at the end of the day to have specific conversations at home rather than just asking “How was your day?’

  • Be specific and positive: Learning a new skill is hard and nobody is perfect. Asking thoughtful questions, or complementing specific details will increase the quality of your conversations and your understanding of how your child is growing as a learner.

For example: ­
* I really like the way you did this. Can you explain why you decided to do it this way?
* I can see how hard you worked on this. Which part are you the most proud of and why?
* If you are interested to learn more about Seesaw, visit web.seesaw.me

How Do I Sign Up?

Seesaw requires an invite from your child’s teacher in order to sign up. If you do not have an invite QR code or link, contact your child’s teacher.

iOS Device, Android Device, Computers with Chrome or Firefox Browsers

  1. Download ‘Seesaw Parent and Family’ in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store or go to https://app.seesaw.me using Chrome or Firefox and choose ‘I’m a Parent’.

  2. Choose ‘Create Parent Account’ and scan the QR Code on your child’s handout.

  3. Finish creating your account to view your child’s journal.

Other Smartphones & Computers

  1. Using any web browser, go to the URL on the handout or email from your child’s teacher. It should look something like this: https://app.seesaw.me/s/123-456-789.

  2. Choose your child from the class list and create an account.

  3. After you’ve been approved by your child’s teacher, you’ll get access to their journal. We’ll email you to let you know when you’ve been approved.

If you have more than one child using Seesaw, you can subscribe to both journals using the same account. Here’s how >> 

 
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