Last year, I implemented Seesaw in all my classes. I traditionally used it for a writing journal and an occasional voice link. As I play around more in Seesaw this year, I found myself using it more and more. I also have students who really like to take pictures with it for their journal entries. Even if the assignment doesn’t require it, I do enjoy the little snapshots of our class.
Yesterday, I presented to my department. I created a tutorial on how to sign up. This is a basic explanation with screenshots that describes how to sign up. In my email, I also detailed how I used it in class. Here is how I have used it:
1. Do all of their writing in it! They can write presentational pieces or interpersonal writing in the comments. This can be done as an in-class assignment or as homework.
2. Take a picture and label it with the target language
3. Take a video in the target language.
4. As the teacher, leave a voice comment for a student and have students speak back!
5. Have students take a screenshot of their work and reflect on it. (I have even had students take screenshots of their Seesaw work to comment on it- see the pictures below.)
6. They can also snap a picture of their notes from class and talk about them.
7. After talking about the music video
, I had students recreate the story in four scenes. They put the pictures into PicCollage, so they did not have to upload them individually in Seesaw. Then, they wrote a caption for their pictures in Spanish. Here are a few results:
8. Finally, recently I have seen these awesome #booksnaps on Twitter. In Book Snaps, you take a snap of your favorite page, add a caption and also maybe some cool stickers or drawings. This year, I have been struggling with how to keep FVR low key to benefit students and how to hold them somewhat accountable, so they aren’t just staring at the page. Today, I asked them to just find their favorite part. These are some of my favorite #booksnaps! My students did this on Snapchat and uploaded it to Seesaw, but you could have students do this right in Seesaw, too!