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7 Seesaw App Tips Nobody Told You About

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It was a tough couple months for teachers and students during the Covid-19 pandemic. In my house, the stress level was as high as my messy bun. I had two things that saved my sanity. Yoga pants and the Seesaw app. I have used Seesaw in my classroom for the last seven years, and it’s a part of our daily routine. But there is a learning curve to it if you want to use it beyond a drawing tool. In this second post on the best apps for the classroom, I am going to give you 7 Seesaw app tips to make your life a little easier!

What is Seesaw?

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Seesaw is a free online platform that works as an electronic journal. Students can interact with what you are teaching in class through pictures, drawings, and videos. It’s popular with grades K-2 but you can use it for any grade.  You can communicate with parents through the Family Seesaw App, and they can see and comment on their child’s work. It’s a one-stop-shop for all things digital! The best part it’s all on one app, and students do not need to hop from platform to platform. The free version has everything you need, but there is a premium version if you want a little extra razzle-dazzle in your life.

Tip #1 Take a Seesaw Scavenger Hunt!

Teach your students how to use Seesaw with my FREE Seesaw Scavenger Hunt! This takes the guess work out teaching your kiddos something new. This Seesaw Scavenger Hunt will give you confidence to teach your students how to use Seesaw in your classroom by taking each component in a step-by-step, sequential order that makes sense. I use this every year to teach the Seesaw components to my students, and I’d love to help you build confidence in your classroom!

Tip #2 Utilize the Seesaw Help Center

Bookmark the Seesaw Help Center. It is a wealth of information when you’re stuck. If you need help getting your class set up, or if you need help making an activity head over to this page. I’ve never been disappointed in a search there. Click here for the website.

Tip #3 Hop on a Seesaw Facebook Group

Join the Seesaw Family Facebook Group. Each grade level K-5 has it’s own group. Search for “Seesaw Teachers: (your grade level). It’s an amazing community of teachers who collaborate together and share ideas. You can post a question there and there’s someone who is going to support you. Its also a good place to be when you have writers block with your lesson plans.

Tip #4 Sign up for PD in your PJs

Once a month, Seesaw holds “PD in your PJs”. It’s a free webinar hosted by teachers who have tips about using Seesaw for your students. If you sign up and can’t join the webinar at the time it’s held, a recording is emailed to you. We learn better when we collaborate, so it’s great to hear fresh ideas from energetic teachers using Seesaw in the classroom.

Tip #5 Keep It Simple

Make it simple! Start by mastering one component of Seesaw with your students and when you’re ready, move to the next. I started with the camera tool. My first assignments at my reading center was a “Book Shelfie”. First, my kiddos read a book, took a picture of it, and recommended it to their classmates.

Here is one of my students doing his book shelfie about a book he enjoyed. After his classmates heard it, this book became a VERY popular part of our classroom library. You can click on the picture to hear what he thinks about the book.

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Here is one of my students doing his book shelfie about a book he enjoyed. After his classmates heard it, this book became a VERY popular part of our classroom library. You can click on the picture to hear what he thinks about the book.

Tip #6 Templates Are Your Best Friend

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Templates! When you make an activity in Seesaw, make a template first so you make less work for yourself. I made a pocket chart activity and named it “Pocket Chart Template”. Then, every time I want to use a pocket chart in Seesaw, I choose “copy and edit” from the template. My work is done for me and I don’t need to spend time doing something twice.

Tip #7 Become a Seesaw Pioneer

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Seesaw pioneers have access to more community resources. After you are a Seesaw Pioneer, you can apply to be a Seesaw Ambassador. Ambassadors receive Seesaw Plus for free and have early access to new features and webinars. You can apply for your Seesaw Pioneer status HERE.

Need to see how to make a Seesaw activity?

I was honored to help Teacherpreneur Kayse Morris with a live training session on Facebook. Here’s the video!

Seesaw App for Students

The Seesaw app is an awesome resource for families and teachers! If you're asking yourself, "What is Seesaw app?" Rachael Hull will be answering your questions today during this video! She'll be showing you how to use the Seesaw App, and how we can support our students' learning through it! Have you used the Seesaw app yet?

Posted by Kayse Morris on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Give it a Try!

Don’t be afraid to try these 7 Seesaw App Tips! I heard somewhere that when you are teaching new technology to give it three shots because the first time might be a hot mess. The second gets a bit better. If, by the third time it still is not working at all, THEN abandon it. 

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And lastly, don’t forget to grab the Seesaw Scavenger Hunt for your kiddos HERE!

I hope this has been helpful for you. If you would like to know more things that Seesaw can do, check out my friend Brandi Chapman’s “7 Reasons To Start Using Seesaw Now!” post! If you use any of these tips, I would love to hear about them in the comments below!


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We’re navigating through some new and difficult waters. At this moment, we don’t know what our upcoming year will look like.

So whether you are a total tech newbie, or a savvy tech savant, this guide to creating a digital classroom is going to help you navigate through some of the new changes in education. With 9 essential tips to get you started, 5 tutorial videos, and 4 workbook pages, this is going to start you on your way to becoming confident with technology.

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