Studying remotely is a new challenge for most schoolchildren, teachers and parents.
Schools are using a range of technologies and innovations to maintain connections with students and parents and to exchange information.
Many classes are using a free app called Seesaw to request, submit and share students’ work, and to gather feedback from parents and other students.
What is Seesaw?
Seesaw has been used by teachers around the world for several years but it is really proving its worth now with most children working outside the regular classroom.
Seesaw allows students of any age to create, reflect, collaborate and share notes and finished work. Family members can use it to keep up to date with their child’s learning, and communicate easily with the school.
It gives students a place to be creative and learn how to use technology in a safe, secure way.
A teacher creates a virtual classroom account and adds students as members. Each child has their own profile which works as a portfolio where they upload their completed assignments, and other things such as photos, videos, drawings or notes. Teachers can then set projects and assignments by uploading them to the profiles of an individual student or the whole class.
Teachers can create activities and record instructions linked to that activity for students to use in self-directed learning. The tools enable them to devise different activities to cater to varying levels in a class. Students are able to stop, start and replay instructions as they need.
A range of file types can be shared (e.g. jpg, png, mov, mp4, pdf, etc) including those that may be too large to send via email.
Teachers can offer instant feedback to students via the app, and send notifications to parents on a regular basis so they know there is new work to view. Parents, in turn, can communicate directly and quickly with the teacher.
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