Seesaw is an educational technology platform that can function as a digital portfolio for students to store, showcase, and share class work as well as a communication tool. As a digital portfolio application, it allows students to upload and share files, videos, pictures, voice recordings and more in order to document their learning that occurs throughout the school year (Johns et al., 2017).
Seesaw is available for use on any device, including iOS devices, Android devices, Chromebooks, computer internet browsers, and Kindle devices. Seesaw offers a large variety of features depending on the type of “plan” users are utilizing to access the application. For instance, educators can sign up for free to create an account for their classroom and access the basic features of Seesaw. Some of these basic features include use of creative tools, the ability to message with students’ families, provide home learning codes, and setup a maximum of ten active classes at once. However, in order to access the premium features of Seesaw, a paid subscription plan is required. With an individual teacher subscription or a school/district-wide subscription, users have the ability to increase their amount of active classes, create a greater amount of activities, send drafts of work back to students for revision, and more.
Although originally created as a digital portfolio application, Seesaw gained popularity and use as a remote learning tool during COVID-19. With the application, teachers are able to create digital assignments or choose assignments from the activities library that students can complete at home. Videos and other files can be uploaded for visual supports and demonstrations for students, and then teachers can share steps for students to follow in order to demonstrate and share their own learning. Students also have the ability to upload a variety of file types as well and use creative tools such as drawing, creating photo collages, adding typed captions or explanations, and adding voice recordings or videos. With some teacher modeling and usage demonstration, these tools can widen accessibility options and help to create a variety of ways for all students to show and reflect upon their learning.
Johns, K., Troncale, J., Trucks, C., Calhoun, C., & Alvidrez, M. (2017). Cool tools for school: Twenty-first-century tools for student engagement. Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, 84(1), 53–58.