Seesaw Ideas for Specialists

Anything our students learn about, talk about, read about, write about, sing, play, draw, or create…well, that all can go into Seesaw, can’t it?

For real, though:  anything that can be photographed or recorded can be preserved in your students’ digital portfolios, so don’t forget to include all of those creations they make in art and music classes…and even the projects they work on in the library!

First, consider including your electives teachers or “specials” teachers as co-teachers in your Seesaw classes; they go by different names, but you know who they are!  Then, whatever your students create in those teachers’ classes can still be saved and shared with parents and other stakeholders.

You may also want to add folders called Library, Band, Art, etc. to help your students better organize their Seesaw streams and give some context to those creations.  This is especially helpful when parents and others look through a student’s portfolio; they will get a better sense of when and where the work was created and what grownup helped facilitate the activity.

Here are some ways that specialists are using Seesaw!

Library:

Seesaw is the perfect place to host a digital book club. For this activity, a separate Seesaw class would be created, perhaps with a Folder for each chapter or segment of a book.  Questions and writing prompts could be posted, and student projects and artwork corresponding with the book could be added as well.  A teacher could also post a question, and let students “discuss” using audio comments.

One additional exciting idea to try would be to invite a local (or famous!) author to join this book club as a co-teacher or as a student.  These special guests could then respond to student feedback or add their own.  Consider using Twitter or other social media to reach out to some of your students’ favorite authors; you never know who might be willing to join you!

Or maybe you have a club or group of students in charge of making book trailers, book recommendation posts, announcing new book arrivals, or even creating “If You Liked This, Then Try…” suggestions for read-alikes.  All of those creations could be posted in a library Seesaw class or even in the Library folder of a classroom Seesaw.

ETA: Seesaw Book Clubs over holiday breaks is a great way to keep in touch with students.  I had a Thanksgiving Break book club this fall with some of my big kids and it was a great way to stay connected even when school wasn’t in session.  I’m going to invite more students to join us when we reconvene over the winter holidays!

As a goal for 2017, I’m also inviting adults to join book studies/book clubs in Seesaw for personalized PD.   (A hidden benefit to Seesaw Book Clubs with grownups is that it will hopefully introduce them to some Seesaw features they don’t often use and/or increase their expertise!)  ETA: 10-minute webinar about how use Seesaw for book clubs is here.

Art:

Have students photograph analog artwork, add to Seesaw, and let students audio record or type feedback for their classmates. This is a great way to practice digital citizenship and to help students leave meaningful feedback.

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Digital artwork (created in apps like Prisma, PixArtist, Make-A-Mosaic, ProCreate, etc.) can be added as well, and students can “gallery walk” around the room to leave feedback on those creations as well.

Instrumental/Vocal Music:

Record rehearsals and playing tests and preserve them in Seesaw to monitor progress and show growth.  Adults can even record accompaniment (a piano recording or even a digital file!) to let students sing or play along from home as practice.

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If your concerts/performances are recorded, upload the videos and/or add a link.  That way, those experiences that were once ephemeral can actually be preserved in a digital space for all performers and their parents to enjoy.

If your students do research about composers or genres, have them add the projects they make (posters, PicCollages, Spark Videos, etc.) to Seesaw.

Finally, teacher-created and even student-created playlists can be added for students to listen to inside or outside of class.

Lots of amazing things are happening every day outside of the “regular” classroom, so don’t forget to preserve those experiences and creations in Seesaw, too! Your students and parents will appreciate it!

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Seesaw Ideas for Specialists

One thought on “Seesaw Ideas for Specialists

  1. Seesaw has been popping up on my radar a lot lately. I’m interested in learning more about this tool for both digital portfolios AND parent communication. These were great ideas you shared for involving “specials” teachers as well. Thank you!

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