You Oughta Know About Seesaw

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I’m joining my super blogging friends today for another You Oughta Know blog hop for the month of April. I think you oughta know about the free digital portfolio app Seesaw. (keep reading)

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This year, I have had a lot of fun finding new apps to utilize with the iPads that I received through a grant that I was awarded. One of my many discoveries has been Seesaw. Seesaw is a great app to keep track of your students’ digital and hard artifacts throughout the year.

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After signing up (you can use an existing Gmail account to sign up), you will have a variety of tools to use to collect artifacts. You can take pictures or video. You can have your students draw, or you can take anecdotal notes for a students. Another feature that I like is that you can create folders for each subject to stay organized.

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Students can also upload artifacts to their digital portfolio by creating an account using a special class code.

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So, you may be thinking, “This is cool, but so what?”. The answer to the “so what?” question is that this app is a valuable tool for teacher-student conferences and parent-teacher conferences. I must confess that I have trouble keeping up with PAPERS! With this app, I am able to grab my gradebook and my iPad for conferences and show multiple artifacts that display what my students are doing in my classroom. Just call it gold in an app! Have you ever heard of Seesaw? Do you utilize another digital tool or app in your classroom for student portfolios? Leave a comment below!

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  1. I love this! I cannot wait to check this app out! Thank you so much for sharing it!!!!

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  2. I always love trying out new apps in the classroom. This one looks it could also help with the paper clutter in my class too. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I really love apps like this that help eliminate all the paperwork. It helps us teachers who might have trouble staying organized lol

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  3. I can't wait to check this out!

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  4. I really like this because I could keep a record of what my kiddos have done, but still send the work home for parents to see. Awesome find!

    Bryce
    First Grade Stampede

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    1. I agree Bryce! It's such a great tool to keep track of work samples done by your students all year.

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  5. Wow, I love this! So much easier than the typical file folders that take up WAY too much room in your classroom. Thanks for sharing!

    Kelly
    Glitter in Third

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    1. I agree Kelly. I have files for everything in my filing cabinet. I still keep my kids' graded papers in the files but I can record their work samples using the app and still send the work home.

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  6. I just love this linkup because I learn something new each month! Well... made more then something! A ton of things! I have never heard of Seesaw! Thanks so much!
    Mrs. Dailey's Classroom

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    1. I love learning so many new ideas too!

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  7. This is fantastic! We are currently working on getting iPads for our classroom and this is one more reason they are a need rather than just a want! :) Thank you so much for sharing this awesome resource!

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    1. Awesome! I hope you get those iPads!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I love this!! I've been wanting to try digital portfolios for YEARS!!! Well, I have 2 iPads to start with but now I'm motivated to write a grant for more!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Yes, I encourage you to use this app. It will make life so much easier!

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  9. We are just getting started with digital portfolios! Thanks for the guidance! :) Wendy 1stgradefireworks1stgradefireworks

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    1. That's great Wendy! Digital portfolios are so helpful.

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  10. This is so great to not have to save hard copies of everything! I love a good organizational tool :)

    Mrs. Plemons' Kinderrgarten

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    1. Exactly! It definitely keeps you organized and it's right there in your hands at any time.

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  11. What a great way to keep track of important things while also getting rid of paper clutter!
    Teaching, Love, Cupcakes

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  12. This is a great idea! I love all of the new apps I am learning about on this blog hop! I need to start keeping a list!
    Tammy
    Literacy Loves Company

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    1. Tammy, I'm with you. I definitely make lists of the new things I want to try in my classroom.

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  13. This looks great!!! I am always looking for new apps! Thanks so much for hosting the Blog Hop - I am excited to be a part of it!!

    recipeforteaching

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    1. Thanks! So glad to have you a part of it!

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  14. I have never heard of this app but will definitely be checking it out. I can see the power of having everything in one place during parent-teacher conferences. Thanks for sharing!
    Suzanne
    Kindergarten Planet

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    1. Yes Suzanne, it is a very valuable tool to be able to pull up any child's work samples, graded papers, etc at any time.

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  15. Love the idea of digital portfolios! Can't wait to check this app out!!!
    Thanks bunches for sharing!
    Colleen
    Totally Terrific in Texas

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