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Seesaw: Strengthening the Connection Between School and Home
Seesaw: Strengthening the Connection Between School and Home
Lisa Prodigo-Nimorwicz, Instructional Technology Coordinator

Seesaw, a digital portfolio, allows students to share progress and helps families stay connected to the classroom.

Have you ever wondered if there was a way to stay informed and connected to your child's learning? Enter Seesaw, the digital portfolio that allows students to capture their learning in any form.

A few years ago, when we were exploring platforms to use for student electronic portfolios here at The Howard School, Seesaw didn't even exist. We found ourselves ahead of the curve to find an instructional technology tool that would allow us to share student progress with families. We explored and used a few different platforms, but none ever seemed to fit our objective. Then came Seesaw, which allowed us to implement a tool that embraces learning and empowers students to take ownership of their work, and most importantly reflect on the learning process.

The Seesaw platform provides every student, in every grade on campus, with the perfect tool to share what they've learned and allows them to choose the method of sharing that works best for them.

Students Share & Reflect on Work
Students can share work in many formats: photos, documents, videos, drawings, links, and more. They also have the ability to immediately reflect on the work they post to their Learning Journal in writing or in audio format. Each child's Learning Journal is organized into categories that match their Learning Profile to allow for direct connections to these areas for the teacher, student, and family.

Seesaw is accessible online or on a mobile device and works seamlessly to integrate these operating systems. Students in our Bridge through 12th grade classes are using their laptops to access the platform. Students in our Lower School classes are using iPads to upload work and access the interface. Due to the schoolwide implementation and the need for easy access in our Lower School, the Lower School added six iPads to each classroom this past summer.

Connect to Seesaw
If you have not connected to your child's Seesaw account to see the work they are posting to their Learning Journal, please contact your child's teacher/advisor. They can help you with the information you need to create your account. It is easy to use and a fantastic way to stay connected to the classroom.

We would love to hear from you as we continue to move forward with the implementation of Seesaw across our campus. Want to share your feedback on how Seesaw is working for your child at school and your family at home? Click here.

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