Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Using Seesaw Activities for Assessment

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to present this week on Episode 40 of TeachTech Play with the incredible Eleni Kyritsis (follow her on Twitter - @elenikyritsis).  I was given 4 minutes to discuss how I have been using Seesaw for student assessment in my specialist classroom. 

It's no secret that Seesaw has become the most important digital tool that I use. I'm like a giddy school kid; I can't stop talking about it whenever I get the chance. Lately, I have discovered the benefits to using the Activities part of Seesaw along with Skills View for assessment in my STEAM classes. It has become a huge time saver for me and my students but it has also allowed me to explore new ways to modify and redefine the way we use learn using technology in the classroom.

This blog post is simply about how you can get started using Activities and Seesaw. I have made a couple of short videos to help you along the way. If you aren't using Seesaw yet, you can easily get started at (and if you use the code at the bottom of this post, you will get one month of the premium version for free).

A quick introduction to Activities:
Activities are, simply put, learning tasks assigned by the teacher. They can be assigned to one, multiple or all your students dependent on your needs and are easily managed through the teacher's Activities view.

How to create a Skill:
I use skills in my activities, so it's important to set these up first (if you decide to use them). Follow these steps to get started:

How to set up an Activity:
Now it's time to start your Activity. It's really quite easy to get started as you will see here:

How to view student progress in an Activity and look at the Skills View:
Once your Activity is completed by the student, this is how you check their progress and how to assign and check skills:

Other Resources:
Seesaw Icons
To be able to make the Seesaw icons appear when you create an activity you need to input it as word. For all the Seesaw icons icons you can use, check out the link here

Seesaw Activities from Others
There is this great Seesaw Activities Master List available which lists links to hundreds of different Activities that you can use or customise.

Seesaw Help Centre
Check out the Seesaw Help Centre for other great tips and tricks

Seesaw Community
Check out the different Seesaw Communities. There is the Seesaw Teachers group on Facebook, #seesawchat on Twitter and of course follow @Seesawlearning on Facebook and Instagram and @Seesaw on Twitter 

Get One Month Free
Scan the QR code or copy and paste the URL into your browser for one months free premium Seesaw access.

Let me know if you need help getting going - I think you'll love it.

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