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Start of the Year Settings to Check

posted 14 Sep 2017, 22:14 by Seán McHugh

At the start of the year there are few settings you should check that will make the rest of your year less stressful:

Just click on the spanner/wrench in the top right corner, and check to make sure you're happy with what you see, but it's a good idea to make sure your students CANNOT post to the class blog, and DO have to put their posts into a folder so it's easy for you and their parents to see which area of the curriculum if relates to. 

Access from Home

posted 28 Aug 2017, 07:06 by Seán McHugh   [ updated 29 Aug 2017, 21:00 ]

It's likely that the computer your child is using to access Seesaw is the same one you as a parent use, so to avoid confusion it's probably better if your child used a different browser, ie if the you as a parent like to use Chrome* then your child could use Firefox or Opera for example, but please note that Safari it not compatible with Seesaw. 

If your child is using a tablet, then they need to use the Class app, not the Family app. 

Your child will need to sign in using their Google account, not a Seesaw account, and they will need to include the 'gapps' in the email address, eg and the same password they use to access the college systems at school. 

Seesaw access from home

You might wish to utlise the account management options in Chrome, this way parent and child can easily switch or even have both accounts open at the same time on the same computer without any problems with account conflicts, or the compromising of personal information. Just click in the top right corner of the browser to switch between accounts. 

Access Previous Year's Work

posted 7 Jun 2017, 19:36 by Seán McHugh

Teachers can view prior student work on the Seesaw website. 
  1. Click on your profile icon (top left)
  2. Click on the gear icon
  3. Click on "Access Historic Data" 
  4. Choose a student name. Use the filters on the left hand side to filter a student's portfolio to specific year, classroom or folder, and view work on a calendar.

Video for Students to Use/Edit/Remix

posted 19 May 2017, 00:49 by Seán McHugh   [ updated 19 May 2017, 00:49 ]

A really powerful activity is to share video clips* with students not just for them to view, but for them to download onto their own device to edit, remix, trim, and integrate with their own media to make a movie of their own. The workflow is a little different if you're using laptops or iPads:


On laptops this is very easy, if you upload the video to Seesaw they can just choose download from the '3 dot menu', or right click on the video and download. Or— easier to share across a team, link to a video in Google Photos or Google Drive for them to access and download. 


For students to be able to download videos on an iPad you have to upload the video into Seesaw, you can use a link to a video. Once you've uploaded the video to Seesaw, the students can open it and use the share icon to save the video to their camera roll.

*where can you get these video clips? Well one way is to just download them from YouTube, there are several ways, more on how to do that here. But remember, as is always the case with video, avoid using videos that are looooong, and/or really high resolution, otherwise the downloading process can take a long time. 

Labels for Learning

posted 21 Feb 2017, 17:44 by Seán McHugh   [ updated 21 Feb 2017, 17:48 ]

This must be one the most powerful tools in Seesaw with a host of applications, but particularly with text, word sentence, and vocabulary work. 

Seesaw Labels

Class Names

posted 9 Feb 2017, 19:29 by Seán McHugh

When parents receive notifications from Seesaw, they don't see your name as teacher, instead they see the name of your class. So for example parents in Rhys class would see '2PERVo' as the label that identifies that post as a PE post, but they wouldn't see the PE teacher's name. 

So parents with students in multiple classes (from G1 up) will know that posts some from different classes because of the label with the class name.

The problem is some class names are little ambiguous, especially for EAL parents, in the case of the class above, it (pervo) could even be seen as rude! 

This is not a major issue, but if you would like your class name to appear differently, you can do this in Seesaw settings: Manage class > Class Settings > Class Name. 

So, if you prefer you could change your class name to a less cryptic name that parents (and students) would find easier to understand, but avoid making these too long; eg I have changed '2PERvo' to '2RVo PE'.

Seesaw for Formative Assessment

posted 29 Jan 2017, 16:32 by Seán McHugh   [ updated 29 Jan 2017, 16:38 ]

At the end of an activity Students can share evidence of learning, adding a relevant folder will make it much easier to isolate these items in the class feed. Providing prompts will ensure the post can be created quickly while still providing useful information/ 

This is an example from an iTime session, the post at the end of each lesson based on the following prompts:

What did you do today (evidence required)
What did you learn today?
What will you need to do next?

The calendar view is really useful to make sure everyone who is present has submitted:

Teacher as Student Folder Glitch!

posted 26 Jan 2017, 03:34 by Seán McHugh

We have encountered our first glitch, yes, in Seesaw, I hate to admit it, but it's true.


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The—what I call the 'ouroboros' issue—is caused when a teacher adds themselves to their own class as a 'student' in that class to make sharing resources easier. 

The solution is simple; remove yourself from your class as a student, the associated work shouldn't be deleted as Seesaw knows you are also a teacher... But it will be tricky to find if you haven't put in a 'folder'. 

Moving forward you have two solutions:

Create a folder to make it easy to locate teacher resources called whatever your name is, then kids just click on the folder at the top of the Class List and then choose your name to find your posts. Two clicks instead of one, it's no biggy. 

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Or you can add yourself as a new student but use your own home email account, not your school account. 

Download Items

posted 14 Dec 2016, 21:05 by Seán McHugh   [ updated 2 Jun 2017, 07:47 ]

You can download individual items from Seesaw, parents might want to download as they go, rather than waiting until the end of the year, teachers might want to save an artefact as an exemplar, or to share with other teachers. 

Just click on the 3 dots, then choose Download Item

If the item was an audio recording over an image, you will get two separate files, an audio file and the image, if you want them together the easiest way is probably to just make a screen recording... Or if you want to preserve the audio without room noise, screen record with Soundflower

Leaving Seesaw

posted 14 Dec 2016, 17:53 by Seán McHugh   [ updated 16 Jun 2017, 18:04 ]

If a student leaves the school during the academic year, all the teacher needs to do is go to Manage Students, and remove the student (and probably add a new student in their place), This does not delete the student, all of their work is still safe in Seesaw, and will be until the end of the year, when it will be archived along with all the other work from that school year. 

Parent Downloads

Parents can access their child's LJ themselves and download any of the media they see at any point during the year, however if they would like, they can use their own account to download the entire Learning Journal in its entirety, instructions from Seesaw are here.  All of the original media will be intact, but it will not look exactly the same as does when presented within the Seesaw platform, see below. 

Go to Account Settings:

Scroll down to Journal Archives:

Click Download Journal

You'll end up with a zipped file downloaded (works on Windows PCs and Macs), how long this takes will depend on how much is in the journal, and how fast your internet connection is... 

Downloaded Archive

When it's finished downloading, open the zipped file to expand it into an archive folder containing all of your child's work, organised by months, inside you'll see a web page that hosts the content, and the embedded media:

You can either open the embedded media, eg the video, or image, or copy it to another location that you prefer to use. If you open the web page you'll see an archived representation of the original post, it won't look exactly the same as it did when viewed on the Seesaw platform, but all of the original content, including any comments will be retained, here's an example:

Students who leave at the end of the year or mid year will continue to have access to their LJs as long as the college maintains the school  Seesaw account. The departed students Learning Journals will be 'frozen' - no new items, comments, etc will be added since they won't be in an active class. 

If the new school they join uses Seesaw, the parents can use the same email address when the new school/class gives out parent access. For now, it will show up as Sean1 and Sean2 since Seesaw won't move content from school 1 into school2 and the id will change. 

For parents who aren't moving to a Seesaw school, they will maintain access to their child's (suspended, inactive) content in Seesaw for as long as the college maintains a Seesaw subscription, or at least 60 days if we discontinued our school subscription.

Students can also download their own journals

Older students who use their School Google Email account to sign in (Grades 1 -5) can also download their own learning journal as a .zip archive of their own work from the Seesaw website via Account Settings. They can click on their profile (top left) > Gear icon > Account Settings > Download Journal Archives and save their archive from each class. 

Seesaw guidance here.

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