As a school, we have decided to invest in a new remote learning platform – Seesaw. The platform gives us a number of benefits:
– Setting homework can be paper-free. No more lost or forgotten home learning books! Children can engage in homework at their own level, submitting work through video or sound clips and letting creativity reign.
– Teachers can send news and reminders to parents in their class – keeping you informed about exciting learning, fantastic work and important events coming up.
– It means that we are prepared in the (hopefully unlikely) event of a class, local or national lockdown. This system can work entirely remotely, even if the class teacher is also self-isolating.
The best way to access Seesaw is through the app, although you are able to log in via the website on your laptop or PC if you prefer. Seesaw works with two separate apps:
Seesaw Class – this app is used by your child. This is where they can access their homework, upload the work that they have done and receive feedback from their teacher.
Your child will bring home a paper copy of their log-in information with them by the end of the week.
Seesaw Parent – this app is used by parents and carers. This is where you can see announcements from the class teacher and message them directly about the work that has been set.
Click here to visit SeeSaw Website
Use on any device
Need help? See step-by-step instructions for downloading Seesaw on your device. This opens in a new window on the SeeSaw website.
What is Seesaw?
Seesaw is an app that allows teachers to assign learning activities to children. It also allows children the opportunity to share their learning with their teacher for feedback and acknowledgement. We think this will be very helpful to families who are engaged in distance learning.
When will the work be shared?
Initially, homework will be shared as usual on a Thursday. In the event of the closure of a ‘bubble’, or of the whole school, work will be shared more regularly. We will contact you if this happens.
How will children share their completed work?
Children will be instructed to share completed tasks via photo, video, uploading documents etc. (instructions will be included in the app).
Will children need a laptop?
Seesaw can be downloaded onto a device such as a phone or tablet or alternatively you can login online on a laptop or computer. Where possible, teachers will assign tasks that don’t require the child to use a device apart from when uploading the finished product.
What kind of feedback can we expect when my child submits their homework?
The teacher will send an acknowledgement that they have seen the homework with any house points that have been awarded and a possible comment. This will be sent before the next homework is sent out on Thursdays as long as the work was received on the Tuesday before. This is the same as the current procedure in home learning books
What kind of feedback can we expect when my child submits work during a period of class closure?
Feedback in this situation will more closely match our marking and feedback policy in school. English and maths work submitted by 1pm will be given feedback by 5pm the same day. Teachers will feedback on work submitted in other subjects by the end of the week.
What if I’m having difficulty with the app?
If you require support, please contact the school office in the first instance and your query will be passed to a member of staff who can help you.
What if I have more than one child at Steeple Claydon School?
You can connect all your children to the Family app, there is no need to log out and log in for each child. When setting up Seesaw for the first time, you would have been sent an invite by the class teacher. The link takes you to a ‘create an account’ page. Once you have created an account you do not need to create one again. Instead, when you get the invite to join one of your other children’s journals and the link takes you to the ‘create an account’ page, you click on the small ‘sign in’ button. You then log in using your existing login and it adds both children’s journals onto your parent account.
In order for children to access the Class app, they will need to log out of their sibling’s account and log in with their own details.
How does messaging work?
There are two ways of messaging on Seesaw – announcements and inbox messages:
• Announcements are whole class messages used by teachers to send reminders and updates to everyone. These include things like it being PE or forest school that day or that reading books should be returned. If you respond to an announcement, your response is private but if you comment on pictures or posts on the main newsfeed of the app, these can be seen by anyone who is tagged in that picture.
• Inbox messages are private and cannot be seen by any other teacher or parent, even those also connected to your child’s account. For example, if your child has more than one teacher and you message one of them directly, the other teacher does not see or receive the message and, equally, if there are multiple adults connected to your child’s journal, you cannot see messages between another adult and the teacher. It is like a text or email that is only between one parent and one teacher.
Please note that if you have a message that needs to reach a teacher on the same day or the next day, this should be sent via the office either by phone or email as usual. Teachers will not be expected to check or respond to any of the See Saw messages either during times when they are teaching or during their own personal time in the evening or at weekends.
How many adults can I connect?
Up to 10 adults can connect to each child’s learning journal. If you would like to link another adult to your child’s journal then inbox message the teacher with the person’s name and either their mobile number or email address and an invite can be sent out. This feature of being able to connect multiple adults to each child’s journal is great for everyone, but is especially helpful to families where a parent or carer works away from home or for a split or blended families. All adults in a child’s life will be getting the same updates and announcements and will be able to see what the child has been doing in school.
Please note, that by downloading each app you are giving us permission to work with you and your children in this way. In order for your child to use Seesaw, the app needs your
child’s name in order to be able to associate work like their photos, videos or voice recordings with their account. Seesaw only uses this information to provide the service and doesn’t advertise in Seesaw, create profiles of students, or share or sell your child’s personal information or journal content. You can read more about their strong privacy promises here: https://web.seesaw.me/privacy.
Please note that we would eventually like to share pictures and videos of the class ‘in action’ on this app which only family members of children in each class would be able to see. We do not feel the permissions we currently ask parents for cover this enough and so will be sending out a permission document separately for this in due course. In the meantime, no photos or videos will be shared until all parents have either given or declined direct consent.