Seesaw is a digital portfolio tool to support students in documenting and sharing their progress over the course of their academic careers. Students can “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links.
Seesaw can give educators, counselors, and school leaders a view of what a student is learning across classes. Counselors can use SeeSaw to see a fuller picture of what the student is learning, leverage this tool to start conversations with the student about progress, and access this information to help students make postsecondary choices. Seesaw provides training materials for all types of school staff via their Seesaw for Schools Success Plan.
Noted communication and collaboration features:
- Opportunity for students to share and demonstrate learning to the school community and beyond.
- Ability for parents to have greater access to student work.
- Downloadable portfolios of student work for reviewing and sharing.
- Students can blog or journal on the platform.
“Naviance has been, by far, the best ed tech for our student-centered transition. I can journal with a student on his/her progress, I can work with them to plan on the platform, I can have private meetings, and also communicate with other stakeholders (parents, teachers, administrators).”
–Sherry, High School Counselor, Pittsfield, NH
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Students are an intrinsic part of the information sharing process. They can reflect on their learning and be involved in a number of ways.
Student-led conferences are an increasingly common way for schools to carry out some of their information sharing with parents. They give students an opportunity to share with their growth as a learner with their parents. Find out more about student-led conferences below:
Student reflection in written reports
Students can reflect on their learning as part of the school’s written reporting process. Students could write a letter to their parents or complete a template to insert into the report.
The letter or template could include some reflection stems such as:
- I feel good about…
- I used to… but now I…
- Two things I will remember about what I have learnt over the last 6 months are…
- A strategy that really helped me learn better is…
- If I could do something again differently, I would…
- One thing I will remember to do in the future is…
- One thing I really want to learn is...
Students could complete six-monthly self-assessments that are related to their important learning goals. They could develop criteria with the teacher and then assess themselves at two time points using a tool such as the one below.
These assessments could also be shared with parents during student-led conferences, through portfolios or through inserting them into written reports.
Download a template of this diagram here.
Template Student self assessment of learning dispositions (Word 2007 78 KB)
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Effective reporting involves each child in taking increasing responsibility for his or her own learning. Students need to be clear about: what they have learnt, which learning strategies were successful, what they need to focus on next and why it is important. (Principle 4)