A Parenting Fail Story About the Seesaw App

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Does your school use the Seesaw app? Here’s a story of parent fail and the awesomeness of this app.

If you work for a school district as a teacher or administrator and are not using the Seesaw app hopefully, this Seesaw app review will give you some insight from a parent’s perspective on how this app works. 

We have a second grader and kindergartener this year, for reference.

Seesaw App Review

Last year, our son’s teacher mentioned needing to download the Seesaw app at open-house. It was a whirlwind event, we didn’t download the app – life went on. At this year’s open-house, we again were told to download the app.

We went home, and guess what we didn’t do? Nope, too many things – as a mom to 4 kids, life gets busy.

Seesaw App Review

The next week, I received a nice email from the teacher stating that she sees that we haven’t downloaded the Seesaw app and asked that we download it. OKAY, third time is a charm, right?

seesaw app for school

Actually, I am pretty sure there were several more reminders – as we have TWO kids in elementary school. Needless to say, I gave in and downloaded the Seesaw app and the rest of this post is a love story for the app and a bad parenting story. 

Classroom App

Seesaw is a classroom app that acts like a social network connecting you to your kids class, teacher and work. Here is where I tell you about the parent fail. So, I mentioned we finally installed the app.

Well, where we logged in I was smacked in the face with why I should have downloaded the app the school year before. 

Seesaw app sharing class photos - kid watching eclipse
Watching the eclipse!

In the app is a timeline of your child’s schoolwork. Not only that, there are photos and videos of my kid talking and reading to ME.

And again, not just ONE KID – BOTH KIDS. The Seesaw app, thankfully stores all of your kid’s posting history, so I was able to view the previous year’s school work. 

App for Teacher Communication

Our kids’ teachers use Seesaw as a communication tool. I don’t know about you, but my email is ugly. Finding and keeping up with the teacher communication for all 4 of our kids is a joke.

Classroom Messenger

With push notifications, I quickly know what the teacher needs. 

teacher communication seesaw app

Our second grader’s teacher posts the spelling words each week in the app. This is super helpful as we know where to find the spelling words each week. 

second grade spelling words seesaw app

Student-Driven Digital Portfolio

Students are taught (even the Kindergartener) how to use the app. Here is the description from Seesaw:

Here is the description from Seesaw:

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio. Seesaw empowers students of any age to create, reflect, collaborate and share.

Invite families to Seesaw to keep them in the loop about their child’s learning, and easily communicate between school and home. 

Used in over 200,000 classrooms, 1 in 4 schools in the US, and over 150 countries! 

As a parent, I can heart a photo or media item, comment – as well message the teacher. 

Don’t Be a Parent Fail!

Don’t be a parent fail, like us! If your kid’s school encourages the use of Seesaw, download it! 

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