Interested in learning more about digital portfolios, but not sure where to start?
Why not give Seesaw and its “learning journal” approach a try?
Many of us have heard of the value of having students keep a portfolio so that they can regularly review their learning in a class. This leads each student to review the class content as it is gained, and to a deeper understanding of the self as a learner.
With Seesaw, you can capture student learning in many forms, including text, photo, video, audio, links and direct imports from other apps. You can also collect information via PDF.
Students control the content in their Seesaw “journal” and it is immediately accessible to the teacher.
There is an excellent overview especially for teachers here. You can also find more help at the Seesaw Help Center.
Though Seesaw is clearly targeting itself to the K-12 market, don’t let that fool you. It is a powerful and malleable tool for encouraging students to show what they know. This, in turn, allows you to assess the success of your course and departmental curriculum.
Privacy can be set by the teacher–selected student work can be shared via blog.
Seesaw also has global collaboration capabilities, to connect with other students in other countries using Seesaw.
Teachers browse by student or by class.
Seesaw provides multimedia methods for creating portfolios to document student learning. It works across mobile devices and on computers with Chrome or Firefox. It offers broad capability with other apps. It organizes work by student, folder and date.
The free version allows one teacher to run Seesaw for up to 10 classes a year.
Paid versions even integrate assessment tools and analytics.
Have you used Seesaw in your higher ed classroom? What about other digital portfolio applications?