This past week, Seesaw (web.seesaw.me) updated their iOS and web-based app to include the Activities tab. This is a game changer for Seesaw. With the Activities tab, you can assign students (some or all) an assignment to complete and submit back to you. No longer will your students need to “copy and edit” the activity, though they still can if you choose. You can also assign the activity to certain students to differentiate your instruction. Finally, Seesaw will show you who has submitted the activity and who needs to complete it.
Activities are included in the library, divided by grade level. You can search the library and customize an activity that is already there. In addition, you can create your own activity that can then be shared across classes and grade levels. This is wonderful for elementary music educators who teach multiple grade levels. In Seesaw for Schools, the activity library can be shared with other teachers in the school.
Since the release of this new Activities feature, there have been many wonderful resources to assist any educator with learning how to use it. Here are a few:
- How do I use Activities by Natalie Lorente
- Seesaw Activities by Eric Robinson
- Seesaw Activities Icon Shortcuts
I created this webinar for elementary music teachers to give them ideas for how to use it in their classrooms – Seesaw Activities for the Elementary Music Classroom:
As always, NJMEA members can receive PD credit if they send me a summary of the PD and answer the question presented at the end of the PD.
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Amy M. Burns is an elementary music educator, clinician, author, and musician. She currently works at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ teaching PreK through Grade 3 general music, grade 5 instrumental music, and grades 4-8 instrumental band. She is the author of Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board, and Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads! She is also an author for Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. She has given numerous presentations on integrating technology into the elementary music classroom as well as being a keynote speaker for music technology conferences in Texas, Indiana, St. Maarten, and Australia. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award, the 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher Award, the 2016 NJ Governor’s Leader in Arts Education Award, and the 2017 Non-Public School Teacher of the Year Award. You can find out more about Amy at her website: amymburns.com