At Abercarn Primary School we are constantly looking to improve home communication and share the learning. As part of this we are developing electronic profiling and will be using the Seesaw app within the classroom to create a snap-shot of children’s learning to share with home.
Seesaw is a platform that allows schools and pupils to engage with parents and carers to create an online environment which:
Empowers pupils to take ownership of their learning and can help pupils to reflect on their progress over time.
Gives pupils tools to show what they know in the way that works best for them.
Inspires pupils to try their best by providing an audience for their work beyond the classroom.
Creates a meaningful home-school connection so that parents and carers can better support their child’s learning.
Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in order for a parent/ child to use Seesaw, Abercarn Primary School must obtain consent. A signed consent form from parents/carers allows the app to use their child’s name to be able to associate work such as photographic evidence, videos or voice recordings with the pupil account. Seesaw only uses this information to provide the service and doesn’t advertise in Seesaw, create profiles of students, or share or sell children’s personal information or journal content. Further information about their strong privacy promises can be found online at https://web.seesaw.me/privacy.
Once consent has been received by a parent, the Digital Media Manager will then set up their Seesaw account for teachers and / or children to use. Parents and pupils must follow the guidelines and instructions given by the school.
At Abercarn Primary, pupils and teachers will add examples of learning, like photos, videos, or drawings and pupils can also add voice, text or drawing annotations to an item.
Teachers will approve new journal items uploaded by pupils which can then be shared with parents and carers via the app. Teachers may also use Seesaw to post spelling words, useful web-links, and information about pupil achievement or to message parents about whole class reminders.
Abercarn Primary School staff will not respond to external messages from parents/carers sent through See-saw. All communication continues to be carried out via the school office.
Over time, Seesaw builds an organised, digital portfolio of each student’s learning, accessible via iOS app or on the web. It is not shared with anyone else as each child has their own individual unique journal.