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Teacher: Joe mcCarthy who teaches at Meadowview Elementary School in Farmington, MN. Joe mcCarthy can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: Seesaw intregration

Rationale/Purpose of Event: The primary goal is to share with parents what children are learning in our Physical Education class. The secondary goal is to motivate the families to be active together.

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Materials Needed: iPad & Seesaw app

Seesaw intregration

Seesaw is a student driven digital portfolio that allows you to store what kids are learning in PE and share with parents. It is basically a multimedia journal that empowers students to showcase what they’re learning at school. Students are eager to capture their learning and share what excites them. Seesaw gives them a safe space to do that.

I give students 2 minutes at the end of each class to reflect on what they learned, what they want to learn more about and/or what they need help with for next time.

See the videos below for more thoughts on how this is used in my classes.


Overhead Set in Volleyball Video:

4th grade students using the app to videotape their partner


Teacher can verbally give the reflective questions, write them on white board or project them on a screen.

Teaching Suggestions/Tips:

Simple class login: No student account / password hassle!

1. Students do not need their own accounts/passwords. Great for shared iPads!
2. Students scan Class QR code to log into class account on iOS app
3. Students tag themselves as item author from the class list to add item

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

In the seesaw app, you can type, draw or video record your responses.

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Posted on PEC: 1/9/2017 and has received 3 votes.

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