According to Silvia it’s not all that common for teachers for be involved in decision making. To us it’s imperative. We met during Silvia’s visit to clarify the purpose of blogs as compared with Seesaw, so that we could add her voice to the other perspectives. Each team discussed and recorded their views on the advantages and disadvantages of blogs and Seesaw, the digital portfolio app we’ve been exploring this year. As always, we will use the data gathered from the teams to decide how to proceed.
- purposes of each platform
do we need one or the other or do we need both platforms?
- advantages of each platform
what does one platform allow us to do that the other one might not?
- disadvantages of each platform
Having been a blogger for the past 10 years, I am very familiar with the blogging platform such as edublogs which is based on wordpress. Just recently, I started learning about the Seesaw platform by attending several workshops at different conferences and by creating a “family classroom” that I share with my daughter and son-in-law to document and keep track of my grandchildren’s growth and learning.
Below you will find my preliminary thoughts about the platform’s individual purpose for the Pre K-6 context.
Edna and Linda, collected the large pieces of paper created by individual groups and unpacked the content, summarizing the purpose, advantages and disadvantages of each platform in their school context. You can find their summary in the two tables below.
Further Questions to ponder?
- Might Seesaw be a great way of introducing students to the world of digital portfolios and blogging? K-2 Seesaw, then students graduate firstly to posting on a class blog (names used as categories), then to their own blogfolios?
- How is each platform used to “do something” with the documentation artifacts? On teacher side? On student side?
Have you looked into or are using Seesaw? Has or is your school contemplating moving from blogs to Seesaw or have you decided to stick with the blogging platform? We would love to hear from you. Please add your perspective to the conversation.