Can You Hear Me Now - Intro To SeeSaw

Empowered Learner


Students will use Seesaw's built-in audio recording, drawing and caption tools to reflect on what they've learned or explain how they got their answer.

Seesaw empowers students to independently document their learning with built-in creative tools, and provides an authentic audience for their work.

Seesaw gives families an immediate and personalized window into their child’s school day, and makes communication with teachers seamless. Seesaw helps capture the learning process, not just the end result.

There are fourteen lessons that will take 5-20 minutes each. 

Students will:

  • Be able to use Seesaw to journal about their learning and themselves.
  • Be able to take pictures, draw and write.
  • ​Be able to comment with using the record audio feature.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Comment: To comment is to let someone know how you feel or what you think.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Create your Seesaw teacher account and first class.
  • Watch the video tutorial on how to create an account. 

  • Install Seesaw on student devices. Get the Seesaw Class app.

  • Bookmark the Seesaw website on your computer. 

  • Print your class poster so your students can sign in. Hang it in your classroom. To find your poster, sign in as a teacher, and tap ‘Student Code’ in the bottom right.

  • Get ready to teach your students about Seesaw.

  • Read through the Seesaw Student Challenge (page five)

Directions for this activity:

  1. Student Challenge: Lessons 1 - 14 (each lesson is 5-20 mins)
  2. The teacher will have the students start with lesson one and work their way through to 14. The students can do one or more than one lesson at a time. It depends on the classroom timeframe.  Each link below will walk the students through the lesson.

  3. The focus will be on lessons 1-7 = 35-50 minutes max (do these at your pace).

  • Lesson 1 - Set a purpose for keeping a journal.
  • Lesson 2 - Student chooses icons.
  • Icons sheet to print
  • Lesson 3 - Review the proper handling of devices and storage (optional). 
  • Lesson 4 - Show students how to sign in to Seesaw.  
  • Lesson 5 - Teach what the green + add button means.
  • Lesson 6 - Teach students how to take a photo.
  • Lesson 7 - Green check mark, finding their name, and success message! 

Taking it further:

  • Lesson 8 - Introduce the microphone and adding voice.
  • Lesson 9 - Practice adding a writing sample to Seesaw. 
  • Lesson 10 - Introduce the drawing tool. 
  • Lesson 11 - Introduce Wow! Work! 
  • Lesson 12 - Reflect on learning: Math exit ticket. 
  • Lesson 13 - Record each child’s goals.
  • Lesson 14 - Feedback to classmates. 

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Teachers can use this tool to assess their students on all topics. Have the students take a picture of their physical work. Teachers can then assess and provide feedback.
  • Here is an example of an exit ticket.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Empowered Learner
1a. Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.

1b. Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.

1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.


Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:
Android App

iPad - iOS App

How To Create Your SeeSaw Account


SeeSaw Exit Ticket

SeeSaw Student Challenge



  • Students can take a picture of their writing and drawings on their writing paper.
  • Have them read their writing aloud using the recording feature.

Journal all of the art projects they do through the year. Use the audio feature to record their voice explaining the art.

Students use the drawing feature to solve math problems. Then have the students submit the work with audio recording explaining their solution.

Use Seesaw to journal with images, drawings, and audio as they learn the scientific process.

Use the drawing and image features to journal about family and community.

This task card was created by Jeremie Coplin, Kalamazoo RESA, February 2018.