πŸ’¬ Should I Use Seesaw Or A WordPress Blog In The Classroom? Pros And Cons Of Digital Portfolio Tools

Replied to Should I Use Seesaw Or A WordPress Blog In The Classroom? Pros And Cons Of Digital Portfolio Tools (kathleenamorris.com)

This post will help you evaluate whether Seesaw is something that’s worth using in your classroom. Or, if blogging with WordPress is a better option to replace or complement Seesaw.

Thank you Kathleen for breaking down the differences and similarities between Seesaw and Edublogs (and blogs). Reading your discussion of ‘dumping’ evidence verses crafting a presence, made me think of my own practice of collecting posts (such as this) versus crafting longer responses.

Some of the further thoughts I had about the differences were around:

  • Parental Engagement: Once set up, Seesaw is easy to engage with either via desktop or mobile. It often feels as if blogs involve more effort.
  • Platform verses Process: I wonder if a focus on Seesaw versus Edublogs overlooks the question of process? I know you touch upon digital presence This was something I tried to grapple with recently in a presentation on using GSuite to support ongoing reporting.
  • Transfer-ability: The one thing that I love about WordPress and Edublogs is that I can easily take my data and load it somewhere else. I am yet to work out what I would do with all the artefacts I collect in Seesaw.

In the end I think that the biggest question that people need to consider is what is trying to be achieved and which tool will help this.

7 responses on “πŸ’¬ Should I Use Seesaw Or A WordPress Blog In The Classroom? Pros And Cons Of Digital Portfolio Tools”

  1. Hi Aaron,

    Thanks for adding to the discussion!

    I agree that Seesaw can often be easier for parents to engage with than blogs. Sometimes this is because the way blogs can be used by classrooms haphazardly? I do think that whatever form of parent communication you use, you need to be clear about how it’s being used and then stick with it.

    Good point about process and definitely something to think about further. This was the kind of post I had to write to help my clarify my thoughts. And I’m sure those thoughts will keep developing!

    Seesaw not being so export friendly is an issue. And I think a lot of teachers would jump in without considering this at all.

    Yes, it is about considering what you’re trying to achieve, for sure. All too often I see it happening the other way around!

    Thanks again, Aaron.

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