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Educational Technologist
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
Educational Technology Director
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

As a teacher, you need a platform to teach students, to assess students, and to communicate with parents. Seesaw is that tool. Yes, there are a plethora of tools for older students, but when it comes to the littles, tools are limited. That's ok, you don't need anything other than Seesaw! Easy enough for kindergarteners to use independently, and deep enough for high schoolers, Seesaw is the tool you need! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is little to dislike about Seesaw. They were one of the first educational companies to respond during the COVID crisis, modifying their entire platform to accommodate learning from home within a week of the shut-down. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for a SIMPLE, user-friendly platform, I highly recommend Seesaw. The free version is fantastic and full-featured, and even the school account is cost effective. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Seesaw gives teachers a tool where they can share lessons and activities, including instructional videos, with students. Seesaw also provides a platform where students can complete work (whether free-form or workbook pages or other similiar types) in a variety of methods, including drawing, videos, recording, and typing. Teachers can safely include links to other sites for students. Best of all, teachers see student work, can provide feedback, AND share the work with parents, all via one user-friendly platfor. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Technology Coordinator
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Seesaw is incredibly user friendly for even our youngest students. We have our preschoolers using the platform with relative ease. I'm amazed that they've created a tool that students who are not yet reading can navigate effectively to document their learning. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I wish we could use just Seesaw and move away from other LMS, but Seesaw lacks a good option for word processing. Students can attach notes, or you can link a Google doc, but Google Classroom is much, much easier for engaging students in the writing process. Edits, revisions, multiple drafts, etc aren't easy to navigate through in Seesaw. If this feature could be worked in as seamlessly as it's worked into Google Classroom, Seesaw could be our one & only LMS. There are also occasional weird glitches with Seesaw & Google - a link that is set to "Anyone can view" for some reason requires logging in with Google when accessed through Seesaw - things like that which can derail a kindergarten class but are minor in the grand scheme of things! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Seesaw saved us Spring 2020. It was our means of continuing to teach as we moved to distance learning. It allowed us to provide engaging activities to students, to communicate with students without parental assistance, to provide Zoom links for live classes, to allow for class discussions, etc. It also is a great digital portfolio tool, but it became so much more for our students when COVID changed the teaching landscape. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This semester due to the pandemic, my daughter’s classroom used Seesaw to send school work and creative materials to her teacher. The first time using the Seesaw app we found it to be user friendly. What I like best is that you can upload work and type in notes or captions in the same image or document area. This saves a lot of time than having to upload an image or document then the caption second. I am so thankful for this platform as it has taught my daughter to improve her math skills through the block tools that are used and learning science application. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

As far as dislikes, I don’t like that there is no history section as of what was already sent to the teacher. Sometimes I have sent things twice if I wasn’t sure that I sent it before. I also wish there was more of a communication between parents and maybe a parents chat section so that play dates could be scheduled. That would have been nice. Something like a sharing of work or art content between kids and parents could monitor that section as well as communicate with one another.I also notice that when you are working on the mobile app and say you have your child to some writing or math/drawing work it's very hard to use your fingers. I think it's because the screen is so small so a stylus is definitely needed for this portion if you are working from the mobile app. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend Seesaw for any parent or teacher even who is looking for an easy and accessible quick communication tool. It’s easy to share your child’s work and art via Seesaw. Check them out! As mentioned above they have photo and video capabilities that make it easy to submit live work. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving the problem of having a quick and easy way of sending work to my daughter’s teacher. Since he was sending out so many emails through the last quarter I didn’t want to pile up (same with other parents) his email, it’s easy for things to get lost in the sauce) so I’m grateful that he offered this option to us. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

I love how easy and simple it is to set up a Seesaw site, share access to learners and collaborators, and manage how all users engage and access the site. It's not a full functioned tool like some solutions that we use, but it gets the job done. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

My only issue with Seesaw has been how it handles some links posted on the sites. Some video links don't play or freeze. Also, it's not as easy with Seesaw to save your progress in projects and move to other tasks. I have had many users lose their projects as they navigated to different sites while progress. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Seesaw is free to try, so no excuses against giving it a try. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We don't always have access to a learning management system. In absence of a dedicated platform for learning, Seesaw offers a great option for collecting and distributing assignments. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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What do you like best?

As a parent, I love being able to see my child's work, and to leave comments for them to read. Lots of great options to share different formats - pictures, annotations, videos with audio, etc. Teachers are able to approve content before it officially posts. I also love being able to see weekly teacher newsletters in one place, rather than having to search my email! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The only difficult thing is that when teachers add content, it adds in by date created, not date added, so it's sometimes hard to scroll back and find out what was newly added since you last looked at the app or site. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great way to increase parent engagement, and to ensure parents read communication from teachers and school! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is a great way to engage parents in the work and progress of students at school. It helps children feel affirmed. It's also a great solution to store communication in one place. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The format is similar to Facebook which most people have so it’s relatable. The option I have to approve or delete comments. I like how i can private message parents. The ability for students to post their work and she’s with class if they want to. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don’t like that adding a caption (which is what I usually do when posting a reminder That includes a graphic or photo ) it is not behind the ...bubble on the phone version which is a pain to access. The process to add students to their own accounts is complicated and could be easier Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used Seesaw four years and make It a point to have all my students families connected in the beginning of a school year. With the shutdown of schools, Seesaw gave me a way to continue to keep in touch with families, post videos, assign work, and connect students two they could share with their classmates. I love using it to remind families of upcoming events, due dates or those “don’t forget” notes Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The workflow and the various ways to review and approve students work. I have 3 groups of students and use activity, folders and the students as ways to review and approve work Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It's too easy to send back work without comments. SeeSaw should fix this or at least put up a 'Are you Sure' notification. I've learned now to comment first before hitting the send back button Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

While Seesaw can be used for in-person work, its current feature set is clearly for remote learning. As we move to a hybrid environment, I may use it less. That said, it is essential for what I do now Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

More efficiently managing the assignment, review and assessment of the work in my class Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like how you can quickly and easily communicate with parents about the work that the children are doing as well as communicating about important information directly.

The parents are able to look at the work their children are doing and comment and like the work they have done.

You can create assignments quickly and easily. Once you have created an assignment you can assign the assignment to any class you are linked to all at once. You also are able to schedule when the activity appears and what folders it is stored in.

All of the assignments you create are stored automatically for easy reuse and editing. You can also create a school wide database of assignments you want to share to all for cross curriculum collaboration. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

If I want to assign work to multiple classes at once there is not an easy way to post work to all of them at once. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Have it installed on all your devices to easily use it where ever you are. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to assign work instantly to all the children and then mark and comment on the work in one place using the easy user interface. It also makes having the children give feedback on their work and the work of others really easily.

I have been using it to effectively teach in a distance learning environment by using the assignment tools i can create work for children to complete on their own and give marking and feedback to everybody quickly and effectively despite being separated physically from the classroom. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Seesaw has a very easy to use and easy to train interface for all levels of learners. It's a bare bones LMS-like system that can easily facilitate simple learning tasks. Our facilitators have a relatively simple time distributing learning. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Seesaw definitely has it's limitations and we see some end user issues from time to time. Our biggest issue has been with users losing submissions or posts. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try the free offering Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have need a simple way for facilitators to distribute learning materials and assignments and collect responses. Seesaw has provided that access in an intuitive environment. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

They have an app and also a web version. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

While on quarantine the school of my children started actively using SeeSaw for remote education. Let me say this way: I manage of a company with 300 employees, yet I never felt so helpless, confused and frustrated as when I tried to manage education for three 8 year old children. Thank god they are triplets and two of them are in the same class, so at least some things could be shared - otherwise I probably would go crazy.

You can never understand which assignments are due, where the info is being sent (is in journal? in the child's inbox? in parent's notification?). Every time a child needs to submit the work they did, they cannot figure out and call you. Uploading a photo takes 4-5 clicks and you cannot upload multiple pictures at once.

During the last 1.5 months judging by the amount of my worktime wasted - the SeeSaw is on the top of the list "Things with negative impact" Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Stay away until they start thinking about the experience of their actual users. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Online education for children Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The platform is very easy to navigate through. Instructors can easily input assignments for students to do, and it shows when they are completed so it’s easy to track. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It’s not attached to canvas, which is the learning platform for students at the moment. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It’s very easy to use. Highly recommended Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Benefits are that students can easily submit assignments during distance learning. Problems we are solving is that things can be completed in a timely manor Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I absolutely LOVE that is 100% elementary age kid appropriate. With a chromebook my child was able to complete all of her school task completely independent, from sign in to submit! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

From time to time there would be elements that were pretty different to manipulate. In those cases were were able to use the conveniently located comment box to send a direct message to her teacher. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just use it! You won’t regret it! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simply put, my child would not have been able to complete her kindergarten year with the quality of education that she received if it weren’t for Seesaw. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like that teachers can post assignments and time limits on Seesaw. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I do not like how challenging it is to download pictures or screenshots. About 80% of the work I do is shown by pictures or screenshots. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would suggest to use Seesaw as a platform for assigning work, but go live and collect the work in a different software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefits of Seesaw are the ability to post assignments and reminders to kids of all ages without need of live intervention. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Teacher
Primary/Secondary Education
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Parents want to celebrate their children's achievements at each stage, so it is important to keep them aware of their children's progress throughout the school year. With the Seesaw application, students can store and publish their best work to share with their parents. Teachers, on the other hand, can provide concrete examples of their students' strengths and areas to improve their parents during parent-teacher meetings. The improvements in the Activities section make it easy to share activities with your classes, save voice instructions and find other activities provided by teachers in the library. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

So far nothing, I have been using it for about two years and it has only brought positive things to my life. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are a teacher and you need to improve communication in your classroom, I highly recommend Seesaw, it is a fantastic app that will solve much of your problems in the classroom. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is a different way to keep parents informed about their children's progress in class, and it is also an effective way to improve communication with my students. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The ease of use for smaller children and their ability to navigate it somewhat well without a lot of guidance. Allows children to draw or record videos and they can upload their own videos and pictures. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The options for file uploading was lackluster. Wish their was more customization. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving the issue of not being able have children attend school in person. This is the program the K-5 teachers at our school used. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Office Manager
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

What I like about SeeSaw is that I get to review and comments on my child's school work, they use this application in school. For working parents it's a great tool to view what your child is doing in school and you can see their projects and videos. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I just started using this application and as of right not I don't have any dislikes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend this application to those who have children, you can see what your child is doing in school as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being a working mom it's hard for me to attend my daughters school for family participation but I find that this tool is a great way to keep in contact with your child and teacher. I can see all her work in progress and see her projects that she completed. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Approval process for posts and parent access Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Formal tools missing in notes and if activity is only half finished and students log off they have to start over Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Helps teachers Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

General teaching app for everyday use Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Both all and individual communication facility. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

For me the downside is it is not interactive. Any message needs approval to be published. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Usually teachers are not comfortable sharing their direct communication method except email IDs but with Seesaw I can easily send and get messages either on phone (apps) or in the computer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The thing that I like best about SeeSaw is that there are so many activities already created that you can edit if you would like or push right out to your students, all created by other teachers! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that you cannot create a button to add to your activity that once clicked, will say directions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great tool for learning in any classroom, no matter what grade level or academic ability! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SeeSaw has made learning more fun and engaging for my students, they love coming in a opening up their devices to get on it at the start of each day! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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