Using the “Reflect in Seesaw” Chrome Extension to Enhance Student Engagement
News on February 01 2021
With virtual learning, teachers and students have taken on new challenges and also new opportunities for growth and exploration. Seesaw is a digital learning management system that specializes in creating portfolios and engaging students in learning. This platform allows students to complete and showcase their work, while teachers as well as parents/guardians can view, comment, and provide feedback. With Seesaw, student engagement is at an all-time high as students can show off their learning with annotations, text, images, and more! If you aren’t already using Seesaw, be sure to check out app.seesaw.me to get started for free.
Seesaw makes it really easy for students to upload and annotate their work. Simply access the “Create” button on the Seesaw app or website and upload documents, pictures, videos, notes, etc. But what happens when students are completing assignments that utilize other websites? How will they get that work into Seesaw? They can save documents to their computer or Google Drive, but there is an even easier way! The answer is the Reflect in Seesaw Chrome Extension! With this extension, students can keep all of their work in one, easy-to-access place. Let’s take a closer look!
What is it?
Reflect in Seesaw is a Google Chrome extension that allows students and teachers to take screenshots of anything on their screen and insert it directly into Seesaw. Once the screenshot is taken, students are brought right into Seesaw and are able to utilize all of the available annotation features. This extension provides users with a quick and simple way to bring work from other websites into Seesaw and add a creative twist that is perfect for thinking and reflection. This extension can be used across grade levels and provides teachers and parents/guardians with the opportunity to see student work samples.
How does it work?
Using this extension only requires a few clicks. Here’s how it’s done.
1. Add the Reflect in Seesaw Chrome extension.
2. Open up any website (in this example we’ll use Newsela.com).
3. Browse the website and determine what you would like to screenshot or annotate.
4. Click the Chrome extension in the top right corner of your browser or access all extensions and search from there. We recommend pinning the Reflect in Seesaw extension to your browser for easy access.
5. From there, you will be prompted with the options to “Capture visible area” or “Capture selected area.”
6. Then, select the area that you would like to screenshot (this can be a selected area, or a screenshot of the entire page).
7. Your screen capturing will immediately open up a new page on your browser in Seesaw.
8. Once you have this page open, you are able to access all of the annotation tools inside Seesaw: text, voice recording, images, shapes, background, links, pen, highlighter, eraser, and more! You also have the option to add pages, which is great for adding supplemental annotations, notes, and drawings.
One of my favorite features is that the screenshot in Seesaw will also link to the original website where the screenshot came from. This is especially helpful if teachers or parents are looking to refer back to the original source of the student’s work. Simply click the link symbol in the lower left corner to go to the source material.
9. Once you are finished with your annotations, click the green checkmark in the right top corner of the screen to save your markup and place in the folder of your choice. And you’re done! Now, your students can simply create and share their work and reflections in a few simple steps!
We recommend sharing this tool with your students so that they can utilize this extension to streamline the process of posting work from other websites onto Seesaw.
To learn more about creative ways to use Seesaw, check out this blog’s companion course on OTIS for educators, Mid-Year Portfolios Using Seesaw. While you’re there, be sure to check out some of our other videos for more ways to enhance your classroom.
For more tips, tricks, and tools for teaching in and out of the classroom, you can also check out more articles on the Teq Talk blog.