Schools closed, Distance learning through May 4

The Governor has ordered all Minnesota schools to remain closed with distance learning in place from March 30 through May 4 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Seesaw for elementary families

Seesaw: Setting Up A Family Account

Getting Started with Seesaw (step-by-step instructions)


 

What is Seesaw?
Seesaw is a student portfolio intended to give our Kindergarten through 5th-grade students a place to create, submit and share learning with their class, teachers, and parents.  For the first few weeks of Distance Learning, Seesaw will only be used for two way communication with teachers and families. Beginning March 30, homeroom teachers will post a daily message or question by 9:00 a.m., on ‘Announcements’, for students to respond to. You will be able to view posts and add likes and comments.

How do I set up an account and log into Seesaw?
You will need an invitation from your child’s teacher. The invite will include either an email link or a QR code. Contact your teacher if you have not received an invite. If you had a seesaw account in a prior year AND were connected to your child’s journal, you simply need to sign in.

Follow the directions below to set up your family account.  Click here to watch a video to learn more about Seesaw and the Family App.  Go to https://web.seesaw.me on the web or download the Seesaw family app on devices. The Seesaw Class and Family apps are available on iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices (go to Kindle Fire App Store on your device). You can also use Seesaw on the web using a computer or Chromebook via a Chrome, Firefox, or Edge browser.

iOS Device, Android Device, Computers with Chrome or Firefox Browsers

  1. Download 'Seesaw Parent and Family' in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store or go to https://app.seesaw.me using Chrome or Firefox and choose 'I'm a Parent'. 
  2. Choose 'Create Parent Account' and scan the QR Code or use the link on your child's handout.
  3. Finish creating your account to view your child’s journal.

Other Smartphones & Computers

  1. Using any web browser, go to the URL on the handout or email from your child's teacher. It should look something like this: https://app.seesaw.me/s/123-456-789. 
  2. Choose your child from the class list and create an account.
  3. After you’ve been approved by your child’s teacher, you’ll get access to their journal. We'll email you to let you know when you've been approved.

Already using Seesaw?
Follow these instructions to add your child's new journal to your existing account. You can also follow these instructions to add another child to your account.

With the QR Code (On iOS, Android, Chrome or Firefox): 

  1. Sign in to your parent account.
  2. Tap your profile icon (top left).
  3. Tap “+ Add Journal”.
  4. Scan the QR code on the handout from your child's teacher.

 With a link:

  1. Follow the email link or type in the URL on the handout from your child's teacher.
  2. Choose your child from the class list.
  3. On the signup screen, click the "Sign in" tab at the top instead of creating a new account.
  4. Sign in to your existing account and click the “Register for Updates” button.
  5. The teacher will need to approve your access. Once you have access, you can tap the Journals  button to switch between journals.

Can I access Seesaw from my mobile device?
The Seesaw Class and Family apps are available on iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices (go to Kindle Fire App Store on your device). You can also use Seesaw on the web using a computer or Chromebook via a Chrome, Firefox, or Edge browser. 

How do I add another student to my family account?

With the QR Code (On iOS, Android, Chrome or Firefox):

  1. Sign in to your family account.
  2. Tap your profile icon (top left).
  3. Tap “+ Add Journal”. Scan the QR code on the handout from your child's teacher.

 With a link:

  1. Follow the email link or type in the URL on the handout from your child's teacher. Choose your child from the class list.
  2. On the signup screen, click the "Sign in" tab at the top instead of creating a new account.
  3. Sign in to your existing account and click the “Register for Updates” button.
  4. The teacher will need to approve your access. Once you have access, you can tap the Menu button to switch between journals.

How do I message the teacher?
At this time family members can only reply to a message their child’s teacher once he or she has sent a message. Family members are not able to compose new messages to teachers unless replying to a teacher sent message. 

How do I change notification settings for my account?

  1. Sign into your Seesaw account.
  2. Click on your profile icon.
  3. Click on the gear icon.
  4. Click account settings.
  5. Under Class Notifications, you can enable email, IOS, and SMS (text message) notifications.  You need to add a cell phone number to receive SMS notifications.

Why isn’t my QR code working?
Check that you have a valid Family invite from your child's teacher. The invite should have your child's name at the top, a list of instructions for connecting and a QR code. If you can’t scan the QR code, type the URL at the bottom of the invite into any web browser. This is an alternative way to get access to your child’s journal.

I am a district employee and a parent. I already have a Seesaw teacher account. What should I do?

You will have two Seesaw accounts - a Seesaw Teacher account and a Seesaw Family Account. You can log in to both accounts with the same email address.

On the web:

  1. Go to: https://web.seesaw.me
  2. Choose “I’m a teacher” to access your teacher account OR choose I’m A Family Member to access your family account.
  3. To Switch Between Accounts:

Tap on your name in the upper left corner of the screen, tap on the cog wheel and click “Switch to Family Account”.  You can toggle between these two accounts at any time.

On a mobile device:

There are two different apps for Seesaw on mobile devices. Teachers will use the Seesaw Class app to access their account.  Family members will use the Seesaw Family app to access their account.

 

I have a Seesaw Family Account from another district. What should I do?

You may continue using your existing Seesaw Family account.  However, you will need to obtain the QR code or URL from your student’s classroom teacher in order to add their current classes to your account.

 

I have a student in another district. What should I do? 

Family members are able to add multiple students to their Seesaw family account, regardless of school district. To add another student to your account:

With the QR Code (On iOS, Android, Chrome or Firefox):

  1. Sign in to your family account.
  2. Tap your profile icon (top left).
  3. Tap “+ Add Journal”.
  4. Scan the QR code on the handout from your child's teacher.

With a link:

  1. Follow the email link or type in the URL on the handout from your child's teacher.
  2. Choose your child from the class list.
  3. On the signup screen, click the "Sign in" tab at the top instead of creating a new account.
  4. Sign in to your existing account and click the “Register for Updates” button.
  5. The teacher will need to approve your access. Once you have access, you can tap the Menu button to switch between journals.