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Gockley Elementary School students enjoy a parachute game during a physical education class. Teacher Austin Berg shares videos of the activities with parents via an app called Seesaw. Gockley Elementary School students enjoy a parachute game during a physical education class. Teacher Austin Berg shares videos of the activities with parents via an app called Seesaw.
PRESS PHOTOS BY HANNA O’REILLYThe app shows parents their children’s effort in the class and offers challenges for families to stay active together. PRESS PHOTOS BY HANNA O’REILLYThe app shows parents their children’s effort in the class and offers challenges for families to stay active together.
Austin Berg takes video of Gockley Elementary School students in a plank position and will share their progress with parents using the Seesaw app. Austin Berg takes video of Gockley Elementary School students in a plank position and will share their progress with parents using the Seesaw app.
Berg offers some instruction by exercising along with the students.PRESS PHOTOS BY HANNA O’REILLY Berg offers some instruction by exercising along with the students.PRESS PHOTOS BY HANNA O’REILLY

Staying active with Seesaw

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY Special to The Press in Local News

Gockley teacher uses app to share classes with parents

Have you heard about the Seesaw app for your phone? Parents and teachers now have the opportunity to share educational activities about the children using one little app. This app is a simple program that has been developed to increase student and family engagement, allowing parents to see their child’s performance at school and the teacher to encourage more learning goals within the home.

When Austin Berg, physical education teacher at Gockley Elementary School, heard about this digital platform, he wanted to get his classes involved. He teaches 11 kindergarten classes and 13 first-grade classes.

Berg has used the app to invite many of the parents to connect to their child’s personal journal. They are able to directly watch their children in action while also receiving updates about the school’s upcoming events.

“I take pictures and videos of the classes in action with many of the activities and send them to the parents by class or individually,” Berg said.

With this app, parents can see whether or not their child is participating in the activities planned for that week. It has also allowed Berg to send home challenges, with the intent that parents also share their child’s progress through Seesaw.

Berg recently involved the students in a burpee challenge at home.

“The parents have the option to send videos back to me in the app of their child performing the burpees,” he said.

The app has allowed Berg to promote more physical activity within the home with small incentives to encourage them to do more.

The app also gives students a sense of pride when they do something well, boosting their confidence and hopefully encouraging them to continue their successes both at home and in school.