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Snap1A: Digitally Connecting Families and Schools the Seesaw Way

Location: W187c, Table 1

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Monday, June 25, 1:30–2:30 pm
Location: W187c, Table 1

Dr. Patricia Holzman   Dr. Courtney Pepe   Dr. Stephanie Talalai   Dr. Wendy Thompson  
Explore the use of online portfolio journals to connect students with disabilities to their families and schools. Attendees will get an overview of the implementation of a schoolwide initiative using Seesaw for communication. Hear the perspectives of the supervisor of technology, classroom teachers, parents and students through video and personal reflections.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Seesaw The Learning Journal

or the Seesaw app available for all platforms

Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Communication and collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Special education
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Creative Communicator
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Related exhibitors: Seesaw

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to establish a communication network between school and home.
Participants will be able to promote family engagement in student learning.
Participants will be able to establish a professional dialog with student's families.
Participants will be able to establish student digital portfolios for student self-assessment.
Participants will be able to distribute communications in multiple languages to meet the diverse needs of their families.
Participants will be able to foster student ownership and pride in their learning through facilitating meaningful conversation between school and home.


Introduction(2mins) Background of presenters and development of the home to school digital initiative.
Outcomes (1min) - Description of the information participants will gain from the presentation.
Review (10 mins)- Discussion with supporting images of the development of the initiative.
Overview (10 mins)- Practical examples of school/home/school exchanges documenting the highs and lows of the collaboration experience.
Wrap up (3 mins)- Future plans for growing the collaboration
Question and Answer Time (4 mins)

Supporting research

Leithwood, K., & Patrician, P. (2015). Changing the educational culture of the home to increase student success at school. Societies, 5(3), 664-685. doi:

Pohio, Karen, and Garry Falloon. "Deliberate acts of virtual communication: cellphones as a tool to enhance student learning and engagement." Set: Research Information for Teachers [Wellington], no. 3, 2010, p. 2+. Academic OneFile, Accessed 26 Sept. 2017.

Wong, K. K. (2015). Implementing parent engagement policy in an increasingly culturally diverse community of new immigrants: How new is "new"? Canadian Journal of Education, 38(3), 1-30. Retrieved from

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Dr. Patricia Holzman, A. Harry Moore School of NJCU
Dr. Courtney Pepe, Perth Amboy Board of Education
Dr. Stephanie Talalai, A. Harry Moore School of NJCU

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