e-Portfolios: A Case Study


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Our presentation from Learning@School Conference in Rotorua 24 February 2010. Elm Park School has been using e-Portfolios school-wide with Year 1-6 students for two years. The portal we use is KnowledgeNET but the content of this presentation is valid for others choices such as Ultranet, blogs, wikis etc. The focus of this presentation was on our journey from research, through to trial and implementation. There will the opportunity to view some student examples. The pitfalls we found along the way and some implications for infrastructure, NZ Curriculum and National Standards will also be discussed.

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  • Aim - to share our journey so far, hope others learn from our mistakes! We think e-Portfolios are worth all the work and heartache!
  • U6 contributing school, East Auckland. Decile 6, ~40 ethnicities, roll 570-630.
    3rd year as lead school in eastnet ict-pd cluster. 1st year AtoL contract.
    Overview of presentation - timeline, playtime, ask questions anytime

  • Conferences, Helen Barrett, Nick Rate, Bucklands Beach Intermediate, MOE

  • more formative assessment focussed, aligns with NZC, 3-D, focus not on technology but on the learning
  • 10 teachers volunteered
    Goals, reflections, teacher comments, evidence = all using Knet
    End of year review = implement school-wide
  • Infrastructure - 2007 computer suite turned into classroom, computers and laptops into classrooms. 2008 - DP in every room, camera in every room. Built up numbers of computers per room from 4 to 6-8. Aiming for 8-10 over several years. Still need to get headphones! No longer purchase desktops for classrooms as laptops provide more versatility.
  • Knet chosen as the portal to use as we already had it in the school although under-utilised
  • Link to cybersafety documentation
  • 2009 schoolwide implementation, increase to 2 collaborative conferences, no paper portfolios, no end of year paper reports
    Mandatory for all teachers, some resistance, lots of stress!
  • ICT Lead Teacher release (~0.8) to provide in-class support
    Lead Teacher fortnightly meetings to discuss issues, identify teachers in need of support, monitoring of e-Ports
    Unconference style workshops - small groups based on identified teacher needs
    Online documentation - “how to” sheets, expectations, examples, sentence starters
    Staff meetings - sharing examples and ideas, feedback/feedforward, review
  • Staff meeting at end of 2009, using scribblar teachers worked in groups to brainstorm the good, the bad and the ugly about e-Portfolios at EPS. They came up with many of the same things that management and ICT Lead Teachers had also identified.
  • Online survey, details in newsletter, link on school website, handed out at collaborative conferences, computers available at collaborative conferences.
  • 2010 expectations
  • Literacy and numeracy graphs inserted manually for 2010, interoperability hopefully leads to automation for 2011.

  • Key competencies are included from 2010 - this will allow us to bring in all curriculum learning areas within the context of key competencies (concept rather than content based learning)
  • Barriers - monitoring consistency, pedagogy/classroom practice, teacher capability/confidence/attitude, time management, parent education/engagement, how to write good goals/learning intentions, success criteria, reflections
  • Key competencies (to include all learning areas), parent education, parent logins, interoperability to avoid double entry, consistency (esp comments), collaborative conference up-skilling, increase student ownership, assess to learn contract, sustainability (ICT lead teacher release, hardware)
  • Pedagogy - formative assessment, learning intentions, success criteria, reflective writing, teacher feedback/feedforward, John Hattie!
    Workshops - definitely NOT whole staff!

  • e-Portfolios: A Case Study

    1. 1. learning@school Rotorua New Zealand February 2010 e-Portfolios: A Case Study Trish Plowright Belinda Johnston learning@school Shaping teaching and learning in the 21st century Ko te whenu hou te tau
    2. 2. U6 Contributing 40 ethnicities Decile 6 Roll 570 Lead School, Eastnet ICT-PD Cluster
    3. 3. "An e-Portfolio is a learner-driven collection of digital objects demonstrating experiences, achievements and evidence of learning. e-Portfolios provide learners with a structured way of recording their learning experiences... and can include a range of digital evidence such as audio, video, photographs and blogs." Dr Helen Barrett, 2009
    4. 4. Learning@school Research ULearn Bucklands Beach Intermediate Google groups
    5. 5. http://nickrate.com/
    6. 6. Our Purpose For students to become self- regulated/ self directed life long leaners.. To provide evidence of learning, specific achievement data and next learning steps.
    7. 7. Trial 2008
    8. 8. EVERY class has ... wireless & cabled a digital network access camera laptops with 6-8 computers webcams and access to: microphone video data projector and cameras, speakers tripods, iPods
    9. 9. KnowledgeNet Comic Life iWork: Pages KidPix Keynote iLife: Numbers iMovie iPhoto iTunes Web2.0 tools: GarageBand Flickr Vocaroo Voicethread DivShare Google Apps Photo Booth
    10. 10. Cybersafety First & last names used in e-Portfolios as KnowledgeNet is password protected Other sites used as part of e-Portfolios e.g. blogs, voicethreads etc use initials only Reviewed cybersafety guidelines and use agreements in 2009 due to high use of web 2.0 tools NetSafe cybersafety student use agreements Schoolzone filtering
    11. 11. 2009 Schoolwide
    12. 12. Support
    13. 13. Teacher Feedback Parents don’t look at them often A lot of work Need to include more learning areas next year Schoolwide consistency an issue
    14. 14. 130 responses 92% easy access parent logins more learning areas 94% consistency informative
    15. 15. e-Portfolio Contents Literacy and Numeracy goals Reflections by students, teacher and parents Evidence of progress - work samples, reading data, numeracy stage, cumulative graphs etc Spelling/basic facts - graphs and expectations
    16. 16. Name Back
    17. 17. Year 3 to 6 Back
    18. 18. e-Portfolio Contents continued My Competencies - self assessed rubrics, teacher comments, relates to all curriculum areas Teacher Feedback - a general comments area My Achievements - certificates, awards, accomplishments - home and school More About Me - student selects work they are proud of and would like to share
    19. 19. Barriers
    20. 20. Where to next ?
    21. 21. Summary Trial before schoolwide implementation Focus on pedagogy - include parents! Frequent, small doses of skills based workshops (“just in time”), small groups In-class support required in early stages Review annually - staff, parents, students
    22. 22. So what will you take away from this session?
    23. 23. Contact Us Trish Plowright Belinda Johnston trish@elmpark.school.nz belinda@elmpark.school.nz http://eastnet.wikispaces.com/