Making Learning Visible               Nancy Carl, School District 43 (Coquitlam)                        ncarl@sd43.bc.ca o...
Montessori  Kindergarten                             KindergartenGrade K/1        Grade 1                Grade 2          ...
• Interactive activity                           • Evolution of the project                           • Power of documenta...
http://www.zazzle.com/seashell2
istockphoto.com #6218186What are you curious about? What would you like to know?
Purposes of the SD43 Documentation Project
Purposes… for participating teachers               Build and share strategies and               skills for documenting, as...
Purposes… for children and families               Involve children and families in the               documentation process...
Purposes… for School District 43             Begin to develop a framework for             documenting student             ...
Commitments by participating teachers
Commitments… in the classroom       Participating teachers will become familiar with       principles of documentation and...
Commitments… in the focus groupParticipating teachers will meetregularly with a facilitator toshare examples and experienc...
Commitments… in communication with others      Each teacher, along with their school administrator,      will communicate ...
Commitments… to provide technology      SD43 will provide each teacher with an IPod Touch      to be used as a documentati...
Commitments… to provide professional support       District staff attended each focus group session          •   Staff Dev...
On our own…                                Themes to Projects                        Project Based                        ...
FDK Implementation                 Professional Support                      Structures                                   ...
Evolution… of the project                            istockphoto.com #16760119
Deciding what to document           Think about what documentation can do to           enrich the assessment of learning. ...
Getting Started                              Choose an area to focus on                              where you feel excite...
Getting Started                                Document your own                                learning process – e.g., u...
Learning    to document learning…
M                               a                               n                               a                         ...
I          Think about how documentation can helpn         students become more self-aware,          reflective, self-eval...
Involving Families                            Involve parents in the                            documentation process. Thi...
Documentation and Reporting     Alternative forms of documentation may     take the place of the standardized report     c...
Documentation and Reporting     Start by focusing your documentation     activities on one curricular area that you     kn...
Documentation and Reporting
Technology Supports the Documenting of Learning      Teachers document learning                       Students document le...
Technology we provided…
Mini Workshops Provided   istockphoto.com #8585896
Documenting the project …                              http://www.shift2future.com/istockphoto.com #7042359               ...
Documenting the project …istockphoto.com #7042359                           … through video
istockphoto.com #10797682Documenting Learning Stories
Mathematician At WorkOne morning I set outmath materials for thechildren to work with.Keira found a number linewith the nu...
Even though the otherchildren were busy andquite loud, Keira was ableto concentrate and ignoredistractions.Mathematician A...
Keira was able to see the increasing pattern. She was able toexplain to me what was happening on her number line. Iasked K...
Keira was able to teach the other children what she learnedabout numbers and they were able to see a new way to usea numbe...
Kids learning about money… …using visually Powerful Learning Devices
…continued, kids learning about money.   Kids take turns playing a timed game to earn $They spend money from a virtual pig...
istockphoto.com #4066060   Student’s Use Cameras to Capture Learning Artifacts
istockphoto.com #13191903Student’s Use Cameras to Capture Learning Artifacts
Students engaging and reflecting…                  Critical Thinking   Interdependence          CollaborationExcitement Pe...
Kindergarten Student Stories in their Own Words
Grade One Students Reflect on Past Learning
Ms. Callihoo’s class (Heritage Mountain, Port Moody)                       Parents are asked two questions after          ...
Ms. Callihoo (Heritage Mountain, Port Moody)What did you notice in these movies?      “co-operative play.” (Teresa)       ...
Ms. Callihoo (Heritage Mountain, Port Moody)Did you discover anything new?      “The way you use toys to improve children’...
Ms. Callihoo (Heritage Mountain, Port Moody)Did you discover anything new?        “I very much enjoy watching the slides a...
A Progressive Kindergarten Learning Story
http://www.zazzle.com/seashell2
Transforming        ExploringPreparing                               Stages of Technology Adoption
Privacy…                                            Data Storage              istockphoto.com #7128193                    ...
Storing Documentation                      DataComments           Pictures  Videos           Notes      Documents         ...
istockphoto.com #4540526
30 A public body must protect         6 The consent of an individualpersonal information in its custody   mustor under its...
Data about… Pictures                a person                          Videos Student                                   Nam...
Ongoing Professional Learning is Essential                                      istockphoto.com #6664728
We’ve set up an                                implementation support   We are organizing            team for next year   ...
What we have discovered from         exploring Learning Stories in early                primary classrooms What we havedis...
istockphoto.com #4311434
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Our documenting learning story
Our documenting learning story
Our documenting learning story
Our documenting learning story
Our documenting learning story
Our documenting learning story
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  1. 1. Making Learning Visible Nancy Carl, School District 43 (Coquitlam) ncarl@sd43.bc.ca or @ncarl2 Pat Holborn, Simon Fraser University pholborn@shaw.ca Brian Kuhn, School District 43 (Coquitlam) bkuhn@sd43.bc.ca or @bkuhn istockphoto.com #10467139Our Documenting Learning Story…
  2. 2. Montessori Kindergarten KindergartenGrade K/1 Grade 1 Grade 2 Early Learning Innovations Support Support Teacher Teacher istockphoto.com #7755704
  3. 3. • Interactive activity • Evolution of the project • Power of documentation for assessment and reporting • Unanticipated value for children, teachers, parents • How technology is key • Examples and more examples • Resources for youistockphoto.com #6386895
  4. 4. http://www.zazzle.com/seashell2
  5. 5. istockphoto.com #6218186What are you curious about? What would you like to know?
  6. 6. Purposes of the SD43 Documentation Project
  7. 7. Purposes… for participating teachers Build and share strategies and skills for documenting, assessing and sharing student learning over time. Explore ways to use technologies, including photographs, video and the Internet and my43 to share documentation with families. istockphoto.com #17354272
  8. 8. Purposes… for children and families Involve children and families in the documentation process. Integrate documentation of student learning into the reporting process. istockphoto.com #17354272
  9. 9. Purposes… for School District 43 Begin to develop a framework for documenting student learning, supported by examples in different subject areas that can be shared with others. Develop capacity for further professional development by using project participants as future resource persons. istockphoto.com #17354272
  10. 10. Commitments by participating teachers
  11. 11. Commitments… in the classroom Participating teachers will become familiar with principles of documentation and explore ways to document student learning in their classrooms using a variety of approaches.Participating teachers will select acurricular focus for documentationthat can be integrated into thereporting process and, withagreement from parents, willexperiment with alternative formsof reporting in their area of choice. istockphoto.com #18620194
  12. 12. Commitments… in the focus groupParticipating teachers will meetregularly with a facilitator toshare examples and experiences,and to document what they arelearning from their explorations. istockphoto.com #18620194
  13. 13. Commitments… in communication with others Each teacher, along with their school administrator, will communicate with families to seek their support and participation in the project.Children and families will beinvolved in the documentationactivities. istockphoto.com #18620194
  14. 14. Commitments… to provide technology SD43 will provide each teacher with an IPod Touch to be used as a documentation tool.SD43 will support teachers inthe use of my43 as a site forcommunicating with families. istockphoto.com #18620194
  15. 15. Commitments… to provide professional support District staff attended each focus group session • Staff Development Coordinator • Technology Technology support staff were available as neededDistrict staff visited classrooms on request District staff videotaped activities in some classrooms Project materials (readings, blog posts, discussion options) were made available on my43 website istockphoto.com #18620194
  16. 16. On our own… Themes to Projects Project Based Learning Team Research Grant California Dreamingistockphoto.com #19296536 START
  17. 17. FDK Implementation Professional Support Structures Full Day Kindergarten Program Guide Early Learning Framework From Theory to Practice Connections to StrongStart Early Primary Network Learning through Playistockphoto.com #19296536
  18. 18. Evolution… of the project istockphoto.com #16760119
  19. 19. Deciding what to document Think about what documentation can do to enrich the assessment of learning. What can you capture through documentation that is not reflected in other assessment approaches that you use? Document student learning processes over time.Be prepared tocapture theexcitement ofspontaneous learningwhenever it happens. istockphoto.com #16760119
  20. 20. Getting Started Choose an area to focus on where you feel excited about possibilities for rich student learning Choose an area to focus on where you feel relatively confident in the curriculumStart small istockphoto.com #16760119
  21. 21. Getting Started Document your own learning process – e.g., use Touch for voice recording and photos, keep an electronic log, etc.Keep others informed andinvolved as you go – schooladministrator, families, students istockphoto.com #16760119
  22. 22. Learning to document learning…
  23. 23. M a n a g i n gthe documentation artifacts…
  24. 24. I Think about how documentation can helpn students become more self-aware, reflective, self-evaluative, confident.v So tl uv di en ng t istockphoto.com #12970974 s
  25. 25. Involving Families Involve parents in the documentation process. Think about how documentation can help parents understand and appreciate their children’s learning strengths, successes and struggles, and growth over time, e.g., in self-regulation. Where possible, share the ownership of your project with students and families.istockphoto.com #14086783
  26. 26. Documentation and Reporting Alternative forms of documentation may take the place of the standardized report card if families agree to pilot this approach. If families agree, documentation does not need to follow the same timelines as report cards. Documentation samples used in reporting need to be consistent with the curriculum and cross-referenced to learning outcomes or core competencies.
  27. 27. Documentation and Reporting Start by focusing your documentation activities on one curricular area that you know well and are confident in, and follow the regular report card process for the other areas. Gather documentation and share it with children and families in an ongoing process, rather than trying to match the reporting timelines.
  28. 28. Documentation and Reporting
  29. 29. Technology Supports the Documenting of Learning Teachers document learning Students document learning Parents learn through and contribute to documentation Teachers document students reflecting istockphoto.com #16878193
  30. 30. Technology we provided…
  31. 31. Mini Workshops Provided istockphoto.com #8585896
  32. 32. Documenting the project … http://www.shift2future.com/istockphoto.com #7042359 … through blog posts
  33. 33. Documenting the project …istockphoto.com #7042359 … through video
  34. 34. istockphoto.com #10797682Documenting Learning Stories
  35. 35. Mathematician At WorkOne morning I set outmath materials for thechildren to work with.Keira found a number linewith the numbers 1-10 onit and set to work.Keira is a motivatedlearner who can usematerials in interestingways. She used one toone correspondence tobuild each of the numberson the number line usingcounting chips.
  36. 36. Even though the otherchildren were busy andquite loud, Keira was ableto concentrate and ignoredistractions.Mathematician At Work
  37. 37. Keira was able to see the increasing pattern. She was able toexplain to me what was happening on her number line. Iasked Keira if she would share her discovery with the otherchildren at the end of Exploration time. She was excitedabout this.
  38. 38. Keira was able to teach the other children what she learnedabout numbers and they were able to see a new way to usea number line. Keira was a great role model that day!!
  39. 39. Kids learning about money… …using visually Powerful Learning Devices
  40. 40. …continued, kids learning about money. Kids take turns playing a timed game to earn $They spend money from a virtual piggy bank Then, they buy/sell “real” thingsLater, kids collaborate to solve counting problems
  41. 41. istockphoto.com #4066060 Student’s Use Cameras to Capture Learning Artifacts
  42. 42. istockphoto.com #13191903Student’s Use Cameras to Capture Learning Artifacts
  43. 43. Students engaging and reflecting… Critical Thinking Interdependence CollaborationExcitement Peer Teaching Sharing Istockphoto.com #17292157
  44. 44. Kindergarten Student Stories in their Own Words
  45. 45. Grade One Students Reflect on Past Learning
  46. 46. Ms. Callihoo’s class (Heritage Mountain, Port Moody) Parents are asked two questions after documentation is shared:  What did you notice in the movies? and  Did you discover anything new?Image: http://pauldunay.com/facebook%e2%80%99s-like-button-adds-life-to-your-content/
  47. 47. Ms. Callihoo (Heritage Mountain, Port Moody)What did you notice in these movies? “co-operative play.” (Teresa) “I am glad to see many children share similar interests. I am surprise how they apply ‘learning’ from school and ‘findings’ from outside school” (Yena’s Dad) “The children enjoy being photographed. They are proud of what they’ve created.” (Tina)Image: http://pauldunay.com/facebook%e2%80%99s-like-button-adds-life-to-your-content/
  48. 48. Ms. Callihoo (Heritage Mountain, Port Moody)Did you discover anything new? “The way you use toys to improve children’s ability.” (Azizeh) “I am glad to see ‘out of the box’ approach in classroom rather than strictly by the curriculum.” (Yena’s Dad) “Happy to see the cooperative nature of the children and the atmosphere conducive for their learning. Thanks – Awesome project!” (Janet)Image: http://pauldunay.com/facebook%e2%80%99s-like-button-adds-life-to-your-content/
  49. 49. Ms. Callihoo (Heritage Mountain, Port Moody)Did you discover anything new? “I very much enjoy watching the slides and seeing how they are learning and creating more intricate details to their work. It was very interesting watching students inspire other students. Sadie was so excited making her box, she worked on it for hours the whole time talking about how she could hardly wait to bring it to school. This also tells me a lot about her classroom environment as well as you. She loves coming to school, the classroom and you as a teacher are creating a rich space for Sadie (and all the other kids) to develop and really break out to learn creatively and I can see how it is so effective. So again thank you!” (Jenn)Image: http://pauldunay.com/facebook%e2%80%99s-like-button-adds-life-to-your-content/
  50. 50. A Progressive Kindergarten Learning Story
  51. 51. http://www.zazzle.com/seashell2
  52. 52. Transforming ExploringPreparing Stages of Technology Adoption
  53. 53. Privacy… Data Storage istockphoto.com #7128193 InfrastructureProfessional Learning… istockphoto.com #10651120
  54. 54. Storing Documentation DataComments Pictures Videos Notes Documents istockphoto.com #18713708
  55. 55. istockphoto.com #4540526
  56. 56. 30 A public body must protect 6 The consent of an individualpersonal information in its custody mustor under its control by making (a) be in writing, andreasonable security arrangements (b) specify to whom theagainst such risks as unauthorized personal information may beaccess, collection, use, disclosure disclosed and how the personalor disposal information may be used.30.1 A public body mustensure that personal (a) if the individual the informationinformation in its custody or is about has identified theunder its control is stored only information and has consented, inin Canada and accessed only the prescribed manner, to it beingin Canada, unless one of the stored in or accessed from, asfollowing applies: applicable, another jurisdiction
  57. 57. Data about… Pictures a person Videos Student Names istockphoto.com #17663723“recorded information about an identifiable individualother than contact information”, BC FIPPA
  58. 58. Ongoing Professional Learning is Essential istockphoto.com #6664728
  59. 59. We’ve set up an implementation support We are organizing team for next year a collaborative early years conference for July 4-5, 2012 with We’ve asked each participant to two other School develop a brief presentation Districts We’ve asked project participants to think about ways to share the work they’ve doneistockphoto.com #6664728Next Steps ------------------------------------------
  60. 60. What we have discovered from exploring Learning Stories in early primary classrooms What we havediscovered fromsharing learning stories with children istockphoto.com #15207641
  61. 61. istockphoto.com #4311434

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