Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Gafe-Summit: Redefining Assessment with Student Digital Portfolios and Google - Holly Clark

Google Presentation:

Back to the Future - 2015 we have made it but some of our classrooms don't reflect this.

E-portfolio - what does e mean? Electronic. It should be a visible learning or thinking portfolio. A Digital Portfolio is acceptable as we focus on Digital Citizenship. They should really just be portfolios.

We used this tool to gather the needs of the room.
The teacher gets student responses immediately. The answers can be sent back out for the class to vote for the top three. 
This way the teacher can teach to the exact interests or needs rather than scattering the seed in a mindless way.

The point of technology?
Make thinking visible
Give student voice
Share work

This is central to all of our thinking and action as a teacher.

What is the purpose of a portfolio? Who is it for? Where is the value?
USA portfolios of the past just were thrown into the bin. 

The quest of developing our digital portfolio.
1st challenge - digital work wiped at the end of the year during re-configuration.
2nd challenge - lack of Digital Citizenship understanding amongst the kids.

This is an authentic place and reason for learning about Digital Citizenship. They were having the conversations based on the experience not worksheets.

KISS - keep it simple stupid. Keep the design simple so that the readers will read.

Curation: Make sure what you put up is something that reflects your learning and is something you will be proud of in the future. 

Meta tags - how to push down the things on Google search that are not true about you. If you don't know how to do this then you might be becoming illiterate. 

California Missions: (See the Google Presentation)
The difference between parents spending heaps of money and build the project themselves as opposed to a child building the model in Minecraft and then making the movie to share the learning. This learning needs to be stored and shared. The next step and the key element is to do the reflection.

Three types of portfolio:
Processs - what did you do and learn
Showcase - the final product
Hybrid - the core of the work is reflective

Key questions:
Do you share devices or have 1:1?
Do you have parent permission to publish? Educate the parents first so they know what you are doing.
What privacy will be used - full names, Holly C? What is the school policy?

How to get started:
Collect: Google Drive to collect the work. 
 - explain everything, iMovies, video, 
 - make a 'bootcamp' where kids learn a number of tools confidently
 - reading fluency using Explain Everything - lazer tool and record while reading the text. Capture this at the beginning, middle and end of the year to show progression. (Screencastify)

Reflect: Snag-it and screencast to capture the learning.
Capturing reflections - Google Forms do not work, they are just a worksheet. Use an oral tool.
Oral language fluency feds into reading and writing. This is the first step and essential.

First round: The teacher made a template of three Google Site designs for students to select from.
Templates are important so that the focus is on the learning not the 'Bling'. Simple font, 2-3 colours only, white background....


Moving to Google Sites allows for children to take the site with them when they leave rather than it being based with the school.

                                       5 - 7 years               9 - 11 years                   12+ years


So what for my classroom:
Set up Easy Blogger Junior for the class blog.
Teach and use Movenote to allow the kids to reflect on their learning.
Set up individual Kidsblog or Blogger blogs for each child.
Model this for the kids on the class blog.
Set up digital instructions on the BASIC TOOLS.

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