Okay, Coetail, here we go, course 5.
I have taken a break from actively blogging about my Course 5 progress, but the few Coetail graduates I’ve spoken to are warning me against such breaks. So the other night I sat down to reflect on what I have been doing to accomplish my loose plan of a project and to brainstorm next steps.
I have narrowed the focus of my project–previously a bit too broad
— to be purely about (learning about and promoting) the effective use of e-portfolios by staff and students (with a focus on the platform EY-Gr2 teachers use: Seesaw).
Here are some ideas I came up with:
+Use Padlet to store items/resources/evidence
-Storify…link/screenshots… of twitter chats…
-Webinar — opening up blog
-Staff meeting ‘E-portfolio Feedback and Check in Session’ + any Follow up…
-Feedback next steps/plan???
I began to think of eventual workflow–the final course project must eventually be in the form of a movie, likely edited in iMovie. Would storing things in a Padlet (an online tool) be best for eventual retrieval to use in iMovie? Would Google Drive be better? Or even simply a folder on the desktop–where I store much of my Coetail media to be uploaded, anyway?
‘Made with Mirth’ Aside:
I discovered Padlet last year and used it as a platform for sharing/storing photographs in a collaborative photography project. (link) But I haven’t really revisited until a short while ago, when I recently discovered the Padlet extension from the chrome store (it enables me to easily add websites I am currently visiting to an existing padlet, or to create a new one.) Padlet is just so nice and visual, I love the wallpapers, and the randomised and charming ‘made with mirth’ subtitles. I love that I can share them, invite others to contribute/view, etc. (which is a work in progress) but I love that the possibility is there.
A fellow Coetailer at my school, Joy Walker, showed me how she used it to house interactive Maths games for use on the Smartboard. I thought this was a great application–until we discovered that so many of the games she had put there a year or so ago either had broken links or wouldn’t work on the computer connected to the Smartboard–it likely needed a software update/plug in (?) in order to run the games. I am still new to solving these kinds of technicalities, and discovered these limitations/frustrations with older websites when I tried creating 100’s day Padlets, and Coding Padlets for Kindergarten. )
In any case, I wanted to try out Padlet as place to keep track of and demonstrate my progress with my Course 5 project on ePortfolios, as well as future plans (and do my best to maintain my Coetail media desktop folder) so here it is:
I am still learning how to best use this Padlet platform most effectively, and it does have its limitations. For example, I wanted to have arrows going between my different posts, kind of like in a Popplet, or at least be able to organize the posts into discrete categories, like ‘PLN’ or ‘personal PD’–which I kind of can, by using the freeform method of organising posts and grouping like items. I do like the variety of sharing options (similar to Google Drive) and continue to wonder at its possibilities…
Since I am currently a little obsessed with Padlet right now, my next thoughts turned to, “Could I use Use Padlet to house great Seesaw examples and/or resources and share with my staff?” Would people balk at learning/using yet another (despite its charm) platform?
After testing out the sharing of a ‘best practice’ post from Seesaw to a Padlet, I notice the key element (teacher/student comments) aren’t included, only captions. This is not ideal. Sigh. Back to the drawing board.
My Next Steps:
2. Prepare Plan for upcoming Staff Presentation–‘Updated Portfolio Agreements and a Response to Staff Feedback on e-Portfolio journey so far.
Sample feedback: “More direct teaching of skills (taking photos, videos, recordings) so students can make better quality posts with EdTech leading this”
A possible response: Create visually appealing posters “How to take a clear photograph that best demonstrates your work/learning” to be posted around classroom room, visit each class, give some direct instruction, provide the students with additional practice using specific skills.
3. Possibly prepare a presentation/session on Seesaw as an ePortfolio platform at the upcoming Learning 2 conference in Warsaw. I was rather late submitting my proposal, and the scope may be more limited than the organisers have in mind, but it’s a possibility. (Although in my haste to submit my already late proposal, I did not take a screen shot, the gist of my proposal :
Introduce Seesaw as an eportfolio platform, highlight its benefits (& potential drawback) and engage in a discussion on effective portfolio posts–how to best share/show student learning.
4. Continue to model best practice (when making my own Seesaw Posts) and learn as I go.
Sample Best Practice (IMHO): Hundred’s Day Stop Motion Video post to Seesaw: