Project Course 5 Goal:
Become a Seesaw Ambassador.  Check.

Checking in with Course 5 project: eportfolios

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.

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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…

-Google +

-Webinar — opening up blog 

Project Course 5 Goal: Become a Seesaw Ambassador. Check.

Project Course 5 Goal:
Become a Seesaw Ambassador. Check.

-Seesaw ambassadorship 

-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.  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:

Made with Padlet

 

(link) https://padlet.com/holly_fraser/coetailcourse5

 

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:

158291877191. I will continue to update my course 5 Padlet (as I am exploring processing information more visually these days…)

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:

 

2 thoughts on “Checking in with Course 5 project: eportfolios

  1. Profile photo of Amber DryerAmber Dryer

    Hi Holly!
    I love seeing what you are doing with seesaw! I think I should do some of the online PD’s so learn more about purposeful use with seesaw. We have been playing with it a lot this year and I am learning more and more, but I would like to guide the students more to reflect on their work through out the year. That is my next step with Seesaw.
    I like your padlet it is very laid out and easy to follow. I will have to pay around with it some (I keep getting kicked out of ti right now, so I’ll have to have more time to figure it out).
    I always enjoy seeing what you are doing. I love to learn from you as you have a lot of knowledge on purposeful and good technology programs. Thank you for sharing!

    Reply
    1. Profile photo of Holly FraserHolly Fraser Post author

      Hey Amber,

      It is always nice to get positive feedback, thanks! It’s so gratifying to experience how one can influence/teach/learn from another Educator beyond your own school’s walls. The most influential teachers I continue to learn from are no longer at my school, but their ability to influence me hasn’t been affected (Thanks to our belief in maintaining a PLN!!! Thank you COETAIL!)

      (Some of) Our staff have had a few years now to play around with Seesaw, others are still quite new, so it has been interesting to see the almost predictable “Posting Progression” that people (myself included) seem to take:

      1) A few hesitant posts, simply trying out the platform’s technical possibilities
      2) Repeated and Excited over-posting once the technical side has been mastered
      3) A slowing down of posting, as teachers begin to ask, ‘now what?’and, ‘what does this post actually show?’
      4) A Period of reflection/critical analysis of how best/how often to demonstrate individual/group learning where there are few posts, if at all.
      5) A slow, but steady stream of thoughtful posts, with a balance of detailed and brief posts about individual and group learning that make reference to the essential elements of the PYP.

      This is the eventual goal, anyway. Perhaps a few teachers may have struck this fine balance.

      Thanks again for your comments, Amber!

      Reply

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