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PELIE Conference 2012

Assessment and Digital Portfolios Workshop, November 5, 2013

"ePortfolios are EAZY!: The Ins and Outs of Creating and Working with ePortfolios in the Jewish Education Classroom"

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Learn what an ePortfolio is and how it can significantly impact your Jewish curriculum. Teachers want a space to keep all of their student's projects in one place and students want to create and learn with technology. With a classroom that uses ePortfolios, both teacher and student can find a successful and new way of creating and developing projects. This session will define and show examples of various ePortfolios. Free and paid software ePortfolio sites will be discussed. Finally, each participant will have the opportunity to gain hands-on practice.

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WORKSHOP AGENDA

Assessment and Digital Portfolios

November 5, 2012

(c) Visual Leap, LLC 2012
ePortfolios are EAZY!: The Ins and Outs of Creating and Working with ePortfolios in the Jewish Education Classroom

Learn what an ePortfolio is and how it can significantly impact your Jewish curriculum. Teachers want a space to keep all of their student's projects in one place and students want to create and learn with technology. With a classroom that uses ePortfolios, both teacher and student can find a successful and new way of creating and developing projects.

This session will define and show examples of various ePortfolios. Free and paid software ePortfolio sites will be discussed. Finally, each participant will have the opportunity to create a faux ePortfolio with a partner on their computer. Then, it's time for ePortfolio Show and Tell!

I. Intro
A. Who I am
1. Former Teacher, Spanish and Technology Director Kellman Brown Academy, MSIT, MEd
2. Founder of Visual Leap, LLC
3. Creator of Judaic Leap on Flickr
B. Contact information:
Jesse Berg, MSIT, MEd

jesse@thevisualleap.com
www.thevisualleap.com
http://visualleap.wikispaces.com/Digital+Portfolios
http://visualleap.wikispaces.com

II. Big Idea
A. Digital portfolios are important, doable, surprisingly fun
1. Easy
2. Flexible
3. Relevant
4. Rewarding
5. Good assessment practice
6. Good for the health of the school and Jewish learning community
B. Make learning relevant for students
C. Improve quality teaching
D. Powerful tool in demonstrating student skills and knowledge
1. How a student individually demonstrates learning
2. How s/he has met standards or learning expectations
E. Change in assessment is an incremental process, judge yourself accordingly

III. Goals and Objectives
A. Gain a deeper understanding of the role of digital portfolios for our students and our schools
B. Obtain strategies and steps to effectively implement digital portfolios
C. Work with Digital Portfolios

IV. Definition of a Digital Portfolio (5)
A. What it is
1. Collection of student work, digital or digitized
2. Authentic , and not replacement for other types of assessment
3. MORE than a digital cabinet
B. Resources and Links
1. Teacher Repository
https://www.dropbox.com/
2. Student Example
http://www.slideshare.net/charbeck1/student-electronic-portfolio
3. Primer on Digital Portfolio
4. David Niguidala Richer Picture

V. Discussion of Assessment (15)
A. Wall Wisher Brainstorming Activity

CONVERT TO BUBBLE BRAINSTORM ACTIVITY
1. Why do we assess?
2. What do we assess
3. How do we assess?
4. Benefits of digital assessment
5. What is the culture of assessment in complimentary schools
6. Benefits of assessment?
B. Plan a lesson



VI. Steps to Start (15)
Coalition of Essential Schools (CEC) 1990, studied portfolios, 2005 - more than a digital cabinet)
A. Essential Questions
1. Vision: What should a student know and be able to do?( A.K.A. Identify learning objectives, this is a curriculum question)
2. Purpose: Why do we collect student work?
Identify what will demonstrate learning, create persuasive argument of a selected portfolio accomplishes that.
3. Audience: What audiences are important to us?
The teacher? Other students? Parents? Clergy?
4. Assessment: How can students demonstrate school vision? How do we know what's good? How do we evaluate it? What do we do with that evaluation?
5. Culture and Communication
a. Is the school used to discussing student work?
b. Engage and assuage parents
(1) Security/Privacy
(2) Involvement in learning process
6. Technology
a. Identify tools needed to gather student work
(1) Platform?
(a) Free?
(b) Commercial?
(c) Simple?
(d) Robust?
(2) Tools of the trade?
(a) Document Camera?
(b) Laptop? Computer?
(c) iPad, tablet? Smart Phone? Other mobile device?
(d) Internet access?
(e) Scanner?
(f) Microphone?
7. Training and Support
a. Who is going to digitize material?
b. Mentors
c. Team leaders
d. Ownership
B. Best Practices
1. Include the original assignment from the teacher
2. Show the student work
3. Have a reflection piece with an action plan
a. Student video clip of student reflecting on their learning process and plan for growth
4. Portfolio review conference with audience (child's teacher, another teacher, clergy)

VII. The Big Secrets (10)

1. Authentic purpose to their learning
B. Uniquely encourages high quality teaching
1. More thoughtful and intentional assignments
B.CThe Feedback Loop

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VIII. Comparison (5)
A. Free
1. Google Drive
a. Get Account
b. Download Desktop App
c. Set Privacy Settings
2. Drop Box
https://www.dropbox.com/
3. Wikispaces
http://www.wikispaces.com/
B. Paid
1. Richer Picture: http://www.richerpicture.com/
2. Desire2Learn: http://www.desire2learn.com/products/eportfolio/
3. DigiCation: http://www.digication.com/
4. Pupil Pages: http://www.pupilpages.com/
IX. Demonstration and Practice (20)
A. Post Art/Drawing/Picture/Written Sample (with Cell Phone)
B. Post Audio (with AudacityTM)
C. Share folder
D. Post Video (with PhotoBooth)
E. Check Sync

X. Conclusion and Questions
A. Benefits of Digital Portfolios
1. Show learning progress, demonstrate measurable change
2. Move learning out of the classroom
3. Provide parents richer, real-time view of student learning
4. Promotes student and parent engagement in complimentary education
5. Promotes teaching and learning accountability
6. Nudges instruction to 21st Century
7. Satisfying and fun
B. Links
1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_portfolio
2. http://www.digication.com/
3. http://www.tech4learning.com/share/digital-portfolios
4. http://www.wikispaces.com/
5. http://www.eduscapes.com/tap/topic82.htm
6. http://electronicportfolios.org/portfolios/bookmarks.html
7. http://www.Edmodo.com
C. Tools and Apps
1. Evernote
2. Notability
3. SmartRecord
4. Drawing Pad
5. Inspiration Maps
6. Audacity
7. Photobooth
8. Screencast