A friend of mine who teaches PK asked me if I had ideas for how to do ePortfolios with her students. So I told her I would write up my ideas and give her an example. The video example in this blog is of an idea I developed for a G2 student so it is showing the idea in theory not this specific example.
As I am in a PYP school and she is in a school going for it’s candidacy the organization of this ePortfolio is done in a way that reflects the PYP.
To begin with each student would have a book created for them in Book Creator. There would be a few template pages that are at the beginning of the book as there generally are in a paper portfolio. It would be important that the basic template is school-wide but developmentally appropriate. This means that there are aspects that universal but that the templates would be developmentally appropriate. When you view the sample you will notice some elements that are on each page, these elements would need to be agreed on across the school, for example the date of a piece of work. The student would be given a new template for each unit so that the books don’t get too clunky. There may also be a need to have more than one book per unit.
In PK much of the first book would be very teacher created with student help. Because Book Creator is being used the book would be able to contain audio, video, images, text and drawings. This gives a teacher a wide range of ways for a PK student to participate in the creation of the book.
Examples of what an early entry may look like:
Image of a painting that a student created. Teacher helps student record an audio clip explaining what the painting is representing. In the book the image takes up the whole of the page and then the audio is laid over the image so that when the book is being “read” they will be looking at the image with the child telling about what the reader is seeing.
A video is on a page of a student having a discussion with other students in the dramatic play area about what they are playing.
An image of a student working in the classroom with the teacher typing text about what was observed while the student was working.
Examples of what a mid year entry might look like:
A drawing created by a student in book creator is added to a page with a teacher helping a student audio record a reflection about their drawing.
A video of a student explaining work that they are doing during a Math session.
Examples of what a end of year entry might look like:
The student creates a drawing and records and audio description while working independently.
A student records video of another student retelling a story that they have created.
A dictates a sentence to the teacher that the teacher types to describe an image that the student took.
As far as the single subject teachers (Art, PE, Music, etc) in a school go, it would depend on the types of iPads that the students have. If the students are 1:1 with their iPads then their entries could be added to the six books that the students create for their units. If the students are on a lower ratio where the students aren’t as independent the teachers could create a “class portfolio” where they create one book per class that has an item that represents each student then is shared with all students. Another option would be to send images and videos to the class teacher then arrange a time to come and work on putting the annotation in.
While this all describes how the ePortfolio is created you may wonder, how can it be shared. At our school we use Google Drive with all of the grade levels as a way to back up and save work. So on the PK drive account a folder would be created for each student. In that folder would be a folder called “Portfolio”. This folder would be shared with the parents of that student.
This is also where some teacher management comes in. Because it is a shared log in, each iPad would be logged into the same account. This means that each book will be saved into one account. The teacher will then need to move it to the student’s folder. If the name of the book begins with the student’s name, then this becomes a quick and easy process.
This is the reason for two folders for the students. One is a folder to save everything, one is the Portfolio folder. This is where the finalized products go. The student main folder is where all of the draft work, individual images, videos, teacher photos, scans, etc. go. This folder would not be shared with parents as most of this work would eventually end up in the Portfolio books that the kids are creating.
Another thing that would be in this folder would be the many draft copies of the books would be saved. One of the things that I have learned with the iPads is that it is very important to save a copy of the books each time they are worked on it. That way if something happens with the iPad you know that you have a saved copy.
Having these folders shared with parents allows them to follow the creation of the portfolio throughout the year and not just wait until the student led conferences or the end of the year when they have traditionally gone home. The school could also have a policy that the parents could give emails of key family members that would be allowed to have the folder shared with as well.