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March 19, 2014 Students Showcase Work at Spring Conferences By Lindsey Petlak
Grades 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Spring conference time is here, giving students the opportunity (and you the challenge!) to show off everything they’ve accomplished. For the teacher dealing in a mix of both digital and paper work, this task seems even more daunting. I’ve tried everything under the sun, and I think I have finally found my portfolio miracle!

    Using OpenSchool ePortfolio enabled my students to create engaging student portfolios to showcase both paper and digital products. Now that my students have used this tech tool for conference preparation, I plan to have them use it throughout the remaining trimester so they may have a finished portfolio to share with their parents at the end of the school year!

    Not only does OpenSchool allow students to curate all of their work in one convenient location, but it also has many other benefits:

    • Authentic assessment and progress monitoring

    • Demonstration of whole-child learning

    • Exhibits work encompassing multiple levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy

    • Provides prompt feedback through comments from students, parents, and teachers

    • Effective means of engaging parent communication about progress

    • Teacher-directed and student-driven work collections

    • Common Core State Standards-aligned, teacher-created rubrics for each project uploaded

    • Chromebook, laptop, and iPad compatible


    Sneak Peek at Our Portfolios

    Check out our portfolio-building process by visiting my in-class learning page instructions and viewing my portfolio action shots!



    Favorite Featured Work

    We’ve added everything under the sun to our ePortfolios, from traditional paper work, to digital 21st-century learning products. These are a few of my favorite student pieces:

    • Fakebook (digital)

    • Google presentations (digital)

    • Educreations fraction recordings (See my post on how we produced these amazing student products!) (digital)

    • Close reading articles and reading responses (paper)

    • Figurative language activities (paper)

    • Math student work samples (paper)


    More Than Just Show

    OpenSchool obviously provides a platform for student portfolios to be displayed at our student-led spring conferences, but how do I plan to utilize them for maximum impact?

    • Parent homework: Following conferences, parents will be asked to review their child's portfolio and add comments to each student entry.

    • Keep adding: Continued addition of teacher-assigned, student-created uploaded portfolio pieces for the remainder of the school year.

    • Constant communication: Since we don’t have end-of-year conferences, I’ll be sending parents notifications throughout the remaining trimester as students upload pieces, as I complete rubrics, and to monitor their child’s progress.

    • Student-generated projects: Now that students are used to the format and process of using OpenSchool, my goal is for them to use the student-generated projects function of this tech tool for self-directed exploration, work production, and evaluation.

    • Ongoing authentic assessment: My goal is to use student portfolio submissions as part of our end-of-year assessment and report card grades using the CCSS-aligned rubrics.



    I can’t wait to see where my continued use of OpenSchool ePortfolio takes me! What other physical or digital portfolio tips and tools do YOU use? Please share.

    Thanks for reading, and see you next week!


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