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
Project Course 5 Goal:
Become a Seesaw Ambassador. Check.
-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:
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:
1. 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:
(23 second video needs to be uploaded somewhere else then embedded here)
Elizan and Alex carefully watched another group make a “Hundred’s Day” stop motion movie, understood the technique (take pictures, adding one item at a time in groups of ten–no hands!) and were eager to get started themselves. They seamlessly worked out an agreement to take turns choosing and counting out the items to place on the light table. They checked and re-checked their progress by re-watching the movie, counting aloud by tens. Alex: “We have 70. We need 30 more. 3 more tens.” They worked efficiently, and were focussed until the end.