Principal of Edgehill Elementary School (Powell River), Ian Landy, video conferenced with our class to discuss online portfolios and formative assessment. The experience with video conferencing itself was really cool! I like how Ian could see our whole class and when someone asked a question the camera would zoom in on them.
He discussed how beneficial online portfolios are for teachers, students and parents, because they act as a living document vs. artifact. They require authentic examples of student work like a ‘snapshot’ or personalized look at what the students are working on.
Ian suggested that the online profile is not necessarily an easy option for teachers, but it forces teachers to contribute to assessment throughout the year/term and not backloaded at the very end of term. He encouraged us to enjoy the process once we are teachers using these online platforms, and to use our practicums to explore online portfolios and different methods of assessment and evaluation.
I see the value in online portfolios as an interactive way for teachers, students and parents to engage together in the students’ learning journey. I love the potential for student autonomy in the older grades as well. I’m excited to try Fresh Grade, and also curious to learn more about Scholantis!