Digital portfolios are an essential part of the modern student's creation process. In this show Tisha Poncio shares her tips on digital portfolios and classroom teaching. Learn how to plan ahead to allow for project based learning and digital portfolios and best practices for implementing them in the classroom.
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Vicki Davis, Host
Episode 766. five Tips for digital portfolios. Today's episode is sponsored by tracked a fantastic new project based peer to peer learning platform that you can pilot free now. Stay tuned at the end of the show to learn how.
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Welcome to the ten minute Teacher podcast hosted by author, educator, speaker and mom, the cool cat teacher Vicki Davis.
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So today we're talking with Tisha Poncho, 21 year veteran educator, about five tips for digital portfolio. So Tisha, let's start off talking about what ages and time spans for portfolios.
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So I have worked with students in the secondary classroom for portfolios. That's actually where I started my teaching journey. But I've also been a digital coach K through twelve, and I have worked with teachers and encouraged teachers and worked with the little learners as well to implement digital portfolios.
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I think the overall goal here, Vicki, is to make the learning stick and when you can teach the students to document, to cure rate and to make choices, critically think through their work and what is their best work to showcase.
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I think it's just really powerful because it's a lifetime skill. You and I, as adults have our portfolios, we're still using those and I just think it's a skill that every student needs, especially because we're raising leaders.
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Excellent. So what's your first tip?
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So my first tip is to plan now. Teachers need to be planning now. Decide if you want that digital portfolio to span over the scope of a year or if you just want it to be specifically for a grading period.
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Also think about do you want students to cure rate everything they're doing for every class? Or do you want them to focus on writing or literacy or language? It's really up to you. I always say there is a way, not the way.
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So there is not a wrong way to do this in your classroom. I think the goal is to give and gift your students this opportunity to critically think through curating their work because curation is a huge skill for them as well, and that digital citizenship that they're in for sure.
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OK, so we do want to mention that you've recently gone to work for wavelet, but we are pulling in your very recent classroom experience with using portfolios. So we want to play and now we want to talk about, you know, what's the portfolio going to look like?
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I know I have my students build a website in eighth grade on Google sites and then move that up. So is this something that can hand off from year to year?
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Yes. And I will tell you, I'm going to go ahead and plug it now because if I was still in the classroom, I would be equally as excited about this. But Wake it has a new feature for safe and secure student accounts.
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That means that any student under 13 now can utilize the power of wavelet and cure, rate their information, create profiles and the teachers can moderate that. So a lot of times I talk. That's one of my tips actually is give students a choice for what they use.
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My students in the classroom, use Google sites, they've tried WordPress, they've tried Blocker. They tried everything. The interesting thing is my students kept coming back to Wakely, and that is really when I, as their educator, took note, like, what are they?
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Why are they going back to this? Because I kind of left it open ended for those high schoolers, but the safe and secure account is going to make it to where those teachers can really moderate. And that is one of my highest priorities as an educator, but also as a digital learning specialist.
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So you give them a choice about what to use for their portfolio. But when you say moderate, that means that they suggest what they want to approve of before it goes live. You get to approve it.
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Yeah, and you don't even have to make it go live. It can be with these wakili's student accounts. Teachers can import those from their Google classroom, from Clever, from Microsoft. And you have your students in this space together, and they can only see each other stuff.
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It is public. You never have to make it public. But the great thing about it is I did this with my students. I downloaded their profiles or collections as a PDF, and I put them in an email, a Gmail account, and I sent it out to the parents because the parents don't have to have accounts to view
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their students work. And for a parent, a busy parent who doesn't want to mess with any of that, they just want to check their email from their teacher. It just works really well to showcase those items, and the parents are equally blown away by their students where it happened every year.
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And I had a couple of students now that have graduated the. But they are using their portfolio weekly accounts for their small businesses. Some of them haven't even graduated high school.
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So how cool is that? So our first is now or second is yes, it is the choice of what to use. Okay, what's what's your third model?
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It's really important for you as the educator to. Model what it looks like, so put together and to erase some of your work, to show them what it looks like and to remind them that the talents that you have as an educator will not look exactly the same as their portfolio.
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They're going to have different talents. They're going to have different showcases, different pieces of artwork. Maybe they have YouTube videos of them singing or playing the guitar. I am not putting that on my portfolio because I cannot do that.
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So I think it's really important to highlight and model that individualization for your students as well. So that is my next step is to model and that would go across the board. You're modeling now digital citizenship, your modeling, digital portfolios, your modeling kind of what meeting those learning standards looks like you're showcasing, Oh, this is my work
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. I can show my learning now. And if I want to go back to it, I can.
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Excellent. OK, so we're going to model what's our fourth.
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Checkpoints, so I will send you, Vicky. So you can add this to the show notes, but I will send you a rubric for all the listeners. (Download the rubric.) I really encourage teachers to do check points and again, as a teacher and as an educator in the classroom, you are going to come up with what those checkpoints are.
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Do you want beginning of year, middle of year, end of year? That's great for those larger check points, you know you're taking major grades on that. But I would also encourage you to have students show little pieces along the way so that they will get used to doing that in their job in college, right?
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So it's again just teaching them those habits. So that's the next tip is check points.
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I love that because I do checkpoints. Sometimes I'll have students do screenshots, sometimes I'll have them do screencasts. Sometimes I'll have them give me a link, and other times I'll have them write a report of, OK, this is my status update.
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So there's lots of ways to do this checkpoint that flip grades.
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Yeah, that's something I do, too. Tricia, I cannot stress with project based learning. I totally agree with you how important it is to do checkpoints.
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Absolutely. It's interesting because when you do that, you're really allowing your students some time for reflection and you're also creating this conversation as soon I did student conferences. So there is a conversation then that your student learner is leading.
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And I just think that's such an important skill. This goes k through twelve, honestly making it goes all the way up to adulthood.
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Excellent. Love it. So what's our fifth?
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OK, so my fifth and final tip is to share decide how your students are going to showcase their work because what happens is it becomes much more powerful when they're sharing with a specific audience. Now that could be just their parents if you wanted to keep it moderated to just parents or just the principal or just the
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school community. But I had my students actually showcase publicly and what that did with my high schoolers as I was able to have a conversation with them about digital citizenship, digital literacy, best practices for putting information out into the world, what information you do not want to share on your portfolio or your resume.
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I do think it's important because when they're doing the work for you, that's one thing. They're expecting you to take a grade on it. They're expecting those checkpoints when you're sharing it out with someone else. It really just levels up that learning and they they really take more ownership of that.
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So that is my last and final tip. Allow them to share with a real world audience.
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OK, so as we finish up, I want to ask one more question. A teachers thinks they want to do a portfolio. They want to sit down with their principal. Fill in the blank. The best thing about student portfolios is blank.
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The best thing about student portfolios is the students are seeing their own learning now. They're not just taking the word for the grade. I got a 95. No, they see it. It's together. They have something tangible to take with them when they leave your classroom.
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Yeah. And you know what? I'll add, and you may want to share this. When my students do their portfolios, I have them do a self grade with a rubric. Yes, and turn it in. And if they get within five points of mine.
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So I don't look at theirs. They don't look at mine. And if we get within five points of each other, I actually give them bonus because if they were accurately understanding and a lot of times they're a little harder on themselves than I know.
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You are absolutely right about that, Vicki. I did do that. I did a lot of self grading. It's interesting because they are harder on themselves than I would be. I would tell them, give yourself a grade, and then they would have to validate that grade.
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That was a difficult process for them, but it was the most powerful thing because then they were able to self critique their work and also be able to take my critiques, and they weren't taking it personally. Also, another skill for us to teach our.
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Student learned so Tisha Panciocco and this is five tips for digital portfolios look forward to, including the rubric that you would like to share. And we do want to mention that the way. It does work, which this is not a advertise for lit or anything, but it does work with lots of other apps, right?
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It does. There's integrations with Flybridge, with Google Adobe Spark. I mean, you are essentially making you buy anything from the web into Wakely, and it's going to help support that learning. It's also going to help you give out resources to your students.
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So digital portfolios is a great place to start.
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And there are schools. I would like to mention that in addition to standardized testing, are doing portfolios across the board for their whole school.
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So that is amazing.
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That's excellent. Thank you, Tricia.
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Thank you so much for having me.
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Vicki Davis, Host
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Thanks for listening!
Tisha Poncio – Bio As Submitted
Tisha Poncio, M.S. Learning Technologies/Instructional Design, has served in education for the last 21 years. She has led students in the classroom teaching English, Web Design, Graphic Design, Business Computers, Progra
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