Tonight we had our collaborative conferences where the e-portfolios were shown to parents via students and the teachers. This year is our 2nd year of e-portfolios for some, but first year of schoolwide implementation - Year 1 through to Year 6 students.
It was really interesting to note the number of parents who already had a good idea of what was going on within the e-portfolios. A high percentage of the students had already talked with parents and discussed what was going on and what they were working towards. Parents were impressed because they had an eye into the classroom and an eye on what students were working towards in achieving their set goals.
The continuous question of "what can I be doing at home to support my child?" was greeted with the response of "support them with their e-portfolio goals." Many parents were keen to have a go at commenting and many of them liked the idea of e-portfolios because the transparency in learning that was present. They showed the hard data (reading levels) through to reflections and evidence of learning (classroom work, modelling books, tests etc). They could see what their child was doing and how they were working in class to achieve this. A big change from our previous 'red portfolio' format. It will be really interesting to see how many parents translate the positive gestures and nods into actual comments and feedback in the e-portfolio - but I am hopeful that this will happen.
While yesterday I was feeling somewhat disheartened with the e-portfolios, I can see that the hard work has had a starting point and is developing into something more positive. We have already discussed getting feedback from parents and teachers as we head towards developing the next steps in our e-portfolios.
Thanks to onemanuprising for the formatting tips! :)
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