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E-Portfolios in Elementary

Are any of you using E-Portfolios in the elementary school setting?  If so are there specific grade level requirements.  Do you use them mainly to showcase projects or a combination of that and required competencies?  I have searched a bit and couldn't find much here on Canvas.  If anyone is using them already I would love to pick your brain.  If you are thinking about jumping in and want to pair up I'd love to team up.

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tmercer@msddecatur.k12.in.us we are new to using Canvas here in Tasmania. But we can see huge potential for the ePortfolios‌. As our eLearning team is out and about supporting schools with Blended Learning and Canvas if we spot any ideas we will keep you posted. For now some ideas that have been suggested are:

  • ePortfolios used by the teachers to keep copies of writing/work samples, running records, diagnostic testing for the following year teacher or for specialists and leadership to access
  • students keep work samples each year, including art, writing, maths, reading aloud, to create a 'time capsule' when they leave primary school
  • teachers use their ePortfolio as evidence collection for their annual reviews

I'm sure there are loads more ideas out there. Tip of the iceberg here.

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Our Middle School uses paper portfolios with students but haven't yet made the leap to the digital portfolios in Canvas. I'm curious how schools are organizing folders in the portfolio so as to make them easy to develop a showcase which students could use for conferences as well as revisiting for longitudinal progress throughout their time in our building.

Wondering if there are storage maxes with regards to how much content can be uploaded into a students account folder, apart from the course files?

Like Bobby mentioned above, the possibilities are endless. Just wondering if anyone is developing any practices that they are excited about?

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We are using the ePortfolios at the high-school level for our capstone research process and find them very user friendly to set up and navigate.  Soon, we will start using the ePortfolios for our art students as well.  I think it would be a great tool for your upper elementary students to show growth and I'll be happy to share my experience with you.

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We are using Course Networking as a course within Canvas.  I will keep you posted on how we progress!

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Hi Anne - Wondering how much of the student work is imported/uploaded to Canvas (scanned course work, art, images of projects, etc) versus content inside of Canvas (Quizzes, discussions, etc.)?

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Hi Rob,

We uploaded all of the content to Canvas files.  We found that it was easiest to have students grab the content there when building the ePortfolios as opposed to trying to find it from course submissions.  You could definitely have external tools via embed codes as well.  I don't know what the limit is on file size is within Canvas so that's something to keep in mind when designing your ePortfolios. 

Best,

Anne

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Would you all be willing to consider up-voting this feature and sharing it with others if you think it would be helpful to you in your institution?

https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/10801-add-in-line-file-preview-to-eportfolios

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I teach 5th grade and my students create digital portfolios using Google Sites.  I post their requirements in Canvas and examples for them to follow.  The portfolios serve two main purposes.  They showcase projects but they also use the portfolio to monitor their owning learning and it provides them a way to track their growth.  I would be glad to share any resources I have with you.  

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Thanks, Tom!  I think that is a wonderful solution.  I would love to see some of your student portfolios and how you set them up.  Would you be willing to shoot me an email at anne.thiers@cherokee.k12.ga.us>? 

Google is blocked wirelessly at our school district so Google Sites aren't something we can use at this point but that doesn't mean we wouldn't be able to at some point in the future.