Yesterday afternoon, our EPortfolio team attended the School District #8 (Kootenay Lake) Learning Fair to share our learning with other teams from across the district.The format was infomal; we shared with teams fromLV Rogers and Salmo Secondary at discussion tables. It's wonderful to be able to learn from other school teams: LV Rogers talked about their efforts to use technology to engage their learners, including iPods, Visual Disability software, and visual literacy tools such as yotube to build engagement for Communication 11/12 students. Salmo Secondary showcased their social responsibility project, including a rubric, goal-setting and self-reflection tools, as well as their "Bump it Up" wall which included examples of positive role-modelling--all with great results.

Our team presented our EPortfolio initiative. We had five members in attendance, and talked about the following aspects of the projct:
  • planning with the end in mind
  • asset-based perspective of students
  • differentiating learning through differentiating evidence
  • the value of Learning Style Inventories
  • the value of peer or mentor conferencing
  • technology to support learning

Our next step in our eportfolio project is to consider developing a scope and sequence for EPortfolios. We're also developing an Eportfolio "Learning Commons" with Mahara, an open source eportfolio application, and will be looking to include apps that will directly record evidence artefacts into Mahara. At the end of the year, we'll be doing an in-class celebration for our grade 7's, and a final peer interview with their grade 11/12 mentor buddies.  Finally, the consideration for beginning of the year global conferencing for educational goals and TAG groups on a monthly basis will be put before the staff.

Our EPortfolio journey has been exciting, frustrating, interesting, rewarding, and collegial. Below you will see an example of the brochure we distributed to our friends from the other schools: