On September 9, we celebrated a fairly successful first on our Digital Portfolio journey at EBHS. Ms. Paxman and I helped my Social 10-1 class create the first student portfolios at EBHS. As I use the blogging platform often throughout my Social 10-1 course, I didn’t think I could wait until the Information Processing 10 classes get to Digital Portfolio creation at the end of September.
In the past I have used Kidblog, which was fairly easy to set up for students, but of course it makes sense to migrate to the new EBHS Edublogs site. Of course, this year there were SO MANY NEW COMPONENTS…
- students had to log into the school computers with a username that they have never used before, and had to create a new password
- they had to create a blog on a new platform (Edublogs) which they have never used before; they had to replace the gibberish password with one that they would remember
- then students had to go to Microsoft 365 and use the email program that they have never used before to verify with Edublogs that they were not a spam-bot
Not only did all of this happen successfully for all of the students in my class, they also successfully added themselves to Mrs. Kannekens Classroom, so that we can use the digital portfolio platform in Social 10.
Another first. Today, September 13, most of those 28 students created their first blog post in Edublogs, all of them “nested” under a class for Mrs.Kannekens. This feels almost identical to what my students have been dong for several semesters using the Kidblog platform, however we are now using this new platform, which will hopefully, eventually become second nature for all EBHS staff and students to use.
At this stage, so much is new:
- Categories? Tags? ( and not the Period 3 kind) – How? And Why bother?
- “Oops, I forgot to hit “Publish” or “Save”
- How do I get to the draft that I saved?
….second nature, all in good time!
The next first that I am anticipating will be having the students interact with what their classmates have written (ie. Respond in respectful comments to their classmates). Coming soon….