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Real-time reporting using e-Portfolios

By now, most of us are familiar with the purpose, potential and tools for e-portfolios – a digitally visible and accessible way to capture, celebrate, reflect and feedback/forward on learning. We know that regular connections between parents and whānau and school and kura can have a positive impact on learners.

In this Enabling e-Learning video, Students at Motu School use e-portfolios as a way to share and explain goal setting, sharing their learning, and reflecting on their progress as they lead three-way conferences with parents and teachers. Having the portfolios online means parents can access and be part of their children's learning at anytime.

Fast forward to now, and some schools are taking a fresh look at their twice yearly reporting processes to rethink what a personalised and responsive model for reporting could look like; using digital solutions to provide a more accurate picture of their child’s real-time performance (Ten Trends 2019 PDF p10).

With technological advancements, anyone can receive ‘on demand’, real time, personalise feedback (how am I doing) on pretty much anything - from health records to bank records. So it would seem six-monthly, one-size-fits-all reporting model is an outdated and ineffective way to provide real-time formative assessment to inform next steps in learning. (Ten Trends 2019 PDF p10).

What does real-time reporting look like?

PLD Facilitator Katrina Laurie has been working with schools unpacking the Ten Trend: Real-time reporting using digital platforms like Seesaw.


In Linton Camp School (Palmerston North), there has been a PLD focus on assessment capability and learner agency so students can articulate and share their learning via digital portfolios with parents/whānau. Teachers have been creating 60sec elevator pitches to explain: Real-time reporting, drivers for this change, how this will look, and what is needed for this to be successful.

Westmere School (Whanganui) have engaged in Digital Fluency PLD with a growing focus on using Seesaw to replace their mid-yearly reporting format. They have created a draft framework, so that students can share their learning with parents and whanau using Seesaw. For more on this framework and the rest of the story see, Ten Trend: Real-time reporting. 


Is your school looking at your current reporting processes? Is there something you’d like to do differently, improve, change or replace? We’d love to hear more. Feel free to join the e-Learning Leadership group and add your comments below.

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  • Andrew de Wit (View all users posts) 27 Oct 2019 10:33am ()

    Hi, we have been using EDUCA at Fergusson Intermediate this year and as a former Seesaw user have been hugely impressed with their platform. Not only does it do all the things that SeeSaw does, but it also has NZ curriculum indicators built-in and the ability to add your own (we have our RISE values incorporated). The other thing I really like is that I get to talk to NZers when I need help and they are super responsive to our ideas for development. I would definitely recommend this as a vehicle for online portfolio. We are planning to move our reporting over in the next year.

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