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Tauranga Intermediate e-Portfolio Journey

Tauranga Intermediate, as well as being the largest intermediate school in NZ with a roll of 1241, is one of three schools in the iTeam Tauranga Cluster. Greenpark School and Tauranga Primary are the other two.

In 2010 conversations began about the purpose of the students windows folders and how effective these were in the formative assessment process. These were a traditional paper portfolio showcasing student work with a small amount of student reflection. They were wanting the students to demonstrate in their learning, interactions and reflections, a greater capability as communicators, thinkers and learners. (Cluster Goal 1)  

An e-Portfolio Professional Learning Group (led by the Deputy Principals) was established with the sole purpose of investigating and trialling e-Portfolios. Effective Pedagogy and Teaching as Inquiry as described in the NZC was the focus of their sessions. It was decided that a Class Blog could be an effective introduction to the processes involved in e-Portfolios. We had no idea that the creation of 7 blogs initially, would snowball to become 24 and rising.

Our journey so far has been created using MyPortfolio and can be viewed using the link below.

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Comments

  • Tessa Gray

    Thanks for sharing this reflective summary Karen. It’s the kind of one page synopsis that makes me want to read more about developing reflective journals online. It’s also great to see how you’ve used an online tool like My Portfolio to demonstrate this story.

    It has been an interesting progression for your school - to transfer authentic assessment practices into an online platform. The rigor of your intent is clear. "They were wanting the students to demonstrate in their learning, interactions and reflections, a greater capability as communicators, thinkers and learners."

    The supplementary resources and voice from leaders, students and teachers makes for some compelling reading/listening/viewing. Very edgy iTeam video production with Katie talking about purpose for blogging, which reinforces the ‘bigger picture’ learning intentions - rather than a focus on the tools themselves.

    Some of the comments highlighted in the next steps is similar to the wonderings being discussed in AOK’s cluster discussion To Blog or not to Blog  started by Ainsley Massarotto, which you may find useful as you continue on this journey. Note You may have to request group membership to respond to this discussion.

    Thanks again for sharing, and catch up again soon.

    Tess Smile