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The power of digital student portfolios | SmartBlogs


  • Students and teachers can use digital tools to document current understandings, make revisions as thinking changes, share student products both locally and globally and celebrate successes with peers and parents. Although this practice is only one part of a balanced assessment system, there are many benefits that learners, both student and teacher, can gain for developing digital portfolios. - Matt Renwick

Tags: power, student, portfolios, smartbrief

by: Matt Renwick

Digital Student Portfolios: A Whole-School Approach | MiddleWeb


  • The particular software and services used to create these portfolios is a subject of some interest, to be sure, but it is secondary to the “big idea” itself: compiling a dynamic collection of information from many sources, in many forms and with many purposes, all aimed at presenting the most complete story possible of a student’s learning experience.
    - Matt Renwick

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by: Matt Renwick

Bing in the Classroom will eliminate adverts at no cost to school districts | eSchool News | eSchool News

Highlights and Sticky Notes:

Schools are safe havens where children should be able to learn and grow in a supportive atmosphere. At home, parents have the ability to monitor their children’s intake of consumer products by limiting television and internet usage, and helping them engage critically with the content they see. But if we allow advertising in any form in our schools, we run directly counter to the message educational institutions are trying to promote: that these are places of learning, not selling.

Tags: tie, class, bing, advertisements

by: kinglish

Teaching Metacognition


  • "Metacognition is a critically important, yet often overlooked component of learning. Effective learning involves planning and goal-setting, monitoring one's progress, and adapting as needed. All of these activities are metacognitive in nature. By teaching students these skills - all of which can be learned - we can improve student learning. There are three critical steps to teaching metacognition:" - Roland Gesthuizen
  • Really useful reminder of how we need to address very basic ideas about how to absorb new information and ask students to self-monitor and push themselves. I appreciated the information and plan to incorporate the wrappers! - traceynangle

Highlights and Sticky Notes:

Step 1: Teach students that the ability to learn is not a fixed quantity

The key to a student's ability to become a self-regulated (i.e., metacognitive) learner is understanding that one's ability to learn is a skill that develops over time rather than a fixed trait, inherited at birth.

  • Carol Dweck's book on having a Growth Mindset comes to mind here... - Sharin Tebo

Step 2: Teach students how to set goals and plan to meet them

Step 3: Give students opportunities to practice self-monitoring and adapting

Accurate self-monitoring is quite difficult.

In particular, students are encouraged to think about the key points of the lecture as they listen and take notes. At the end of the lecture, students write what they think the three most important ideas of the lecture were on an index card.

Example: lecture wrappers

Teaching Self-Monitoring Strategies

Monitoring and adapting strategies can be taught as learning habits. A wrapper is one tool for teaching self-monitoring behavior. A wrapper is an activity that surrounds an existing assignment or activity and encourages metacognition. For example, wrappers can be used with lectures, homework assignments, or exams. Wrappers require just a few extra minutes of time, but can have a big impact.

Example: homework wrappers

Before beginning a homework assignment, students answer a brief set of self-assessment questions focusing on skills they should be monitoring. Students complete the homework as usual, and then answer a follow-up set of self-assessment questions.

Example: exam wrappers

When graded exams are returned (as soon as possible after the exam was given), students complete an exam reflection sheet. They describe their study strategies, analyze the mistakes they made, and plan their study strategies for the next exam.

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by: Sharin Tebo

JotForm ยท Easiest Form Builder


  • Create easy forms that automatically sync with DropBox. - Ben W
  • Shared at edubloggercon - Cindy Glenn

Highlights and Sticky Notes:

  • How does this compare with Google forms or Bravenet? - A Gardner
  • I think it is more user-friendly and quicker than Google forms. Very easy to use, yet many sophisticated options. - Lauren Mason
  • I like the fact I can get the responses emailed to me as the creator instead of just a notification email. I also like the ability to export all responses as PDF files instead of just a giant spreadsheet. - Scott Floyd
  • it is very intuitive - biggest difference for me - SUPPORT.  the jotform team is amazingly responsive. - Ann Czeponis

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by: Cindy Glenn


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