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Friday, November 15 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Mirror, Mirror...Student Self-assessment and ePortfolios through the iPad Looking Glass

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Tag it, you’re it! - create, capture, curate, and celebrate learning using iPads to demonstrate mastery. When iPads and Evernote entered the picture for one Vermont school committed to overhauling graduation requirements to measure whole-school proficiencies, something magical happened. Proficiency-based graduation requirements and portfolios transformed assessment from something done to students to the reality of engaged student ownership of learning.

Participants will see how all middle level teachers and students in our school are using Evernote and a suite of apps to encourage self reflection toward mastery, ongoing formative reflection, and transformed student-led conferences. Our motto: “always capturing, always collaborating, always reflecting.”

During the presentation, participants will create an Evernote notebook, capture their real-time learning, tag it, and share. Following this hands-on experience, they will see examples of student app use (Aurasma, iMovie, Explain Everything, etc.) to demonstrate learning and how this evidence gets captured and curated in their Graduate Expectations Evernote Notebook and shared with their parents and teachers in student-led conferences. Participants will come to understand that tagging is the key to a portfolio structured upon school-wide proficiencies (the answer to the question who is the fairest of them all?). We will then share how this process, adopted district-wide, leads to a transformed proficiency-based assessment scheme.

The presentation culminates with a frank assessment of our work and our next steps from the lens of a student’s perspective. After watching the short video 10 Expectations from LeavingtoLearn.org we will take a good hard look in the mirror and share our rating of our work with evidence for each of the 10 Expectations in our own Evernote notebook. Participants will leave with a shared Evernote notebook of resources to include how-to videos created by both teachers and students, our school’s Graduation Expectations & rubrics, and portfolio reflection organizers.


Jodie Curran

Jodie Curran, Special Educator Jodie Curran brings with her 15 years of experience as a special educator at the Middle Level. She has a passion for investigating ways to use technology in order to level the playing field for her students and currently facilitates district professional... Read More →

Jon Potts

Jon Potts, 7th grade English Teacher - http://humsenglish7.wordpress.com/Jon taught himself Flash, first to promote his freelance writing and later to build an interactive portfolio that helped him get his first full-time teaching job. Ten years later, he’s still approaching new... Read More →
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Brian Wagner

Teacher, Harwood Union
Brian Wagner, 8th grade Science TeacherBrian complements his four years of teaching with 23 years of experience working as a chemist and staff scientist for environmental engineering and consulting firms. His philosophy that science is best learned by doing is augmented by the use... Read More →

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Susan Hennessey

Professional Development Coordinator, Randolph Union Middle School
Susan Hennessey is the Professional Development Coordinator for the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at the University of Vermont, where she facilitates teacher and student learning supported by digital tools. Before becoming part of the TIIE team, Susan was the Library... Read More →

Friday November 15, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST

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