There's an App for That!

Digital portfolios that synthesize information and automatically update parents when there's new content.

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What if, when students updated their digital portfolios, parents/guardians could get a notification, like: "Susie just uploaded a great reflection about her project." And a link that went directly to that page. The portfolio would have to be shared with parents and then they could sign up for updates. This way, the work doesn't have to be done by either the teacher or the student... it happens automatically!

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Have you looked at Seesaw Lisa Yokana ? We've been piloting a variety of student-driven portfolio apps this year and that one has been great for students to capture their learning and then parents get a notification on their phone to swipe and view it (and add a comment if that function is enabled). 

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We are piloting Seesaw.  The key is to figure out what types of information make sense to avoid digital clutter, and what reflective questions are useful.  There is also some parental scaffolding necessary so they know what they are seeing and how to spot growth in their son/daughter.

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can we link this up with Where Is All The Student Work? - google doc- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fUjTU9S4jvbQJ1NrdfimOu9j1iiypt3TJ21IDnubA3s/edit - it feels like it might be a way of doing what Tom Mullaney is talking about 

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I think the two go together nicely. Having students publish work regularly AND parents receiving notifications would have a nice impact. 

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Agreed Tom! Looking at your doc now....

Photo of Trever Reeh
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If you haven't used SeeSaw it is an amazing app that does just this.

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Love this idea Lisa. There are several apps that have digital portfolio options (Book Creator and Showbie spring to mind). If you're looking for a team I think it would be great to expand this into a running profile of student progress / live report card that has space for student, teacher and parent updates and feedback.

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Hi Joe:
Yes and... Do you want to combine this with your idea from the Steelcase brainstorming and go with it? If that's a yes, and I hope it is, I'm happy to help-be on the team, whatever you need!
Go for it!
Lisa

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Sounds great! What's the best way to combine ideas on the site? Should I look for more members on TG to collab and/or ask around within my school? I can start working on a gdoc as well -Joe

Photo of Lisa Yokana
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Reach out in the comments section to others you think have similar ideas and invite them to be a team member! Then start a google doc and share the link on the site-you can update your post by editing. Always put new info at the top of the post with a date!
Yay! Let me know if you have more questions....

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Hello,  Are there actually Apps that have been created for students to construct a portfolio with embedded parent / teacher alerts?  We are exploring the following digital resource yet there is no App version: strikingly.com

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Dennis--
I don't know, but if you're interested, maybe you and Joe could team up and start working on it!
Lisa

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One of the things I like about this idea is the flexibility! Even if it weren't it's own app, it is definitely a functionality that could be built into existing platforms like Google Classroom, LiveBinder, etc.

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Yes, it would be a great addition to an already existing platform....