Blogging as Digital Portfolios


Blogging as Digital Portfolios

By establishing new learning partnerships with our students focused on student inquiry, and the meaningful application of assessment for, as and of learning, our project aims to improve student learning in K-6 Numeracy, while at the same time leveraging the power of digital tools like the use of iPads and blogging to improve student outcomes in the areas of 6C's and P (creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, citizenship, character, and problem solving).

Throughout our project teachers and students will be documenting their learning journeys on Class Blogs and individual Student Blogs. These blogs will serve as digital portfolios for staff and students.

What footprint are you (not) leaving?

Location: Seaforth
Members: 29
Latest Activity: Nov 7, 2016

Technology Learning Community Class and Student Blogs

Each teacher in our TLLP group has created a Class Blog and Individual Student Blogs. Links to all of our project blogs can be found here:

Project Lead Leigh Cassell:

Project Lead Kerri-Lynn Case Schepers:

Discussion Forum

Final TLLP Meeting

Started by Allison Plumsteel Nov 7, 2016. 0 Replies

As we wrapped up our final TLLP meeting, we were able to add more ideas into our slide deck that we began to create about Math ideas for improving communication and collaboration. We were also able…Continue

Final Thoughts...

Started by Nicole King Nov 7, 2016. 0 Replies

What is my new learning today?There are many new resources that I would like to acquire but they are costly. Creating a wish list for purchase and a wish list to order through the OCT will be a lot…Continue

Our Last Meeting!

Started by Hilary Reinecker Nov 7, 2016. 0 Replies

I am sorry to say that this is the last of our meeting. Today our discussions about deep learning tasks have inspired me to create more authentic tasks in my classroom, especially concerning my…Continue

Last Meeting

Started by Jenna Lange Nov 7, 2016. 0 Replies

My new learnings from today were recognizing the importance of creating and implementing deep learning tasks with students as this allows them to continue to develop ownership of their learning in a…Continue

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Comment by Anne McBride on February 10, 2016 at 2:28pm

Today we spent some time learning about the SAMR model. Discussing the difference between Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition shifted my reflection process with technology use in the classroom. Constant reflection when teaching comes with the practice, and that reflection piece is such an important part of the teaching process - Why? What? How? The SAMR model takes reflecting on how we incorporate technology in the classroom and puts it into a digestible chunk. This simple model provides a visual to lead you through that reflection process. Where does my integration of technology fall and where can I take it!? 

Comment by Charlene Stein on February 10, 2016 at 2:25pm
We generated some good ideas today for integrating blogging to augment our math program. We specifically discussed the use of two new apps, "Book Creator" and "Explain Everything" and brainstormed ways to use these platforms in our classrooms. We discussed the SAMR model which helped to provide a structure by which to measure the integration of technology into learning.
Going forward, I would like to use book creator as a digital math journal for my students. We discussed ways in which this could be used for each math strand.
I would also like my blogging buddy class (gr. 6/7) to work with my grade one's to solve some subtraction problems using Explain Everything.
My goal over the next month is for more of my students to create simple blog posts with independence.
Comment by Anne McBride on April 28, 2015 at 11:47am

Today we've been discussing how blogs make creativity visible! While making creativity visible, the blogs enhance the number of opportunities students have to let their creativity flourish with one particular project. The blog makes documenting our learning in the classroom so easy and so accessible. When student work is readily accessible the opportunities for creativity increase!    

For example: In our classroom students designed and constructed toys with moving parts that would incorporate examples of simple machines. After this creative exploration students were challenged to sell their toys! Students creatively applied their new knowledge learned about media literacy while creating advertisements through Explain Everything! Now we are going to go 'shopping' and check out which toy advertisements are the most enticing and why! So many opportunities for student creativity to shine with one project because we are using the blog to showcase our learning! Check out this student's toy advertisement of a toy she built herself:

Comment by Danielle Mascolo on April 28, 2015 at 11:39am

My class has been motivated to share their work on their blog this year. We have had a recent connection that has re-energized my students. We are reading the novel Iqbal and we are sharing our thinking on our blogs. A grade 6 teacher from Alberta has found our blog and we are going to be making a connection with them! We are planning to have the students work on a collaborative project about the book with a student on the other side of the country. I am just as excited for this project as my students and I can't wait look for more ways to connect with others through our blog.

Comment by Jennifer Hewitt on March 26, 2015 at 12:58pm

Becoming Digital Citizens can happen when you are in Kindergarten!  Our students love collectively writing about, and sharing, their inquiries with the world and each other.  Every time they share they inspire each other to question and explore even more.  Our Kindergarten class has enjoyed sharing their own ideas on their own blogs recently which has developed many conversations between home and school.  Here is one example of sharing our questions and explorations from our day.

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Comment by Tracey Peters on March 26, 2015 at 12:53pm

This project has changed the way I teach.  I guide and question my students when they are learning.  We learn new apps on the iPad together as a team.

Comment by Sherry Hodges on March 26, 2015 at 12:36pm

We are woking very hard in grade 3 on our problem solving skills.  We have created videos, slide shows or pic collages to explain what successful problem solving looks like.

Comment by Becky Dietrich on February 1, 2015 at 4:42pm

I've enjoyed have technology in my classroom this year.  it has really helped my students become more aware of writing for an audience.  Seeing their peers read their posts and getting feedback through comments has helped me as a teacher motivate them to write.  We have blog buddies in grade 3, and seeing what older students can display on their blogs is also a motivating tool.  I like how blogs can bring you together as a class community.  It is a very visible way for students to learn and share their work. 

Comment by Rebecca Versteeg on January 16, 2015 at 2:56pm
I'll try they the ball rolling: a list of 'best apps for 2015’ It's a good list, and I liked the introduction.
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