Portfolio Takes a Field Trip to the Royal Ontario Museum
Lauren Prisniak, who teaches grades 10-12 history at CtK, likes to use Portfolio with her students. During the 2017-2018 school year, she used Portfolio with her grade 12 history students during a field trip to the Royal Ontario Museum and found it gave her students confidence. The assignment was simple: experiment documenting historical evidence through video, audio, and pictures. They were also tasked with practicing writing about the historical evidence and saying why it was important. Students were given freedom to explore the museum and document their findings through the Portfolio in the VLE tool. On their own accord, some students pretended to interview each other to explain what they were seeing – as if they were newscasters. The conversations were authentic since students felt they weren’t being overheard. Feedback on the assignment was positive: students liked the experience and the creativity that Portfolio in the VLE allowed them.
Using Portfolio to Capture What’s Going on Outside
Myles Sloan used Portfolio with his 2017-2018 grade 9 geography class to capture what was happening in a natural reservoir behind CtK over time. He took his class outside on three occasions throughout the school year and had them choose a plant, animal/ tree, and something that interested them. They then used Portfolio to track what happened over time from winter (when the assignment started), to late spring. Students were asked to come up with a question such as: “why does one tree still have its leaves while the others are bare?” Once the evidence was collected, they created a time lapse and used their evidence of learning to research in class why things were changing and how they changed. Feedback from students and parents was positive.
Currently, Myles is starting an inquiry project with his 2018-2019 grade 9 geography students about how invasive species are getting into the Great Lakes and coming into Canada. He plans to use the VLE throughout the year to support his students.