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I use Google Sites in K-12 to Higher Ed. I have some templates if you need
to see any.

The key to eportfolios I've found is not so much the technology, but the
culture that supports it.

If they are not consistently celebrated in class via student presentations
on the projector, shown to parents, presented to the principal, and the
community, commented on by peers, they seem to often die on the vine in the
darkness of a link that can't be readily found and isn't really looked at
often.

Few people of any age want to work on a Website for long that other's don't
see and doesn't provide the creator tangible benefits (money, attention,
grades, etc). If eportfolios are internal only, that means in school
showings multiple times a year. If they are public, that means showings,
and broadcasting examples of student's using them to get summer jobs, into
college, etc.  Let the light shine on them! And be prepared for a
multi-year slog to change a culture.


On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 10:14 AM, Bonnie Birdsall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> thank you Matt. That's very helpful and clear.
>
> ~ Bonnie
>
>
> Bonnie Birdsall
> Technology Integration Specialist
> Williston School District
> Williston, VT 05495
>
> New phone: 802-871-6024
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> Twitter: @bonniebird
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> On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM, Matt Henchen <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>
>> Yes.  Here is an excerpt from a great comparison between Edmodo and
>> Schoology (
>> http://www.teachinglikeits2999.com/2013/02/schoology-vs-edmodo-round-2.html
>> )
>>
>>
>>
>>    - *Discussions.* Schoology has a slew of discussion features not
>>    currently available in Edmodo. As there are many, I'll simply bullet my
>>    favorites below. For more information on discussions, read this
>>    article<http://help.schoology.com/instructor-guide/courses/course-materials#course-discussions>and check out this
>>    video <http://vimeo.com/51168496>.
>>    <http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ko-RUKDErds/USp-pz06tVI/AAAAAAABhB8/ESOnpmSKmns/s1600/Screen+Shot+2013-02-24+at+2.56.49+PM.png>
>>    <http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TOtDTVzdkio/USp_vqxyN5I/AAAAAAABhCE/-A35_SBIYCs/s1600/Screen+Shot+2013-02-24+at+3.01.10+PM.png>
>>       - Discussions are their own category - In Edmodo, if you want
>>       students to have a chat discussion, you simply post a note or assignment
>>       and allow them to reply to that. However, in Schoology, discussions are
>>       their own category that are both gradeable, and assignable.
>>       - Reply threads - Students can directly reply to one another's
>>       comments in Schoology, and their comments show up as a reply thread (just
>>       like in Facebook). This is not possible to do in Edmodo.
>>       - Media embedded in comments - Students can comment in a
>>       discussion with video and pictures - both on the desktop version and the
>>       iOS version. This is especially helpful when they are discussion a math
>>       problem and they want to share a their written work.
>>       - Student comment spotlight - Teachers can use a "filter by user"
>>       tool to see which of their students participated in the discussion, how
>>       often they participated and where their comments are in the flow of the
>>       thread.
>>       - Shared discussions - Teachers can share a discussion with
>>       another course to allow students from multiple classes to join in the same
>>       discussion.
>>       - Comment moderation - Teachers can also moderate comments before
>>       they are published.
>>
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 9:10 AM, Bonnie Birdsall <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>
>>> Just want to check one more time and make sure I expressed myself
>>> clearly ... if students comment on a discussion, can their *comment *be
>>> more than written text?
>>>
>>> thanks,
>>> Bonnie
>>>
>>>
>>> Bonnie Birdsall
>>> Technology Integration Specialist
>>> Williston School District
>>> Williston, VT 05495
>>>
>>> New phone: 802-871-6024
>>> [log in to unmask]
>>> Twitter: @bonniebird
>>>
>>>
>>> On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 10:40 PM, Eric Hall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Yes, entries to all types of assignments (incl. discussions) can
>>>> include media. Schoology's Dropbox and grading interface are great for
>>>> assessment: Uploads, direct entries or GDocs copied from Drive are rendered
>>>> into an interface that allows comments, highlighting, drawing, etc.
>>>> Rendering can take some time (variable depending on back-end load) but
>>>> files are typically ready by the time a teacher wants to view them. Not
>>>> immediately, however.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> *Eric Hall*
>>>> *Technology Integration Specialist*
>>>> *Mount Mansfield Union High School*
>>>> *Chittenden East SU*
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 9:43 PM, Bonnie Birdsall <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Eric and others-
>>>>>
>>>>> I have a question about Schoology. We have a team of teachers that has
>>>>> been using Edmodo and they like it a lot. One teacher wants to be able to
>>>>> post a discussion topic for students to see and respond to. He would like
>>>>> the students to be able to respond in a variety of ways- in writing, photos
>>>>> demonstrating their learning, short video, etc. Edmodo doesn't allow for
>>>>> any response to a conversation other than written. Does Schoology?
>>>>>
>>>>> I looked at Google+ Communities and it's the same as Edmodo. We can't
>>>>> use that with students who are almost all under 13 anyway, but I was just
>>>>> curious.
>>>>>
>>>>> thanks for your thoughts,
>>>>> Bonnie
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Bonnie Birdsall
>>>>> Technology Integration Specialist
>>>>> Williston School District
>>>>> Williston, VT 05495
>>>>>
>>>>> New phone: 802-871-6024
>>>>> [log in to unmask]
>>>>> Twitter: @bonniebird
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 9:20 PM, Eric Hall <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Matt -
>>>>>>
>>>>>> "ALL things considered?" That's a lot...School-wide implementation
>>>>>> (for us that's 55 classroom teachers and ~950 students) is a tremendous
>>>>>> project. Of course, TIME for training is Ed Tech's perpetual dilemma and I
>>>>>> have to keep reminding myself to be patient and that it is only day 6...
>>>>>> we're learning fast and our past experience with LMS in 1:1 has served us
>>>>>> well to identify recommended best practice. Bringing everyone together into
>>>>>> ONE platform is a huge benefit, as we previously had homework scattered
>>>>>> across a variety of platforms so students had to look here, there and
>>>>>> everywhere for their assignments online. It has definitely moved people
>>>>>> forward into electronic handouts (eg. Google Docs and web links vs.
>>>>>> attachments) but that's still a slow transition. We are only 50% 1:1 thus
>>>>>> far (9th-10th) so "mixed" classes of 10th-12th are still sticky. The
>>>>>> biggest wrinkle in the process has been ID consistency across platforms: We
>>>>>> are set up for SSO with Google but class schedules are drawn from
>>>>>> SchoolMaster where Will is WIlliam, Abbey is Abigail while Samantha
>>>>>> Hall-Smith is Sam HallSmith in Google... you get the idea.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Schoology has some awesome features and I anticipate that we will
>>>>>> continue to grow into them as 1:1 spreads to all grades in the coming
>>>>>> years. I could go on, but perhaps off-list... I thought I was busy LAST
>>>>>> year starting grade-level 1:1, but that was easy in comparison!
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> *Eric Hall*
>>>>>> *Technology Integration Specialist*
>>>>>> *Mount Mansfield Union High School*
>>>>>> *Chittenden East SU*
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM, Matt Henchen <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Hey Eric,
>>>>>>> It's nice to be on the same team.  One question, what did you mean
>>>>>>> by 'be careful what you wish for'?  All things considered would you
>>>>>>> recommend that we adopt an LMS schoolwide?
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Thanks
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 8:45 PM, Eric Hall <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> After considerable investigation and discussion, we, too moved to
>>>>>>>> Schoology from Edu2.0 this year as a school-wide implementation. We had a
>>>>>>>> "laundry list" of features that teachers wanted (and a list of gripes about
>>>>>>>> Edu,) and although the Enterprise version is not inexpensive (but necessary
>>>>>>>> for large-scale management) the results and feedback from staff and
>>>>>>>> students have been VERY positive.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> That said: be careful what you wish for.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> *Eric Hall*
>>>>>>>> *Technology Integration Specialist*
>>>>>>>> *Mount Mansfield Union High School*
>>>>>>>> *Chittenden East SU*
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 2:13 PM, Matt Henchen <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> I was asked off-list why I switched loyalties from edu20 to
>>>>>>>>> schoology and I wanted to share my response....
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Over the Summer it became apparent to me that Schoology had
>>>>>>>>> outpaced edu20 in features that teachers actually need.  I had been
>>>>>>>>> frustrated at the pace of edu20's development and extremely impressed at
>>>>>>>>> the pace of Schoology's.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Schoology has just about every feature that has been on my LMS
>>>>>>>>> wish list - it works extremely well on the iPads and it integrates nicely
>>>>>>>>> with Google Drive (virtually ending the nefarious workflow issues for iPad
>>>>>>>>> users), it has individualized assignments, badges, built-in PLN's, the
>>>>>>>>> ability to create groups beyond classroom walls, it communicates to
>>>>>>>>> student's Twitter and Facebook accounts, has great accounts for parents,
>>>>>>>>> allows the creation of self-paced lessons through the creation of folders
>>>>>>>>> and resources with conditions that students must meet before moving on, it
>>>>>>>>> has a built-in tool for giving students feedback on written assignments, a
>>>>>>>>> great discussion board forum with an amazingly smart feature that forces
>>>>>>>>> students to post to the forum before being able to read other student's
>>>>>>>>> responses.  And in the enterprise version ($$) it allows students and
>>>>>>>>> teachers the ability to record audio and video directly from the HTML
>>>>>>>>> editor, allows for custom curriculum and proficiencies to be added, and it
>>>>>>>>> has two-way integration with Powerschool.  Oh, and it also has an amazing
>>>>>>>>> math equation editor and allows for Examview Pro question bank imports.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> I set up a Schoology account for Harwood a few years back because
>>>>>>>>> a science teacher wanted to use the Examview Pro question import feature.
>>>>>>>>> I was pretty impressed back then, but it lacked a lot of must-have features
>>>>>>>>> for history teachers (like rubrics...)  Because we set up an account a few
>>>>>>>>> years ago we are grandfathered into some features that are now part of the
>>>>>>>>> paid version.  I'm trying to get more teachers at my school to use it, but
>>>>>>>>> I want to spend a year using it myself before I make any sort of general
>>>>>>>>> schoolwide push.  After all, as a teacher I have lots of big ideas but very
>>>>>>>>> little power other than the power of persuasion.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> I'm really focusing this year on how technology can help teachers
>>>>>>>>> create more personalized, self-paced learning opportunities for students.
>>>>>>>>> We'll see how it goes...
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM, Matt Henchen <[log in to unmask]
>>>>>>>>> > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> Well said, Katie.  I was wondering if anybody was going to ask
>>>>>>>>>> that question.  Their are many types of portfolios for many different
>>>>>>>>>> needs.  Is the portfolio going to be assessed as a whole or will the
>>>>>>>>>> artifacts be assessed before going into the portfolio?  Will the portfolio
>>>>>>>>>> be used for assessment and accountability or for celebration and display of
>>>>>>>>>> student work (e.g. student-led conferences)?  Who is the audience for the
>>>>>>>>>> portfolio?
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> If artifacts will be assessed before going in the portfolio and
>>>>>>>>>> if the portfolio is meant to be a warehouse of all relevant student work,
>>>>>>>>>> then you might want to look at a learning management system (LMS) such as
>>>>>>>>>> Schoology (yes, my new favorite), or VCAT.
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM, Adam Provost <[log in to unmask]
>>>>>>>>>> > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Google Sites, Wikis... lots of options. Google Sites works well.
>>>>>>>>>>> There are many templates to do this. Running blogs, deliverables, summary,
>>>>>>>>>>> etc. Caleb Clark at Marlboro has a great template. Sites can be exported in
>>>>>>>>>>> web format for archiving... which is handy for creating archiving of
>>>>>>>>>>> projects. See:
>>>>>>>>>>> http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2009/09/export-google-sites.html
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Adam
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 9:46 AM, Will Hatch <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> In Addison Northwest SU we're trying to make Google Sites work
>>>>>>>>>>>> for eportfolios.
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 9:43 AM, Philip Hyjek <
>>>>>>>>>>>> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> Which ePortfolio systems are you currently using? Anyone done
>>>>>>>>>>>>> a comparative analysis prior to adoption? Thanks.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> --
>>>>>>>>>>>>> Philip J. Hyjek
>>>>>>>>>>>>> 589 Brook Road
>>>>>>>>>>>>> Middlesex, VT 05602
>>>>>>>>>>>>> 802-778-0912
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> --
>>>>>>>>>>>> Will Hatch
>>>>>>>>>>>> Educational Technology Specialist
>>>>>>>>>>>> Vergennes Union Elementary School
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> --
>>>>>>>>>>> Adam A. Provost, MAT
>>>>>>>>>>> Technology Integration - Partnership for Change Initiative<http://partnershipvt.org>
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Burlington High School, Vermont <http://bhs.bsdvt.org/>
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Personal Blog: creativeStir.blogspot.com
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> --
>>>>>>>>>> Matt Henchen
>>>>>>>>>> History/Civics Teacher
>>>>>>>>>> Harwood Union Middle/High School
>>>>>>>>>> (802) 324-4521
>>>>>>>>>> www.vermonteducator.com
>>>>>>>>>> www.newschoolhistory.com
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> Scan here for my contact information...
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> --
>>>>>>>>> Matt Henchen
>>>>>>>>> History/Civics Teacher
>>>>>>>>> Harwood Union Middle/High School
>>>>>>>>> (802) 324-4521
>>>>>>>>> www.vermonteducator.com
>>>>>>>>> www.newschoolhistory.com
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Scan here for my contact information...
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
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>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> --
>>>>>>> Matt Henchen
>>>>>>> History/Civics Teacher
>>>>>>> Harwood Union Middle/High School
>>>>>>> (802) 324-4521
>>>>>>> www.vermonteducator.com
>>>>>>> www.newschoolhistory.com
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Scan here for my contact information...
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>
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>>>>>> anyone.
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>
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>>>> anyone.
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Matt Henchen
>> History/Civics Teacher
>> Harwood Union Middle/High School
>> (802) 324-4521
>> www.vermonteducator.com
>> www.newschoolhistory.com
>>
>> Scan here for my contact information...
>>
>>
>>
>


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