Parkview Elementary kindergarten student Nixon Dymond stole the show at the Board meeting on Tuesday at Eagle River Secondary as he talked about his digital learning portfolio.
Nixon, along with his teacher Jen Findlay, were at the meeting demonstrating myBlueprint, an electronic student-friendly portfolio tool being used in School District No. 83.
Nixon talked to trustees about what was in his portfolio and about how much he could tell he has learned by looking at his portfolio posts from earlier this school year and comparing them to more recent posts.
Findlay explained at the younger ages the portfolio is called “All About Me Portfolio (K-6)” and allows students to reflect on their learning, showcase their growth, and share their achievements. Using the tools, students learn to navigate through the portfolio to explore occupations, write journal entries, set goals, and upload files, pictures, videos, drawings, and audio recordings.
At Grade 7 the program grows and also becomes an education planner. For example, high school students can put in their courses, click a button and it shows them what colleges and universities programs they would be eligible for.
“When Nixon graduates he’ll be able to track his learning growth over the years,” commented Findlay. “It’s a very powerful tool.”