Moving to Edsby…
Many school divisions in Saskatchewan have recently moved to Edsby as their new student and family communication platform. Having replaced popular programs like HomeLogic and Students Achieve, Edsby provides users with an improved digital learning and data platform. Edsby pulls together important information like attendance, student achievement, and school communication into a user friendly platform for educators, students, and families. Edsby can be viewed on a computer, cell phone, or tablet, and the downloadable app makes the experience easier for users.
While my school division began with using Edsby’s attendance and student progress (gradebook) features, we are now ready to explore and implement Edsby portfolios. Edsby portfolios will allow families to view the triangulation of evidence of their students in addition to gradebook information.
The Positives of Edsby Portfolios
After reviewing the Edsby portfolio features here are some positive takeaways:
- Portfolio features are easy to navigate and board posts allow for a quick overview.
- Portfolio stays with a student from year-to-year and will grow and develop as more information is added. (I would recommend that students add their grade, subjects, and additional tags to help organize their portfolio posts).
- Portfolios can include audio, video, pictures, screenshots, documents, and other examples of student learning.
- Portfolios can be developed by both the student and teacher. Teachers have the ability to add artifacts of learning into a student’s portfolio.
- Entries can be tagged to help organize the portfolio.
- Can easily change the audience or visibility of each post.
How Edsby Portfolios work?
Check out a quick video tour that I made to showcase the Edsby student portfolios
Edsby and Supporting Student-led conferences
- Student-led conferences involve students leading a discussion about their learning with their family and teacher. Students can then share portfolio posts about their academic and extracurricular successes.
- Edsby portfolios should provide a rich display of learning and be used to generate authentic conversations about student learning.
- The use of Edsby portfolios will help to individualize the learning experience so that parents can see the learning experience through the lens of the student rather than the teacher.
- Student has the ability and to tell their learning story through the portfolio.
- Students should have choice about the contents of their portfolio and are the ones that maintain it. The ownership and active involvement with the portfolio promotes student responsibility and accountability.
Edsby portfolios appear to be very user friendly and it should not take long or much effort to get portfolios up running with our students. Teachers will need some time to introduce Edsby portfolios to their students and provide students with time to select and add artifacts of learning to their portfolio. Edsby portfolios semi-open in the sense that students can select who can view their posts. Students can easily export and save the content of their portfolios that could be used to create a professional portfolio that could be used for future education or employment opportunities.