Major Digital Project: More on Edsby Portfolios

While I am going to share more about different portfolio tools, I wanted to circle back to Edsby Portfolios. Given that our Student-Led Conferences (SLCs) are quickly approaching (Nov. 4th and Nov. 9th), Our school decided to jump into using Edsby portfolios with all our students.

 This has been a bit of a journey, but here’s a timeline of how I rolled out Edsby Portfolios and the Edsby booking system for SLCs. Please note, Edsby still calls conferences “Parent Teacher Interviews.”

Timeline for Developing Edsby Portfolios

Oct. 12Staff meeting
Introduction to student-led conferences using Edsby
Create Teams Meeting Links for Nov. 4th & Nov.9th Teachers will add a room (Teams link) to Nov. 4th and Nov. 9th SLC.
Introduction to Edsby Portfolios Edsby Portfolio Tour (Video link)Flex time and adding new posts (artifacts of learning) to portfolios  
Oct. 12-14Admin will open Edsby’s “Parent-Teacher Interviews” to ECS teachers to begin booking process
Upon entering, teachers will see a list of possible meeting times that have been set by the office. If a teacher is unable to attend some potential times, clicking block will make that session unavailable to families. Adding a note will create a short text, visible to only the teacher and office staff, explaining the unavailability.
Teachers will need to add a room (Teams link) to each of their SLC days. In face-to-face conferences, this would be the physical room the meeting is held in. For Teams meetings, this will be the URL of the meeting space. This MUST be done before booking options are opened to families.
Teachers can also book parents into a meeting slot themselves, for example if a family emailed or phoned the teacher and requested at time. Simply click Book Parent and add the student and parent name.  
Oct. 15Flex time:
Teachers will introduce students to Edsby Portfolios
Please use video provided in Tuesday’s staff meeting to help guide and support this activity.
I also ran an optional drop-in Teams meeting at 10:00 a.m. to go through Edsby Portfolios live with students and staff. Students should create a new post on their portfolio. Students should select and add at least one artifact (evidence of learning) for their period 5 class. Students should be reminded to select the appropriate subject and grade. Students may wish to use additional tags to organize their digital portfolio.  
     
Oct. 18  Edsby opens for student & parent bookings. After teachers have blocked off times they are not available, the office staff will open the Parent-Teacher Interview module to families, and they will receive an Edsby notification with a link to the booking page.Teachers should send their homeroom students and parents a message using Edsby about in person meetings.   Flex time: Teachers will provide students time to create at least one new post in their portfolio for their period 3 class.Students should be reminded to select the appropriate subject and grade. Students may wish to use additional tags to organize their digital portfolio  
Oct. 20Flex time: Teachers will provide students time to create at least one new post in their portfolio for their period 2 class.Students should be reminded to select the appropriate subject and grade. Students may wish to use additional tags to organize their digital portfolio.
 
Oct. 22Flex time: Teachers will provide students time to create at least one new post in their portfolio for their period 1 class.Students should be reminded to select the appropriate subject and grade. Students may wish to use additional tags to organize their digital portfolio  
Oct. 27Flex time: Teachers will provide students time to create at least one new post in their portfolio for their period 6 class.Students should be reminded to select the appropriate subject and grade. Students may wish to use additional tags to organize their digital portfolio  
Oct. 29Final day for parent bookings. Please check your Edsby schedule and ensure all your homeroom students have booked a conference. Please contact families who have not yet booked a conference.   Flex time: Teachers will provide students time to continue adding new posts to their portfolio for their upcoming student-led conferences.Students should be reminded to select the appropriate subject and grade. Students may wish to use additional tags to organize their digital portfolio.  
Nov. 2Possible preparation time with homeroom students to review student portfolios and expectations for student-led conferences.  
Nov. 3Prior to conferences, teachers can click the printer icon and print their schedule.   Flex time: Provide students with time to continue adding new posts to their portfolio.Students should be reminded to finalize portfolio contributions before their SLC.  
Nov. 4Student-led conferences 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Nov. 9Student-led conferences 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Reasons for moving ahead with Edsby

  • SLCs were moved to virtual conferences, and we felt that it would be easiest for students and families to navigate Edsby portfolios.
  • All students have an Edsby account and are already familiar with the app and platform.
  • Teachers make use of Edsby for attendance, gradebooks, and communicating with students and families.
  • We wanted to connect our parents and families with this important communication tool and booking SLCs with Edsby is helping to force parents to use the platform and create accounts.

Initial Downfalls of Edsby Portfolios

Some teachers expressed how it would be nice if teachers could directly post into a student’s portfolio. They are familiar with posting evidence of learning in students’ portfolios in myBlueprint and SeeSaw and did not initially recognize how this was done in Edsby. This is when I ran into Edsby’s Learning Story.

Learning Story for Students

  • Edsby does have a Learning Story feature for students which provides teachers with tools to capture evidence of student learning. Teachers can then create learning stories to share with students and parents.
  • Students and families can then see what teachers have shared through their Learning Story.
  • Students can then add items shared in their learning story to their Edsby portfolio.
https://www.edsby.com/help/edsby-capture-for-students/learning-story-for-students/?locale=en

While Edsby Learning Stories look like an easy tool for teachers to post evidence of student learning and a great tool to communicate home to families, it seems seems to be more geared toward younger grades.Teachers can include observational notes, multiple images, and can connect the artifact to curricular outcomes. The student, parents/family, and teacher then have the ability to comment on story which helps to promote a conversation about learning.

Upon initial review, it looks like teachers can only post artifacts of learning to a single student a time. Thus, this might be an area of the Edsby platform that needs improvement. If teachers had the ability to directly post in Edsby portfolios and tag multiple students, it would make this process much for efficient and user-friendly for teachers.

Questions to consider

Would you want the ability to post directly to student portfolios? If so why or why not?

Why would the learning story be a beneficial feature of Edsby?

If teachers could more easily post in students’ Edsby portfolios and learning stories, how could these practices help to move the dial ahead with assessment and evaluation practices?

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2 thoughts on “Major Digital Project: More on Edsby Portfolios

  1. Thanks for your insight into EDSBY. To be honest, it has been a bit of a cluster f-bomb.com in the elementary setting. There are a ton of things that need to be worked out that haven’t been worked out yet which is super confusing. Do I think that it could be beneficial and meaningful in the elementary setting? Of course, but I think it isn’t quite hitting the mark as of yet. Although we are only in our first phases of using it, it hasn’t been great yet. What are your favourite things about EDSBY that you think every teacher needs to know?

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  2. Pingback: Major Digital Project Summary | EC&I Learnings

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