Music students at St Peter’s College in Palmerston North used e-portfolios to record their reflections, compositions, and understandings.
"In our school, e-learning is part of effective cycles of reflection and assessment, involving the wider community."
Traditionally, students at St Peter’s College studied music in a step by step programme with different themes or aspects of learning timetabled throughout the year. Students presented compositions during scheduled performance times and received teacher feedback. This approach had its limitations.
Teachers at St Peter's believed that practical musical development is enhanced when students have increased opportunities to learn through performing, and receive focused and timely feedback. They introduced MyPortfolio to NCEA level 1-3 music classes to overcome the barriers of time and place that had limited the learning process.
MyPortfolio provides a personal learning environment to record and showcase evidence of achievement, manage development plans, set goals, and create online learning communities. Registration is free for New Zealand schools until at least 2015.
Music students at St Peter’s College used MyPortfolio to keep a digital journal based on the school’s 4Rs model, already in use.
Although reflective journals are not an NCEA requirement until Level 3 Performance Music the teachers encouraged the students to use this approach to grow as competent learners.
A major benefit of digital journals is that students can upload and share their ideas about a composition or performance as it is taking shape.
Students used Google Apps to draft compositions, create presentations and collaborate with peers. These documents were then embedded into MyPortfolio.
Join the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) and participate in these discussions.
Tools for e-portfolios
e-Portfolios in the classroom webinar (14 June, 2012). Teachers from Russell St School discuss:
- the pedagogy and purpose for e-portfolios
- how they are encouraging students to reflect on their work more deeply and the benefits to students' learning
- how they setup e-portfolios – software, documentation, staff expectations, and professional development. View the PowerPoint and download PDFs used with their e-portfolios.
Find out more about the software types used in this snapshot.