Promoting 21st Century Skills with ePortfolios

by Andrea Ghoneim

First ePortfolio classroom usage examples and presentation of further piloting work at EUfolio partner meeting in Ljubljana (15-16 April 2014)

Barbara Smrekar, Vesna Gros and Petra Mikeln present their school's ePortfolio experiences
Barbara Smrekar, Vesna Gros and Petra Mikeln present their school's ePortfolio experiences
Anastasia Economou and Antri Avraamidou from the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute show their further support plans for the EUfolio pilot
Anastasia Economou and Antri Avraamidou from the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute show their further support plans for the EUfolio pilot
Marina Mavrodieva (CCAQSE, Bulgaria) presents the first outline of the Policy Maker's Manual. Next to her: project coordinator John Hurley (H2, Ireland)
Marina Mavrodieva (CCAQSE, Bulgaria) presents the first outline of the Policy Maker's Manual. Next to her: project coordinator John Hurley (H2, Ireland)
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

The project EUfolio - EU classroom ePortfolios has started its piloting phase.The 3rd partner meeting was held at the Slovenian Ministry of Education in Ljubljana. All the participants were both eager to present their progress and to learn what the others had achieved so far.

After a welcome by the host, Borut Campelj, and the coordinator, John Hurley, presentations started with a glimpse at the first successful implementations in classrooms.

In Slovenia, ePortfolio based teaching is piloted in 15 schools, 80 teachers are involved. The headmaster and two teachers of the school Polje in Ljubljana were already able to show their classroom experiences with ePortfolios. Mahara  and the plugin "My Learning" are the ePortfolio tools used in Slovenian classrooms. Of course, no tool can be motivation in itself - the very enthusiastic teachers Petra and Vezna had embedded the technology in cautiously prepared lesson designs.

The partners from Cyprus were also able to show the first Mahara ePortfolio examples from their piloting schools. After an intensive training that was designed for the EUfolio project by Anastasia Economou and Antri Avraamidou from Cyprus, as well, teachers are backed up with continous support to ensure successful implementation. The work package around the implementation which is led by Cyprus contains a lot of further tasks in teacher CPD, support of teachers and evaluation of the pilot.

Lithuania is implementing ePortfolios in 10 schools. Teacher training and even part of the support is done via the EUfolio's Mahara platform. The Lithuanian partners  furthermore created a Mahara tutorial video for the pilot participants.

Spain also uses Mahara as a communication platform for teachers and support staff. The teachers in Galicia were trained in ICT and key skills. The decision on which skills to focus can be taken by the teachers.

Partners from Ireland are training their piloting teachers in the use of Mahara or Microsoft's ePortfolio platform set up on Office 365. Apart from ICT training for teachers, the CPD focuses on assessment of 21st century skills as defined for their Junior Cycle. After a discourse on current assessment pratices, topics are formative feedback and encouraging of peer- and self-assessment in the classroom.

 

One of the outcomes of EUfolio will be a Policy Maker's Manual - drafted under the lead of the Bulgarian project partners. It will address policy makers at national or regional level who want to implement ePortfolios in schools. The basis for the manual will be EUfolio's evidence of it's pilot implementation and the underlying strategic papers, platform development experiences, training material, support strategies, and case studies from the school pilots.

Lieve Van den Brande, Principal Administrator at the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission who had joined this meeting welcomed both the spirit and the efforts of the EUfolio consortium. The project's work will not only create evidence by data, figures and facts, it will also engage policy makers on the basis of real classroom experiences.

 

ePortfolio, EUfolio, teacher training, teacher CPD, assessment

Feedback

Antri Avraamidou - 22 April 2014, 9:51 AM

Excellent presentation report of our meeting Andrea! Well done! Wink

Mitja Čepič Vogrinčič - 22 April 2014, 9:52 AM

Andrea,

thanks for the excellent summary!

Ben Murray - 23 April 2014, 1:59 PM

HI Andrea, 

Thanks for the summary and the photos, see you all again in September. Cool

John Hurley - 24 April 2014, 2:44 PM

Andrea, thanks for posting these notes on the meeting.  Well done everyone.

John

Rita Sexton - 25 April 2014, 1:45 PM

Andrea, thanks for sharing this. Rita