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Ditch Paper Portfolios and Go Digital: Teaching Students to Self-Reflect

Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYOD

Sunday, June 23, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: 118C

Dr. Rayna Freedman  
In today’s digital world, students should be using tools to share their learning growth in student-led conferences. By creating a reflective Google Site that showcases student work they have a place to share examples with parents and peers while diving deeper into their own learning process.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: G Suite for education
Google sites familiarity
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Assessment/evaluations/standards
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
Related exhibitors: Google, Inc.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this BYOD is for attendees to learn how to support students in creating digital portfolios. They will create Google Sites for a model for their own students, similar to the process I used. We will make decisions about how to best organize and personalize portfolios based on the participant’s needs. Participants will leave the session with a model to use with students during the school year. Student examples will also be shared to show success.

We will discuss the power of metacognition and how to teach students how to explain their evidence. Growth Mindset will be discussed to show the power of students looking at growth vs. numbers on tests. This will cover hands on learning as students will be creating the portfolios, experiential learning since it is similar to building a resume, and blended learning.


5 Min Intro to topic
10 min Go over the art of teaching student self-reflection, using the student Google Site model template as a guide.
35/40 min – Work with participants to create a Google Site. Teachers create their model template for their own students. They can also collaborate with others in the session.
5/10 min Share and Q and A

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Dr. Rayna Freedman, Jordan/Jackson Elementary Mansfield

Rayna Freedman is a 5th grade teacher at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, MA. She has taught grades 3-5 and is an ITS. She is working on her doctorate through Northeastern. Rayna is president of MassCUE. She is a BrainPOP certified educator, Flipgrid Ambassador, and Fablevision Ambassador. Rayna has presented for ISTE, Ed Tech Teacher, Tech and Learning, MassCUE, MASCD, Medfield DLD, and BLC. Ms. Freedman is published in Early Childhood Education Today, Building Teachers: A Constructivist Approach to Introducing Education 2nd edition and Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education. She is a level 2 Google Certified Educator.

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