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#DigiKeepers: From Trapper Keepers to Digital Portfolio

Explore and create
Pre-registration required

Explore and create : BYOD

Sunday, June 23, 3:00–4:00 pm
Location: 115B

Suzanne Crowley   Jennifer Fischer  
Trapper Keepers answered the prayers of the 1980s' most disorganized students. Organization, style. Trappers had it all. Education has changed, but kids are still disorganized. Time to harness the excitement of the Trapper Keeper ... digitally. Using Google Sites, participants will create DigiKeepers, completely transforming student organization and creating digital portfolios.

Audience: Teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants should have a G-Suite account to effectively participate in our session.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Online tools, apps and resources
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using differentiation, including adjusting content, process, product and learning environment based on student readiness levels, learning styles, interests and personal goals.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The challenge: After our district went 1:1 over two years ago, we noticed that students were struggling with maintaining organization in their digital workspace.

The solution: Children of the 80's and avid users of Mead's Trapper Keepers, Suzanne Crowley and Jennifer Fischer, turned to Google Sites to create a digital equivalent of their favorite childhood school supply, and the DigiKeeper was born. The DigiKeeper has proven to be a unique tool for helping to improve students' digital organization as well as provide them with a unique way of expressing who they are through a digital portfolio.

Objective: Participants will be able to leverage the transformational power of the new Google Sites to guide their students in creating DigiKeepers: digital portfolios designed to increase organization, empower learners, and build independence.

Instructional Tools: A Hyperdoc and student-created examples will be used to facilitate the session.

Evidence of Success: Please see the following FlipGrid videos for firsthand student testimonials:


Please use the following HyperDoc as a detailed plan for our DigiKeeper session:

Supporting research

The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond by Donna Goldberg

Smart but Scattered Teens: The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential Paperback by Richard Guar

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Suzanne Crowley, JP Stevens High School Edison NJ
Jennifer Fischer, Edison Board of Eductaion

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