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Using Digital Portfolios to Ground Student Work in Real-World Science Problems

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 7

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Instructional Technology Facilitator
LAUSD, Instructional Tech Initiative
ISTE Certified Educator
Christine served as a high school social studies teacher and as a secondary instructional coach at LAUSD since 2006. In 2015 Christine obtained a doctoral degree in education specializing in Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies at USC and also served as a social studies faculty advisor at UCLA’s Teacher Education Program. Christine is committed to personalizing student learning through purposeful integration of instructional technology and collaborating with teachers and students. She is a Google Certified Trainer, ISTE Certified Educator, and Common Sense Certified Educator.
Science Teacher + Leadership Advisor
Social Justice STEAM Educator and Leadership advisor - Leveraging technology to allow students to showcase their 21st-century skills.

Session description

We'll unpack how you can use digital portfolios as an assessment tool that empowers students to choose their own learning trajectory with NGSS and computer science.

Purpose & objective

Teachers will have an outline of how to integrate digital portfolios in any content area.

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Students will showcase their culminating project for physiology. They will show the process through which they choose the health issue they wanted to focus on, research and creation of their health campaign. Including collaborating with computer science to create a physical model that incorporates coding. Students will showcase their project and explain to participants their reflections from the start of the project, through the end. Teacher will share templates, Standards and resources for participants. There will be a padlet available for participants to ask questions or request further resources. Will also have a video on loop that will include snapshots of the process of the project from all students involved (not just presenters).

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Supporting research

This session is in alignment with the following research and frameworks: NGSS, Science Practices, Math practices, Project based learning, ISTE Standards, TPACK, SMAR Model, UDL, Common Core standards

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Session specifications

Student agency, choice and voice
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Attendee devices:
Devices not needed
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For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.