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Future-Ready Digital Portfolios: Flip It With Book Creator and Canva

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 109AB

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Adjunct Faculty
Nova Southeastern University
Dr. Jennifer Berne - Faculty at Nova Southeastern University Fischler College of Education. Jennifer received her Ed.D. in Organizational Change and Leadership from University of Southern California and her M.A. in English Literature from Florida Atlantic University. Jennifer served as an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University and an IB English teacher at North Broward Preparatory School. She currently teaches education, curriculum, classroom culture, and creative writing. She has presented numerous times at ISTE, FETC, and FCIS on standards-based grading, digital storytelling, and digital portfolios. Jennifer is CEO of NewGrade LLC, a standards-based curriculum mapping, grading, and reporting app.
Director of Instructional Technology
ISTE Certified Educator
Dr. Joan McGettigan is the Director of Instructional Technology for Darien School District in Connecticut. She is an ISTE certified educator, an Apple Distinguished educator and Google certified educator. Dr. McGettigan has worked in both private, parochial and public school environments and her primary interests are curriculum alignment to ISTE standards, robotics, engineering, AR/VR, digital storytelling and accessibility. She believes that learning can be enhanced and elevated through technology in ways that we have yet to dream of or imagine.

Session description

Learning how to demonstrate and curate one's learning over a year requires digital skills, a built-in reflective process and the right tools! Attendees will come away with several possible standards-driven templates using Book Creator as the base with Drive, Canva and Flip as the supporting cast.
Grade level: PK-12
Skill level: Beginner

Purpose & objective

As we come out of a pandemic, it is essential to provide students with alternative means to grades and standardized testing to demonstrate learning and growth. Digital portfolios provide the means for students to showcase their growth and achievements in ways that a report card simply cannot . Additionally, as so many states are now requiring capstone or vision of the graduate portfolios, it is necessary to devise an instructional framework, template and action plan to create pathways to bild the necessary digital skills and knowledge from grade to grade to graduation to curate and reflect in a multimedia format which can be personalized and published.

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What are digital portfolio and why do we need them? 5 minutes
(we will be using a backchannel of Padlet or Jamboard to promote and share ideas)

What is the best tools to create, curate and publish student portfolios 15 minutes
(Introduction to Book Creator with support from Drive, Canva and Flip)

Sample templates based on ISTE Standards, Vision of the Graduate, Capstone
10 minutes

Process - how to build the framework of collection, reflection, curation, creation 10 minutes

Importance of peer feedback and teacher feedback 5 minutes

How to publish and host a showcase or student led conference 5 minutes

Q & A 5 minutes

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Supporting research

Blanchard, K. Projected to Succeed: What High School Graduates Take with Them From Senior Project. Northeastern University. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2018. 10785253.
Doukas, K. (2021). School graduation finals are “dead” - long live the student’s e-portfolio. International Journal of Science and Technology Education Research, 12(2), 8-14.
Fine, M., Pryiomka, K.. (2020). Assessing College Readiness through Authentic Student Work: How the City University of New York and the New York Performance Standards Consortium Are Collaborating toward Equity. Learning Policy Institute
Guha, R, Wagner, T. and Darling-Hammond, L. (2018). The Promise of Performance Assessments: Innovations in High School Learning and Higher Education Admissions. 2018 -
Kohler, J., Van Zile-Tamsen, C. (2020) Metacognitive Matters: Assessing the High-Impact Practice of a General Education Capstone ePortfolio. International Journal of ePortfolio, v10 n1 p33-43
Larson, R., Sibdari, S. (2020). From Rote to Wrote: College Admission via Secure ePortfolios. Creative Education. Vol.11 No.9
Morreale, C. Van Zile-Tamsen, C. Emerson, C. Herzog, M. (2017). Thinking Skills by Design: Using a Capstone ePortfolio to Promote Reflection, Critical Thinking, and Curriculum Integration. International Journal of ePortfolio, v7 n1 p13-28
Vogds, Brenda. The Journey of the Kettle Moraine School District to Personalized, Competency-Based Education. Cardinal Stritch University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing

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Session specifications

Online tools, apps & resources
Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Book Creator (
Google (you could use Teams too)
ISTE Standards:
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.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
Creative Communicator
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

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