At the Supported Experiments Festival in July, the Professional Cookery team were recognised for their progress in the use of Individual Student Planning Journals and pushing the bronze silver and gold scheme.
To take this further, Simon and Cathy contacted the TELS to help them turn their ISPJ into an ePortfolio that it would be easy for learners to use, update and then present.
The TELS developed the ISPJ into an ePortfolio using the free Google Sites software, creating a template that could be used by most departments, with adjustments made for the courses it is being aimed at. Getting each learner to set up their site takes less than an hour with a two-page walkthrough that has already been developed.
Going forward, the learners will take between 15 to 30 minutes during a progress coach session to fill in their weekly page and answer reflective questions about what they have accomplished that week. For the Professional Cookery students, these questions are related to what they have cooked that week, including the chance to add pictures to show their work.
The sites are secured so that the only people who can view them are the student themselves and their tutors. They can be shared out to specific people such as prospective employers and for University Applications however.
Embedding Effective Practice:
English: Learners have to consider what they will write and fill in the sections with succinct sentences, as Google Sites does not have a spelling checker, and key part of each session is making sure that spelling and grammar is correct. Learners can be given access to others sites to review their content and spelling and grammar in order to develop their English reading and writing skills
Maths: Learners will be asked to include measurements from their work wherever possible, and are asked to demonstrate they understand the difference between different types of measurement.
ICT: The learners can use a variety of tools to develop the sites, as Google Sites works through your web browser it can be developed on Desktops, Laptops, Tablets and Mobile, helping learners to develop their skills in different types of technology. The students are using cameras, either their own or College lead, to take photos of their work and the processes the go through
EDI: The sites colour schemes can be modified for learners with visual needs, text can be made bigger or smaller and colours can be changed through the available menus. Learners have to consider the needs of those who will look at the site and modify the site. One example I noted was that Google Sites used American spelling, which could lead to a discussion about why there are differences in British and American English.
More evidence will be added to this post as the case study progress.