This project will explore the effective use of technology to enhance documentation of learning in early primary grades. It will also explore how technology can be used to build capacity in early primary educators in regards to assessment.
Using technology, the teaching teams will document student thinking and learning. Educators participating in the project will collaborate at the classroom, school and system level to discuss findings and develop best practices as we explore the use of technology in documenting student thinking and learning. Documentation will be also be shared with students, in a timely way, to facilitate student reflection on their learning.
The project will be implemented in 14 primary classrooms located in 6 of our catholic elementary schools. Technology will be used to document student learning and thinking to extend educators understanding of the purposes of documentation and to use it more effectively to notice and name the student learning in terms of:
building metacognitive skills (reflection)
making thinking and learning visible
show developmental progress
drive future instruction
The schools participating in the project are St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School (Chatham), St. Agnes Catholic Elementary School, St. Vincent Catholic Elementary School, St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School, Holy Family Catholic Elementary School and Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School. Staff will be using Apple iPads and Apple iPods to create audio and video documentation of student thinking and learning.
This project aligns with the Ministry funded Student Work Study Teacher project, the K-2 Connections project conducted in partnership with our co-terminus board as well as the collaborative inquiry work the Board has already undertaken.