On Friday 23rd March representatives from Glenrothes High School presented at an Education Scotland conference on Learner Voice at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh. Three S1 pupils, accompanied by Mr Hunter, Depute Headteacher, were asked to highlight the good practice within the school in relation to the development of e-portfolios.
E-portfolios created in Glow Blogs and accessed via Glow, are a structured way for pupils to electronically record achievements both in and out of school. Seen as a vital part of the development within Curriculum for Excellence recording achievements becoming an integral part of any youngster’s education and offers pupils the chance to record, describe and reflect on their learning which is a core element in their overall development.
In a recent pilot project, Glenrothes High linked with Rimbleton Primary to develop e-portfolios for all primary seven pupils. Rimbleton pupils visited Glenrothes High to engage in a two hour tutorial when they successfully created their own e-portfolio and blogged about their visit to the school. This scenario can be considered to be extra special as the key drivers were former Rimbleton pupils, now in S1 at Glenrothes High who welcomed the current P7, spoke about life at the high school and acted as mentors throughout the session helping every pupil to not only create but immediately add content to their own e-portfolios.
Mr Trousdale, Headteacher of Rimbleton Primary, who was present throughout the session, said “This was a fantastic opportunity for our Primary 7 pupils to work alongside High School peers creating their online blogs. We are looking forward to sharing all aspects of our learning on the Glow platform!”.
As the primary seven pupils make the transition from primary to secondary, so will their e-portfolio which will be used to inform staff at Glenrothes High School of their latest and best achievements giving staff an important insight into each individual youngster. Such was the success of this event that three of the pupils involved told their story to a national audience of Headteachers, Local Authority Education Officers as well as representatives from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate. All present commented very positively on the presentation from the pupils involved.
Mr Hunter, DHT, was delighted with the girl’s contribution. “This was an amazing opportunity for all involved. The girls spoke with real confidence and assurance and highlighted their own good work as well as their thoughts and feelings about the use of e-portfolios in the school. The project with Rimbleton primary was a great success and one we hope to offer to our other associated primaries in the near future”.