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Introduction to SmartLab ePortfolios

SmartLab Overview to be used as part of the SmartLab Orientation.

Kim Butler

on 19 July 2013

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Transcript of Introduction to SmartLab ePortfolios

We use an ePortfoloio to document and present our learning instead of taking tests. We like it much better than tests because it allows us to express ourselves in a more creative way.
The first day at each new station we "Explore and Play" with the kit or software and the Learning Launcher.
Day #2
Develop S.M.A.R.T. Objectives
During this project phase you will familiarize yourself with the learning resources and explore the technology you will be using in your project.
During this project phase you will familiarize yourself with the learning resources and explore the technology you will be using in your project.
Sometimes we take turns assessing our peers (the other two partnerships) on our Island. It's good to get feedback from our friends and share ideas.

Then we "mentor" the partnership that is coming to our station next. We do this by giving them some pointers and insights to get them started quicker.
and Collaboration
SmartLab ePortfolios
Let us show you what the ePortfolio System is all about.
Day #1
Sometimes our classmates help us get started with the Learning Launcher and the equipment or software that we are going to be using to do our project.
Learning Launchers guide us to the resources we need.
The first day we have fun exploring and playing with the parts!
Teamwork and collaboration are important 21st Century Skills
S.M.A.R.T. Objectives and Project Planning
Day #2
On the second day of our engagement we take time to define our S.M.A.R.T. objectives and goals. Let us explain what the S.M.A.R.T. acronym means and how it applies to our SmartLab Projects.
Before the end of class we type a couple sentences in our ePortfolio Project Journal to explain "What we did and What we learned".
So what does that look like in a specific engagement?
A (not) S.M.A.R.T. Example:

We are going to build a robot.
S.M.A.R.T. Objectives need to answer these kinds of questions.
1. What kind of robot?
2. What will it be able to do?
3. When will you be finished?
S.M.A.R.T. Example:
We are going to build a robot using Lego NXT that can travel around the SmartLab without bumping into walls or furniture.
"S" is for Specific!
Our project objective specifically states what we intend to achieve.
"M" is for Measurable!
We can measure whether or not we are meeting our objective and project plan.
"A" is for Attainable!
We can realistically achieve our objectives with the time and resources we have available.
"R" is for Relevant!
Our project objective is relevant to us.
We can describe how it connects to our interests, studies and/or how it helps others. How it makes a contribution to society.
"T" is for Time-Based!
Our project timeline clearly describes when we expect to complete each phase of our project.
S.M.A.R.T. Objectives
Finding real-life examples helps us see the "relevance" of our projects.
Even though the “T” for Time-Based is the last letter in SMART, we have to think about the TOTAL amount of TIME we have to work with before we can begin to accurately predict what we are going to accomplish.
How much time do we have for this engagement? This is critical to know before we start any SmartLab project.
Hover over the YouTube window to open video player controls so that you can watch a video of our "Crawlinator" in action!
Our S.M.A.R.T. objective is to...
Create a motorized vehicle that moves so slow it will take at least one minute to travel a distance of 10 feet.
Space Shuttle Era: Crawler-Transporter
Relevant Real-World Applications
SmartLab ePortfolios: What we do... and How we do it
Let us explain how our objective for our Motorized Vehicle Project was SMART.
SPECIFIC - We stated what kit we were using (Knex, Fischertechnik, or Capsela), and what we were planning to make
"A Super Slow Moving Vehicle".
MEASURABLE - We stated what our motorized vehicle would be able to do: "Take at least 1 minute to travel 10 feet", and this can easily be measured.
ATTAINABLE - We were confident that we could accomplish our goal even though we had never done it before, because other people have done it.
RELEVANT - We think slow moving vehicles are relevant because NASA uses the Crawler-Transporter to slowly move the Space Shuttle to the launchpad.
TIME-BASED - We planned our time to fit within the 10-day time block we were given to accomplish our goal.
Too vague!
NOT enough information!
How it applies to a Lego NXT robotics project...
Tell me more about it!
Give me more detail...
In this phase of our project we dive into the "Do It!" section of our Learning Launcher. AND we explore other online resources.
Day #3
Research and Focused Discovery
Sometimes our kit has useful booklets and activity guides that we use.
Days 4-8
Project Activity Phase

WOW !!!!!!
Did you see that ?
Sometimes our kits have useful booklets and activity guides that we use.
Before the end of class we type a couple sentences in our ePortfolio Project Journal to explain "What we did and What we learned".
Hands-On Experiments
We like this phase the best because it's the hands-on part of the engagement.
We Solve Problems
Now for the next 4 days we really knuckle down working on our project to accomplish the SMART objectives we have set for ourselves. During this phase
we are really focused.
We run lots of experiments and track our results.
Things don't always turn out like we expect!
Sometimes learning is really hard work, but that's OK because we are becoming great problem-solvers
We use the Scientific Method for lots of our projects.
Our robot is testing the pH in this beaker of water.
STEM is the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
Learning by Doing
Daily entries in our ePortfolio
SmartLab Facilitators
Construction & Deconstruction
The Power to Invent
We use a lot of pictures and video clips embedded in our ePortfolio to document our learning.
Our SmartLab facilitator is NOT the answer man. He's more like the QUESTION man. He makes us think for ourselves.
We found that fischertechnik mechanisms can be fairly complex.
I just like to invent things and the SmartLab is like a "Wonderland" for guys like me!
We love Photoshop because it inspires us to be super creative. We had a blast with our Photoshop engagement!
Photoshop Unleashes Creativity
Now we need to determine the gear ratio of our machine.
Four Days to Focus and Produce
We like the challenge of designing and engineering structures and machines. Sometimes we just let our imaginations run wild to see what we come up with.
Create your own imaginary worlds and landscapes in Photoshop
We love creating Pop Art in Photoshop
Buckle Up and Hang On!
Because we're going to give you a little taste of what we do in our SmartLab.
It really does help if you take a few pictures or video clips every day because you won't have time to go back and do it later.
Day 8-9 is when we "polish" and present our Multimedia Presentation Portfolio to our classmates or to our SmartLab facilitator.
On the last day of each engagement we do our Self-Assessment. We ask ourselves these two questions.

What did we do well?
What could we do better?
It's Showtime in the SmartLab
Day 8-9
Be assured that we have been working on the content of our multimedia presentation during the whole engagement. But now we want to "Polish" it to make it as nice as possible.
Stand and Deliver
You're "On the Air"
Camera Ready! Take #2
Camera Ready! Take #1
Daily entries in our working ePortfolio
We use two different kinds of ePortfolios to document our learning. We have a working portfolio and a presentation portfolio. Let us explain!
Website Development Tools
Cloud-based Curriculum Management Systems (CMS)
"Working Portfolio"
Multimedia "Presentation Portfolio"
ePortfolio Concepts and Objectives
Our "Working Portfolio" is our "Daily Journal" that tells what we did and what we learned each day. We can use any of these tools to accomplish this purpose.
Our "Presentation Portfolio" is what we share in a formal oral multimedia presentation to our classmates or to our SmartLab facilitator. We can use any of these tools to accomplish this purpose.
If we want to use a blog or website for our ePortfolios we can use any of these website creation tools.
If your school uses one of these online Curriculum Management Systems, or anything like it, your SmartLab facilitator may want you to use it for your ePortfolio.
A growing number of school districts are adopting Google's Cloud-based document management and document creation tools. This option requires each user to have a Google Account.

We use a Google Site for our ePortfolio. We use it to manage our Project Journals, our Project Presentations, and our Self-assessments. We can share our Google Site with anyone we want to impress including our parents.

Google Drive can be used to store, organize and share all kinds of different documents, or you can use the Google Apps to create documents that anyone will be able to open, and we can access and edit them from home.
* NOTE: If you don't want to watch the videos that you encounter, just press the SPACE bar to move past them.
We are going to
show you our 10-Day Engagement ePortfolio.
NOTE: Your SmartLab might run on a different number of days per engagement, so you might need to adjust this model a bit.
This fischertechnik Rubics Cube Solver is amazing!
You can publish videos of your own K'nex inventions!
Derek Seified knows how to apply his coaching skills in the Prairie View SmartLab
Photomontages are fun to create!
The SmartLab is like a "Wonderland"
Hands-on, Minds-on

Student Centered

21st Century
Our goal is to overwhelm our SmartLab facilitator with impressive evidence that we have learned a LOT, and that we have developed important 21st Century skills.
The tools you use for your
ePortfolio might be different than the ones we used, but the concepts and objectives are still the same.

So no matter what tools you
happen to use, the goal is still
to do your VERY BEST !!!
The equipment we get to work with is truly awesome! This is my favorite class of the day!!!

You're going to love
your SmartLab too!
What did we do today?
What did we learn?
We tell our story and show everyone what we learned.
Time for Reflection
Day 10

Self-Assessment Rubric
What do you think we did well?
Let's look at our rubric to see what areas we should evaluate ourselves on.
Peer-Assessment and Peer-Mentoring
Self-Assessment Rubric
What do you think we could do better?
1. Project Plan and SMART goals
2. Daily Journal Entries
3. Presentation Design and Delivery
4. Teamwork and Collaboration
I really like the way you colored your hair with Photoshop. That's really cool, and it looks realistic too. I think it would help though to show a "before" and "after" picture in your presentation so that everyone can see and appreciate how much work you did to enhance the picture.
We give ourselves a Score
After we review the rubric, we give ourselves a score. We are often harder on ourselves than our SmartLab facilitator. The most important part of this Self-Assessment process is that it teaches us how to improve!
We assess ourselves on our...
We hope you enjoyed
our tour of the SmartLab
as much as we enjoyed sharing with you. Now it's your turn to enjoy hands-on learning, and we hope you will share your successes with us too!
You can learn more about these ePortfolio tools in another Prezi named...
SmartLab ePortfolio Options for Facilitators.
SmartLab Facilitators
Our goal and the purpose of our ePortfolio is to overwhelm our SmartLab facilitator with impressive evidence that we have learned a LOT, and that we have developed important 21st Century skills.
No matter what tool you decide to use, the GOAL is still the same.
Does this objective meet the SMART criteria?
Yes !
We like to add videos of our projects to our ePortfolio. If a picture paints a thousand words, how many words does a video replace?
Then we meet with our SmartLab Facilitator to
compare our Self-Assessment with our Facilitator's
Assessment. Our Facilitator assesses us on our...

a) Collaborative Investment (participation)
b) Presentation (demonstration of learning)
c) Reflection (“what was done well” + “what could be improved”)
d) Portfolio (documentation)
And of course our SmartLab Facilitator's assessment is the one that goes into the Grade Book.
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