bulb Digital Portfolios recently partnered with Coppell Independent School District in northern Texas to provide their students with a platform to encourage authentic learning. bulb’s interactive portfolio construct and template features allows an easy way for teachers to seamlessly integrate bulb portfolios into lesson plans. The team at bulb is eager to see the growth in engagement put forward by the leaders at Coppell ISD.
Coppell ISD is a leading public school district in north Texas that serves 13,000 students across 18 campuses. The independent school district caters to students from Pre K to Grade 12 and includes eleven elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, one ninth grade campus, and an alternative campus. With a 15 to 1 teacher to student ratio, Coppell ISD is able to create profound learning experiences for each student to directly correlate with the district’s mission statement.
Coppell ISD’s mission and values are based on working together to positively impact the lives of their students and the world around them. They believe collective engagement and great teaching is key to deep learning and want to utilize the necessary resources to help achieve their values. To continue alignment with their values, Coppell’s goal was to develop an authentic way to collect information throughout a lesson that could easily be reflected on later and incorporate engagement inside and outside of school.
A digital portfolio provides a personalized, living collection of artifacts that empowers all [Coppell ISD] learners to curate, document, and communicate beyond the classroom the progression of their authentic learning and passions through evidence of experiences, reflections, and actionable goals.
For Coppell Independent School District, bulb Digital Portfolios has been a key player for authentic learning. The partnership that Coppell ISD has established with bulb has provided support for Digital Learning Coaches and the district’s educators in understanding and leveraging the importance that portfolios play in a learner’s academic experience.
The professional and digital learning team recognized that many of the district’s initiatives, including small group instruction, fit perfectly with the use of portfolios. Schools within the district continue to use bulb as a space to capture artifacts of learning and reflection throughout the learning process.
With a focus on reflective practices, Amanda Mask, Coordinator of Digital Learning and Nancy Garvey, Director of Professional Learning, led a professional learning experience with principals where they modeled the use of digital portfolios as a part of the learning process.
Principals used a group to access and easily copy a template to guide and reflect on the learning experience. They participated in various physical activities such as a Table Top Tweet, Window Pane Reflection, and more while having the opportunity to collect evidence through the learning process, experiencing the many dynamic tools and rich media options available in bulb to capture and reflect on their learning. We explored how digital portfolios could be used during small group instruction to capture evidence of understanding in the moment and document this growth over a period of time. This hands-on learning experience resonated with principals and many decided to take this same experience back to their educators to model the role digital portfolios play in the learning process.
bulb is used by students and educators to create, curate and showcase their passions, growth and best school work. bulb Digital Portfolios started as a tool for students to show they’re more than a test score. As the product has grown, it has turned into a global hub where students, professionals, and individuals showcase their skills through beautiful, multimedia content on an incredibly easy-to-use platform.