This week we have been working on a new Self Review system for students at Twynham School. This uses SharePoint to allow students to reflect on how they are performing half way through their first year of A-level. The project is just beginning so needs some polish but I thought it would be useful to show a demo of where we are at the moment. Have a look at the video below and let me know any thoughts on what we are doing and how we could make it better.
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Why not become your schools hero with the SharePoint Self Review Web Part
One of the real strengths of SharePoint 2007 is the ability to quickly gather and share information. At Twynham as with all schools teachers are under pressure with the volume of data they need to give to review student performance. Whilst this is a major step forward in education many are arguing that just collecting more data from staff is counterproductive and time consuming. What can be more powerful is looking for more opportunities to encourage students to reflect
At Twynham last week we were faced with exactly this scenario when we returned from the Christmas break. Our Director of 6th Form wanted some quality reflection from year 12 and 13 students through self review. Last year he used a SharePoint survey which worked well but had two problems. Firstly it took time to set up and was not easy to adapt the data for the Director. The second issue was the survey required students to input core data that they shouldn’t need to. It seemed time for a web part! The Twynham team built a webpart which allows all students to quickly fill in a self reflection which can be seen below.
My Review- click to enlarge
Twynham year 12 and 13 students will be using this webpart from today to reflect on how they feel they are doing with their attitude to learning and what they feel they will achieve at the end of the course. This data can then be exported and shared with teachers. The key to the value of this work is that technology is encouraging both reflection and dialogue- two things which ensure students make greater progress.
This web part is available to purchase from Twynham Solutions alongside our mentoring and ILP system. For further details contact me by email here