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3rd Annual School-Wide Presentation Day Celebrates Student Growth and Achievements using ePortfolios
Posted 05/19/2017 09:22AM

3rd Annual School-Wide Presentation Day Celebrates Student Growth and Achievements using ePortfolio Presentations

On Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, over 300 students at Pathways Academy of Technology & Design showcased their ePortfolio presentations to an audience of their peers, teachers, and guest evaluators from numerous partner organizations, companies, and businesses. For the first time ever, students crafted ePortfolios via the Weebly platform to showcase their Themed Projects on Character, internship experiences, and other exemplary work as well as their creative and technological talents.

The morning began with a school-wide assembly where students displayed various projects from throughout the school year. Senior Tiyah Thompson showcased her art mural from her Visual Arts Portfolio class instructed by Ms. Kate DeNino, which students were later to able to see up close at the Student Art Show; Seniors Jovan Mercado and Stephen Pawlak presented their Lenovo Scholars Network award-winning app, Iris; freshmen Nick English demonstrated the character of Barack Obama's presidency with his Algebra I project; junior Thalia Rodriguez shared her Character in Yoga video which was a joint collaboration with junior Fortesa Ramadani; sophomores Jessica Colino & Angelica Ortiz previewed a part of their CT History Day documentary on Vivien Thomas; junior Jennifer Colon displayed her documentary on the Pathways' band Bensh where she has won an award for the HPS STEM Expo in Film; senior Mathew Shelto and sophomore Jolise Reyes shared examples of their Graphic Design projects; and so many more. All of these students set the tone for the day of a celebration of outstanding work and reflection on academic learning.

After the assembly, students reported to their presentation classroom where individual student presentations took place for the rest of the morning. Using their ePortfolios as their visual display for telling the story of their work and talent, students presented their individual ePortfolios where they described and reflected on their Character projects, discussed their academic coursework, presented their internship experiences, and displayed other exemplary work. Teachers and guest professionals evaluated students on their content and presentation skills.

"I was impressed with the students class assignments outlined in their portfolios. I was also pleased with their use of the Weebly and technology. Having these skills gives them an advantage as they grow and enter college. In a sense they are a step ahead. They are taking the initiative now to have a promising future and career," reflected Julie Peryga Case Manger from Account Resolution at Travelers.

Students from Ms. Kate DeNino's Visual Arts Portfolio class held a Student Art Show on the 2nd floor. Their work was on display for discussion and admiration to the student body and community members. Everyone enjoyed walking through the exhibit to view and reflect on the students' creativity and artistic talents.

The Themed Project Portfolio process began at Pathways three years ago, and each year there has been a different theme to bring unity to the staff and student body. Originally beginning as a paper binder, it has now evolved into a technology ePortfolio filled with a digital collection of student work. The theme of 2016-2017 was Character, and teachers carefully crafted themed projects in all of their courses that demonstrated character through a variety of learning objectives and goals. This process allows for students, as well as teachers, to make inter-disciplinary connections with the theme. The process focuses on critical thinking and content knowledge, revision and reflection, planning and collaboration, product, and growth. The Themed Project ePortfolio process truly connects the school themes of project-based learning, work-based learning, and technology integration into a valuable learning experience for the school community.

Thank you to all the employees and professionals from Travelers, Pratt & Whitney, Cognizant, Goodwin College, Hartford Public Schools, NAF, Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut (HRACC), University of Hartford, University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, Betances STEM, the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, Nutmeg Technology, Liberty Bank, Jr. Apprentice, American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Achieve Hartford!, Real Learning CT, and Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), and to all the members of our Industry Advisory Board for supporting the Themed Project ePortfolio events.


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