Sportfolios are a PE version of a student portfolio. They enable students to take their work with them from PE which has always been somewhat tricky. Andy Vasily shares that they are about sharing work: student, peer, teacher and after seeing some in action, I have decided to invest some research into Sportfolios to see what they are about. I have some initial reservations and also some positive ideas in ways which they could and may work with my students this year.
I am concerned about how much we can load on our students. I was in Australia for the July break and had a chance to go through my many boxes that live in my parents house. I wanted to make room and recycle the many books and things that I no longer need or have used in the last 10 years. When I think about Sportfolios, and in fact any digital online or stored data, I begin to think about our digital footprint. Will students need all of this stuff? How many of my Middle or High school docs did I keep and why did I keep them? If we are going to be using iDevices and recording and analysing video, do I really need to keep them or are they a piece of work that was perfect for the class or unit but can now be deleted – rather than archived for later? These are the questions that I am grappling with.
Sportfolios need to have their own mandate and purpose for my students this year. We need to decide how they will be used (initially) and discuss why we will use them. I believe this discussion will then drive and help students to decide which work stays and which is deleted. I want them to be proud of their PE work, but that doesn’t always mean we need to retain work.
Mr Blake Kampen, Mr Matt Pomeroy , Adam Howell and Naomi Hartl are leading the #PEGeeks when it comes to discussions on this topic. As I am in a Google apps school, I am going to work on using Google Drive rather than other options out there. I know that Blake likes to advocate for Evernote, and I can see why as well – but I will go with what my students can already manage and feel comfortable with. Nathan Horne has made some good videos about using Google Drive to add to Sportfolios, his focus is on adding work to his own made Sportfolios, which is awesome for ES students, but I think for MS and HS will be about students making choices – the logistics are where I need to make some choices now – how do I set this up like so that students can own what is in their folder, not me.
So with this in mind I will now talk to my new PE Department and start with one or two grade levels and begin the quest in using Sportfolios to share, save and have access to PE content and user made work that I hope my students will be proud of and that they can choose to keep or delete at the end of the academic year. The difference for me is that this is about student work rather than my choice of work for them. I am keen to connect with others who also do this.
I would be interested to hear from others about their Sportfolio work and how they use it and also if they are going digital and how that works for them. If you are using Google docs, please share your ideas and resources so that we can learn from each other.