A look at some of PebblePad's key features that students can use for reflecting and sharing.
See Pebble Learning's help pages for more on the key features of PeblePad3;
Reflecting on learning is encouraged throughout PebblePad. Every input form ends with a reflective question, for example 'What have you learnt from having this experience or from thinking and writing about it?'. There is an input type called ‘Thoughts’ which is designed for promoting and capturing reflection. For learners who find reflection difficult there is a choice of scaffolded models to help guide them through a reflective process. Thoughts can be published directly to a blog which is particularly valued by students on professional placements.
The presentational e-portfolios, called Webfolios, allow learners to represent their skills and achievements in very flexible and creative ways. If, as the tutor, you want students’ work to be very structured or to be organised in a particular format, you can create templates which are shared with users to complete as required.
The Action Plans in PebblePad have proven to be very successful in a very wide range of contexts. The generic structure of describing what you want to achieve and then planning how to get there step-by-step has been helpful for both novice and experienced learners. Some users also use the Action Plans for large-scale projects.
For many learners the process of reflection is greatly enhanced through dialogue. Some of PebblePad’s strongest advocates like the system because of the ease with which students can share their thoughts, receive feedback and enter into discussions with people they have chosen to share with.
Whereas Pebble+ is a personal e-portfolio space, ATLAS is the institutional space where students can access workspaces to collect resources, submit work and interact with tutors and peers. ATLAS provides:
More information on ATLAS:
This article was published on Jun 26, 2013