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NYC's Cooke Center Academy Moves To Digital Portfolios
City's Cooke Center for
Learning and Development will use online portfolios
provided by OpenSchool for
its high school-aged students.
are digital repositories of an individual student's work in his or her
classes, along with any work he or she may do independently.
Center has about 500 special education students who range
in age from 5
to 21. The OpenSchool e-portfolios will be used at the Cooke Academy for
school students on two campuses — one in Soho and one in Chelsea.
never-ending effort to capture the realities of multisensory learning,
digital portfolios will allow our students to engage with technology and
our teachers opportunities for authentic assessment," said Cooke Center
Principal Mary Clancy. "And it will finally give us an alternative to
said their digital portfolio allows students — particularly special
education students — the chance to show abilities and talents that
easily be measured by standardized testing procedures. At the same time,
paint a more holistic picture of students' progress toward their
co-creator of OpenSchool, said it is well-known that
interdisciplinary projects are often the best way for students to
their success, but they are not always easy to evaluate. Digital
help by allowing teachers to create the criteria along with the student.
learning, measuring individual progress over the course of each
development, allows Cooke Center to support its students in more
ways," Zimmerman said.
Jessie Gardner, technology specialist and head teacher at Cooke Center
Academy, "Digital portfolios will allow students to receive, interact
material in ways best befitting their individual learning styles."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.