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Getting Started Guide for Families | Spaces

Spaces is a web and mobile platform that allows teachers and students to capture, communicate, and reflect on what is happening in ...

Creating an Account within Spaces | Video Tutorials

Learn how to manage and create accounts from within Spaces. Follow along with our Portfolio Expert, Jordan Lewis.

Creating a Post within Spaces | Video Tutorials

In this video, learn how to create and comment on a post. Follow along with our Portfolio Expert, Jordan Lewis.

Learn about Assigning and Managing Activities within Spaces | Video Tutorials

Learn about managing and assigning Activities to students from within Spaces. Follow along with our Portfolio Expert, Jordan Lewis.

Space Types within Spaces | Video Tutorials

Learn about the different types of Spaces within the Spaces assessment platform. Follow along with our Portfolio Expert, Jordan Lewis.

How to use Messages from within Spaces? | Video Tutorial

Learn how to use the Messages feature from within Spaces in this video tutorial. Follow alongside our Portfolio Expert, Jordan Lewis.

Inviting Students, Families & Co-Teachers to Spaces | Video Tutorials

A video tutorial covering how you can invite Students, Families & Co-Teachers to Spaces with our Portfolio Expert, Jordan Lewis.

Spaces Overview | Video Tutorials

Watch this video walkthrough and overview of Spaces with Portfolio Expert, Jordan Lewis! Click to get started.

Teacher Guide to Getting Started with Spaces

How to help educators capture the moment where growth happens in your school(s) with an easy-to-use assessment product that enables anytime, anywhere ...

Administrator Guide to Getting Started with Spaces

How to help educators capture the moment where growth happens in your school(s) with an easy-to-use assessment product that enables anytime, anywhere ...

Curriculum Tags for Parent-Teacher Conferences & Student-Led Conferences

Are you in the practice of sharing student learning and growth through parent-teacher conferences? Or maybe your school supports students taking part ...

Curriculum Tags for Everyday Activities & Assessments

As educators, one of our key responsibilities is to teach our subject-area content and ensure that students leave our course with an ...

From Nuisance to Learning Platform - How Teachers are Transforming TikTok into an Edtech Tool

TikTok has pretty much taken over the world at this point. While your students have been stuck at home due to the ...

The Rise of the Learner Profile

As schools reopen this fall, there is pressure to return to “business as usual” and simply resume the way things were before ...

A lesson plan package for 21st-century skill development

As the world continues to change at a rapid pace so do the skills required for new students entering the workforce. In ...

An Ice Breaker Activity Students Love

A new school year means another opportunity to get to know a new group of students. Start the school year off right ...

Five Activities to Start the School Year Off Right

Those first few days of a new school year or semester can be filled with mixed emotions for educators and students alike. ...

Break the Ice in the New School Year with This Activity!

What’s your favorite form of potato? What’s a hobby you’ve picked up in the last few months? What song describes your life ...

What 21st-Century Life Skills Do Hiring Managers Wish they Had Before Graduation?

What 21st-Century Life Skills Should Students Have Before Entering the Workforce? During the first season of the Competentencies without a Classroom podcast, ...

21 Books Teachers Wish They Had Read Before They Were 18

We all have a book that changed our life for the better, opening our mind to new concepts, ideas, and competencies. For ...

21 Books to Learn 21st-Century Skills

We all have that one book that we can't recommend enough. For some, it's a childhood story that they couldn't put down. ...

The Battle Between Standardized Tests and 21st-Century Skills

If you spend some time looking around the internet, you’ll quickly find that there are a lot of opinions floating around on ...

21st-Century Skills Students Need to Display Before Graduating

Throughout the first two seasons of our podcast, Competencies without a Classroom, we promoted each of our guests to Superintendent of a ...

3 Ways to Target 21st-Century Skill Development in the Classroom

What 21st-Century Skills are Educators Focusing on with their Students? We recently interviewed a group of educators across all different subject areas ...

Why No One Wants to Work with the Brilliant Jerk

“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care” -Theodore Rosevelt Throughout the first two seasons of ...

21st-Century Skills Students Need to Have on their Resumes

What 21st-Century Skills Will Students Need to Display on their Resumes? In Season One of our Competencies without a Classroom podcast, we ...

21st-Century Life Skills that Schools Should Teach Students

What 21st-Century Life Skills should Students have Before Leaving High School? During the second season of the Competentencies without a Classroom podcast, ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 22 [BONUS] Recap

We’re back with a bonus #21for21 episode of Competencies without a Classroom! In this episode, we chat with Amber Harper, author of ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 21 Recap

In our 21st and final #21for21 episode of Competencies without a Classroom season two, we sit down and chat with Lizanne Foster, ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 20 Recap

In our 20th #21for21 episode of Competencies without a Classroom, we sit down with Ronald Hae, a grade 11/12 accounting teacher in ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 19 Recap

In our 19th #21for21 episode of Competencies without a Classroom, we interview the host of the EdTechBites Podcast - Gabriel Carillo. Gabriel ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 18 Recap

In our 18th #21for21 episode of Competencies without a Classroom, we had the pleasure of chatting with the host of The #EduDuctTape ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 17 Recap

In our 17th #21for21 episode of Competencies without a Classroom, we speak with the educator behind the podcast, blog, and youtube channel ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 16 Recap

In our 16th #21for21 episode of Competencies without a Classroom, we speak with Johanna Brown, a chemistry and computer science teacher in ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 15 Recap

If you go after what makes you joyful and happy, it will bring more joy to your life and to everyone else’s. ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 14 Recap

Where there is collaboration and conversation, there is great opportunity.   In our 14th #21for21 episode of Competencies without a Classroom we ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 13 Recap

In our 13th #21for21 episode of Competencies without a Classroom we sit down with the incredible Jonathan So, a K-8 Teacher for ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 12 Recap

"When you’re ready to learn your lesson, your teacher appears” In our 12th #21for21 episode of Competencies without a Classroom we interview ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 11 Recap

In our 11th #21for21 episode of Competencies without a Classroom we sat down for our first dual interview of the season with ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 10 Recap

In our tenth #21for21 episode of Competencies without a Classroom we interview Vickie Morgado, who has spent 21 years working in education ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 9 Recap

“Sometimes we don’t give our kids credit, but if we get out of their way, it’s pretty cool what they can do.” ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 8 Recap

“people have a tendency to avoid things that are uncomfortable - do them, it'll make you better in the long run.” In ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 7 Recap

In the seventh #21for21 episode of Competencies without a Classroom, we chat with the incredible Laura Heyes. She is a fifth-grade teacher ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 6 Recap

In the sixth #21for21 episode of Competencies without a Classroom, we meet Rachelle Dene Poth, a teacher who does it all. Not ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 5 Recap

" We want to have students be able to be comfortable with being uncertain. " In the fifth #21For21 episode of Competencies ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 4 Recap

" ...the world is not standardized." In the fourth #21For21 episode of Competencies without a Classroom podcast, we interview Matt Rhoads, a ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 3 Recap

" I always say we have to open the window to the adult world for kids and actually have conversations about what's ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 2 Recap

" I focus a lot on helping students to understand that all communication is persuasive" In the second #21For21 episode of Competencies ...

21st Century Skills - Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 1 Recap

No matter what students end up doing in their lives, they're going to be either consuming or creating content. In the first ...

Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 21 - Recap

The world around you is constantly changing. Whether it be through a pandemic or the emergence of technology, you have proven yourself ...

3 Experienced Educators Share Inspiring Journeys of Teaching Without Grades

“Where’s the vocab test?” Bonnie Nieves, a high school biology teacher in Massachusetts, often hears this from her students on the first ...

Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 20 - Recap

Could toys be the new textbooks? As our world becomes increasingly digitized and robots take away job positions, complex problem-solvers will thrive. ...

Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 19 - Recap

This week’s guest is well on his way to becoming a future prime minister. While the rest of us were catching up ...

Why now is the time for schools to give up grades

In his book The Audacity of Hope, former American President Barack Obama said public education was, “stuck between those who want to ...

Redefining Resilience for Educators in 2021

It’s no secret that the past year has presented numerous challenges for you and your students.  Change, fear, loss, anxiety, whatever it ...

Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 18 - Recap

Public speaking is something we all have to do in some capacity. It’s a skill that requires practice, but the more you ...

Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 17 - Recap

This week’s guest teaches us to lead our lives by being curious. Meet Zoe Share - a former kindergarten teacher turned CEO ...

Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 16 - Recap

There are so many pathways to success. It could be a four-year degree, a 2-year degree, an apprenticeship, or like this week's ...

Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 15 - Recap

Black people account for 3.5% of the Canadian population and only 2.5% of the tech workforce. This week’s guest works to inspire ...

Competencies without a Classroom Podcast - Episode 14 - Recap

One piece of paper cannot showcase the full realm of anyone’s story or what they’re capable of. That’s why Scotiabank has begun ...

5 Lessons for Teachers from the Ungrading Movement

I sat in my former principal's office and told him I wanted to stop grading. Needless to say, it required some convincing.  ...

Project-based learning vs. problem-based learning

This is a guest post by Sara Segar, founder of Experiential Learning Depot and a former high school biology teacher at a ...

Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 13 - Recap

If you’re nearing the end of your high school days and are finding yourself feeling anxious or stressed about life after high ...

Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 12 - Recap

Ever wondered what it would be like to get a taste of your dream job before you enter the field? In Ontario, ...

Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 11 - Recap

The professional environment is rapidly evolving, especially in tech and sales. Whether you are on your way to post-secondary education, focused on ...

Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 10 - Recap

Being curious has immense gains. While it takes practice and courage, once you begin to participate in active listening and frequent question ...

Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 9 - Recap

In the last episode, we introduced sales as an up-and-coming industry. The truth is, whatever industry you find yourself in, sales skills ...

Competencies without a Classroom - Episode 8 - Recap

The sales industry isn't what you think it is. Sales is not simply pushing a product, it’s solving problems and adding value. ...

Competencies without a Classroom Episode 7 - Recap

What gets you excited in the morning? Think about the one thing you love to learn about or do, in or out ...

Competencies without a Classroom Episode 6 - Recap

Writing is a skill that will benefit you in any job scenario. However, how we are taught to write an essay throughout ...

Competencies without a Classroom Episode 5 - Recap

Failure is really the key to success. In this episode of Competencies without a Classroom podcast, we interview Austin Belcak, founder of ...

Competencies without a Classroom Episode 4 - Recap

Don't make excuses. In this episode of Competencies without a Classroom podcast, we interview filmmaker, Rob Comeau. Listen and learn: What separates ...

Competencies without a Classroom Episode 3 - Recap

Nobody does the optional, so do the optional. In this episode of Competencies without a Classroom podcast, we interview Navid Nathoo, an ...

Competencies without a Classroom Episode 2 - Recap

When you're passionate about what you do, there is no 9-5. In this episode of Competencies without a Classroom podcast, we interview ...

Competencies without a Classroom Episode 1 - Recap

Position titles come and go. It's not about the "what." Instead, it's about who you are. In this episode of Competencies without ...

One way you can help students prepare for jobs that don’t exist yet

One of the greatest pleasures of being a teacher is the ability to set your students up for success and watch them ...

Connect home and school with digital portfolio applications

This is a guest post by Grade 5 teacher, Krista Ford, from Waverly Memorial. I’ve always been a teacher eager to incorporate ...

Thought-provoking student reflection questions for every scenario

Reflection encourages students to take a moment to look back and appreciate their learning progress, to identify their strengths, weaknesses, and goals, ...

How to implement visual thinking strategies (VTS) in your class

Picture yourself in an art gallery (COVID-19 edition: wearing your mask, of course). You walk the aisles and appreciate the pieces you ...

How to focus on social and emotional learning with digital portfolios

Since COVID-19 hit, social and emotional learning, or SEL, is more important than ever before. How do we create opportunities for social ...

Five ways to capture growth in a remote learning setting

There are many fears and worries about remote learning and a new school year, but we need to move forward. How do ...

How to implement project-based learning with digital portfolios

This is a guest post by Nicholas Provenzano, the award-winning educator and best-selling author behind The Nerdy Teacher. As a teacher that ...

The educator's guide to making great videos

Video in the classroom has been on the rise for years. You might even be surprised to learn that educational videos are ...

Using digital portfolios to support the documentation of knowledge

Keeping digital portfolios at the core of your work with students is key to building habits of documentation, making learning visible, and ...

How to support anytime, anywhere learning with digital portfolios

Spaces by myBlueprint was proud to be a sponsor at this year's Teach With Tech event. Did you miss our session? No ...

How to make your teaching videos accessible (and why)

Recently, I asked a group of educators how they’d make teaching videos accessible this fall. Many of the suggestions, which I’ve included ...

Create a teaching video with video production best practices for teachers

When thinking about how to create a teaching video at home, the best tip you will ever receive when putting together a ...

#teachersoftiktok: How to effectively use TikTok in your classroom

In a COVID world, it feels as if using tech is the only way to really communicate with your students. But, let’s ...

Closing the school year with an exit portfolio

Finding the best way to conclude a school year is a challenge, even in the best of times. How do you help ...

Must-have video tools for education

Has video become a more regular part of your teaching routine? Given the shift to learning at home, we expect most of ...

How to use video to give engaging student feedback

Creating short videos for each student to help articulate your feedback in a medium they love can be a great way to ...

What is a portfolio for the classroom?

When you look at your students, you don’t see their mid-term grade or the percentage they got on their last essay. You ...

Focusing on feedback over grades

Like standardized test scores, grades are intended to give us a simple, quantifiable, and comparable measurement of performance. But many educators (and ...

Frequently Asked Questions: Spaces & COVID-19

We're all going to get through this together. We understand that these are unprecedented and unpredictable times. That is why we want ...

How to use digital portfolios to promote metacognition in your classroom

Metacognition is another one of those buzzwords that is often thrown around by educators and administrators as a must-have in the classroom ...

How to craft writing skills through topics and media students love

when the students themselves are not connecting with the content. Having students create content about topics they love, however, can give them ...

Parents' and family guide to digital portfolios in the classroom

Digital portfolios are becoming an increasingly popular way for teachers to encourage capturing and documentation of learning, prompting meaningful reflection, and providing ...

How to implement digital portfolios: Tips from Madison City Schools

This is a follow-up article to our profile on Madison City Schools, where we interviewed the district’s technology lead Daniel Whitt on ...

Telling the whole story with digital portfolios: An interview with Instructional Technology Coordinator, Daniel Whitt

Daniel Whitt, instructional technology coordinator for Madison City Schools, is on a mission. Digital portfolios for every student. Whitt’s school district in ...

Five things to look when assessing equitable solution for digital portfolios

  When deciding which technologies to introduce to your students, it’s important to consider how every student can not just use, but ...

Considering equity when implementing digital portfolio tools

When speaking with educators about digital portfolios, some have expressed concerns about adopting one standardized portfolio tool for their classrooms. Two of ...

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