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The Journal and it's Purpose

What is the purpose and intended outcome of the Toddle Student Journal?

  • The Toddle student journal is meant to replace the blog-based student e-portfolios.
  • Posts to the Toddle journal should prioritize evidence of student learning. This can come in many forms.
  • A best practice recommendation based on success in our Toddle prototype is that agreements are made with the grade-level team around what evidence to document intentionally.
  • It is not advisable to post pictures about whole class activities on students’ individual student journals unless it reflects student learning evidence.
  • Photos of whole-class activities should be shared via Sharepoint folder OR Vidagami (after re-release) via a Toddle Announcement.
  • For more, please refer to the updated WAB guidelines for a current overview of the Toddle Journal as e-portfolio.

First published on 12 October here.


Journal Post Types

When should the students or I use the different post types in the Toddle mobile apps?

Not sure which type of journal post you or your students should be using? You might be using a workbook when photos could meet your needs. Please consult this handy guide, to see which type to use when.

First published on Oct 27 here.

Bulk add to Class Stream to Journal

Bulk Upload By Class:

1. Click on the assignment in the Class Stream and view all submissions.

2. Select the students you want to push using the checkboxes next to the student name.

3. In the top right corner, you will see the <Add to Journal> icon.

4. Clicking on this icon will prompt you to send all submitted work with the status Evaluated or Closed to those students' journals. Attached rubrics and assessments will also be sent.

5. Paste in a general context statement that explains what the post is.

6. Select the folder it should go to.

7. Click Publish.

Note: When an item has been added to the journal, the <Add to journal> icon will change and turn green.

Bulk Upload By Individual:

1. Mark the student's work as Evaluated or Closed.

2. Click on the Add to Journal button for the student.

3. Clicking on this icon will send all submitted work to that student's journal. Attached rubrics and assessments will also be sent.

4. Paste in a general context statement that explains what the post is.

5. Select the folder it should go to.

6. Click Publish.

Note: When an item has been added to the journal, the <Add to journal> icon will change and turn green.

Pin your favorite classes

Toddle has just updated its landing page with a condensed view of your class lists. Now you have the ability to pin your favourite classes to the top for easy access and less scrolling.

This post was originally posted on Mar 29 here.

A Helpful Journal Workflow

How can we streamline the approval process of journal posts?

Approving and monitoring journal posts can be a time-consuming process when students are provided with the opportunity to share their learning. By default, teacher approval is on for all classes. This means that someone in the team needs to approve ✅ the posts before they display for parents.

Some grades have decided as a team to turn off teacher approval for journal posts. No matter which option your grade decides, teachers still need to check the posts students make to ensure they are appropriate. If you have approval on or off, this process will help save you time later:

  1. Student creates a journal post in the student app.
  2. Student shows the post with an adult.
  3. Adult says it is ok to publish.
  4. Student publishes post. 
  5. Parents are notified and love it! ❤️

First published on 18 October here.

Tagging folders and students

Students and teachers can tag folders to organise posts and tag students to send a single post to multiple journals.

Tagging Folders

Folders are a great way to organise journal posts in your class. They are the equivalent of categories if you are familiar with the WAB Blogs. Learning Communities already have a standard set of folders including Mathematics, Literacy, Unit of Inquiry. Teachers can add more, but please be mindful of keeping the number limited.

How can you organise journal posts and send a single post to multiple student journals?

Students/teachers can tag one or more folders such as Mathematics or Unit of Inquiry when creating a journal post. Tagging a folder allows them/you to quickly sort the posts by subject/topic. This is a great habit to develop as it makes it super easy to find evidence when it comes to reporting (report cards and conferences).

Tagging Students

Teachers can tag one or more students when posting evidence to the Class Journal. This adds the post to the individual student/s journal.

Did you know that students can also tag other students? This can be helpful if a small group of students are working on a project or task together. A helpful workflow could include:

  1. One student creates the post on their Toddle Student app.
  2. The students works with their group to craft the post that they all agree to share.
  3. The student tags the other students they are working with and publishes. This sends the post to all to all their journals.

Please note: Any comments made by parents will show on all the tagged student's journals.

First published on Nov 2

Cleaning up your Class Stream

Is your class stream overflowing with Learning Experiences from the start of the school year or assignments from remote learning? Help keep the class stream tidy for students and new families. By marking Learning Experiences as Complete they are moved to the completed tab, making it easier to know which assignments are still relevant.

  1. Go to the class stream.
  2. Click the 3 dots [ ... ] on the right side of the LE.
  3. Mark the LE as complete.

This post was originally posted on Mar 1 here.

Class Stream Insights

If you are wanting to see the participation of a student in your class, then consider using Class Stream Insights. It allows you to see an overview of the class (assigned, overdue, evaluation pending for learning experiences). Clicking on a student displays the individual status for all their assigned learning experiences. You can then click through to a given learning experience to follow up as needed.

This post was originally posted on May 16 here.