SchoolTalk


Welcome to SchoolTalk! The information below will provide you with an understanding of the purpose of SchoolTalk and how the school uses it as a tool to personalise learning for each child. With access to the parent portal, families can stay up to date with current learning goals and progress of learning for children P-6.  Information below will assist families to understand and to navigate the parent portal of SchoolTalk.

The four purposes of SchoolTalk are:

  1. Create efficiency for teachers- gap analysis, learning design (not yet used) differentiation and personalising learning.
  2. Further enable Agency for learners, making learning visible
  3. Real time reporting on progress and achievement for all stakeholders
  4. Creating a learning partnership with families to be involved participants in children’s learning

The four purposes of SchoolTalk are:

  1. Create efficiency for teachers- gap analysis, learning design (not yet used) differentiation and personalising learning.
  2. Further enable Agency for learners, making learning visible
  3. Real time reporting on progress and achievement for all stakeholders
  4. Creating a learning partnership with families to be involved participants in children’s learning

Accessing the parent portal

When a child commences at Margaret Hendry School, families will receive an invite to the SchoolTalk platform from SchoolTalk (not from the school email). Simply follow the prompts to access the portal. If you have more than one child at the school, you will receive an invite for each child. You will only need to log on once for each child, then you will be able to switch between children using within the portal. The portal is best viewed on a computer however the platform can also be viewed on a phone. Children new to the school will have incomplete profiles, it takes time to plot children against the progressions for each strand. We use multiple sources of evidence to carefully plot children at their instructional level.

What will you see on the parent portal?

Learning calendars - Learning coaches populate calendars with daily check in sessions, workshops, specialist sessions and hub time. Calendars housed in SchoolTalk are personalised calendars and these are updated regularly.

Progressions - Currently, the Early Years Leaning Framework for Preschool and the Mathematics and English progressions of the Australian Curriculum for K-6 are housed in SchoolTalk. The progressions are broken down into strands for Mathematics and English. A complete graduate profile is currently being developed and this too will be housed in SchoolTalk once complete.

Learning Goals - Learning goals are identified for all children based on their instructional level. For K-6, children may sit within or either side of their year level for the various strands within the progressions. Some learning goals may be broad and take some time to master whilst others may be very narrow and easily met over a few explicit sessions. Children have learning goals that sit outside SchoolTalk for areas such as personal inquiry/projects, social and emotional capabilities, learning dispositions and assets as well as the other learning areas of the Australian Curriculum.

Learning coaches are responsible for moving children along the progressions from ‘Working Toward’ to ‘Achieved’, and they use a variety of methods to make this determination including learning artefacts, summative and formative assessment, 1-1 and small group conferencing and professional judgement each play a role in this process.

Design for learning- Learning Coaches plot learning goals, learning intentions, success criteria and learning resources in the design for learning page.

Reports K-6 - SchoolTalk has a built-in reporting function and this allows users to view a child’s growth/ shift against the strands of Mathematics and English progressions. Reports will be provided to families in Term 1 and Term 3.

Help Tab - The help tab provides families with an explanation of the various functions within the portal including:

How do I:

My child’s progressions are incomplete

There are many reasons for incomplete progressions. Many, not all, are listed below

Incomplete progressions:

How do children use SchoolTalk?

During term 1 and 2 learning coaches were learning to navigate SchoolTalk at the same time as establishing current learning goals for all children. As you can imagine this is a time consuming yet very rewarding process.

During term 2 children in our 3-6 learning neighbourhood began to conference with learning coaches using SchoolTalk.

How frequently will updates be made?

Each Learning Coaches plan for learning using the gap analysis function of SchoolTalk. During this time and at various other times during the week, including during student conferences, learning coaches may update children’s learning goals from working evidence to confirm that a goal has been met. Net every learning goal requires evidence of the goal being met. Families will receive notifications when evidence has been uploaded. We are supporting children to grow their capacity to upload their own evidence of learning to demonstrate their mastery of learning goals.

What families should expect to see in SchoolTalk?

Preschool

Reporting against the outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (Birth – 8 years of age)

Weekly:

  • Populated learning calendar
  • Design for Learning:   outlining workshop learning intentions and success criteria

Fortnightly:

  • Learning artefacts updated   against indicators of the Early Years Learning Framework (photos, work   samples, floorbook snapshots, written observations against indicators

Shading of indicators occurs as children demonstrate evidence of progress. As the Early Years Learning Framework is from birth- 8 years of age, children will not master these skills in preschool so you will see ‘working towards’ instead of ‘achieved’ being shaded

K-2

Reporting against the indicators and outcomes of the Australian Curriculum

Weekly:

  • Populated learning calendar
  • Design for Learning:   outlining workshop learning intentions and success criteria

Fortnightly:

  • Learning artefacts updated   against personal learning goals (photos, work samples, written observations)
  • Updating of learning progressions

Shading of goals occurs as each child demonstrates competency against learning goals. The rate and spate of mastery differs for each child.

3-5

Reporting against the indicators and outcomes of the Australian Curriculum

Weekly:

  • Populated learning calendar
  • Design for Learning:   outlining workshop learning intentions and success criteria
  • Children who can   independently access SchoolTalk use the daily calendar to organise their day,   to access workshop resources and to review learning goals

Fortnightly:

  • Learning artefacts updated   against personal learning (photos, work samples, written observations)
  • Children who can   independently use SchoolTalk upload evidence of learning for teacher feedback
  • Updating of progressions

Shading of goals occurs as each child demonstrates competency against learning goals. The rate and spate of mastery differs for each child.

6

Reporting against the indicators and outcomes of the Australian Curriculum

Weekly:

  • Populated learning calendar
  • Design for Learning:   outlining workshop learning intentions and success criteria
  • Children independently   accessing SchoolTalk and using the daily calendar to organise their day, to   access workshop resources and to review learning goals, to plan their daily   schedules and workshops, to seek feedback on their evidence of learning

Fortnightly:

  • Learning artefacts updated   against personal learning (photos, work samples, written observations)
  • Children independently use   SchoolTalk upload evidence of learning for teacher feedback
  • Children using SchoolTalk   as a platform to empower their learning
  • Updating of progressions

Shading of goals occurs as each child demonstrates competency against learning goals. The rate and spate of mastery differs for each child.

Need Help?

This tool will be different to others you may have used like Seesaw and Story Park so there may be some teething problems as you become familiar with the portal. We are on hand to help, below are several different options available to you for ongoing support with the use of SchoolTalk: