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Students, teachers, parents

Level 1

Even young students can learn how to take charge of their learning. Level 1 lets them:

  • Record a reading
  • Add a reading response
  • Reflect on developing abilities
  • Share with peers, parents and teachers
A student's view: level 1
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Level 1 is geared towards beginning readers in grades 1 & 2 (Cycle One in Quebec). The interface design, as well as the type of interaction, are simplified and specially tailored for young learners. There is an embeded audio recorder so that students can record themselves reading and then reflect on it. Once a reading has been recorded and saved as an entry, two possibilities appear: "Response" and "Reflection." Here, students answer specific questions regarding the literature read (Response) and the their own reading skills (Reflection). There are built-in Response and Reflection questions (which can be read aloud), but teachers are encouraged and can add their own. An image may also be linked to the entry. This encourages students to express their understanding in more than one medium.

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There is also a simple writing module for young students who are able to read and write and would like to experiment with that within the familiar Level 1 environment. Here, ePEARL supplies a text editor with basic word processing features where students can type their first writing endeavors. Once a writing has been saved, one new possibility will appear "Reflection." This will allow a user to assign a specific question that will prompt the student to reflect on her writing skills and strategies. An image may also be linked to the entry. 

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ABRACADABRA (A Balanced Reading Approach for All Canadians Designed to Achieve Best Results for All) is an early literacy application developed by the CSLP and linked to the Level 1 portfolio. The link to ABRA provides digital reading material to children along with a bank of images that accompanies every story. For more information about ABRA click here


Level 2

Students are the main focus of ePEARL, that is why they can:

  • Set goals
  • Record a reading
  • Attach multimedia files
  • Manage entries
  • Share work
  • Give and receive feedback
  • Reflect on learning
  • Present selected work
A student's view: level 2
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Level 2 is designed for students in grades 3-6 (Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 in Quebec). The design is more mature, but more importantly, the possibilities are greater within a Level 2 environment. Here, students can manage their files, customize their ePEARL, and allow peers to view and comment on their entries.

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They set general goals for the term, specific goals for each entry and strategies for achieving their goals. They are encouraged to reflect on their own work, and to provide meaningful feedback on their peers' work. There is also a handy "Parent Mode" that lets parents and students browse through ePEARL together while allowing parents to make comments in designated places. 

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In order to support students while they do their work and to help them practice self-regulation, ePEARL has a Multi-Page mode. This feature supports students by walking them through the Planning-Doing-Reflecting cycle. Students are presented with small chunks of manageable tasks as well as detailed instruction about the tasks at hand.


Level 3

What does a high school student's ePEARL look like? Take a look

A student's view: level 3
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Level 3, has a completely redesigned interface to meet the needs of secondary school students (Grades 7-12). With its Toolbox, Schedule and Tagging features, it promotes a more flexible and mature environment for this population. ePEARL offers more in-depth self-regulatory language, which allows the student to drill-down on goal-setting, motivation and reflection questions. The new Toolbar offers even more ways of adding content to this multimedia portfolio!

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Level 3, has a completely redesigned interface to meet the needs of secondary school students (Grades 7-12). With its Toolbox, Schedule and Tagging features, it promotes a more flexible and mature environment for this population. ePEARL offers more in-depth self-regulatory language, which allows the student to drill-down on goal-setting, motivation and reflection questions. The new Toolbar offers even more ways of adding content to this multimedia portfolio!


Level 4

A recently designed Level 4 is still in the prototype phase.

A student's view: level 4
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Level 4 is designed for adult learners, post-secondary students, pre-service and in-service teachers who wish to create a professional portfolio. The features are similar to those in Level 2 & 3, but it delves more deeply into self-regulated components, such as, strategies, motivation and reflection. Adult learners can create several supporting tasks for multiple task goals in one piece of work. This portfolio offers visual overviews of goals, strategies and competencies.

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Level 4 is designed for adult learners, post-secondary students, pre-service and in-service teachers who wish to create a professional portfolio. The features are similar to those in Level 2 & 3, but it delves more deeply into self-regulated components, such as, strategies, motivation and reflection. Adult learners can create several supporting tasks for multiple task goals in one piece of work. This portfolio offers visual overviews of goals, strategies and competencies.

ePEARL for teachers

Teacher-exclusive features include:

  • Easy access for viewing students' ePEARLs
  • Commenting capabilities on specific student fields
  • Colour codes visible only to teachers
  • Management of students' ePEARL levels
  • Embedded teacher support
A teacher's view
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If you are a teacher, you will be happy to know that we designed ePEARL in a way that would provide you extra support, while still reflecting the general structure of the students' ePEARLs. Some features that are visible only to the teacher, like the additional set of colour codes, will help you manage student work and keep track of what you need to do now or later on.

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Other features will support you in leading your students through the self-regulation tasks ePEARL encourages. Teachers can designate different ePEARL levels for each student according to individual needs. You can also give students access to their own ePEARL folders - to model a task, to give examples or to share an entry.

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Level 4 offers teachers an opportunity to create a professional portfolio. Teachers can link their practice, lesson plans, to the built-in teacher's professional competencies. Teachers can share their lesson plans and work to enhance their experiences in the classroom and learn form one another.


Teacher resources

Extra support for teachers:

  • Frequently Asked Questions about using ePEARL
  • Rubric and Learning Log templates
  • Printable user manuals
  • Support videos
  • Online community of users
  • Virtual Tutorial

We know that learning to use new software can sometimes take time - something that is extremely precious for teachers. That is why ePEARL has additional support documents and templates that can be downloaded, printed or attached to ePEARL entries.

We also offer practical videos that will make ePEARL easy to use in classrooms. These are accessible from within the software in help features and on the Teacher Resources page.

A parent's view

ePEARL is designed to encourage parents' active involvement in their child's learning.

The software allows parents to:

  • Navigate through ePEARL together with their child in "Parent Mode"
  • Leave comments on specific entries as well as on the portfolio as a whole
  • Follow their child's progress through the year
  • Encourage their child and provide positive support

Parent guide for ePEARL

View video tutorial

Parents are an important part of learning
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When navigating with a parent, students can switch to "Parent Mode", which activates parent comment boxes in various designated places.

Embedded support is provided for parents, if and when they feel they need help in contributing meaningful comments on their child's learning.

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