Pathbrite was originally created to support individuals (including students and teachers) to show their work through a digital portfolio. In March 2013, however, the company pivoted to put more emphasis on supporting teachers. Teachers can now create and manage class assignments through their account. The company calls this “Portfolios for Educators.”
This portfolio tool offers both students and teachers a way to collect evidence of what students have learned, created, and experienced, and put that evidence into a visually appealing portfolio that students can take with them as the move from schools, to universities, to the professional world.
Individual portfolios are created by uploading work like resumes, photos, videos, transcripts, articles, or documents. Users can upload directly from a computer or from sources such as Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, Kahn Academy, or other websites. Customizable by the arrangement of images, captions, or tags that link each image to a table at the top of the screen; portfolios can be used to tell a story, document a work process, or track different activities. Users can set various privacy settings, with the choice to share directly through email, url, or by making their portfolio public.
Teachers can use their account to create courses, add activities, track student work, create rubrics, and evaluate whether students meet the assignment goals. Within the course, a teacher can map out the various activities students should be completing, and attach specific rubrics to each activity. Once students upload their work, the teacher can directly apply their rubric to that piece of work. To provide more open ended feedback, teachers and other students can also comment on individual images or documents within a portfolio.
Pathbrite also provides data for both teachers and individual users. Individuals can track engagement in their portfolios by seeing which category and individual piece of work is getting the most views. Teachers can also view the engagement data for a student’s portfolio. For student’s usage and interaction data, teachers can email the company for a customized report.
It is free to set up an account and create multiple portfolios. However, the cost for an individual student to enroll in a course is $10 for a year of unlimited access to the institutions courses on Pathbrite. Schools can license the product, giving students free access to courses, for a similar price, between $10-20 for each user for a year, depending on the volume of users and whether the institution wants to integrate their accounts with it’s Learning Management System.As of May 2013, Pathbrite is used in more than 100 schools, including Stanford, Leadership Public Schools, and the Philadelphia Public School District. Only 20% of the 100 schools are K-12, the rest of schools using the tool are post secondary.
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