Review by Jason Shiroff, Common Sense Education | Updated February 2015

Exibi

Comprehensive but complex tool for creating and publishing portfolios

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Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • College & Career Prep

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Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
7-12
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Pros: A wide array of flexible tools help students reflect on their learning and craft meaningful portfolios.

Cons: The site is complicated to figure out, and its hierarchical structure takes practice to use well.

Bottom Line: This is a fantastic choice if you take eportfolios seriously; just be prepared to devote serious time to teaching the tool.

Teachers can use Exibi to help students think about their progress toward learning targets or other outcomes. Students can upload artifacts and link them to a specific target and reflect on their progress toward the outcome. The metacognition involved in choosing what to share and how to organize it helps them own the learning and data. The published portfolios could be used at conferences to help inform parents of student learning. It could also be used by students to synthesize the learning of a specific case study or class. Teachers could guide students in creating meaningful resumes and portfolios that might help secure internships or jobs, or to submit as part of the college admissions process.

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Exibi is a specialized product for producing and publishing eportfolios. It includes tools to collect and organize student work into curated collections. Students can reflect on their work and include these reflections in published portfolios. In line with Common Core, Exibi encourages students to support claims with evidence. Students can link various artifacts to a learning outcome and reflect on how they met the outcome. These claims can be added to the portfolio. Before students can publish their work, it must be approved by a teacher. Once approved, many sharing options are available. Exibi can serve as a walled garden for sharing work. A school can allow sharing only within its community or choose to open up the portfolios to the world.

Exibi is organized hierarchically, starting with artifacts (student work). Artifacts can be uploaded or hyperlinked. Students can then group artifacts into collections. Collections are the place where claims and reflections are added. Multiple collections can be organized into portfolios, which are called exhibits. A resume tool is also included. Artifacts and collections can be added to resumes.

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Exibi's hierarchical structure creates lots of flexibility and enables students to think carefully about how to organize their work. When used well, Exibi is a strong learning tool because students need to reflect carefully on what artifacts to upload and how to curate them. The tool requires deeper thinking to produce a quality portfolio, especially if the claims option is used. While Exibi has strong potential as a flexible learning tool, its hierarchical organization makes it challenging to get started. A new set of vocabulary and a unique interface must be mastered before students can make progress on a portfolio. The various layers add flexibility -- but also complexity. Exibi displays links to student work in the portfolio, but it would be much easier to navigate if the work were displayed directly in the portfolio. It takes many steps to upload, organize, and view the portfolios, which might be more tedious than rewarding.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

At first, it's very confusing and difficult to understand the hierarchy of the system, but it gets easier and more fun with prolonged use.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Robust features invite meaningful reflection and self-improvement -- once you've figured out how to use the tool. Students can use customizable criteria to share their thinking and showcase their learning.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Text-heavy help pages are provided, but most students will need much more assistance to get started. Explicit instruction will be needed in order to craft meaningful portfolios.


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