Data Backpacks are related to Learner Profiles and Personalized Learning Plans. The concept is that students would arrive in classrooms with an electronic record of their interests, accomplishments, strengths and weaknesses, goals, and plans. This backpack of data would be available to each teacher and student, at any time, so that curriculum and assessment planning could be truly personalized to students' individual and collective needs. There is a call for creating these at a national level so that as students relocate, or transfer, their data follows them, and can be accessed easily in their new community.
Data Back-Packs are not yet in use, largely because of concerns about student privacy. There are a number of initiatives underway to try and address the need for shared data with the demand for student privacy.
Curated Resources: This collection of resources from the field includes models and exemplars, as well as “DIY” guidance to facilitate your exploration of this term.