Saturday, November 22, 2014

Digital Portfolios

There are many benefits to using eportfolios in online learning environments.  Take a look at the amazing opportunities eportfolios provide for students:

- Provides a great self-assessment through the reflection process
 -Builds confidence: their self-esteem and self-confidence will grow as they take control of their      learning
- They develop their own goals for their learning
- They will have a record of personal learning and documentation
- The use of technology enables the use of many types of media such as video, sound, etc.
- They can be carried throughout the students learning journey and used to record, assess, evaluate, and reflect at any time

There can also be some challenges of using eportfolios in online learning environments.  Take a look below at some of the challenges in using eportfolios:

-When beginning an e-portfolio it can be very time consuming
- It can be hard to find the right system or approach
-Technical problems/support
-Students may not have the technology skills needed to select, collect and reflect on material

I personally feel that eportfolios are incredibly beneficial to students.  In my first grade classroom my students have their own data notebooks.  However, after learning and researching about eportfolios I am strongly convinced they are the way to go!  I am fortunate enough to have a 1:1 ipad classroom so the students have all the technology they need!  I’m sure it will take a little while to teach the students how to manage their eportfolios but I feel the benefits far outweigh the challenges eportfolios present.  To begin the eportfolio process I am going to have the students document their current reading level by recording themselves reading their leveled reader.  They will explain what they are reading, the level of the book, and skills we have been focusing on in the classroom.  They will use screencastOmatic for this or the video function on the iPad.    Students will also document their pre and posttest math scores in their eportfolios as well as their progress on their sight words.  The students will need constant feedback on their eportfolios so not only will I provide this feedback but I will also have students review each other’s portfolios to provide detailed feedback.

Below I have listed a few of the tools that are helpful in creating eportfolios! 




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