December 22, 2014
Planning to integrate digital portfolios in your instruction? This list of tools is a good place to start with. It contains some useful web applications that you and your students can use to easily create e-portfolios. Using e-portfolios with your students has several educational pluses that include:
- e-portfolios make classroom learning more accessible to parents, teachers and administrators
- They provide a window into student learning
- They showcase both student achievement and student learning over time
- They provide additional assessment information beyond what can be collected from traditional letter grade
- They provide students with a vehicle for regular feedback and dialogue with their teachers
- They allow students to think critically and reflect upon their work
- They enable teachers to develop a picture of the learning that is taking place and show them areas that need more attention
- e-portfolios increase student engagement, promote a continuing conversation about learning between teachers, parents, and students, and extend academic lessons beyond school walls
- Digital portfolios also offer opportunity for students to showcase skills and kinds of intelligence that often are not measured on standardized tests.
- Creating digital portfolios provides an opportunity to teach students technology skills such as how to import pictures, resize images, take screen shots, or use a digital or video camera
I am also sharing with you this wonderful rubric from University of Wisconsin to help you better assess students portfolio works. The rubric contains 7 categories with four levels of achievements and it is available for free download from this link.