I found the article below intriguing for several reasons. First, the idea of creating a digital portfolio of their work that spans their career at the school- is that possible in a high school?
My daughters did this with their reading journal in elementary school- they have a nice booklet with the books they read from grade 1 to grade 6. Wouldn’t it be cool f they had a collection of the creative writing they are most proud of?
I was also intrigued by the author, Holly Clark’s stance on why she doesn’t use avatars when putting her students’ work online (though she does not publish the last name-she is an elementary teacher). She makes the excellent point that students need to be accountable for what they put on line. If we teach them at an early age to hide their real identities behind avatars, what are we telling them?
She also gives some practical guidelines on how she uses mostly google products (google drive, forms and sites) for her workflow. However, there are many ways students cash create a wonderful , innovative portfolio for themselves. Book creator, iBook, a presentation app all come to mind.
Last week on the Connected Student Series, I discussed the ‘why’ of digital portfolios. It is imperative that in 2014, students be able to curate, archive and expand on the work they are producing in class.
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