The Beginner’s Guide To Creating Digital Portfolios – Edudemic

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.

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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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Lesson Plan: Exploring your Digital Footprint

Via educatorstechnology,com

I came across this wonderful lesson plan on exploring students’ digital footprint this morning:

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Although I have covered many of the topics covered in this lesson plan, (even using one of the videos suggested) I like the group activities and discussions. Also the idea of getting them to make a profile online and then have them peer evaluated is genius:

7- Show them how to use social media 

Social media websites s are among the top sources of your digital footprints.Here is an activity to do with them on this. Get them to pair up in small groups and ask them to create a profile on some social networking website you select for them. When they finished , get them to share  their profiles with other groups. Give them time to peer edit each other and make the editing process interactive by allowing each student to assess others’ profile. Finally,  Give your feedback to each group.

I think I will be incorporating these ideas next year!