So What Are They? In education and training contexts, eportfolios are learner-centered and outcomes-based. They are created when individuals selectively compile evidence of their own electronic activities and output as a means to indicate what they have learned or know. In this sense, eportfolios function as a learning record or transcript. But given their developmental character, eportfolios function as both an archive and a developmental repository that is used for learning management and reflections purposes.
Portfolio Systems Sakai E-Portfolio Moodle Adobe Google Apps.
Why Do It? Portfolios: Help assess graduation competencies; Allow for student representation of “soft” skills or competencies not reflected in State Assessments; Better show student growth (not just achievement) over time; Teach key revision, selection, and technical skills; Exist as portable records of student accomplishment.
Where We Are… Blackboard On-Line Learning Google Apps integration in Middle School TechMondays courses on Adobe Acrobat, wikis, blogs, etc. English Department discussions.
Recommendations Develop core list of graduation competencies; Research and adopt a CMS; Aggressive professional development; Staggered, systemic integration starting in elementary school and expanding upwards.