Interactive ePortfoliosWeb 2.0 tools toImprove/ShowcaseStudent Learning Dr. Helen Barrett electronicportfolios.org http://www.slideshare.net/eportfolios/
Newbie question: What are ePortfolios? e= Using Technology to create… Portfolio = Purposeful Collections of Student Work
What is a Portfolio? Dictionary definition: a flat, portable case for carrying loose papers, drawings, etc. Financial portfolio: document accumulation of fiscalcapital Educational portfolio: document development of humancapital
What is a Portfolio in Education? A portfolio is a purposeful collection of student work that exhibits the student's efforts, progress and achievements in oneor more areas[over time]. (Northwest Evaluation Association, 1990)
Most of those documents began as digital documents!
What is in an Education Portfolio? The collection must include: student participation in selecting contents the criteria for selection the criteria for judging merit evidence of student self-reflection (Northwest Evaluation Association, 1990)
Today’s Technology Choices Slow Internet Access? Microsoft Office Word Excel PowerPoint Other Options: Adobe Acrobat Apple iLife06 (iDVD, iWeb) Web Page Editors DreamWeaver Front Page Publish on CD or DVD Fast Internet Access? Open Source Tools Most require a server Commercial Services Web 2.0 Tools (Free!) Blogs Wikis Google Tools Interactivity is KEY Publish online
Today,wewill… Review the philosophy behind ePortfolios and levels/strategies for implementation in a Web 2.0 world Review a few technology strategies for scaffolding reflection Review strategies for implementing ePortfolios using a blogging platform (WordPress/EduBlogs) and Google tools
Enhancing students' computer & multimedia skills through ePortfolios
International Trends in ePortfolio Development Personalized Learning ‘Choice’ and ‘Voice’ Self-Directed Learning Reflective Practice Constructing Deep Learning Digital Identity Development & Personal Branding Interactivity!!!
Student Engagement! CQ + PQ > IQ (Friedman, 2006)[Curiosity + Passion] Learners find their voice and passions through choice and personalization! Portfolio as Story Positive Digital Identity Development - Branding “Academic MySpace”
Six technologies with the power to transform K-12 teaching and learning One year or less: collaborative environments online communication tools Two to three years: mobile devices cloud computing Four to five years: smart objects the personal web New Media Centers http://www.nmc.org/
Showcase? Assessment? Reflection? Multiple Purposes from Hidden Assumptions http://www.rsc-northwest.ac.uk/acl/eMagArchive/RSCeMag2008/choosing%20an%20eportfolio/cool-cartoon-346082.png
“The Blind Men and the Elephant”Thanks to Alan Levine
QUOTE The e-portfolio is the central and common point for the student experience… It is a reflection of the student as a person undergoing continuous personal development, not just a store of evidence.-Geoff Rebbeck, e-Learning Coordinator, Thanet College, quoted in JISC, 2008, Effective Practice with e-Portfolios
Some Basic Concepts “ePortfoliois both process and product” Process: A series of events (time and effort) to produce a result- From Old French proces(“‘journey’”) Product: the outcome/results or “thinginess” of an activity/process- Destination Wiktionary
Architecture of InteractionArchitecture of Participation(Web 2.0) allows a Pedagogyof Interaction (ePortfolio 2.0)
Why Web 2.0 for e-portfolios? Access from Anywhere! Interactivity! Engagement! Lifelong Skills! Mostly FREE!
Web 2.0 Technologies Advantages Free, often open-source tools on the WWW “Me Publishing (blog and wiki) Shared Writing (GoogleDocs) Web Publishing(Google Sites) Disadvantages May require higher technology competency Mostly not secure websites “Small Pieces, Loosely Joined”
All you need is… an <Embed> Code! Hall Davidson
Blogs Advantages Quickly, easily create a learning journal, documenting growth over time with entries that are date-stamped. WordPress allows additional pages and sub-pages. Interactivity is maintained through RSS feeds and Comments that can be added. WordPress file limit 3 GB! WordPress blogs can be password-protected (as well as individual entries). Disadvantages Prescribed order (reverse-chronological) of entries. Does not allow organizing attached files into folders. Limited attachments in Blogger. Blogger does not allow passwords, often blocked in schools
Developing ePortfolios using WordPress or Movable Type blogging software (with pages)
Wikis Advantages Free (for education) online system. Wikispaces allows 2 GB online storage (PBWiki limits 50 MB). Page can be edited by approved members. Discussion link on top of every page. Saves draft pages and keeps versions. Allows embedding media and building tables on pages. Disadvantages Set up own system for managing the feedback on student work. Does not allow organizing files into folders. Archived version does not save navigation menu.
GoogleDocs Advantages Documents, presentations or spreadsheets can be edited Maintains a record of all revisions, with identity of author. Interactivity is maintained through comments and co-authoring. Easily embed presentations into blog. Convert all documents to Microsoft Office or OpenOffice or PDF. Disadvantages Set up own system for managing the feedback on student work. Requires full time high speed Internet access. No attachments, only hyperlinks to documents.
Google Pages NOW Google Sites Advantages Free website builder Easy-to-use Flexibility and creativity in portfolio authoring. Helps students build technology skills. Automatically store pages online. 100 MB limit on uploaded attachments Disadvantages No Interactivity Set up own system for managing the feedback on student work. More of a web page builder than a portfolio program. Follow changes by eMail
Public Google Tools vs. GoogleApps for Education? Public Google Tools (Gmail account) Student owns the account for life (must be over 13) Student has complete control of access FREE for anyone No uploading to Google Video (must use YouTube to embed videos) Start immediately Google Apps for Education Protected environment (school assigns account) School can control access (limit to members) FREE for education Limited use of Google Video (2 GB) Need some advanced set-up time http://sites.google.com/site/colettecassinelli/proscons
Move beyond text-only artifacts Encourage development of multimedia artifacts Introduce alternative strategies for reflection Digital storytelling (audio & video) Blogging (including Twitter)
Do Your e-Portfolios have VOICE? Individual Identity Reflection Meaning Making 21st Century Literacy “When words are infused by the human voice, they come alive.” - Maya Angelou
Portfolio tells a Story "A portfolio tells a story. It is the story of knowing. Knowing about things... Knowing oneself... Knowing an audience... Portfolios are students' own stories of what they know, why they believe they know it, and why others should be of the same opinion.” (Paulson & Paulson, 1991, p.2)
Portfolios tell a Story “A portfolio is opinion backed by fact... Students prove what they know with samples of their work.”(Paulson & Paulson, 1991, p.2)
Review Examples of Scaffolding for Reflection http://sites.google.com/site/reflection4learning
Digital Tools for Reflection Digital Storytelling and Engagement
Invitation to Collaboratehttp://electronicportfolios.org/web2volunteer.html Help me write a book for ISTE on Interactive Portfolios for Learning Need K-12 teachers familiar with portfolios and comfortable with technology Use primarily Web 2.0 tools (blog, wiki, GoogleApps) Send me an email
New Google Sitesinvitation for collaborators Reflection for Learninghttp://sites.google.com/site/reflection4learning ePortfolio Survey Instrumentshttp://sites.google.com/site/eportfoliosurveys Assessment for Learninghttp://sites.google.com/site/assessment4learning CIC Websites due in the fall: Multimedia Records of Practice, Electronic Portfolios & Digital Storytelling
More Learning Resources http://mosep.org MOre Self-Esteem with my ePortfolio (European Study & Tutorial)
Don’t double your learning!Consider Cognitive Overload! When learning new tools, use familiar tasks; When learning new tasks, use familiar tools. Barrett, 1991
My Final Wish… May all yourelectronic portfolios become dynamic celebrations and stories of deep learningacross the lifespan.
Dr. Helen Barrett Researcher & ConsultantElectronic Portfolios & Digital Storytelling for Lifelong and Life Wide Learning email@example.com http://electronicportfolios.org/