What is a Digital (electronic) Portfolio? An electronic portfolio is not a haphazard collection of artifacts but rather a reflective tool that demonstrates growth over time. (Helen C. Barrett, 2000) A digital portfolio is a purposeful collection of learnings over time that documents personal, academic and professional development. A digital portfolio is a learning process and a product, showcasing skills, achievements and ideas. Queensland Government
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Process of Investigation What event or idea do I want to explain? What confusions do people have about the idea or event? Using Digital Portfolios to ensure student success. Can they be used effectively? How do they ensure the success of students? There are many more questions that arise in relation to this topic What do people already know? It is a collection of data and a visual guide to what students can do. How can I defend my suggestions? What suggestions do I have for clearing up these confusions? By showing links to the Education Queensland website and policies put in place to ensure student success using this tool. By following through this process of investigation we have reached a conclusion.
Graphic Organiser for Investigation – Definitional Investigation
Original Research – Interviews with Early Childhood Educators What is a Digital Portfolio?
Evidence through photos – timeline of children’s capabilities
Can be used as a checklist to ensure all children are learning
Memento for Parents
Do you think they can be used for Student assessment and if so are they are a useful tool?
Yes great for use in Prep
Can be used to compare terms – what Student could do in Term 1 compared to Term 3
Keeps Teachers on track with what needs to be assessed
Gives Parents visual evidence of capabilities
Gives Teachers a better idea of Students weaknesses and strengths
What are the drawbacks of Digital Portfolios?
Take up a lot of space on computer
Need to beware of all Students – sometimes can have more of some students
Not everybody uses the same template
Not all teachers put the same amount of work into the portfolio
Relatively new – not all teachers use appropriately
Types of Digital Portfolios The Display Portfolio Used to document the activities children actually do in the classroom Only photos – no Teacher comments This type of portfolio does not document how children’s individual progress or development The Showcase Portfolio Shows child’s best work only Children are highly motivated to show off their abilities Samples in this folio do no give information to guide everyday instruction. (Batzle, 1992) The Working Portfolio More accurate documentation about how a child is growing and developing Shows the process of learning new concepts and applying new understanding to tasks Work samples document child’s strengths and weaknesses Not representative of the child’s best work, evidence of their everyday performance. (Meisels et al, 1997) Children can be involved by seeing their own progress and setting goals for themselves Danielson and Abrutyn(1997) as cited in Gaye Gronlund.G (1998) Digital portfolios sustain learning
Portfolios as an Assessment tool
Structures and processes of using a portfolio as an assessment tool varies greatly
Storage of children’s work is essential – teachers need to find a system that suits them
Curricular goals and identified criteria needs to be set – this means only children’s work that meets these objectives is collected
Teachers need to decide which portfolio will give them the information they need about their children
The Working Portfolio becomes an assessment portfolio with the evaluation process.
Carefully evaluating work samples by relating to the curricular goals makes a portfolio truly an assessment tool.
“The primary function of an assessment portfolio is to document what a student has learned” (Danielson & Abrutyn, 1997 as citied in Gronlund.G, 1998)
Investigation Summary A Digital Portfolio is a learning product and process, that showcases abilities and achievements of the student. There needs to be a whole-school approach in integrating portfolios, support and resources for these will allow greater consistency and sustainability. They use digital format which can include DVD, CD-ROM or digital photos. Digital Portfolios allow children to be involved in their own learning and assessment they are concrete and visual evidence that can be accessed by Teachers, students and Parents.
Resolution Smart Classrooms Bytes aims to help build workforce capacity in leading 21stCentury schooling in the knowledge economy while fostering clever, skilled and creative Queenslanders. It is aligned with school priorities and departmental agendas such as the Department’s Strategic Plan 2007–2011. The Department of Education, Training and the Arts is committed to establishing Smart Classrooms of the future, where ICT is the bedrock of 21st Century schools. http://education.qld.gov.au/smartclassrooms/pdf/smart-newsletter.pdf Digital Portfolios maybe the most important tool that we have for assessment in the future.
Links to Websites http://education.qld.gov.au/smartclassrooms/pdf/smart-newsletter.pdf http://www.qsa.qld.edu.au/downloads/early_middle/ey_case_study_digital_folio.pdf http://www.aare.edu.au/02pap/woo02363.htm http://www.electronicportfolios.com/balance/index.html http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech111.shtml http://www.insight.eun.org/ww/en/pub/insight/thematic_dossiers/eportfolio.htm Folio Example
References Marzano. R., & Pickering, D. (1997). Dimensions of learning: Teacher's manual (2nd ed.). Colorado: McRel. Gronlund.G. (1998). Portfolios as an assessment tool: Is collection of work enough. National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington DC. Queensland Studies Authority (QSA).(2007).http://www.qsa.qld.edu.au/learning/7298.html QSA. (2006). Early Years Curriculum Guidelines. Brisbane, Qld: Author. http://education.qld.gov.au/