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Digital portfolios

  1. 1. Can they be used as a tool to ensure student success? What is a Digital Portfolio? Dimension 4 - Investigation
  2. 2. http://echucaelearning.wikispaces.co m/Digital+Portfolios
  3. 3.  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
  4. 4. . (Helen C. Barrett, 2000)
  5. 5. What event or idea do I want to explain? Using Digital Portfolios to ensure student success. What do people already know? It is a collection of data and a visual guide to what students can do. What confusions do people have about the idea or event? 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 suggestions do I have for clearing up these confusions? By following through this process of investigation we have reached a conclusion. How can I defend my suggestions? By showing links to the Education Queensland website and policies put in place to ensure student success using this tool.
  6. 6. Concept/Scenario: Can Digital Portfolios be used to ensure Student success? Known or Agreed upon: Digital Portfolios Confusions or Contradictions: Digital Portfolios  The digital portfolio is valuable to 21st century learning  Learning Tool for teachers – provides authentic evidence of knowledge  Can be linked to all key learning areas of the curriculum  Time consuming  Learning Managers must have computer skills to use this resource  So many different templates. Which one is the best? Resolution: Digital Portfolios can be used as an authentic means to communicate what students know and can do. By doing this they can be used effectively as a tool for assessment ensuring students success. Graphic Organiser for Investigation – Definitional Investigation
  7. 7. Original Research – Interviews with Early Childhood Educators What is a Digital Portfolio? • Evidence through photos – timeline of children’s capabilities •Concrete evidence •Can be used as a checklist to ensure all children are learning •Assessment tool •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 • Time consuming • 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. • 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)
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11.  Smart Classrooms Bytes aims to help build workforce capacity in leading 21st Century 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.
  12. 12.  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_dossi ers/eportfolio.htm Folio Example
  13. 13.  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/

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