Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Live Blogging: Digital Portfolios for K-12

Birds of a Feather Session on Digital Portfolios

lots of schools move to portfolios because of 1:1 initiatives
some have paper portfolios and want to move to portfolios

tool for keeping portfolio documents

Rhode Island public schools has a new graduation requirement to demonstrate

portfolio.du.edu/pc University of Denver (go to graduate student association)

scrapbook kind of system
issue of control - teachers need to have some control so students don't put in inappropriate things or delete all their old "babyish" work

high tech high (www.hightechhigh.org/schools all the portfolios are public

multiple audiences - current teacher, future teacher parent

need to have a basic framework - can give students freedom after that for older grades

security and privacy are issues for portfoio's stored on the Web

first grade teachers get together and agree on one piece of work that al will do and put in their portfolio, do these a few times of year; tied to the 6 traits of writing rubric can look at the class as a whole and how they performed on that task using richerpicture software

collect, select, reflect - collect a bunch of samples, select the ones that you want, reflect on why you chose those

Helen Barrett - wrote about portfolios

alternative to standardized tests

use it to track cross curricular skills i.e. ICT skills

set of essential questions - how do we decide what is good, how do we create a portfolio culture

portfolio addresses the things that you can't address in a standardized test

when you put something in the portfolio make sure that it it tied to a particular standard, can make it part of the process for the student

teacher may specify the work to be included or say select 2 of your lab reports to include

spend time focusing on the reflection piece also - document that in the portfolio also

3rd graders and up can put the artifacts in

each artifact is assessed as normal part of school work

the portfolio itself is assessed also, maybe with a rubric

one school does 15 minute interviews with student and two teachers

can use very short snippets of video to show reading proficiency, analysis skills

Research educational leadership article by david niguidula

writing by Helen Barrett

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