One of the concurrent sessions I attended at FETC was a session on Digital Portfolios. I'm not sure of the need to actually blog notes from the session, as any good presenter shares his or her session online. But, since I sometimes enjoy taking notes, I figured I'd share them here. Here are Kati's presentation slides as well as samples and additional resources on digital portfolios.
•Recall or Recognize
•Meets need of teacher
•Multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false, matching (forced choice)
•Summative, not formative
People in room asked to discuss what %age of assessments at their school are traditional assessments, answer is 60-80% or more.
•Measures ability using real-world challenges
•Students construct own responses rather than select
•Students choose task/student-structured
Selecting your portfolio medium:
•paper-based vs. digital/online
lots of reasons given why it is better to move away from paper-based portfolios and move toward digital portfolios:
-easy to create/back-up
-can be reproduced, shared
-long shelf life
-increases tech skills in a meaningful way
Disadvantages of digital
-access to equipment
tech skills with younger students
can be difficult for one teacher to orchestrate esp. w/younger students (process not usually as much an issue as tech troubleshooting)
Ultimately, we want the best of both, traditional and authentic.
What is a portfolio?
A collection of student work over a period of time
purposefully selected by student
demonstrates how and what student has learned and how they feel about it
conveys a students abilities, experiences, achievements, etc.
A portfolio is a creative means of -
sharing ideas about learning
What can be in a digital portfolio?
-scanned handwritten work
-Photo documentation of activities, field trips
-games/products students have created
-document science experiments (video, photos, etc) [here she showed an example of a science experiment her students did with potatoes, they took pictures and made a video w/animoto showing all the pictures of the experiement--very cute!]
wiki- set up teacher account, give student access
Advantages of web-based:
-continue documenting learning outside of school
Disadvantages of Web-based portfolios:
-maintaining student anonymity
-if you have inconsistent access to Internet at your school
she recommends Inspired Classroom (said to google it - I did, but couldn't figure out which of my google results had to do with web portfolios?)
My note: I don't see these as disadvantages. I am lucky to have consistent Internet access at school, and I think this is yet another way to teach students 21st century skills, how to represent themselves safely and appropriately online.
Types of portfolios:
Working portfolio - work in progress
Showcase portfolio -students favorite pieces
Evaluation portfolio -used to document progress, used for grading
Instruction and modeling,
What are the strengths of this work?
What are the weaknesses of this work?
What did you learn from this?
What could have made this better?