Monday, April 23, 2012

#SSCHAT on ePortfolios tonight

Here are my tweets on an hour-long Twitter chat on ePortfolios tonight using the hashtag #sschat . It is hard to follow the conversation while trying to provide some meaningful content, so I prepared a lot of these tweets in advance. I still found it to be a disjointed discussion... I guess. Of course, the order is reversed in my tweet history, so here is the order that I posted my tweets:
  • My #ePortfolios main website with links to lots of Google Sites:
  • Let's Answer 3 questions about #eportfolios: WHAT? WHY? HOW (including tools)? (in that order)
  • WHAT? define #portfolio: purposeful collection of student work demonstrating learning, progress, achievement over time.
  • WHAT? #eportfolios = #portfolio contents developed & stored electronically - online (now) dvd/cd (old model)
  • #ePortfolio processes=collect/archive, select/hyperlink, reflection/storytelling, direction/goals, present+feedback w/ choice&voice
  • What to collect in #eportfolio? depends on your purpose. - first step in the process - figure out your purpose.
  • WHAT? online #eportfolio similar to social networking processes: + sharing, interactivity & communication w/acadmic focus
  • WHAT? reflection of student as person undergoing continuous personal development, not just store of evidence (JISC-Rebbeck)
  • WHAT? evidence = artifacts (student work) + reflection (rationale/self-assessment) + validation (evaluation) depending on outcomes
  • #eportfolio artifacts can be text, images, audio, video - let students use imagination to demonstrate their leaning
  • WHY? What are your reasons/interests for student #eportfolios?
  • High stakes Standardized tests & #eportfolios come out of different paradigms of learning & assessment. behaviorism/constructivism
  • IMHO #eportfolios should be part of a strategy for lifelong learning, not only short term accountability
  • WHY? #eportfolios = persistent learning record gives students opportunities for taking ownership of their learning #NETP
  • #NETP=National Educational Technology Plan (2010). #ePortfolios on p.12 & 34
  • #NETP Student-managed electronic learning portfolios part of persistent learning record & help students develop…
  • #NETP ...self-awareness required to set learning goals, express own views of strengths, weaknesses, and achievements…
  • #NETP ...& take responsibility for them.
  • There are student-centered #eportfolios that let them explore their purpose and passions & institution-centered EPs used for accountability
  • WHY #ePortfolios? 41 Benefits:
  • HOW? Good resource from NZ: DIGITAL PORTFOLIOS: Guidelines for beginners
  • HOW? Free online tools for #ePortfolio dev:
  • ePort processes:Capturing/storing evidence, Reflecting, Giving/receiving feedback, Planning/setting goals, Collaborating, Presenting
  • HOW? Free online #ePortfolio tools include: WordPress, GoogleApps, mobile apps, Weebly, Yola, Mahara, Digication (with Google)
  • HOW? K12 #ePortfolios with GoogleApps:
  • HOW? 3 levels ePort Dev: 1.artifact dev&storage, 2.reflective journal (blog) 3.showcase portfolio
  • 3 levels come from my chapter Balancing the 2 Faces of #ePortfolios:
  • Level 1 #ePortfolio: artifact development and storage online with URL. Tools: Google Docs, Dropbox, EPwebsites
  • Level 2 #ePortfolio: learning portfolio/reflective journal organized chronologically. Tools: blog (wordpress, Blogger, EPwebsites)
  • Level 3 #ePortfolio: showcase portfolios organized thematically Tools: Weebly, blog pages, Google Sites, EPwebsites
  • Popular specific #ePortfolio websites which also include blogs: Mahara (open source), Epsilen, Weebly
  • Website with lots of information/scaffolding reflection, especially in blogs & showcase portfolios:
  • Support Reflection in #ePortfolios using Mobile Devices: #ISTE12 poster session)
  • Facilitated online class Intro to #ePortfolios in K-12 begins next week.
  • Learn more about #ePortfolios in self-paced or facilitated courses: Focus on GoogleApps, Mahara, mobiles
  • Some #ePortfolio-specific websites & GoogleApps can be kept private (behind passwords) to address FERPA concerns.
  • Was there consensus on whether to assess eportfolios? #sschat Do you mean give feedback (assess) or grade (evaluation)?
  • Depends on purpose. Feedback supports learning. Grading makes portfolio just another assignment. Want more!
  • Join me in online facilitated course starting next week: Intro to K-12 ePortfolios - using GoogleApps
  • Online facilitated class starting May 1: Intro to K-12 ePortfolios (generic tools)
  • Also learn about using mobile devices to support reflection in #ePortfolios


Ira Wise said...

Interesting. I would love to see the whole conversation, not just your own tweets!

Helen Barrett said...

To see the whole conversation, go to Twitter and search on #sschat. There are far too many to include in my blog, and many comments are not related to ePortfolios. Besides, the purpose of this blog is for me to document my work.