I have been thinking about eportfolios over the last number of weeks but as usual I have not been updating my blog with these thoughts. This is a habit that I really want to start including in my learning process.
As I have been discussing eporfolios and looking at others examples I have definitely been inspired to not only create my own (i have been quite slack with getting this done, however I want to take with this rather than just jump in head first) but also to examine how students at my school can benefit from creating them. In my educational context there is a strong push towards student safety and therefore they may need to create their eportfolios behind a walled garden. However, as long as the tool that is used in creation is easily transferrable after the student leaves the school then it will be useful in the long term rather than just a school-based activity or assessment.
Recently I was listening to Joyce Valenza on the EdTech Crew talking about students producing for real audiences and gaining control of their digital footprint. I am a firm believer in giving students opportunities or at the very least giving guidance on how to not only keep themselves safe online, but also to use the medium to put their best foot forward and show the range of interests and skills that they have gained. As she was sharing her passionate thoughts on this topic I couldn’t help thinking that one of the ways to be able to achieve this is in an organized and powerful way was through the use of an eportfolio.
I have come to the realization that eportfolios are a way to take control of the information about yourself and put it forward in an organized and useful manner for anybody who cares to have a look.