[Bilde:100619_142340_0.png]Assembling Portfolios -
This spring's pilot test of the software for EdVillage was designed to see
how students could work in the digital world to assemble and build
e-portfolios. An e-portfolio can only be build after a period of time
working in the digital world - one doesn't build a portfolio from scratch,
but from the assembled collections of learning. In some ways the building
of an e-portfolio is like "digital bricolage," as the portfolio is the
collected pieces of work.
It was important then that students have a collection of work to draw from
when building the portfolio. In fact, the notion of a digital portfolio
was only introduced to them in the last two weeks of the term. They had
spent the beginning of the pilot program learning how to use the software,
how to post and respond to blogs, how to create and edit essays, and how
to use multimedia in these various options.
For the work in portfolios, the students were given a "table of
specifications" for the contents of the portfolio. This included the
directions based on 3-2-1 - three of their favorite blog postings, two
"items" from any other source including other classes, outside interests,
or previous work, and one reflection based on the question, "What was the
most important or significant learning of this academic year?"
The students very quickly learned that they could use materials from any
of their other classes, a science lab or a history term paper, or a
project for example. They pasted the content into the appropriate places
of the e-portfolio container in what was by then a known and easy process.
Most importantly, the reflective piece had to be the last piece and the
students created some interesting reflections and commentary. Some of the
posts were honest and candid - there were about 65 different reflections -
it is impossible to list them all here. These reflections are interesting
for a host of reasons and have not been edited.
Over the school year, I was a very lazy student. I barely did homework,
didn't study for anything, fell asleep in classes (mostly math). But
thanks to how the grading system is I was able to pass everything because
there's only about 5 to 10 grades that go into the grade book. Being the
old system, I would of been failing everything. While it has it flaws, I
could of took time to do work, and pay attention when I was suppose to.
When I did essay's, they where bare minimum, little to no effort put into
The most important thing I learned in junior year was not to
procrastinate, do not wait till the last minute. That you must do
everything on time. Doing things when they are do makes things so much
easier than waiting. When you wait till the last minute, there is a
certain stress that surrounds you. A stress that along with a fear and
motivation there is a comulsion to give up and accept defeat. This want to
give up just allows to procrastinate even farther even when you know that
you can’t. In this situation your brain is in a tug-of-war with itself
whether to get things done of ultimately give up. This stress will effect
your body, it will make you tired all the time, it will sadden you, and it
will show you your shortcomings and allow you to better yourself. I will
take this knowledge with me for the rest of my life.
Hm, what have I learned this year that is most important to me. Well the
first thing would be that you should never put your work off. Life is way
too damn short for you to lollygag in school. Next would be to trust in
you friends and teachers, Just because you think that you know everything
doesn't mean you do. Trust me teachers know something they went to
college, and their older and wiser than you. A skill that I have learned
is how to invoke peoples emotions with the piano. Some people start to
There are a lot of things I learned during this school year that are quite
notable. I learned to paraphrase, how American government works, and the
world through the eyes of economics. I also learned a lot about how to
work out and make gains. But the most important thing I learned is not
necessarily related to any one subject. The most important thing I learned
is about society. There are a lot of people with different opinions on
different subjects. Whenever someone is Liberal of Conservative, animal
rights activist, or an atheist, they will have things they believe
strongly that are right. Those are the subjects of politics, and religion
cannot always have the right answer, it all depends what's the situation
is. The thing I learned with so many people with different views s is to
not get involved in the issues and just keep your views to yourself. It
helps to avoid unnecessary arguments that might get in a way of good
conversations and friendships. Just keep your opinions to yourself and you
will do fine.
The power of portfolios in the New Classroom lies in the ability for
students to engage in reflection within the community of learners What I
saw most powerfully in this test was that students could create such a
reflective learning community.