"21 Responses to 41 Benefits of an ePortfolio
Ray Tolley says:
January 9, 2010 at 12:45 pm
Karen, I really like your list, a lot of thought has gone into this!
Just a few additions at the moment – assuming that you can fit them in:
Students: They will have an e-safe tool that can support peer assessment and collaboration.
Students: Through the ‘about me’ section staff will be able to discern a deeper understanding of their background and domestic situation etc.
Both: A good e-Portfolio system will allow the concurent presentation of differing artefacts to different audiences, but at the same time saving duplication of materials as all artefacts will be hosted together.
Staff: Will develop competencies that students will respect.
Ray Tolley says:
January 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm
Whilst commenting on the above in my blog, I thought of the following:
Students: Particularly those who are less able or less confident, an e-Portfolio can be scaffolded with as much guidance as the institution wishes.
Students: Students have a place where ‘show-and-tell’ takes on a new level of quality presentation with added permanence.
Students: The e-Portfolio is a tool that generates a pride of ownership of one’s learning far more than any school exercise book can engender.
Educators: The receiving Secondary school will gain a much better picture of the ‘whole child’ through an e-Portfolio, far more than any end-of-year report.
Parents: Parents will have a much better understanding of their child(ren)’s progress and also the quality of the feedback and support from their teachers.
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Jamin Lietze says:
January 12, 2010 at 1:48 am
Firstly, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a link to yours! Yes we do share a common passion :+)
Can I add to the list that you and Ray have developed so far? But I wish to state that my perspective is purely based around the benefits a STUDENT ePortfolio will have on themselves, their Educators and Family members.
A student (the owner of the ePortfolio) will gain:
– a personalised learning environment
– greater motivation to engage in their learning via digital means as it is a more exciting and relevant form of communication
– growth and confidence in the use of ICT skills
– real 24/7 audience for their work
– place to collect their work samples/resources/links
– a place to document and celebrate their achievements
– an avenue to communicate with others
– increased communication opportunities with their educator (through discussion threads)
The Educator of the student will gain:
– greater picture of the “whole” student through work samples, podcasts, videos, photos (depicting both school and home activities)
– collection of student work for assessment purposes (diagnostic and formative)
– avenue for feedback/forward
– an opportunity for a greater connection with the student and their family members
– an insight into the students achievements, attitudes, academic progression and thought processes
The family members of the student will gain:
– greater opportunity for educational partnerships with their child and the educator
– 24/7 access to their child’s work (providing the ePortfolio is online)
– a dynamic window in their child’s classroom
– greater sense of peace knowing that their child is learning about ICTs and social networking within a safe environment (providing the ePortfolio is passworded)
There is more but I think that you (or Ray) have touched on many of them. I do apologise if I have repeated something you have said.
Karen, as a classroom teacher I personally witnessed these benefits as a result of our ePortfolio pilot last year.
Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts! :+)
January 12, 2010 at 8:17 pm
Thank you so much Jamin for your ‘tried and true’ additions to the list. You have stated many added benefits with experiential insights that have obviously come from the recent pilot with your students. As I incorporate your ideas with the current list and Ray’s additions, we will be closer to the goal of 101 benefits that I am striving for. More importantly, we are collaborating on the value of this most useful educational tool, and hopefully advancing its future impact.
Thanks again for your comments and your contributions.
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Gwendolyn Britt says:
May 28, 2010 at 8:52 pm
Hah I am literally the first reply to your incredible post!
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Haya Rashid says:
December 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm
I am (Student-Teacher) in Bahrain Teachers College and i really benefited from your amazing post !
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