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Yes, here in the UK most

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Yes, here in the UK most schools are using some form of ePortfolio embedded within their LMS, Unfortunately this defeats the whole concept of the ePortfolio being portable ie from school to school, across different local authorities of easily available in further or higher education.

Some five years ago I developed the concept of an externally hosted ePortfolio based on the MyEfolio system. Unfortunately schools in the UK were too blinkered to see the value to the student of an externally hosted and thus lifelong system.

EduClipper recently added

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EduClipper recently added many new features to make their eportfolios even easier to use. Worth checking out.

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

Hi Bob, Yes, people are still

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Hi Bob,

Yes, people are still using ePortfolios! I think, however, they are becoming more and more ingrained in LMS systems or other school-wide systems that schools use. I agree that learning together is really helpful. I am not familiar with any current system for sharing these kinds of resources, but maybe there are communities online already?

Bob Barboza, Founder of Super School University

Thank you for this posting.

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Thank you for this posting. It is good to see that ePortfolios are still alive. We have not given up on ePortfolios. They are helping to inform our daily K-12 and higher ed STEM instruction. We are experimenting with ePortfolios and artificial intelligence as a part of a new school of the future project. In stage one, we are using STEM, STEAM and STEAM ++ graphic organizers in our new student and teacher ePortfolio system. It is important that all of our work be stored in a strong relational database with good important and export features and benefits for a wide variety of file types. Our portfolios included STEM related text, graphics, animations and audio and video files. We need to have the ability to customize ePortfolios or we will not be able to keep up with the challenges that the education community keeps throwing our way. It would be great if Edutopia could host a sharing of the ePortfolios online workshop. We could all benefit from each others action research and best practices.

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Thank you for your informative blog on e-Portfolios. I have come to the conclusion that e-Portfolios seem to be extremely beneficial in a number of educational settings. However, I am having difficulty deciding if there is more than one way to use an e-Portfolio. I have started working on my own e-Portfolio which uses artifacts and personal reflections to show what I have learned thus far through my graduate studies. However, you mention that, "These digital portfolios have caused a huge shift in how teachers assign, collect and assess student classwork and projects." I have only witnessed e-Portfolios being a way to demonstrate what a student has learned and accomplished. I was wondering in what ways have you experienced educators assigning tasks through e-Portfolios? Your quote also sparked another question as far as assessments go with e-Portfolios. How do you or other educators assess students' e-Portfolios? Do you grade with a rubric or do you have other means to use for grading purposes? I am looking forward to implementing e-Portfolios in my classroom in the future. I just want to make sure that I am completely aware of what needs to be done in order to make the process run as smooth as possible.

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

Great question,

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Great question, Matthew.

First, did you create the wiki accounts for your students through the teacher account (without emails)? If so, it will be harder for students to access their work once they leave the school as they do not have true ownership over their wiki. There isn't really an easy "export" option for a wiki.

I see no problem with keeping the grading aspect of the projects out of the public eye. Who would have concerns about students' work in public view? If you have a photo release for each student, see if it extends to your site or not. If not, just avoid having photos of students on the site. Avoid using last names or other identifying information. You could talk to your principal and see if you can send an "opt-out" letter to parents explaining that unless they return it signed, that student work will be shared publicly on the site.

All of this also depends on the age of your students, too, as there are laws that protect students under 13 and many sites (including Google Sites) do not allow anyone under the age of 13 to create a site. The exception would be a school that uses Google Apps for Education. Wikis, on the other hand, do not have these limitations. However, if you are using Google Drive then I assume your students have access to a Google account.

The biggest difference, I would say, is that a Google Site is an actual website linked to an existing Google account, so would be more easily accessible once the student leaves the school (many students forget their login information once they leave school). A wiki, on the other hand, is much simpler to build and navigate and allows for more easily trackable collaboration.

I hope that is helpful!

Physics and math teacher.

I never considered Google

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I never considered Google Sites for an e-Portfolio but is worth considering. I have used Google Drive for collaborative labs and I want to start my physics students on a class wiki where they submit a video of an object in motion along with an analysis of the motion using software. I am planning on students adding to a class wiki throughout the year and build a portfolio. The wiki portfolio will help meet content and NETS standards as well as providing a collective review source for other exams.

I do have a few questions. Is it possible for students to easily take there work out a wiki and successfully transfer it to another personal portfolio? Also, I planned on grading a rubric hard copy, not digital, for privacy of the student. I want students work to be available for parents and the public to view. How do I best handle any concerns about making student work public on a wiki? I do not want to choose a digital tool that does not fit my needs.

Third Grade Teacher

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When Steve Zimmerman talked about the requirement “ to meet ‘academic accountability requirements’ set, of course, by our performance on standardized tests”, I thought of how ePortfolios can be used best. I do use student portfolios in my third grade classroom to allow students to monitor their progress throughout the year. I do think it would do them a great deal of good to comment and make suggestions to their peers' work.

Have you ever thought about using it to track data to form academic intervention groups? Older students can also use the information in their portfolio to somewhat lead parent-teacher conferences on an iPad. This allows students to take responsibility for their grades and classroom work.

Is this OpenSchoolPortfolio site free to any teacher? I would like to review it to see how well it navigates because I teacher primary-aged students who are unfamiliar with such concepts or sites.

K-8 Technology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

Sounds great, Lorraine

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I love the Point2View Cameras! No need to stress--we do what we can with what we have!

9-12 Visual Arts teacher from Woodstock Georgia

Mary Beth, I will let you

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Mary Beth,
I will let you know more in August when my students actually start using it.
Just finished a one- day tech class called, The One iPad Classroom and I realized that I don't have to know how to do everything. I can provide students the opportunities to use the technology and we can help each other learn. I also got a Point 2 View USB Camera that I know my students will enjoy using. I simply stress too much about my feeling technologically challenged...

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