Digital portfolios expand on the repertoire of techniques available to students and educators to demonstrate learning. Pictures, videos and audio recordings are added to the typical paper and pencil tasks students complete.
Struggling students (i.e. writing, reading) are given alternative modes of expression and means to demonstrate learning. This can lead to increases in self-confidence and achievement.
A great write-up on Three Ring, a compelling new student portfolio app. I wish it wasn’t teacher-specific (the students can’t use it directly), but it’s also new and in beta. I assume they’ll fix that later. Click through to learn more, or read the overview below:
Here’s how it works: First, the teacher takes a picture of the students’ work, then tags the photo with appropriate labels including the name, assignment, type of work and what common core standards the assignment meets.
From there, the teacher can access the students’ work on the Three Ring website from a tablet or computer. The teacher can create different classes and find students’ work that way, or just search by student name. The teacher can label and group assignments such as drafts, sketches, assignments, exam, etc. The teacher can then quickly scroll through student work and comment on assignments. Teachers will no longer have to thumb through papers to find the exam they’re looking for.
Note, and this is very important: Before you click to start the course (which is self-directed), you’ll need to click “Enrol [sic] me in this course” on the bottom of the left column. Otherwise you’ll get an error message.
This is really great. I wish more people would create things like this. The lady who created it even licensed it under Creative Commons, and made the entire course available to download (it’s in a Moodle install).
We’ve known for decades, long before portfolios became electronic portfolios, that portfolio practices in the right teacherly hands and in the right syllabus structure seem to improve student engagement and learning.