Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Web and Students: ePortfolios (Part 2)



Continuing with the theme this week, I want to give you some ideas on how to use the web to create dynamic learning experiences for your students. One great way of having students demonstrate their learning is through e-Portfolios. How can we do it? 

1. LiveBinders

Students can use LiveBinders to create a portfolio of documents, pictures, and URL's to demonstrate what they have learned. This is a perfect way to organize materials in an electronic type of binder, which can be easily shared through email, social media, or just copying and pasting a URL. Students can very easily add tabs and subtabs to organize their artifacts; however, be careful of the space limit on the free version!

2. WikiSpaces

Server space can be an issue on LiveBinders. A few years ago, I was doing research on how to use Wikis in education. I found an example of a music teacher in New Jersey, who  created a class Wiki page for his students to create music portfolio. Each student was assigned a page and uploaded their their creations into their own Wiki page. They uploaded and hyperlinked music files, pictures, documents, etc. I liked this format; however, I would recommend that students create their own Wiki if they were going to use this beyond the class. 

There are tons of other sites out there that you could use, like Google Sites, Wix, Weebly, etc. The idea is to get students to showcase their knowledge and talents to the world. Giving students experiences to showcase their knowledge will not only give students a way to personalize their learning, it will help them to learn how to market themselves in this competitive global market.

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