EPortfolios are a wonderful tool for learning for students of all ages. At the younger ages, students can begin to upload any digital assignments to something simple like Google, so they can track their learning and progress. At the high school level, however, teachers can start to use ePortfolios for entire units OR year-long learning. For example, my students are required by district rule to keep all graded writing assignments in a manila folder (teachers hold on to these) from ninth to twelfth grade. By the time students are graduating, these folders are gigantic and cumbersome. How great would it be if they could be given a platform electronically to keep their essays? If we wanted their graded/marked assignments, students could simply scan and upload the ones that are not graded electronically, which some teachers are starting to offer. Teachers can use ePortfolios for maintaining course assignments and resources, and students can access it whenever they need help. We could also put student work on there for examples for students to check before handing in assignments. The possibilities are endless with ePortfolios!
I usually go to my school’s technology personnel, specifically a woman named Elena. She seriously knows her stuff and is a great resource and is very reliable on information about integrating technology into my classroom. I also usually do a quick Google search if I know there is something I’d like to use but don’t know how. I recently read an interesting article on Education World.com. The author indicates that some teachers just switch some lessons from paper to computer but don’t really think about the logic of that. She explains that teachers are still keeping technology somewhat separate from the classroom materials and that we aren’t really integrating it seamlessly. She then goes on to add some pointers about how to do this well, such as making the “news a learning tool” (Starr, 2011).
I think overall I’d really like to make sure that the technology I do use is actually enhancing the students’ learning and not just replacing a different out of date activity. I already use technology to some degree. I have students complete group projects on Google so I can track individual contribution and progress, the use laptops and video technology for unit projects, and I incorporate social media when appropriate. But I would like to revisit ways to make sure that these are really improvements to their learning. I will spend time making sure that they match all of our important Keystone standards. One thing to remember is that sometimes, especially with high school students, most of the battle sometimes is just getting them to want to be there and contribute, so if that means allowing them to take a quiz on a phone instead of a piece of paper, so be it!
Starr, L. (2011, June 12). Integrating technology in the classroom: It takesmore than just
having computers. Retrieved February 17, 2016, from Education World website: