Innovation Plan Proposal

ePortfolios at Mitchell

Since elementary school, students have used documents and slides on a fairly regular basis. This year, we are exploring the use of sites in an exciting new way. 

Research shows that reflection and collaboration is beneficial in the learning process. One way to provide a space for students to practice reflection and collaboration is through the use of ePortfolios. Much like regular paper portfolios, an ePortfolio is a collection of student work collected digitally. Using Google Sites to develop ePortfolios gives our students that space for collaboration and organized reflection. They will be able to share their learning and opinions with others while showcasing their unique work and experiences. Specifically I am providing an opportunity for students to use ePortfolios in my classroom in these ways:  

  • students use Google Sites, within the CISD domain, to build and design their ePortfolios
  • students use the Chromebooks already available in the classroom 
  • students will maintain a blog style page within their ePortfolio where they can reflect on their learning and progress throughout the year
  • students will use ‘pages’ within their Google Site for each course where they will provide evidence of mastery such as written papers, FlipGrid videos, PowerPoint presentations, picture documentation of projects, etc.
  • students will curate ePortfolio, and after reflection at the end of 6th grade year, will choose one learning experience to present in an expo on campus (details to come)

The ePortfolio will allow our students the chance to take ownership over and reflect on their discoveries, students will be encouraged to make meaningful real-world connections to their learning, and be able to take these skills with them as they continue through school and beyond their time here in CISD. 

Each student will be able to take their ePortfolio with them as they continue through their education in CISD. This will allow them to continue to grow and add to their previous knowledge and encourage them to make connections to prior learning. Through the process of building and maintaining their portfolios students will also develop twenty-first century skills and become life-long learners. Learning within the landscape of an ePortfolio will prepare our Mustangs for a future that we cannot even imagine! 

Benefits of ePortfolios:

  • Empower student voice and choice
  • ePortfolios help students develop digital composition skills
  • Students share and reflect on their work themselves
  • Research shows that operating an ePortfolio stimulates memory and deepens understanding of past experiences. 
  • Research shows that the combination of thinking about design and textual content provides higher-impact learning experiences than simply putting words on paper.
  • Demonstrate deeper level of personal growth over time

“Activities documented by the ePortfolio appeared to operate as stimuli to memory and elicited rehearsing of concepts in a way that deepened understanding of the past experiences. The ePortfolio method offers a balancing opportunity to regard design and making process in assessment. Despite being based on the pupils’ experiences, the results are relevant and useful for teachers when improving their pedagogical practices.”

While preparing my proposal, I thought about how my students have choice in what they read, but not in how they deliver responses. If responding to reading could be done in a project, while collaborating with other students, the learning environment in my classroom would be much more meaningful and significant in the lives of my students.