My school has had a Wax Museum every year since they opened. They were the first ones to do it. Anywhere. Because we are innovators!
Except this year we will not be able to host the traditional event. In my present ePortfolio entrenchment I see a solution. Let’s be innovative again, and start a new tradition. One that sets students up for their future of research rather that only reflecting the past. In a memo to my principal for the leadership meeting tomorrow, I told her that ePortfolios could include:
- Files of various formats (video, slideshows, images, etc.)
- Writing samples (including several drafts tos how development and improvement)
- Evidence related to all courses taken
- Projects prepared for class for extracurricular activities
- Evidence of creativity and extracurricular activities, including examples of leadership or community involvement
I also mentioned 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
It wasn’t until I spent 9 weeks in thought and creation of my own ePortfolio that I came to understand it as a catalyst for communication, creativity, and collaboration.