Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Delivering instruction through Web-Based Platform & Digital Portfolios

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An ePortfolio is a digital collection of learning artifacts including presentations, essays, rich media resources and records of accomplishments representing work by an individual or group. 

You can use ePortfolios to:

·      Create and monitor progress on formative assessments
·      Provide a secure, online, permanent storage space for students to prove prior learning and skills
·      Allow for students to differentiate between professional and social personas in the digital environment
·      Facilitate transfer of student portfolios to other institutions or into the workplace
·      Encourage reflective practice to deeper understanding of subject matter and learning trajectory
·      Conduct competency conversations using multiple media

Instructional Strategies in having an e-Portfolio for Students:

Assessment: Using an ePortfolio to share the ongoing development of a formative assessment task allows timely intervention and feedback for students who need additional scaffolding.

Group Collaboration: individuals, fostering successful group dynamics by allowing constant sharing of information and resources, can work large and difficult projects on simultaneously and collectively. This can translate to more productive students and prepare them for engaging in the workforce.

Commentary and Analysis: Rich media objects can be shared and annotated by individuals or groups to co-construct knowledge. 

Long or short term projects: ePortfolios can transcend individual units or subjects and integrate all facets of student activity. Concepts that seem unrelated early in the learning trajectory can be integrated holistically, supporting and extending the lifelong learning experience.

Edmodo Pros

  1. Classroom discussions. A teacher is able to pose a question and students were able to respond and discuss it, often times at home.
  2. Posting assignments. Teachers were able to post assignments and students were able to see them all the time, even when they are absent.
  3. Going paperless. Edmodo helped us make the transition to going paperless.

Edmodo Cons

  1. Class discussions were incredibly helpful, but were not easily threadable, causing students to not always be able to respond to each other.
  2. Connecting with Google Drive was hit and miss, and in general required a lot of training and troubleshooting, even for our more technologically advanced teachers.

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