from the known to the new
Inspired by a recent email, I'm in a digital frame of mind. My questions for all of you are: do you use portfolios to document student learning? If so, do you use digital portfolios or hard copy or a combination of both? Do you have separate teacher and student portfolios?
My students are using Google sites now for E-portfolios and we are absolutely thrilled with the many features of combining Google apps.
When students revise written work in a Google doc, the teachers can look at the revision history. This tells us so much about how much writing a student is doing in one sitting, the choices that student makes about how and what to revise, and ensures the work is the students and not the parent's or tutor's! The sites are easy to make with templates I create for the pages (Writing, Reading, Notebooks, Goal-setting). The best part is that the students have an immediate audience with peers as they chose the work to share with each other. Next year, we will have friends across the globe to share, peer edit, and collaborate on projects.
As a teacher, I love Google forms for reading and writing surveys and for checklists. The information is collated in a spreadsheet which makes it easy to find the information I need and to spot themes and trends. Finding student writing on Google docs is easy with the search feature and is so much greener that having a pile of writing drafts. I am now the queen of organization!