2/17/2005

Reflecting about Electronic Portfolios, over and over again...

I've been busy this week trying to read all the very interesting and full of details material about eportfolios (theory and practice) ... summarizing important elements, critical issues and factors in order to answer the question:

What makes a good weblogging project good?

As the Taxonomy of Electronic Portfolios distinguishes among portfolios based on three main determinators, CONTEXT - AUTHOR - PURPOSES;
It led me to the idea of a Community of Eporfolios for teachers' learning, exchanging, guiding, communicating and growing up in "new tech literacy competences"...

The idea of "Preparing Tomorrow's teachers to Use Technology" addressed as the implementing force in CLU's School of Education Web-based Portfolio , has broadened my scope in relation to what a weblogging project could mean and how it could be used at teacher training colleges for student teachers' learning and career development.

Please, imagine the following composition:

CONTEXT: Inter-weblogging EFL communities - Teacher Training Colleges - EFL's Tech expert teachers

AUTHOR: Student teachers - teachers - students - faculty members

PURPOSES: Documenting - Building - Advising - Adding to knowledge - Demonstrating - etc. the creation, development, outcomes and results of a new literacy built up among EFL learners...

I wonder if creating a community eportfolio as a collaborative project among participants of this group (it's just an example) could help raise awareness on how EFL and ESL teachers can cope new technological challenges in an effective way (I was about to say simple... but I recognize some technical and technological mastery is needed)with the purpose of enhancing learning processes, being updated and inserted in a global community for global and particular objectives.

Certainly many of you have been working on this for a while... but have your efforts been done collectively or individually? I feel somehow challenged... close to the front door, but not yet inside... Are electronic portfolio projects a way into....?
Comments:
What makes you think we're NOT creating a community portfolio?
 
I trully believe this experience is a constructive one and much will be left for teachers and students.... Much are we enjoying and learning at this very moment!!!
But I must reckon nothing of these stuff was "right at hand" (for me at least) before the EVO workshop. I was dreaming about the Web I'd like to have and surf...
Eportfolios (and now I'm reflecting again) appear as a great opportunity for building experience and knowledge, providing teachers are aware of its possibilities and technicities.
 
I think the idea of a community portfolio is fantastic! It would be particularly nice to use a wiki to create one. One beneficial exercise would be for a community to think about its identity and how to best represent that....or perhaps just to take part in the process of adding to the community portfolio, letting the identity arise naturally. I like what Nathan alludes to above...are we not already creating a community portfolio? Hmmm....guess it depends on how that is defined. I wonder....
 
Dear Bettina,
I like the idea of a community e-portfolio a lot. I teach the majority of my students over three years and I can easily imagine the progress that such a portfolio could show. It would provide good feedback to them too.
Thanks for the links. I found another one which served as good introduction to me (http://www.deskootenays.ca/wilton/eportfolios/)
Kind regards.
 
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