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ePortfolios- LJH Initiative

Written By: Paula Neidlinger

ePortfolios- LJH Initiative

August 20, 2013

“One Tool at a Time”- This week’s tool focus is ePortfolios via Blogger.

ePortfolio student training

History– Last year, I embarked on a new project during second semester- ePortfolios.  Admittedly, I had a vision of the end result, but I didn’t know exactly how to accomplish my goal.  I searched other class and student portfolio examples, attended workshops, and read several articles and blogs.  The culminating result was 130 individual student portfolios/websites/blogs.  Clearly, my vision was somewhat clouded.

Action How would I promote 21st century literacy and promote continuous learning and discussion through writing?  I signed up for the International Blogging Challenge, a ten week blogging challenge, which I highly recommend.  The ePortfolio instantly became a blogging site in which students challenged themselves weekly and were engaged in the process of writing and collaborating with students from 67 countries.  The portfolio erupted into a weekly global writing collaborative space- perhaps not how I had envisioned it, but none-the-less, a success after only three months.

ReflectionWhat would it take to transform the Blog into a true ePortfolio?

Next Steps–  

*  Sought advice through networking on Twitter from educators throughout the state- Thursday night #INeLearn chats at 8:00 pm

*  Registered as a presenter at several schools throughout the state through the DOE Summer of eLearning Conferences– presenting ePortfolios

*  Participated in the DOE Summer Book Club- Classroom Habitudes by Angela Maiers @AngelaMaiers- which provided me with new ideas for ePortfolios

*  Asked for ePortfolio advice from keynote speakers such as George Couros– during his keynote speaking engagement at the EQuip Hit Refresh Conference in Plymouth, IN

*  Designed an ePortfolio student template that all teachers and students can utilize when constructing their site via Blogger

*  Created ePortfolio/Blogger Tutorials, which all teachers and students can utilize during construction phases- Tutorials

Results–  All 7th and 8th grade students began constructing ePortfolios through Blogger today at Lincoln Junior High, using the attached template.  Over the course of the next two days, language arts teachers will gather in the auditorium with their individual classes each period of the day and collaboratively instruct over 100 students each period of the day, 600 total, using the template above. 


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