An e-portfolio is an electronic format for students to:
It enables students to represent information in different formats and, depending on the software, take the information with them between schools.
Nick Rate's presentation explains:
Teachers must ensure the underlying pedagogy of establishing students as life-long learners with the skills to self-monitor and evaluate drives how e-portfolios are used. The technology or device used does not replace the learning. The technology is a vehicle to accomplish effective learning outcomes.
Russell Street School teacher, Jacqui Innes describes the process and benefits of planning explicitly with students how and what to share on their e-portfolios.
The purpose/s for an e-portfolio in your school will determine what tool is selected, how the tool is used in your classroom, the criteria for making entries, and how feedback/feedforward is provided.
You can use e-portfolios for:
Linda Sweeny and students explain the process for setting up Blogger for students to use as an e-Portfolio at Te Kura o Tiori Burnham School. They describe the benefits of collaborating and sharing their work with peers, whānau, and teachers.
Work together with parents, students, and teachers to make a schoolwide decision on who will view student work and how they will access it. This will depend on the tool you select for your e-portfolio.
When selecting a specific tool consider:
e-Portfolio and blogging tools for recording and showcasing evidence of achievement, managing development plans, setting goals, and creating online learning communities.
The Ministry recognises that e-portfolio tools are an important teaching and learning resource.
MyPortfolio provides a personal learning environment to record and showcase evidence of achievement, manage development plans, set goals, and create online learning communities.
Currently registration is free for New Zealand Schools. MyPortfolio works with any Learning Management System (LMS) supplied by the Ministry’s vendors.
Digital portfolios for any classroom. Seesaw enables students to independently document what they are learning at school.
A blogging service for educators and students, powered by Wordpress.
A blog publishing service owned by Google that allows for multiple blogs.
An and open source content management system (CMS) that allows users to create blogs and websites.
A free website authoring service that integrates with Google drive.
e-Portfolios are part of this NZ-based LMS. There is an initial setup cost for this tool along with a monthly hosting fee.
This Grass Roots report details the inquiry Parkvale School undertook into Seesaw. It includes their inquiry questions, literature review, findings, and recommendations.
Music students at St Peter’s College in Palmerston North used e-portfolios to record their reflections, compositions, and understandings.
Student ownership of learning at Fairfield Intermediate School in Hamilton was supported through MyPortfolio.
Students from Mount Roskill Grammar School engaged in shared learning with their peers and subject teachers for NCEA Level 3 English using MyPortfolio.
Suzanne Baldwin and Lizzy Harrison, Burnside High School, addressed the needs of 13 target learners by making learner agency a core focus for their inquiry.
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Associate Principal and Senior Team Leader at Te Kura o Tiori Burnham School, Linda Sweeny, explains the process for setting up Blogger for students to use as an e-Portfolio.
Teacher, Jacqui Innes from Russell Street School describes how students individual e-portfolios and the class blog serve different purposes but work in conjunction with each other.
Russell Street School teacher, Jacqui Innes, describes the process and benefits of planning explicitly for what students will share on their e-portfolios.
Rob Clarke principal of Burnham School describes the benefits of using e-portfolios in the school community to connect with parents.
Waerenga o Kuri student, Herepo Wynyard talks about how the involvement of her whānau both online (through her e-portfolio), and face-to-face at school has encouraged success with her learning goals.
Staff and students from Apiti School discuss the benefits of using e-portfolios to share student learning with parents and the community.
Nic Mason, teacher at Russell Street School , and his students describe the process, some of the tools, and the learning they gain through creating blog posts.
Wairakei School teacher and her student explain why blogging encourages students to produce better quality work because it is being seen and commented on by an authentic audience.
Blogger has been used to trial e-portfolios at Kimi Ora. ICT lead teacher Jess Hall shares the process she went through to select Blogger, and introduce it to staff and parents.
French teacher Sarah Collett and two of her students, describe the usefulness of using a wiki to create and enhance authentic language learning experiences.
Hillcrest Normal School teacher, Michelle Macintyre shares how technology has enabled parents to be involved in different ways with students' learning.
Renee Strawbridge (DP Mt Biggs School) explains how they use Seesaw to connect parents and whānau with student learning.
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A collection of videos with educators discussing e-portfolios within an educational context.
This search result provides links to principals' sabbatical reports and other useful information on e-portfolios from the Educational Leaders website.
e-portfolios:their use and benefits (PDF, 76.43 kB)
A white paper by Bob Banks, senior solutions architect at FD Learning examining reasons for using e-portfolios. He discusses their versatility and applicability to the wider environment such as connecting to management information systems.
Large-scale e-portfolio implementations – Introducing the epi research study
This JISC article describes the investigation into established successful use of e-portfolios in 18 schools from the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, and the development of a resource to assist schools with implementing the use of e-portfolios.
Assessment for learning and e-Portfolios
This efellows research report, written in 2008 by Nick Rate, explores what teachers can do to maximise the formative learning benefits of online e-portfolios.
Kids Blog Club
A site for children who blog and their parents to gain information, inspiration, and support. It was founded by a blogging mum, with help from her two blogging children.