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Why Open Online Digital Portfolios?

Going forward this year, onward and upward, I have the very large goal of each student from Grade 3 to 7 having their own online portfolio. I think this is a great way for students to showcase their work as well as reflect on their learning. I also think it is very important for students to have an authentic audience which I hope will also increase the quality of their work. Another benefit is that parents can keep track of their child’s learning and know what is happening in each class and what is being submitted to the teachers by their children. Last but not least, if the student uses it to reflect and not just display, it promotes higher order thinking skills such as analyzing, evaluating and creating.

I was searching to see what other schools and students were doing with their online student portfolios. I managed to find a range of very interesting portfolios that were developed by students in the same age range as the students I plan to develop portfolios with. Here are just a few great examples:



Emily is a student from NSW, Australia (my home state) who started her portfolio when she was in Grade 3. She is now in Grade 4 and during that time she managed to win the coveted Edublogs prize for ‘Best Student Blog’ which is an amazing achievement, especially considering her competition. It’s also great to see her aunty and grandparents have left comments and are keeping up to date with her learning.



Hayley is an 11 year old students from the International School of Bangkok. She not only displays lots of her work, but also seems to spend a lot of time developing those higher order thinking skills by including a lot of reflections in her portfolio.



Eric from British Columbia in Canada started his portfolio when he was in Grade 6 and is an avid writer. He shares a lot of his stories on his blog and receives feedback on his stories from all over the world.


These are just some great examples of open online student portfolios, you can find many others from many other parts of the world just by doing a simple search. A good place to start looking is the nominated Edublogs entries.

While researching my idea of open online portfolios, it was interesting to read other educators opinions. Jeff Delp, a K-12 administrator wrote a great article outlining the benefits of blogs in education on his portfolio Making Molehills out of Mountains. In the article he outlines six main benefits of open online portfolios including reflection, inquiry, feedback and an authentic audience.

Kim Cofino, a technology and learning coach at Yokohama International School is also an advocate of online portfolios. She sees the organization and easy of use as just a few of the many benefits. She has used them at a range of schools she has taught at. She also outlines her opinions on her digital portfolio, Always Learning.

All in all, I am very excited at the possibilities ahead and have already seen some students take the idea and run with it. Some students have already contributed a lot to their portfolios, all completed in their own time without being ask to by the teachers which I think is amazing. It encourages the notion of life long learners and that education shouldn’t just exist behind school door between nine AM and three PM, learning should always be happening, all day every day for the rest of our lives.

ebooks to hit the $1 billion mark

“Customers will have bought $966 million in e-books by the end of 2010, according to a new report from Forrester… A recent statement from Amazon, which claims that Kindle books are outselling hardcovers by a large margin

An excerpt from ‘Mashable’. See the full article here.

Maybe it’s time to buy an iPad??? This also coincides with the rising popularity of the Oxford English Dictionary online making the hard copy redundant. What’s next?

Do you read ebooks on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle, etc.? Do you subscribe to the Oxford English Dictionary online?

Internet Safety Parent Coffee

This year, Mrs. Cerminara, our JS Principal decided to have regular parent coffees with parents in an afternoon to talk casually and discuss an area of our students education. The first presentation was scheduled last Friday and it was based on Internet Safety. I put my hand up to help out with the event along with Mrs. Cerminara and Mrs. Gallagher. Here is an overview of what was presented.

First Mrs. Cerminara presented this slide with statistics and information about the 21st century and how much is a part of our day to day live. At the end is also some good links:

After the presentation, we watched an interactive online movie that Mrs. Gallagher had found and wished to share. All students in Grade 3 and 4 watched this in class last year. It’s a fun way for the students to learn about internet safety. Find the ‘Dongle’ video here:

After watching the video, the parents went ahead and worked in small groups on the new school laptops to try and get their ‘Web License’. All students from Grade 3 to Grade 6 got their web license last year, and Grade 3 will be getting theirs this year. It’s another fun way for students to learn about Internet safety by answering a few quiz questions. You can try and get your own web license here:

All in all it was a nice afternoon with some great questions and a lot of sharing of ideas not only with the teachers that were there, but also the parents. It was great to see so many parents concerned and have an interest in their child’s safety online. I’m looking forward to our next parent coffee!