ePortfolios: Taking Student Learning from 1:World
The district’s commitment to preparing future-ready learners and cultivating the digital learning environment has dramatically changed the way educators teach and students learn. With each significant change in a global society, high school graduates will need to be able to adapt, learn and relearn. Northwest ISD engages students in rigorous and relevant curriculum and technology applications to prepare them to be lifelong learners. With ubiquitous access to digital tools, teachers now facilitate conceptual learning through probing questions, problem-based learning and blended learning.
One way Northwest ISD makes this belief a reality for all learners is through the use of ePortfolios. As 21st century learners, we realize students must be prepared with high levels of academic strength including literacy, digital skills, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication.
The mission of NISD is to provide a premier education, preparing all students to be successful, productive citizens. Embedded in our vision is that our students will be future ready: ready for college, ready for the global workplace, and ready for personal success. Being a successful student requires you to be connected, collaborative, and determined.
Electronic portfolios allow students to personalize their work through dynamic links, provide opportunities for digital self-reflection and peer feedback, and offer ongoing storage, organization, and progress tracking (Meyer et al., 2010).
Students require a way to showcase their dynamic abilities and multi-dimensional interpretations of their learning. In NISD, ePortfolios allow all students to personalize their learning and provide ongoing evidence of growth. Students are currently using the ePortfolio to apply for college, awards, scholarships, and jobs. In addition, students are able to take the ePortfolio with them when they graduate.
– Meyer, E., Wade, A., Pillay, V., Idan, E., & Abrami, P. (2010). Using electronic portfolios to foster communication in K-12 classrooms. In Black, E. (Ed.), The Dynamic Classroom: Engaging Students in Higher Education (125-134). Madison, WI: Atwood Publishing.