ePortfolio research

I will be fascinated to see the results of this nationwide study of the effect of ePortfolios on student learning, achievement, and engagement.

The study monitors about 5,000 high school students coast to coast and is sponsored by TaskStream, a New York-based software company that makes e-portfolios that students use for free.

The article makes it sound like the eportfolios are free, however, if you go to the website, there are subscription rates.

I do hope that the students are able to preserve copies of their ePortfolios. Imagine how demotivating it would be to create the portfolio and “lose” it somewhere along the way. (See my take on 100% digital portfolios.)

We need more research along these lines. I hope that neutral researchers at universities around the world are also looking at these topics so we do not end up with a lot of “hype.” We need best practices (not just best software) amidst the maelstrom of Web 2.0 educational apps.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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