It's hard to believe that my second week with the UW-Milwaukee Writing Project is over. One more week left... :(
This has been such an AMAZING experience! I have learned so much about new ways to teach writing. As an added bonus, I have also discovered how much I love to write! We do tons of writing at UWM-WP, because as our fabulous leader, Karen, reminds us, "Teachers who write make the best teachers of writing!"
I hope you will look into getting involved with a Writing Project at a site near you! You won't regret it!!
Now on to the presentation...
On Friday, Carrie presented her inquiry project on using e-portfolios for student writing. She began with this cute (and totally hilarious!) commercial video: (It's only 40 seconds long. Give it a look!)
So....are you an "Emma?"
I am! Or at least, I partly am....
I'll admit, there are some things I still prefer to hold in my hand on a piece of paper. There are other things I'm OK with being electronic. For instance, I now prefer to read my books on my iPad (although I thought I NEVER would). I also keep our family calendar electronically. However, I also have file folders and file folders full of paper at school.....some of which I will never look at again. How sad...
Storing student writing electronically is an awesome idea! There are so many benefits to using e-portfolios with students:
- It increases student motivation and engagement-- Students take ownership of their portfolio and decide what work goes in it.
- The link between home and school is strengthened as parents can access their child's portfolio to stay involved.
- They provide a forum for student goal-setting, self-assessment, and reflection. E-portfolios can be used to show how students are meeting the standards and show growth. They make progress more visible and are a great formative assessment tool.
- They develop 21st Century skills and support lifelong learning.
- My favorite reason.....E-portfolios support collaborative learning and an AUTHENTIC audience as students share their writing with others (and the world!) and provide feedback through commenting on other writing.
There are a few sites that Carrie shared that would be helpful in getting started and for learning more about e-portfolios.
I have used Kidblog in the past, but not to the extent of the possibilities that I learned about on Friday.
If you want to learn more about using e-portfolios in your classroom, Carrie shared an awesome wiki put together by Kathy Cassidy with TONS of information about getting started and ideas for using e-portfolios:
I am ready to give e-portfolios a try and to give up a little bit of "Emma-ness."
How about you? Do you use e-portfolios in your classroom? If you do, please leave a comment and share your experiences with all of us!
Thanks, as always, for reading!