Ever since Jaye Richards introduced me to the idea of ePortfolios on twitter , I’ve been contemplating how this might be the way forward for a whole variety of things (peer assessment, self assesment, personal learning plans, motivated learners, CV’s … the list seems endless to me).
The first blog post I wrote about the subject has been followed up by a whole host of others – but yesterday I thought to myself that I’d laboured the point for long enough and it was now to focus my (blog) thoughts on other issues. ……… So why is this blog post going to focus on ePortfolios??
Two events happened today to convince me that the subject was worth revisiting yet again.
- The first one was a visit to Larbert High School where I stepped in to the shoes of a High School English teacher. I’m trained in Primary, so it was a bit daunting as I waited for the first class to arrive. I wondered if it might resemble a scene from To Sir With Love – it was actually quite the opposite 🙂 The class were there for two periods and the time was used to revise for the fast approaching Higher exam. After the first hour, I thought they might appreciate a short break and I offered to show them a snapshot of the ePortfolio ideas I’ve been experimenting with. Just on a whim, I asked if any of them would be willing to record their thoughts about the suggestion of students at their level having an ePortfolio. I was delighted when four of them told me that they’d spend 5 minutes of their break recording their thoughts on a little mp3 player with a built in microphone (I happened to have a few of them in my bag from a CPD session I’d delivered the previous evening). I was delighted when they knocked on the staffroom door during the break to say that they’d done just that! They gave me their permission to put it on here (I got the impression that all four had spoken, but I could only find the extract below – hopefully i’ll see the class again tomorrow and clarify this)
- The second event today was when I read on twitter that Douglas Blane had written a guest blog post on the the Scottish Booktrust website . Douglas had written very flattering things about Neil Winton Dave Terron and John Johnston …. and my eportfolio ideas were mentioned, too. More grounds, I thought, for yet another ePortfolio blog post 🙂 (….. and the “East Lothian gang of four – Ollie Bray, David Gilmour, Don Ledingham, Ewan McIntosh“ were also mentioned in the same article. Gosh – awesome!)