Electronic Portfolios

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Registration Name : eINDIA2011/AN/217
Project Category : digitalLEARNING::Best Use of Technology for Teaching/Learning Practice in Schools
Project Name : Electronic Portfolios

Details of Applicant
Name : Shabbi Luthra
Address : SF 2, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex Road, Bandra East
City : Mumbai
State : Maharashtra
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 400098

Details of Project/Implementing Agency
Name of Organisation : The American School of Bombay
Address : SF 2, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex Road,,Bandra East,
City : Mumbai
State : Maharashtra
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 400098
Name of the head of Organisation : Craig Johnson
Website : www.asbindia.org

Brief description of the programme/project/Initiative :
The American School of Bombay implemented Electronic Portfolios in the classrooms from Kindergarten to Grade 8 using a variety of technologies.

Why was the project started :
The project was started to support one aspect of a more student-centered and constructivist education while providing a highly authentic platform for students to learn important technology and critical thinking skills.

Objective :
The objective of the project was to demonstrate learning, growth, and reflection over time in a format that allowed for portability, anytime anywhere access, content flexibility, and spontaneous reflection and goal-setting.

Target group : Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8
Geographical reach : Electronic Portfolios can be shared with a global audience.
Date from which the project became operational : 1 October 2009
Is the Project still operational : YES

10 points that make the programme/project innovative?

  1. Few schools worldwide use e-portfolios as a standardized, regular method of assessment.
  2. We do not know of any schools that use e-portfolios in the KG-2 classrooms
  3. Teachers and tech staff are designing processes and guidelines that are not widely used but which are based on sound research with paper portfolios.
  4. Multiple platforms are being used to create the e-portfolios. This means that students are not bound by any one particular OS.
  5. Students are able to review portfolios from prior years to observe and reflect on their learning and growth.
  6. Students are able to take their e-portfolios with them when they leave the school. This is important with a transient student population.
  7. Students are able to include reflections and artifacts using multiple forms of media including audio recordings, typed text, images and video.
  8. Students are able to submit artifacts and reflections for portfolios using tablet devices and smart phones with cameras
  9. Teachers can closely monitor edits made to the E-portfolios using a teacher dashboard, allowing them to focus on e-portfolios that students have been working on and addressing the needs of students who have not.
  10. E-portfolios help address the need for a digital citizenship curriculum that can be integrated into regular classroom activities.

List the 5 achievements of the programme/project?

  1. Teachers have developed innovative ways of including artifacts from a variety of 21st century learning activities
  2. Dr. Helen Barrett, widely known for her research work with e-portfolios, has included a case-study of our school in a book she is writing.
  3. All students from K-8 have the opportunity to reflect on their learning and growth in a portable website that is accessible from anywhere.
  4. Students, even in early childhood, have the ability to reflect on and demonstrate their learning and growth to family, even though they can’t type, by using the Voicethread application for their e-portfolios
  5. Students have demonstrated the desire to spontaneously add content and reflections to their e-portfolios, showing that they do indeed feel ownership of them.

List the 5 key challenges faced while implementing the programme/project/initiative

  1. Shifting the thinking of elementary teachers toward the paradigm of student-owned portfolios rather than showcase portfolios
  2. Adopting an e-portfolio platform that would meet the needs of students from grades 3-8 initially, and then K-2 secondarily.
  3. Developing a shared vision among the school leadership to support what was essentially viewed as taking valuable time out of instructional time for a non-traditional educational pursuit.
  4. Teaching students the technical skills required to manage a wiki website, embed web objects, and capture and upload their written work.
  5. Learning how to ensure that students can take their portfolios with them after they leave our school.

List the 5 points how can the programme serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by others?

  1. E-portfolios are an ideal tool for student reflection. With e-portfolios students review the work they have done, assess their progress, and plan for the future.
  2. E-portfolios give students a way to easily share their learning, and exchange ideas with their family, friends, and with other schools.
  3. E-portfolios encourage students to take ownership for their learning. E-portfolios allow students to easily take a record of their learning with them to their next learning environment.
  4. E-portfolios develop students 21st century skills. The use of E-portfolios develops students’ communication, information literacy, collaboration, creativity, and digital citizenship skills.
  5. E-portfolios encourage students to take advantage of other digital tools in their learning. It is easy for students to link to or embed other online tools into their e-portfolios.

List 5 points to elaborate on the scalability of the programme/project/initiative

  1. As the project is web based, the scalability is limitless. The E-portfolios can be accessed for any device with an Internet connection.
  2. The program is running on Google Apps and is free to use.
  3. When students move from one school to another they can take their E-Portfolios with them so they can continue to work on them on their personal or new school account.
  4. When students move from one school to another they can take their E-Portfolios with them so they can continue to work on them on their personal or new school account.
  5. Students get a chance to use multiple tools like Google Sites, YouTube, Voicethread, Wikis, Blogs and many more tools in order to enhance their E-portfolios.

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