Well, it’s taken a while to create something that looks like an ePortfolio for an upper Primary aged class – but I think I’m getting there. When I first heard of the concept, I wrote a blog post on here and I like to revisit it now and then to make sure that I’m not cheating and calling something an ePortfolio when it clearly isn’t. The original post is here.
I wrote that post while on secondment, and it helps that I now have my own Primary 6 class to experiment with Much of what we’ve been up to can be seen on the pages of our class blog – but I thought it might be a good idea to record the recent ePortfolio journey on here.
My previous post explained my thinking behind using Glow wikis as ePortfolios and here’s the story about how things are going so far:
When I first introduced Glow wikis as ePortfolios, Andrew wrote:
“Hi everyone! Welcome to my ePortfolio. Well, this is actually a GlowWiki but I am using it as an ePortfolio. Incase you were wondering, an ePortfolio is something online where you record your achievements throughout the years. You can use it to get a job when you grow up as well. So if you want to view all my achievements throughout the years, click on the pages to the left, or use the links on the banners below.”
Others have also begun recording their achievements. For example, Anna was keen to record her class talk about her cat called Pepper and she made a reconstruction of her original talk so that she could add it to her ePortfolio. Have a look/listen here
And, as part of our Victorian’s project, the class were asked to interview an older member of their family so that they could get a sense of the past. Brooke uploaded her interview with her Gran to her ePortfolio. Have a listen: Brooke interviews her Gran about schooldays in the past
Ryan, on the other hand, was less taken with the idea:
“Hi my name is ryan r and I am new to the eportfoio and I do not know what to do on it. Hopefully my friend Jack D the expert can help me.”
His attitude changed, though, when he saw that others had been recording outside school achievements. Some have started bringing in trophies and medals so that we can have photographic evidence to upload. Check out Lucy’s TaeKwonDo narrated slideshow
After seeing these, Ryan was keen to show off his own achievements outside of school and brought in some of his football trophies. With help from others, he managed to update his own ePortfolio and record his football achievements on photostory 3
There are more Glow wiki examples I could link to, but what I’m hoping is that the children will see the connection between their Glow wikis and they great posts they’ve been adding to their Glog blogs. There are lots and lots of examples of great blog posts, but I’ll link to Mason’s one about finding a reading book about his favourite film ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. I didn’t know that Mason liked the film … or the book Mason’s blog post is here.
Their story writing, started on their wikispaces during their ‘pre Glow wiki era’, should also be included. The Terrible Time Machine is a great example. Read it here.
We’ve also recently set up a class Glow wiki so that the children can demonstrate their ability to work with others.
Check out our first task here: Our Writing Task
Eight groups are involved. The Billionaires have completed some of the tasks. Have a look.
More to come