I see one of the significant benefits of e portfolios and reporting using an LMS is the ability to report assessment information as it happens. An accumulative record of achievement would surely supersede a summative report. An online space where students can demonstrate their achievements, successes and reflections is surely beneficial to encouraging continuous improvement. A space that encourages collaboration and ease in which families can share in the journey has endless possibilities.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
E Portfolios - Why what's the point?
How can we communicate to parents in a more timely manner? We seem to hang on to all this information till the end of a term before sending it home. How is that helpful? The moment taken by teachers to call home when a student has passed the next reading level, or photocopied a piece of stunning writing a student has been working on and sending it home in a card seems to be more authentic and meaning for both the learner and parents. It amazes me how much time and energy teachers put in to writing end of year reports, if the same time and energy was put in to communicating across the year I wonder if the more informal connection would have more impact on student achievement.