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What is a DP
What is a digital portfolio
What is a Portfolio?
Is goal-driven and aims at showcasing the work and life of the owner
Is an organised collection of artefacts and reflections that demonstrate a growth or expansion of knowledge and skills over time
Can show evidence of an individual’s growth and development and demonstrate a wide range of work and learning experiences
Can allow teachers and parents to share a student's performance without interpretation of test scores
Provides a natural medium for teacher-pupil-parent discussions and the customization of individual learning experiences and goals
Maintained over a period of time, can exhibit comparisons of student work and illustrations of growth
What are Digital Portfolios?
Digital portfolios, sometimes referred to as multimedia portfolios, electronic portfolios, e-folios and web folios contain much of the content traditional portfolios include but present these materials in digital format
Materials, also called artefacts, are presented using a combination of multimedia technologies such as audio recordings, video and others
Digital portfolios are an online way of showcasing student achievement through class assignments, community service, and reflection on learning
What are the Advantages of Student Digital Portfolios?
Portfolios in digital format can be easily and inexpensively reproduced therefore materials can be made available to a wider audience e.g., burning onto CD-ROM
Can be accessible from multiple locations and by many individuals simultaneously e.g., on the WWW
Portability: Easier to transport than hard copy versions
Creativity: New non-linear formats and the integration of various media types allow students many ways to creatively express their professional knowledge and skills
Digital portfolios are one of the best ways for students to communicate their knowledge and expertise related to their use of technology
Students can demonstrate proof of their technical skills while also displaying their ability to apply technology in the creation of multimedia presentations, software programs and the like
Self-confidence: Building technology skills and fostering self-confidence in their own abilities
Community: Sharing ideas and resources
What are the Disadvantages of Student Digital Portfolios?
The creation of digital portfolios requires some advanced knowledge and skills and sometimes expensive, high-tech equipment for multimedia inclusion
Viewing a digital portfolio sometimes requires special software as well as additional knowledge and skills on the part of the viewer
Technology can often obstruct the view of students’ REAL accomplishments by using too many ‘bells and whistles’
Be aware of the possibility of plagiarism as it may be easier to use your information as it is already in a digital format and easily copied and pasted or saved onto another person’s computer
- Last updated October 2006
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