After reading the articles and related links, I was able to reflect about what I just read and about my last class. I know that the last the class was primarily focused on the growth mindset and COVA. The growth mindset was all about accepting failure and learning from it, while focusing on the learning process. COVA was about having a voice and being accountable. I believe that both of these combined really represents an ePortfolio. The ePortfolio is supposed to represent the our journey or learning process and give us a voice. At first, I wasn’t sure how it all related. After I took the time to actually think about it, I was able to see the relation.
I did realize, while reading, What is an ePortfolio, it stated that ” An e-portfolio is a purposeful aggregation of digital items – ideas, evidence, reflections, feedback etc, which ‘presents’ a selected audience with evidence of a person’s learning and/or ability.”. The big take away from this for me was the reflection. I feel that a big part of learning comes from reflection. Learning from failure is definitely more of an impact for me. Being able to think about what the positives were and what the needs to change shows growth. I think that reflection is key. Doing the same thing over and over and not changing doesn’t show an openness to learning or being your best self.
When reading the article , Why Use an ePortfolio , there were a few points that really hit home. I believe the “why”, which gives purpose and reason, spoke to me. There was an example used about the foreign student and anticipation of being asked how about school and experience in the laboratory. I think the same concept applies to teaching in my classroom. If someone were to to ask how my classes and students were doing, showing grades wouldn’t truly document the students’ progress throughout the year. Which leads me to another “why”. I feel it’s important to get in the habit of learning about and developing an ePortfolio for the sake of my students. With the world transitioning and technology being used for everything imaginable, I need to prepare my students. Jobs and/or schools may be asking for an ePortfolio and it’s my job, as a high school teacher, to prepare my students for post-secondary life.
Now, onto what I feel everyone may be mentioning, TIME. I understand the reasoning and the relevancy for an ePortfolio make sense, but no matter how much sense it makes, like can get in the way. While in class and it being an assignment, I think it’ll be easier to keep up to date. The true test will be after the program has ended and we have out usual day to day responsibilities. I think that if I keep reminding myself about the “why”, it’ll keep me in check.
Harapnuik, D. (2015, September 29). Why Use an ePortfolio. Retrieved from http://www.harapnuik.org/?page_id=6063
Harapnuik, D. (2016, March 3). EDLD 5303 Getting started tips. Retrieved from http://www.harapnuik.org/?p=6322
San Francisco State University. Portfolio. Retrieved from https://eportfolio.sfsu.edu/studentStarting an ePortfolio?