Digital Portfolios – Positive Feedback
This week I have given two presentations concerning the digital portfolios that are being launched in our middle school. My expectation was that there would be some resistance to both the launching of portfolios and that they would be digital (online). It has been surprising to experience positive reactions from both groups that experienced the presentations.
On Monday, during our middle school faculty professional development meeting, faculty reflected on the value of portfolios from different perspectives (students, parents & faculty), discussed an overview of the implementation of the digital portfolios at our school, and began to build common expectations for the portfolios. On Wednesday I was able to introduce the digital portfolio idea to a group of middle school parents during our Middle School Principal’s Coffee meeting. Both groups were very receptive and were overwhelmingly in agreement that making the portfolios digital was the best choice.
I am looking forward to meeting with small groups of middle school students to introduce them to their portfolio (a Google Site Wiki) and teach them how to use it. We still have considerable work to do so that we all agree on the responsibilities and expectations that each group in the community should fulfill, but we are off to a good start.
Further, I am confident that our digital portfolio initiative will enhance student learning and lead us to hold successful student led conferences in spring.