I find it interesting to think that just because you are providing chances for students to be creative with their learning/sharing, they still may not have true ownership of their work. I wonder if while we are teaching our students, it is okay students may not feel full ownership of their work right away. With younger students, I think it is important to have gradual release to build confidence but by the end of our unit they should have complete control and ownership of their work.
I think of my own experience with creating my class website for my undergrad as well as our ePortfolios for this program. When creating my class website for my undergrad I was given specific things that should be added, told I needed to reflect on my learning and different links that needed to be present. While I was free to createthis website as I wanted, the real ownership did not come until after I was finished with my undergrad. Once I graduated and got into the classroom, I was able to use my website, which made me want to further develop my website for my own use. This is when the true ownership came in. I was adding to and reflecting on my learning for me. I wasn’t concerned with my audience. I knew they would come. This was for myself to help me to be a better teacher, sharing my learning and helping students to learn. I appreciate my Applying Educational Technology Portfolio course at Lamar because it helped to provide a base of my ePortfoilo as well as the push to continue to add to my website/ePortfolio and to reflect on my learning. It reminds me of how important it is to take time to reflect and to understand that my ePortfolio is for me and my learning/growing. I own my website.