An ePortfolio is an electronic space for a learner to reflect on what they are learning and to collaborate and share their learning with others.
“We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience” – John Dewey
It is so important to reflect on learning and your experiences in order to make an emotional connection to your learning helping to make that experience something you will remember. I found it so interesting to learn about how reflections of experiences promote deep learning when thinking about the brain. I am very interested in reading more now from James Zull about the Biology of Learning. Have any of you read this book before?
This image helps to understand the importance of reflection and the learning cycle. I have seen a similar image but in a circle because it is a continuous process to learn and reflect on that learning.
With my own learning I have created a goal for myself, to reflect through blogging at least once a month on activities I am doing in the classroom with my students, my personal learning as well as what I have been learning in my course work in the DLL program. I hope by reflecting and blogging I can deepen my learning as well as improve as an educator. I have created a calendar to get me started as possible blogs I could post about. What are some things you blog about?
As far as students reflecting, I have a cute video from class dojo that discusses the importance of reflections in a kid friendly way.
Teaching kindergarten creates a challenge when it comes to having students reflect on their learning, and a further challenge with the idea of them creating an e-portfolio. When I have my kindergarteners reflect it typically is just a verbal whole class reflection on our lesson, what we have learned, how hard we are working, where we have gone on our field trip and we look back at our work for the day or at pictures from the day. I would love to start an e-portfolio reflection with my Kindergarteners. An idea that I have had that I would like to try is to have students use a website/app called SeeSaw, where students could create videos to reflect on their learning. The website will then store their videos under their names. They can keep these videos as a “blog” on their own page where other students in our class could see or their parents could see from home. I like this idea because it is a safe way for my young students to privately (& safely) share their learning as well as use video rather than typing since they are still learning to read and write. The goal could be to have them finally be able to type a reflection blog post. I will be interested to see how this works. Any other teachers of students grades K-2 that use friendly e-portfolios?
Still not sure if ePortfolios are for you or your students? Here are 41 reasons why you should be teaching students how to create an ePortfolio and why you should have one yourself.