As the digital age matures and the demand for new skills and competencies grows, how we measure what students know and what they do with that knowledge needs to change. The tool students and educators are using to demonstrate that knowledge is ePortfolios. A bulb Digital Portfolio shows students’ soft skills in critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, and self-organizing. Here are our 12 reasons to consider integrating bulb Digital Portfolios in your classroom.
Several studies, compiled by Clive Thompson in his Wired magazine article, demonstrate the “audience effect” — the idea that publishing and sharing work boosts academic performance and learning retention.
Advancing higher-order thinking and integrative learning, the connective nature of the digital portfolio helps students construct purposeful identities as learners.
bulb Digital Portfolios effectively and naturally incorporates into coursework the employability skills necessary to survive in today’s world
bulb Digital Portfolios helps students make meaningful connections across curricular, co-curricular, and experiential learning activities.
A longitudinal view of a learner’s work paints a picture of growth, progress, and continuity over time. The learner can collect, select and compile a record of work.
The use of digital portfolios results in higher test scores, higher passing rates, and higher retention across secondary and university graduation rates.
Building a portfolio encourages students to reflect and craft a compelling narrative based on their values, beliefs, and experiences.
A portfolio empowers students to build upon the processes and strategies that contribute to their learning and helps them learn from their successes and failures.
bulb Digital Portfolios drive the practice of reflection. Students build advanced higher-order thinking and develop their identities.
Students build mindfulness and global perspective when collecting meaningful learning artifacts and making thoughtful decisions about what to share.
Tracking learning over months or years creates a limitless learning arc where progress is easily perceived.
Focusing attention on student learning prompts connections, encourages cooperation, and helps the institution move towards becoming a truer learning organization.
Digital portfolios are not only the foundation of a student’s continuing education and employability but an integral component of classroom instruction, right here and right now.
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