So, I’ve been thinking about ePortfolios some more. I wrote about using them for conferences and how useful it was for all parties. That’s the good part. The not as good part is the infrequency, in my opinion, with which we contribute to them.
I want my students to get into a real habit of reflection. (I think we’ve been over the fact that I make big plans, but if you missed it, here is more proof.) Every 3-4 weeks is just not enough to make a habit.
So, here are my thoughts:
- It doesn’t have to be a major deal every time we add something.
- Not all additions should be structured by me.
- I need to find a regular time that we can dedicate to this project.
- Format is flexible—text, podcast, maybe even image.
“Think-about-it-Thursday” will be a new feature in the week. We have 20 minutes after lunch before heading to Art each Thursday. So, during that time, students will have the option to reflect on some part of their learning. They will need to mix it up, subject-wise and can choose from a variety of formats. The goal is short and sweet.
I’ll keep you posted.
(And, before I could even post this, I managed not to make “Think-about-it-Thursday” happen, more than once. The amount of time I have is just so short that I’m not sure I can make it work. That new surface is pretty slippery.)
(Photo by Rockman of Zymurgy used under Creative Commons license)