Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Digital Portfolios

Portfolio, Wallet, Leather, Brown, MoneyDuring one of the presentations at the Schools of the Future conference, a presenter stated that within the next four to seven years, colleges are going to require digital portfolios as part of the application process.  So that brings up some interesting questions and thoughts.

1.  If we are talking digital portfolios, these must be kept in a place students can access as they need to for updating and sharing.

2. What types of things does one put in a digital mathematics portfolio?  I am thinking that performance tasks or projects are the best thing to include.  Do worksheets and tests show growth or are projects better.  Perhaps even some writing as in creating word problems and artwork that shows mathematical concepts?

3.  How often should a student put in their work?  Do they choose something from each quarter or semester that showcases the work they are capable of?  Do we even worry about proving they know the material through worksheets, etc?

4.  Will colleges provide an idea of what they are looking for in the portfolios or do we just stumble around, hoping for the best.  I am assuming that there will be a place to add the portfolio material  to in the online application or perhaps there will be a place students can upload material to that is accessible for the colleges.

A college professor I know, agreed with that statement.  Its cool knowing that this is the wave of the future.   So how do we meet this upcoming challenge especially when public schools tend to be way behind the trends and are slow to move that way. 

If you have any thoughts on this, please share them with me.  I am interested in what people have to say.