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Thinking about electronic portfolios
Posted:
Jul 9, 1998 11:50 AM


Mel Sprouse and I (and others at our advanced institute) have talked some about creating some support for the development of electronic student portfolios. The discussions included the ideas of starting with templates for the students around specific topics, having a team of students which is responsible for helping others get their work on the web, and involving other teachers so that this could eventually be a real "display" of the students' work and knowledge.
We won't be working on this actively during this week, but will be thinking about it as we work on our other projects, and plan to spend more time with it as the school year approaches. Things to think about would be which file types students could include  gifs, Sketchpad files, CAD files. How should students be writing the web pages? How much of that should they have to learn? (In South Carolina, Mel's state, the new state standards say that every 8th grader should be able to write a web page!)
Mel's _very_ tentative plans include starting with a small class of honors students learning about the tools and ideas necessary to make this happen, and then serving as mentors to the other students in her "team" later in the year.
This ties in with the somewhat less ambitious idea of simply facilitating the display of student work on the web. What can the Math Forum do to help more teachers get their students putting their math work on the web? Have contests? Have monthly topics? Have an ongoing student gallery that kids could "apply" to be in?
These are obviously very preliminary thoughts, but it's a discussion that I'd like to see continue, either here on geometry.institutes, geometry.precollege.
Annie



