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Annie Fetter

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Thinking about electronic portfolios
Posted: Jul 9, 1998 11:50 AM
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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 on-going 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.pre-college.

-Annie





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