I am currently in Supporting Electronic Portfolio Implementation and Research with Reflective Professional Development. A teacher at Catlin Gabel is interested in implementing electronic portfolios with middle school students this year. A couple of nuggets I have picked up so far: students interviewed in the presentation commented on the long-term nature of electronic portfolio development. Students recognize that they are building a four-year collection of their best work that may play an important role in their college application process. This may help provide students with a long-term vision of their educational program — most students I have met look forward about a year or two from the current time.
The portfolio presenters also comment on online security in this system. Currently, the portfolio sites are password-protected, and the student chooses to share this password with their teachers or external audiences. Wouldn’t it be nice to integrated the portfolio software with the main campus authentication system?