If you have a child or children and does not know how to use a smart phone, iPad, or laptop, then you have raised them very traditionally and instead of doing them a favor, you’ve done them a disservice. In school, technology has allowed students to learn at a much faster pace. There are websites being used by schools for students to turn in their homework, which automatically gets checked and gives students tips on how to fix it without giving them the answer. In this article we will discuss the way in which teachers can improve productivity and organization by using digital student portfolios.
Student Productivity: Using Digital Student Portfolios
In the following paragraphs, we will be listing and explaining 10 Reasons Why You Should Implement Digital Student Portfolios. Reason number zero is because teachers already plan ahead, so why not put every piece of material that will be used throughout the year in one digital portfolio, wouldn’t this save a bunch of time? You can also use these digital student portfolios to showcase student’s work for everyone to see.
Reason number one to implement these portfolios is to become a smarter teacher by using time and space to your advantage. The second reason is that students will not feel left out. Oftentimes teachers only showcase those who are doing “better” than everyone else, but by showcasing everyone and praising their efforts instead of grades, students will continue to try harder each time.
The third reason is because you can upload not only grades and recognition, but videos and presentations. You can record individual students giving a presentation and put it on the cloud portfolio for their parents to see. The fourth way in which digital student portfolios can be effective is by uploading day-to-day tasks and periodically reviewing changes over time. The fifth reason is to encourage students to read ahead and look at future assignments.
The sixth reason is to in order to track assignment completion, without having to “collect it”. Reason number seven is to highlight the learning process, meaning that students can upload the finished piece of work, as well as the drafts created prior. Reason number eight is to allow others to see students’ work and thus provide feedback and help. The ninth and tenth reasons are to improve communication, and to let students know that no matter what, they are all learners who are growing.
In conclusion, in this article we discussed the ways in which using digital student portfolios can increase productivity in the classroom. It can work for two ways: 1) To upload current and future material; 2) For students to upload assignments and to track their own progress. Aside from these two factors, having digital student portfolios allows people outside of the classroom to get a clearer picture of what happens inside of the classroom. Parents will be able to see how their student is growing, and where they may need help, by having access to a digital student portfolio.