Who Owns This Eportfolio?

After reading the article foundĀ here, I am still undecided on who owns the eportfolio. Today’s current state of pedagogy and practice would lean towards teacher or professor ownership. The student creates the portfolio for the teacher or professor; therefore, the portfolio is a replication of what the teacher or professor wants. This is the type of the ownership is what should occur in high schools across the nation. High school students need the structure and discipline of creating for another before they can create for themselves. High school students should be given the opportunity to create an eportfolio and manage that eportfolio over the course of their high school career. This will result in the product being used as a collector of data, assignments, projects, and essays. While this practice is not using the eportfolio to its full potential, it is a place to start for students that will need direction and practice before having the ability to create and own for themselves.

Once the high school student becomes the college student or the working citizen, ownership should transfer. Now that the basics have been learned and a structure is apparent, the eportfolio can be altered to fit the unique persona of the creator. The manager of the eportfolio has the knowledge and ability to transform what was a display into a constantly changing, adaptable, and digital extension of themselves. The manager of the eportfolio can now make those deep and meaningful connections between the assignments of the past and present to instill a deeper learning within themselves. It is within this time that the manager can master their skills and continue their digital growth.

My Philosophy

All educators choose to be in this field for their own specific reasons. Each person that strives to be a classroom teacher, administrator, coach, or any other position that works directly or indirectly with the youth of our nation must discover their personal philosophy for teaching. I believe that I must address each day with the mindset of a personal trainer. The personal trainer can deliver individualized lessons or group lessons but must address each trainee with an individualized eye. The personal trainer cannot lift the weights and perform the exercises for the trainee. The personal trainer’s duty is to provide the proper tools, opportunities, and guidance to allow their trainees the least restrictive environment to master the standards being addressed. In the classroom, I will make every effort to use the proper digital tools to provide my students ample opportunities to take responsibility for their education. My students will receive guidance on how to use ELA content to master the standards of their class and how to use digital technology to share their ideas, assignments, projects, victories, and failures to enhance their learning experience and the learning experiences of students around the world connected to world wide web.