Portfolios in Place of Transcripts

Source: Mindshift, Feb 2012

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP

As students progress through their educational careers and prepare for college or work, parents can provide guidance to help students capture relevant information and showcase their best work.

“Parents are the first portfolio keepers,” Barrett says. “That family scrapbook or that digital album of photos is a portfolio.” Once kids go to school, parents keep their portfolio tradition alive by saving artwork, school assignments, and all of the other mementos of their child’s schooling.

Parents can involve their kids, even at a very young age, to help them not only pick their favorite works but also to assess and reflect on their learning. The reflection component, much more than the presentation element of digital portfolios, is where Barrett believes they reach their full power.

As students get older, they may need a more formal digital portfolio tool. Some school systems encourage students to use blogs to post their reflections of what they’re studying, drafts of work for feedback, and finished pieces. 

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