Last year I found the site Kidblog. I researched the site and found that it was free to use (for a generous limited amount) and had great teacher privacy controls. I found it really engaged the students in the course work and helped collaboration and creativity. On a very practical level, I think the pupils found it very useful and engaging.
Kidblog is designed for primary and secondary teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog. Students publish posts and participate in academic discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs and user accounts.
“An electronic portfolio, also known as an e-portfolio or digital portfolio, is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user, usually on the web, Such electronic evidence may include inputted text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries, and hyperlinks.” (Wikipedia)
Benefits of an E-Portfolio
- keep a record of work in one place.
- can include different forms of student work:
- examples of students performances
- demonstrations of achieving a particular objective
- show achievements (students and teachers). they provide a window into student learning
- shows best work and allows for creativity
- use through the year and through school career
- allows for reflection on work. They allow students to think critically and reflect upon their work
- make classroom learning more accessible to parents, teachers
This year I have started to keep an E-Portfolio with primary 5th and 6th English classes. I hope it will give pupils of all abilities a better chance to create and collaborate. Students continue to become creators rather than simply consumers. I hope to report back later on in the year with how we are getting along.
Kidblog is unique among the web tools featured here because it is built by teachers for teachers. Kidblog provides teachers with everything they need to help students create their digital portfolios safely. It gives teachers administrative control over student blogs and accounts. Though Kidblog is private by default, teachers can choose to make posts public or password-protected. Kidblog is fully COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) compliant and does not require any personal information from students.
Furthermore, Kidblog makes it easy to publish rich multimedia content. Seamlessly embed slideshows, videos, podcasts, artwork, Google Docs, and your favorite Web 2.0 tools like Storybird, Animoto, Glogster, etc.
Create a E-Portfolio
Do you want to create a e-portfolio using Kidblogs or others tools? Here are some easy instructions: