An ePortfolio (or electronic portfolio) may be defined as an electronic collection of evidence that shows your learning journey over time. Portfolios can relate to specific academic fields or your lifelong learning. In the educational setting, ePortfolios are being used increasingly more and more even in grade K-12. Because of the wide audience of growing interest, my attention was turned towards the reason they are so attractive in the scholastic realm. After researching deeper, I discovered several benefits for both the professional and the student when using this as a resource.
A professional ePortfolio is a selection of evidence of professional competence for a wide audience. Depending on the focus or the individual, information will vary. For example, an already established teacher may use an ePortfolio very differently than an undergrad student pursuing the medical field. Using this tool will be very useful when potential employers want to see my experience or extended resume. In other words, it is a way for me to showcase my development in my role as I pursue teaching. As I have already begun my electronic portfolio, I see the benefits for myself being just that: a way to showcase my background in education. When interviewing for jobs and positions, it will be an added attraction to give them information where they are able to see a clear visual of my experience.
Besides the pros of an electronic portfolio for myself, I anticipate using them with my students as well. ePortfolios intend to demonstrate student achievement and are developed throughout a course or program. In this process, students generate a collection of material and display it electronically. I see several possibilities and endless potential for the use of ePortfolios in my future K-12 classroom. First and foremost, I believe education is evolving and leaving the paper-based traditional education behind. I think utilizing ePortfolios will be extremely useful for students to become familiar with technology and build their foundation as they develop their education. I may assign this project to be group based or individual depending on the purpose and have students continue to reference and curate it over the course of the semester. Even as I think through this blog assignment, I am excited for the potential my students will have after I am able to teach them step by step how to create their very own portfolio!