335Re: [K-Logs] Electronic Portfolios for Students (a K-Log?)
- Dec 12, 2002John-
I had no idea this was going on. As the parent of a 6th grader, I would
absolutely love it if my son's school used such a system.
I would like to know more about this. Do you have examples that you can
How is this managed for public schools where student computer time is often
a limited resource?
On 12/11/02 11:54 AM, "John Robb" <jrobb@...> wrote:
> Dear K-Loggers,
> There are over 1,000 schools worldwide (Caltech, Berkeley, Harvard, Dartmouth,
> Innsbruck, Vanderbilt, Cambridge, Iowa, Middlebury, Washington, Nebraska
> Public Schools, Denver Public Schools, and many more) using UserLand's Manila
> (mainly due to its broad feature-set, easy set-up, scalability, and low cost
> -- a single $299 server license can support 500 or more full featured
> weblogs). As a result of this widespread adoption, I get to spend a lot of
> time talking to educators about how best to use K-Logs within an educational
> A new and exciting area of development that I have been talking to educators
> about is the student managed electronic portfolio. This is a website that
> documents everything a student accomplished while at school in electronic
> form. These portfolios include original writing, links to resources,
> documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), pictures, audio files, and video
> files. It seems to me that this is a perfect application of K-Logs in
> education. Here's why:
> 1) The construction of an electronic portfolio is a structured program. This
> makes it very easy to identify what material needs to be posted and when it
> should be posted. This eliminates the writer's block that impedes the
> development of some educational K-Log efforts.
> 2) A K-Log's built-in time organization makes it easy to develop and maintain
> a portfolio over an entire academic career. This would allow students and
> teachers (or parents and teachers in conference) to review progression over a
> month, semester, or year.
> 3) K-Logging tools support point and click posting of pictures, documents,
> audio, and video files. Further, students can assign real world names to
> these files to allow them to quickly re-publish them at a later date if
> warranted (for example: all you need to do to include a photo in a weblog is
> type the name of picture in double quotes and hit "publish." The picture
> would auto-magically appear formatted in the post.)
> 4) K-Logging tools make it easy to move a site from one location to another.
> For example, a copy of a 7-8th grade portfolio can easily be moved to the high
> school's Manila server to allow the student (and readers) continuity.
> 5) A portfolio published as a K-Log is automatically syndicated as a newsfeed.
> This makes it easy for a parent to subscribe to their children's portfolio
> with their newsreader of choice (like Radio). So, in this case I could get
> news headlines from the NYTimes along with updates on what my kids have been
> doing at school. Nice.
> Personally, I think its great that schools are starting to do this. The early
> establishment of the habit of documenting work online is going to be something
> that will pay dividends throughout life. This is an important step on the
> road to a knowledge sharing culture.
> John Robb
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