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Roger: Dreamweaver...*sigh*...that sort of approach assumes that all students will become website developers, which, in my thinking, really pushes the whole e-portfolio process into a different category altogether. What you want is something that provides for all of the advantages of electronic delivery (24/7/365 access, support of a variety of modes of expression besides text, etc.) without students having to actually learn a new skill. That's content management, and there are lots of free tools out there that'll do this. In our district, we're in the process of rolling out an e-portfolio system on the Mahara platform (http://mahara.org/ - I'd show you ours but it's private and internal). It does all of the above, and lots more as well, including a resume' builder and skills/goals tracker, "course groupings" to simplify setting e-portfolio access permissions, the ability to add external resources to a portfolio, one-click export, and social networking...all with simple upload/drag/drop e-portfolio building. And it's completely free and open source! Of course, we're talking about a web application (you or your district would have to step up and install it on a web server) rather than a client software install (which is what Dreamweaver would be), but I've done ours myself, and it's not that tough. We're piloting ours this summer, and our district portfolio cluster leaders are completely knocked out by the system. Ours is tied to our learning management system on Moodle. We're pretty pumped! On that score, Moodle itself will support e-portfolios reasonably well, and several of our schools have gone down that route. There are a also a bunch of open source content management tools out there, including Joomla and Drupal. Blog platforms will also serve, if they support uploading and media delivery. If you're not able or willing to build a web service yourself, there are lots of free services you can leverage out on the cloud, including Google Docs and Microsoft Live. The trade-off is that you're exposing your kids to open Internet tools (that's not a problem for many, but for some -- especially school leadership -- it's a deal-breaker), and you've lost the ability to provide things like redundancy/backup/restore services. But it certainly is workable. Again, the goal here is to provide as seamless a tool as possible to support the management of electronic modes of expression (including video, sound, image, presentation, in addition to traditional documents) without forcing students to learn a whole new skillset they may or may not need when they leave you. Since most kids are very familiar with social networking tools like Facebook, any tool which feels like that will require almost no training for most kids. That's Mahara, as well as Google Docs and Microsoft Live. Hope this helps! Jeff Jeffrey L. Jones, District Technology Resource Teacher Coordinator, Virtual Classrooms and Communications, Fayette County Schools Fayette's iSchool - http://ischool.fcps.net/ firstname.lastname@example.org "You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "Why, what did she tell you?" "I don't know, I didn't listen." -- Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) On Thu, 10 Jun 2010, Roger Sevilla wrote: > I know this is a big question, but what tools are folks using to have > students build eportfolios? Our Lehman Alternative School in Ithaca, NY > is part of the Coalition for Essential Schools and uses a graduation by > exhibition model. They have always had student build course and a > broader graduation “portfolio” but are now wanting to go digital. > > Their current thinking is to offer a course where the students can > technological literacy with a publishing tool and then use and refine > those skills over time as they build their portfolio. > > They have worked a bit with folks in the field that have done this as a > focus and piloted a tool, but have chosen to keep exploring other tools. > Currently they are proposing Dreamweaver but are asking me what else > they should be considering. > > If you have strong opinions of what to use (or not use) would you share > them with me. Also, if you have urls of publicly accessible portfolios, > can you provide them as well? Does anyone have firsthand experience with > any open source solutions? I’m sure they would prefer a tool that allows > personalization (not cookie cutter) but one that does not have too steep > of a learning tool... Oh, and is inexpensive! Lol > > tia > > -Roger > > ------------------------------------------------------------------- > Roger Sevilla > Technology Integration Staff Developer > Ithaca City School District > 1401 N. Cayuga St. > Ithaca, NY 14850 > (607) 274-6805 > email@example.com > > Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why -Bernard Baruch > --- Edtech Archives, posting guidelines and other information are at: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~edweb Please include your name, email address, and school or professional affiliation in each posting. To unsubscribe send the following command to: LISTSERV@H-NET.MSU.EDU SIGNOFF EDTECH