Wednesday, December 16, 2009

 

Portfolio Visualization

Nick Rate, educator and portfolio deep thinker from New Zealand, posted some simple, elegant diagrams on his blog: http://nickrate.com/2009/12/02/portfolio-visualisation/ These simple graphics help explain the progress of portfolio ownership and purpose over the school years.

There is something about these simple diagrams that help to explain a complex process. He also published a more recent blog entry that helps explain the inquiry process: http://nickrate.com/2009/12/06/inquiry-visualisation/

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Comments:
Hi, Helen,

I learnt much from you and your early talks about your granddaughter's e-Portfolio - which I took to heart!

As much as I may agree with the first graph, I would suggest that the second graph needs serious re-thinking. Surely in the early years, even Pre-school, the e-Portfolio is used primarily as a showcase?

For Health Visitors, Social services etc the e-Portfolio is an excellent identifier of family context and 'milestones' even before the child is placed in school.

Once the child is in school the e-Portfolio is very much a repository of 'best practice' whereby permitted adults are able to see what the child has done in class, or, for that matter where the teacher can see what the child has done at home or on vacation etc.

Best Wishes,
Ray T
 
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