Friday, I received an email from an online facilitator with PBS TeacherLine alerting me to a dead link on my Portfolio Links page on the OOPS website (http://4oops.com). I also added a QR code for easier retrieval.
As I began to research and add new links and delete dead 404’s, I thought back to the changes that portfolios have experienced in the two decades since their inception.
One of the earliest and still current pioneers is Ted Nellen and his Cyber English class. I hope you will take a look at the impressive catalog of work that Mr. Nellen has inspired in his students.
Gone are the days of the hyperstudio stack portfolios. EssDack used to have awesome samples from students who would now be students in college, but they have discontinued those links.
There seems to be a casual adherence to the portfolio concept. Just as we can’t name it “rigor” just because we test it, we can’t call it a “portfolio” just because we upload student work to the internet. The best definition for portfolios remains the one I learned from Dr. Bertie Kingore:
A portfolio is a collection of a student’s work that shows progress and concept mastery over time.
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