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Using e-Portfolios to enhance student learning. Nicola Zulu M.A.Ed International School of Lusaka. AGENDA. Use of Web 2.0 applications for education View popular Web 2.0 tools What is for Free (mostly - at this point in time) How to use the tools for creating e-Portfolios

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using e portfolios to enhance student learning

Using e-Portfolios to enhance student learning

Nicola Zulu M.A.Ed

International School of Lusaka

  • Use of Web 2.0 applications for education
  • View popular Web 2.0 tools
  • What is for Free (mostly - at this point in time)
  • How to use the tools for creating e-Portfolios
  • e-Portfolios to enhance learning
  • e-Portfolios for assessment
  • Examples of e-Portfolios
  • Hand’s on with wikispaces/pbworks

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Wikis to explore and use

NZulu ePortfolio

Teachers pbsworks area

Teachers wikispaces area/

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what is web 2 0
What is “Web 2.0!”
  • Read-write Web environment
  • Socialization through the Internet
  • Sharing, collaborating and exchanging ideas in ways that were not dreamed of a few years ago
  • Web 2.0 is a phrase used to describe the change in the way we interact when using the Internet
  • Cloud computing – a service rather than a product

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  • Services
  • Network
  • Use of browser
  • Reduced costs
  • Connectivity
  • Reliable

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web 2 0 in education
Web 2.0 in Education
  • Increases user creativity and community while concurrently empowering user ownership of content
  • User-generated content leading to "collective intelligence" that benefits many
  • Collaborative in nature and features user-generated content
  • There are advantages that benefit educators
  • Web 2.0 addresses some basic frustrations that plague students and teachers
  • Frustrations with contrasting operating systems ( PC/Mac) and expensive software are just a couple of the issues
  • In contrast, Web based applications run smoothly on minimum system requirements
  • The backbone of the Internet is the common thread that allows for easy access to Web-based solutions that are accessible with a variety of browsers such as Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome and Firefox.

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collaboration/participation/collective intelligence

safety in numbers

personal connections--from words, pictures, video, and audio

transparent selves…transparent Web

harnessing collective intelligence

second generation of services

“democratizes” media

authentic, peer-to-peer channel of communication

open, flexible collaboration

collective power community

participative Web

Web as a platform

Web changing from “medium” to “platform”

collective judgments

user actions provide value

architecture of participation

human-computer interaction

interactive, community-based Internet applications

the wisdom of crowds

bookmarking >>> social bookmarking

authentic, peer-to-peer channel of communication

user-generated content

data and applications opened to creative use by the public

creative amateur is cherished

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Trying to define and categorisewhat “Web 2.0” really means is like trying to change the tyreon your car while it’s going down the motorway…..


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This screen capture was using JING – free download that allows you to share images, videos, documents etc.

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Sharing Photos

Educational Uses


Class reunions


School events


Embed in blogs, PowerPoints, class Web sites…

Other uses?

Library of Congress’ Flickr site

Video – Online Photo Sharing in Plain English

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Sharing Videos

  • Top 10 Video Sharing Sites from PC World

List of video sharing sites -

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Sharing PowerPoints

Synch uploaded video with your PowerPoint

“free Web-based alternative to PowerPoint. Create & edit Flash presentations online. Send presentations via e-mail or publish on your Web site or blog”

And even more sites!

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teacher support
Teacher Support

Dr. Helen Barrett – the e-portfolio guru

Great website for teaching ideas using Web 2.0

Wiki – online software that lets users

modify any content, plus everything

(formatting included) about the wiki

Social bookmarking – store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks of Web sites using metadata & tagging

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Social Networks

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All these cool tools that can be used in creating e-Portfolios…

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understanding e portfolios
Understanding e-portfolios
  • Area for student to place work
  • Teacher has access to subject areas
  • Student interacts with the teacher for special projects
  • School encourages parents to participate in students learning
  • Teacher and student together help setup the portfolio
  • Teacher establishes access for parents of child’s work
  • R eflection
  • E ngagement
  • A ssessment
  • L earning

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Student transition to Secondary school

Teacher input:

Parent input:

Formative feedback given, constructive ideas etc

Student shares e-portfolio with several groups

Student steadily adds to own e-Portfolio in Primary school

Visiting teacher provide ideas for special research

Parents can now see selected work at home

Teacher supports student to select artifacts

Parents take regular interest in child’s


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why e portfolios matter
Why e-portfolios matter
  • an electronic portfolio provides an environment where students can collect their work in a digital archive
  • select specific pieces of work to highlight achievements
  • reflect on the learning demonstrated in the portfolio
  • set goals for future learning to improve; and celebrate achievement through sharing this work
  • collaborative support and reflection

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  • for authentic assessment (feedback on student work to facilitate improvement), as well as showcasing best work and growth over time.

Tool capabilities:

  • all interaction between teachers and students around learning activities and products.


  • to create, store artifacts and reflections, and organise their work, with hyperlinks to artifacts


  • to review the work and provide feedback in narrative form.

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Student transition to Further Education

Teachers can check work from previous years (primary)

Student presents results and discusses with parents and

form -tutors at end of a course

Student builds upon material and expands the

e-Portfolio in Secondary school

Careers counselor suggest resources for future options

Student has clear planning and reflection, also changes image/style

Friends discuss each other’s work and share ideas

Student presents report to class for peer evaluation

Teachers check and make comments on selected items

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e portfolios that support assessment for learning
E-portfolios that support Assessment for Learning
  • Purpose of portfolio agreed upon with learner
  • Artifacts selected by learner to tell story of their learning
  • Portfolio maintained on an ongoing basis throughout the class or semester
  • Portfolio and artifacts reviewed with learner and used to provide feedback to improve learning
  • Portfolio organization determined by the learner along with teacher/advisor
  • Formative – what are the learning needs in the future?
  • Summative – what has been learned to date?

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  • Heart and soul of the ePortfolio
  • Provides rationale for why certain artifacts have been included
  • Presents the overall goals of the e-portfolio
  • Gives opportunity for feedback and interaction with the group/teacher/parent

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limitations of e portfolio s
Limitations of e-portfolio’s
  • Teachers reluctance to experiment with the unknown
  • Restricted to current course of study
  • No collaboration or growth taking place
  • Poor Internet connection
  • Time to identify and organize Artifacts
  • Lack of support from school
  • Time

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internet access how important
Internet Access – How important?

Poor Internet Access?

  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Web Page Editors

These tools do not require Internet access to create electronic portfolios. Can be published on CD/RW and if published on the web require server space.

Good Internet Access?

  • Any commercial fee-based system
  • (a free service)
  • Web 2.0 Tools; blogs and WikiSpaces
  • Open Source Portfolios

These tools require a good browser and Internet access.

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  • Lots of Web 2.0 applications for education
  • Creates rich, engaging & exciting learning environment
  • Users become information producers, not simply consumers
  • Promotes student-centered learning through e-portfolios
  • Educators become more efficient and effective in providing a digital-wise environment
  • Students are motivated to create

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  • Bibliography
  • ACCAU. 2011
  • Barrett, Helen. E-portfolios. September 2011. <>
  • Brear, David. Web 2.0 Tools and Their Educational Applications. February 2008
  • Unknown. Using Electronic portfolios for Formative/Classroom based Assessment. New York City.
  • Beekman. Computer Confluence. New York: Pearson, 2008.
  • Fox, J, Learning to learn the 21st Century way, 2011
  • Jones, Stuart. "E-Portfolios and how they can support personalization." PDF file. unknown.
  • Thompson, John. Web 2.0 Applications for Educators. 2010

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