Wrapping Up a Week of Learning about Digital Student Portfolios

Last week, five excellent blogs profiled my book on their respective digital spaces.

It culminated in a great Twitter chat on Sunday, 8/17.

As a bonus, two educators – Jimmy Sapia and Kimberley Moran – posted their innovative thinking about digital student portfolios on their blogs.

What I feel best about these connected learning experiences is, through the collaboration of many, others are taking the next steps toward becoming better. As Kimberley’s blog post title states, we need to “take one digital step at a time”. We are not trying to be perfect, but to continue our journey toward what’s possible. Check out Kimberley’s and Jimmy’s posts for great examples of how we might prepare for your own learning journey.

Capturing and advancing student learning through more visible methods of assessment is about helping students better understand their own abilities, reflect on their progressions toward personal goals, and take time to celebrate their successes during the school year. Just as important, to better understand our students as individuals with so much potential can only come from regular use of a wide variety of assessment practices. A digital portfolio is only one of those practices, but it is becoming more essential every day in our ever connected world.

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District (http://mineralpointschools.org/). Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD (www.ascd.org) and Lead Literacy (www.leadliteracy.com).

One thought on “Wrapping Up a Week of Learning about Digital Student Portfolios”

  1. Thank you for the inspiration. I feel so much more engaged and streamlined as I move forward into this year and you and your book are a huge reason. Glad to have you as a member of my pln now.


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