I’ve recently read a TED Ed article by Rudy Blanco on how-to, and the benefits of, students creating their own “Digital Learning Portfolios” and it sounds like such a fantastic and beneficial task for students.
Here are some titbits of important information that I’ve jotted down in regards to Digital Learning Portfolios (DLPs):
- Creating a DLP takes time – lots of time – to gather the content and organise it and make it worthwhile.
- Students need to make sure the content is of DLP quality.
- Content can be enhanced using links, tagging keywords, finding images and videos – all in the hope of offering further information and explanation of the topic.
- Once published, feedback can be received by peers.
But the most important point of the article that I read is:
“Students frequently find resources in places that teachers would have never looked. This gives us, teachers, a chance to explore the minds of our learners even as it allows them a space to put their individual learning experience up for others to interact with.
Think about this: if a teacher does this with 50 students (assuming all 50 students do this assignment), the teacher now has 50 different approaches to teaching and explaining a given topic.”
– Rudy Blanco.
What a fantastic idea – getting into the mind of our students to help teach other students in the future – GOLD!!! This is certainly a tool I will be looking at using for my students when I become a teacher.
Here’s the Ted Ed article – “How to create digital learning portfolios in the classroom”.