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E-Portfolio

Stand Out with a Homeschool e-Portfolio
On-line Publishing and Record Keeping for Homeschoolers

Homeschooling has ignited a path to reclaim learning innovation and independent thinking. But, how does a parent or homeschool student showcase the mastering of subjects and unique work?

An Electronic Portfolio or e-Portfolio can showcase a homeschooler’s learning experience by gathering each accomplishment along the way. An e-Portfolio is a viable method to assess, both continually and annually, a student's academic progress, and helps both parent and student compare work objectively during the school year.

A homeschool e-Portfolio can be accessed by whom you choose - family members, other homeschoolers, and local school administrators if assessment is required. In fact, parents can present a homeschool e-Portfolio for state review and acceptance, and student’s can use the collection of work as an important record for entry into school or college or obtaining a high school diploma.

What is an e-Portfolio?

An e-Portfolio is a collection of work published online which can document curriculum, learning objectives, achievements, accomplishments, ideas, progress, performance, and activities. An e-Portfolio can serve a multitude of purposes by showcasing, publishing and compiling the student’s work to expand on a personal vision or life goal, to create an archive of experiences, to provide documentation for accreditation – the list goes on and on.

Why create an e-Portfolio?

E-Portfolios give parents and students the tools to publish within the framework of the homeschooler’s learning objectives, achievements, aspirations, educational experiences, and extra-curricular activities. Students can create and customize a true online depiction of who they are and who they want to become, where they come from, where they are going and what their plans are to get there. It is a channel for expression that creates a powerful motivation for creating great content to share with their parents, other homeschoolers, college admissions committees, potential employers and the world at large. Content for the e-Portfolio can include papers and presentations, digital images of student work or extra-curricular activities, photos from travels to other countries, video clips of students playing sports or musical instruments, descriptions of life goals or involvement in community organizations, and much more. 

The process of creating an e-Portfolio not only gives students an opportunity to build necessary technology skills, but also provides an excellent opportunity for acknowledging their strengths, recognizing areas for improvement, setting goals and marking milestones. They are powerful tools for learning and reflection and can provide dynamic platforms for sharing and collaboration.

Overall, have fun with the e-Portfolio.  Focus on what you want to share, your life, and your accomplishments.  Present your information in a clear, effective, and creative way that tells your audience who the student is as a person, not just a name on a resume or a test score on an application.  Remember these tips and you will be sure to make a unique impression on whoever sees the e-Portfolio.

About the Author
Kelly Driscoll is an active educator, helping teachers to develop effective technology skills for improving the teaching and learning experience. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at BryantUniversity and the Rhode IslandSchool of Design, including current courses titled, “Integrating Technology into the Classroom” and “Visual Literacy in Digital Media.” Driscoll also has extensive background in web application development and user interface design, and in 2001 co-founded Digication to develop free, “Simple by Design” e-Portfolio and online classroom technology. For more information, visit www.Digication.com or send the author an email at kdriscoll@digication.com.


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