In ePortfolios: showcasing student voice and choice, Christine Haynes showcases some of the work that students (reception to year 6) are doing with multimodal texts, digital storytelling, and ePortfolios. She shares some rich examples of student work and comments. (And you can find lots more examples of Christine's more recent work in her blog, such as Teachers open up your classrooms.)
Students used either their own photos or images from places such as the "Australian photo library". In addition, the class created the podcasts using their own voices as well as others from interviews.
Visual explanations were used a lot to encourage oral literacy. Students themselves created many of the resources and explanations.
Data was translated into graphs and charts, which were shared with, and commented on, by peers. Awareness was raised of audience and appropriacy as well as creation of resources for authentic audiences. As such the students created artefacts and images around concepts such as, for example, peace. Animation, and other hands-on creation were seen as really important.
Reflection was encouraged, and students were assisted in reflective practice. For instance, commenting on book chapters as they read them. Students were also asked to explain choices around images, colours and backgrounds. Parents could visit the students' resources, and leave comments.
The ePortfolios are populated by student created resources, which were then shared. The primary years examples shared were indicative of the creativity and engagement of learners once they are given the choice and forum to share.
Do you have examples from your own practice and experience of students creating their own multimodal texts, using ePortfolios, and / or of community involvement in student learning? Would be great to hear :)
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