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E-porfolios are a natural extension, or at least a companion, to project-based learning. I embarked on this journey for several reasons that took gradual shape as more technology became available to classroom teachers. As an English teacher, one of my concerns was the fact that so few of our students were reading assigned novels. I decided to jump in with two feet and give over the choices almost entirely to students with some parameters.  teach short works, model literary analysis, and directly instruct writing skills two days of each week, while the remaining three are dedicated to project work. I have a blog that I use to give the students guidelines for how to choose and analyze novels, short stories, poetry, drama and films. I also have a sample e-portfolio so students can see exactly how a blog can be used to present their projects.

We use for students are new to blogging and students who are more savvy can choose the platform they like.  To analyze works students use Wordle, Animoto, Glogster, Prezi, Voicethread, podcasting, text messaging, iMovie, as well as text based formats such as annotating poems, Freitag model for plot development and narrative literary outlines.

You can follow theses links to our class blogs:

The 10th grade Honors class portfolios:

The 12th grade Honors portfolio:


January 16, 2011 - Posted by | TEACHING 2.0, TECH TOOLS | ,

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