Why Your Child Needs an Electronic Portfolio in the 21st Century
Don’t you remember what it was like to see your teacher’s in the mall or grocery store? I know for me it felt weird to think of my teachers outside of their business casual attire and not living and sleeping next to the Blackboard in their classroom. But it took just one peek at the milk, eggs and Stouffer’s frozen lasagna in Mrs. Henry’s grocery cart one day to move her in my mind from teacher to an actual real person. Instead of being just my teacher I realized she was somebody’s mother, a person outside of the classroom with a whole ‘nother life I had no clue about… and I wanted to know more. Test scores are the name of the game in schools. Unfortunately they do not accurately demonstrate your child’s level of genius. If only the magnet, scholarship or college admission committee could see the many other wonderful gifts, skills and talents your budding scholar possesses? If only they could have seen your gifted baby sing their hearts out in church. (You know for sure at least three people caught the Holy Ghost that day.) Or perhaps when their artwork was featured at the county fair and there was a crowd of people ooooing and ahhing over their color schemes. Wouldn’t it be nice to send those moments with the SAT scores and transcripts? Well…you kind of can. Nowadays kiddos need an electronic portfolio that showcases their accomplishments and future goals they are working on. It can give the application committee a nice peek at your child’s hard work, talent and potential outside of the classroom. With a portfolio hopefully they have a clue your child is more than just test scores.
Where can you create an electronic portfolio for your child, tween and teen?
Pathbrite is a great place for you to start! I’ve been saving pictures and what not in a folder for years, now I finally have a nice, organized place to put them.
What is an electronic portfolio?A collective body of work which captures the evidence of achievements in and out of school. Electronic portfolios are also good for demonstrating growth and future planning and goal setting.
What should an electronic portfolio include?
- A broad range of their work collected over time.
- Experiences in and out of the classroom, i.e. summer programs, internships, awards from school or the community, outreach programs they’ve put together
Has your child already started to create their portfolio?