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  • David Berljawsky 5:27 am on November 12, 2011
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    E-Portfolios Wow, I would like to congratulate the group for your excellent project. Very well done and packed with a ton of information. I’ve used project based assessment many time in my teaching career with ultimately good results. I worked at an alternative school and we charted student analysis through e-portfolios. Now, these were informal, […]

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    • verenanz 7:43 am on November 12, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi David. You make a very good point about templates. Mahara does offer a great template, but it is restrictive…..however, I imagine that you could always link or connect other artifacts to Mahara to offer a larger perspective? I need to play with Mahara more to fully undertsand its capabilities….
      Thanks for your post,

    • Doug Smith 9:05 am on November 12, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi David,

      Mahara is a nice (free) product, and you are welcome to test it out on my server at your leisure. Please contact me privately if you would like to keep using it for an extended period of time for experimentation.

      Mahara is very much for institutional e-portfolio use, and it ties in pretty well with Moodle installations. You can set it up to use a single sign-on for both products. If a person has time and a web server, individuals can install their own Mahara and create their own e-portfolio. Or they can take it a step further and use Mahara for their own teaching. And it extends onwards from there…

    • khenry 8:32 pm on November 12, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi David,
      I like the idea of using a SWOT analysis in evaluating tools. It is so often used in corporate settings but here it proves to be a very effective method of analysis across sectors and instruments.


  • ashleyross 9:49 am on November 9, 2011
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    I have always been a hands-on learner, when I was a child my parents would take me out of school for two weeks and we would drive down to Florida from Ontario. We would stop along the way to learn about the different states we were driving through and they would always ask my teachers […]

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    • Doug Smith 11:46 am on November 9, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Ashley

      I think you’re right about concept mapping, and in my mind this tool has significant potential for an emerging venture in PBA.

      I like how you bring up your own personal experience from when you were younger, and highlight how project assessment seems to be better for tailoring to individuals. I think this would be a strength of PBA, and perhaps something that potential PBA ventures could focus on. It also aligns with 21st Century Learning, as espoused by many institutions including the newest initiatives from the BC government.

    • verenanz 12:31 pm on November 9, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Ashley!
      Thanks for personal story. I can visualize a family trekking slowly down to Florida- exploring as they go.
      I helped my daughter’s kindergarten teacher create her classroom blog, and it is based on voicethreads….It is an amazing medium for PBA for students who do not have the written skills to still create a “project” of their own. An example from a “farm visit” http://voicethread.com/?#u451150.b690134
      Although she is using them more for content at the moment..I know that the grade 1 classes may develop some more this year themselves…..

      I like to use Mindmeister as well….although I noticed that if you do not have the premium version, it doesn’t “look” as good. The idea of “concept” mapping is great though. I hope you have a chance to add to our SWOT analysis this week.

      Thanks again for the personal connection….

    • jenaca 10:50 am on November 10, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Ashley,
      I have also always been a hands-on-learner, so this course is definitely the right fit for me! I am also a huge fan of concept maps, voicethreads and other forms of PBA tools!

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