The practical applications are starting to become more apparent for students as well. University's such as MIT are starting to take a submissions that are supplemented by interactive portfolios.
So what are the benefits?
After listening to @alex_artedu and @chamley_ at the #SISRocks create conference this past weekend, I felt the message was clear. The benefits of an online portfolio are important to acknowledge and understand before creating one.
Transparency allows other passionate individuals to follow and react. It gives the opportunity for people to share openly. My college professor always said, "original ideas are hard to come by, but building off of other ideas can be very productive." Blogging ideas and other work gives an opportunity for comments and constructive criticism from readers.
The Authentic Audience can really create a great forum where Visible Thinking can happen. To me visible thinking is a great way to work on student assignments. I utilize Edmodo as a discussion tool to have those conversations with students. We talk about what they can do to improve themselves a student, son/daughter and overall as a human. Students start to learn in the real time.
Real Time Learning is a very fluid concept, but I feel there are some great blogs out there that can focus the scope a bit more. Check out this blog by @JEFinkelstein and the LearningTime company. It really highlights how important blogs can be to the learning process and should be integrated in our student's learning.
Overall, the goal for my own blog is to have professionals visit and CONTRIBUTE. I feel I am now a seasoned teacher with pieces of work that could benefit another teacher. Like I said, "take it, use it and give me feedback." When teachers start contributing to their Online Presence, the ultimate winner are our students.
With that all being said, under my resource tab, I am going to start sharing some Google Folders which will include lesson plans and assignments that I currently am using and adjusting. I'll write a bit more about each one as I share them, a I look forward to the professional conversation we will have in the future!
Thanks for having a read and I look forward to future collaboration!