What does the classroom of tomorrow look like? What about today? Technology is more affordable, approachable, and necessary than ever before. To prepare the next generation for this new cyber society we’re heading towards, it’s imperative that digital tools are incorporated into the classroom.
One such tool is a digital learning portfolio, which is simply a digital collection of a student’s work. Moving the typical portfolio of work to a digital environment has a slew of advantages. It also helps familiarize students with the idea of a portfolio as a collection of work, which helps prepare them for college, trade school, and career applications.
Here are a few of the other advantages of using digital portfolios in your classroom.
- Additional options for expression – By shifting to a digital environment, students now can utilize pictures, videos, audio recordings, and other multimedia formats in their projects. This not only offers a greater variety of ways to accomplish the goals of a project, but also encourages a greater understanding of what different forms of information are available.
- Overcoming learning hurdles – Students who struggle with performing under typical classroom direction or from a learning disability are able to access these other avenues of expression and learning. For example, a student struggling with writing and reading may find more value in a video or audio recording. These students have more opportunity to find success which leads to greater self-confidence and classroom achievement.
- Increased parental engagement – Through a digital portfolio, parents can easily keep track of their child’s work. Instead of relying on students to take work home for review, parents would be able to login to a website to access their child’s entire body of work.
- Uncover Learning Styles – It’s no secret that students learn differently. With the implementation of digital portfolios, students can easily reflect on their body of work. Through this reflection, teachers have a much clearer window into the learning styles of their students.
- Develops necessary skills – Digital portfolios provide a great opportunity for students to develop and practice oral and written communication on top of the digital skills acquired. Good communication is key to success in any classroom and career.
- Tracking and growth – A digital environment is much more secure and accessible than traditional paper. Students, teachers, and parents can track progress and growth throughout their school years and have tangible projects and items to include in college and job applications.
There are numerous digital portfolio providers out there. We aren’t endorsed or sponsored by any of these, but our on-staff teachers have had experience using them before. We don’t recommend one over another.
Parents, this could also be a fun idea for a summer project to keep your child learning and engaged. Part of the digital portfolio thought process is giving the students the responsibility to demonstrate their learning and reflect on their experiences.
The classroom of today is transitioning to a more digital environment as technology becomes more affordable and user-friendly. It’s almost guaranteed the classroom of tomorrow will continue this trend.