A webfolio is an electronic version of the portfolio. Using the Multigenre approach would be advised. The webfolio is a collection of the scholar's work placed on the webpage with links to other Internet resources. The webfolio when it is complete, though many folks consider it always UNDER CONSTRUCTION, will be introduced by a piece which explains the webfolio, introduces and links to the work represented in the webfolio, and assesses the scholar's progress. The webfolio is a collection of all of the scholar's work created throughout the year. It starts out as a homepage.

Your webfolio will include your hypertext essays, your own writings, using a paper template, and any other elements you wish to represent you and your capabilities as a web scholar.

The webfolio is a tool to promote scholarship: make it public, peer review, pass it on. By making it public, I mean publish it. I prefer the web for scholarly publishing as it can be continually worked on more efficiently than that in print. It also provides a wider audience. Peer Review is a key part of scholarship as we engage in dialogue with like minded scholars about our work. This is very constructive criticism. Finally, the third tenet of scholarship is "pass it on." Just as we take from other scholars, our work should be passed on to other scholars to use and build their own scholarship. The webfolio, the web based portfolio, is in my opinion, is the better way to go instead of print since the scholar can share hir work with more scholars more immediately and change and adjust hir work based on interaction with other scholars.

The webfolio will follow you and may serve as a fine representation for college admissions and for job interviews. The webfolio is yours and should grow as you grow. You should always revisit the webfolio in the years after you leave ITHS and continue to grow your professional webfolio as you proceed through college and life. The webfolio/webpage is a mirror to your soul.
Remember the webfolio is always under construction as are we.

Now one more point. As practicing scholars who have made your work public and have engaged in peer review; two elements are crucial in the passing it on part: publishing and presenting. You are all publishing this work on the web, but may have the opportunity to publish elsewhere on web and in print, do so. As for presenting this requires a different skill outlined beautifully in this article "Powerspeak: Forgotten Fundamentals of Presentation Speaking" by teacher Jeff Adkins. He hits on most of the problems seen in PP presentations. Pay particular attention to "I'll just type every single word on the screen and read it to everyone. That will be interesting..." No it won't be. Here is a good example of boring.

Here is the link to the 2003 Information Technology scholar's work.

Follow these links to previous year's scholar's webfolios from Murry Bergtraum HS:

1994 - 2000

Some Links:

  • The Webfolio: Why write to the Internet?
  • Portfolio links from The Mining Company
  • Portfolios
  • Self-Assessment in Portfolios
  • The Vermont Portfolios Project
  • References
  • Beyond Portfolios The Online Learning Record
  • Getting Started with Digital Portfolios Visit this site for information on using digital portfolios in your classroom.
  • Online Portfolios Cathleen Chamberlain takes the idea of electronic portfolios a step further by posting them online where families can easily access student work from anywhere on the Internet.
  • Electronic Portfolios At-a-Glance Guides These guides explain how to use common software tools to create electronic portfolios.
  • Portfolio Assessment Find out how portfolios allow you to document the "thinking" behind program objectives.
  • Electronic Portfolios Find out what you should include in an electronic portfolio and how to create and assess one. You can also view examples and resources.
  • Digital Portfolios Learn the purpose of student portfolios. Follow a template to select work samples to appear in the portfolios.

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