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
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
Why write to the Internet?
Portfolio links from The Mining Company
Self-Assessment in Portfolios
The Vermont Portfolios Project
Beyond Portfolios The Online Learning Record
Started with Digital Portfolios Visit this site for information on using digital
portfolios in your classroom.
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.
At-a-Glance Guides These guides explain how to use common software tools to create
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
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