Saturday, September 3, 2011

Helping Students Create their "E-Legacy"

A best practice for online learning is for students to begin to create their electronic, "E-Legacy."  This provides the teacher with a portfolio of student work over time, it provides the student with a digital resume for their future employers, and it allows them to leave their footprint behind to inspire other students.

Three ways to accomplish this are:  Blogging, Haiku's ePortfolio, and Jing.


Blogging helps students develop a deeper knowledge of a subject they are studying, and allows them to share what they are learning with others.

Blogging helps students build a name for themselves or a personal brand or product, and lets the world know who they are.

Blogging helps students understand a language they will need to navigate through new territory.

Blogging helps students establish a positive digital impression of themselves, which they can revisit as they grow.


Haiku's ePortfolio allows students to:

Track and assess learning and progress over the course of years, not months.

Enable students to take ownership of their work and see their development and learning through their portfolio rather than solely through grades.

Provide an intentional venue for students to connect ideas and knowledge across disciplines.


With Jing, students can take pictures or videos of what they see on their computer monitor, share instantly via the internet, email, Twitter, or blog, and enhance online, face-paced conversations- all for FREE.  This is a great tool for student-created tutorials, narrating photos, or collaborating on a project.