Features of StoneSoup digital student portfolios
Portfolio units are created by the students
using an uniform information structure. (Example).
- Units are written
structures. They are rigorous
exercises that turn tacit knowledge into explicit knowledge
- Units coax students to think about the process as well as the product of their
learning, offering students a meta-cognitive perspective.
- Units make
students owners of a learning process that is tied to their efforts and
activities rather than their present skills and abilities.
- Units are
automatically converted to Web pages, giving students a published record
of their work in the classroom and at home.
Portfolio units are available to teachers whenever they are
needed. The uniform information structure makes them easy to review.
- Units are completely under the teacherís control. The students do the work, not the teachers.†The collaboratory creates itself as a
byproduct of class activities.
- Units can be
created with pencil and paper in class or at home. The Web form is used to make
a permanent digital record.
- Units can track
individual student performance. Teachers can get to know more about
individual students as learners.
- Units provide
teachers with feedback on how students are receiving their lessons.
- Units can be used
as boundary objects between teachers, students, administrators and
- Units (local and distant) contain references to class resources, activities, projects and subject matter experts.
As the collaboratory grows, so does this list of references.
- The StoneSoup teacherís page can be used as a classroom management tool.