Thursday, February 18, 2010

Information for article 3

February 17, 2010

Summary of Article #3

Open Source Eportfolio

This article is about the implementation of eportfolio within secondary education school systems. The authors of this article provide their readers with in-depth discussions, and benefits of eportfolios in high school settings. The most basic forms of a portfolio in education is that it demonstrates each student’s ability and it shows how much knowledge each student has acquired. According to the authors, the Europeans have already implemented eportfolios within their universities on the basis of lessons learned through students own experiences.

The authors warn that this process isn’t easy, and it will require continuous hard work and dedication. They suggest that this tool is in some ways helpful because it gives students the opportunity to make independent decisions. The students are allowed to make their own decisions without any criticism from supervisors. This process demands teachers to take on supervisory roles rather than traditional teaching roles.

Personal Reflection

The article and video is very similar in that they both provide readers with detailed information about the pros and cons of eportfolio. Eportfolio is a great application to introduce to secondary education students. This allows students the opportunity of making independent decisions and to suffer the positive or negative consequences that follow. It’s great to constantly upgrade to the most recent technologies so students won’t become inferior to their competitors.

I’m not sure what grades will be given the opportunity to use this application, but I think that eleventh and twelfth graders should utilize this tool before graduating high school. Portfolio in education will be student-centered, competence-oriented cyclical with regard to action and reflection, and multi-media-oriented. Eportfolio literacy will open various doors for students when they transition to the workforce, because most employers are currently using portfolios to advertise their products or services. If portfolio requirements are fulfilled successfully and in a professional manner, it will replace traditional resumes.

Question: How many American schools and universities are actually using eportfolio within the classrooms, and for online courses?

These are sentences/definitions in the article that interests me the most.

Student-center: the student is the owner of, and the person ultimately responsible for, his/her portfolio.

Competence-oriented: competence involves all aspects of a student’s functioning.

Action and reflection: if a student wishes to use portfolio to show his/her competence, he/she must give an account of the activities in which this competence is demonstrated.

A variety of materials and multimedia: the student demonstrates his or her competence via the portfolio. He/she thus has every interest in devoting sufficient attention to its compilation. The most usual format is the written account, but in these days of multimedia other materials may also be considered, such as drawings, photographs and illustrations, sound recordings and video material, software programs, etc.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Summary Article Two

February 11, 2010
ED 505 A Wider World Youth, Privacy, and Social Networking Technologies

Summary of Article

Social Networking is a very fun and challenging way of interacting with friends and family. However, networking has both positive and negative consequences for users. Privacy is very hard to maintain, especially on huge sites such as MySpace and facebook. It is almost impossible to protect children, adults, or private information on insecure or secured sites. There are always hackers and predators lurking in cyberspace searching for that perfect prey(s) to attack.


The video and article are very helpful in that the authors break down key elements in protecting one’s privacy. The video is the most interesting and comprehensible because the author really knows what he is talking about and I can tell that he really did his “homework” on the topic. And I am sure that he has had firsthand experience with privacy and ethical issues. Adults and children don’t realize how valuable their personal information is. I had no idea until recently that employers search or Google potential employees before and after the hiring process. We must keep in mind that a few minutes of fun and games isn’t worth ruining our reputation and career.

Thought provoking question:

Is it possible to successfully protect one’s privacy?

Summary Article One

Jan 28, 2010
ED 505 Enabling an Accessible Web 2.0
Summary Article One

As Technology is advancing people are implementing new ways of doing things. The internet has paved the way for inexpensive communication options and people of all races, and backgrounds want to be a part of this new communication channel. People with disabilities can now join in with abled-bodied citizen to accomplish dreams that they thought were otherwise impossible. Most disabled people cannot go out and look for jobs, grocery shop, etc. With the help of various brilliant minds, disabled or mentally challenged citizen are now able to function efficiently as healthy able-bodied people.


The article and video introduces various possibilities for the enhancement of Web 2.0technology. The World Wide Web is constantly changing because if it remains the same, people will become bored with business as usual. In order to compete efficiently, small, medium, and large firms must constantly upgrade software and searching capabilities on a regular basis. The internet is a very addictive and powerful tool, and it can be used in many positive ways. Web 2.0 has brought joy and hopes too many people that are gifted and disabled. It is a valuable application that will remain enforce for many generations to come.

Thought provoking questions:

What will be the next new and advanced technology? What brilliant mind(s) will create it?