Open source eportfolio: development and implementation of an institution wide electronic portfolio platform for students
Summary: The portfolio concept represents collections of work or abilities accomplished by students and professionals. The rise of constructivism and self-discovery learning establishes the portfolio as a significant communication technology. Portfolios are student, competency, reflective, and multimedia centered. Academic institutions recognize competency oriented education as an up and coming aspect of successfully preparing their students for the working world. Courses focus on multidisciplinary sciences, language, and student teaching. Electronic portfolios will become the standard for higher education, allowing universal accessibility to pre-post work experience.
Reflections: As a recent graduate looking for ways to effectively move into the career field, this article was extremely insightful. This article gave me a great breakdown of the variety of portfolios one can create. My interests peaked when I learned of the competency based education program being developed. Practically, it makes more sense to build ones body of work experience from the bottom up then attempting to construct a log of experience post-graduation. By focusing on competencies directly applicable to the students desired profession, one is able to track their strengths and weaknesses, follow their personal learning plan, reflect upon learning experiences, and visual their career goals.
Question: Without have a competency oriented education, how does one track their strengths and weaknesses while preparing for a specific career?
Youth, Privacy, and Social Networking Technologies
Summary: A thin line runs between the freedom established by the First Amendment and the subsequent laws created to protect youth from the dangers of online social networking. Experts in technological advances are concerned these extremist laws "restrict creativity...and free speech" by limiting a person's use of or contributions to popular social networks. Parents are weary to allow their children use of these sites, due to previous occurrences of fraud and sexually explicit interaction the site provides between strangers. Academic institutions have blocked or restricted use of these sites to preserve their overall image. The author states that with the proper training, social networks can be extremely beneficial to both students and faculty.
Reflections: I was genuinely impressed with the authors knowledge and experience. As a long time user of Facebook, I was surprised to be so unfamiliar with the legalistic workings behind the network. I was also amazed to see how unstable Facebook truly is and how many academic institutions block/control their students usage abilities. The video I chose was the testimony of a mother whose son was being solicited by car loan company to earn extra points for his Facebook game by applying for multiple car loans. This is a perfect example of the consequences of an uneducated child using online networks. Personally, I will be regulating my personal input into Facebook much closer after reading this article. I fully agree with the author when she states that quashing technological advances hinder the growth of upcoming generations. The only why to prevent misuse is through education.
Question: What positive aspects of Facebook would you need to gather to present to an academic administrator in order to change their negative outlook on Facebook?
Summary: The World Wide Web has transformed from an informational technology into an interactive and vital aspect of functional living. For the disabled, staying up to date with the Internets evolution is a necessity for daily living. Web 2.0 is providing new and improved ways of accessibility for those with disabilities. ARIAs such as semantics, input focus, keyboard navigation, and dynamic updates allow users to easily span the internet and obtain the most current data. Operating systems have created APIs for Web 2.0 utilization. Despite the difficulty in testing Web 2.0 accessibility, various tools based on the Accessibility Best Practices principles allow dynamic progression of Web 2.0 for universal operation.
Reflections: The Internet is a crucial part of every persons life and that statement rings more true in the life of a person with a disability. Being able to have access to, navigate, communicate, and extract data from a wealth of human interface is essential the the success of the disabled. I found the Keyboard Navigation and Dynamic Updates features to be simple, yet effective solutions to inaccessibility. As the news report revealed, life is sustained on personal interaction, collaboration, and social networking. Whether it be a tailored keyboard, voice activated typing, or hands free internet navigation, all people with disability should have access to the Internet. I found the article to be lacking in practicality. Unless I was familiar with computer lingo, I would have found little information to help gain practical knowledge about internet accessibility. I chose this video because it was more relational and gave the viewer a better understanding of the tools created for internet accessibility. And as an future educator it is vital that I am up to speed with every means of internet accommodation for my students.
Question: As educators, what is the best way to remain educated on current, practical means to serve our students with disabilities? For example, if you have a student with dyslexia and require the class to complete an internet assignment that involves reading internet data or typing on the computer, how do you ensure they will not be at a disadvantage?