Do your students have a difficult time pushing past their first draft or prototype after it’s been reviewed and tested? Portfolio blogs can capture real-time project decision making and feedback.
Digital portfolios are becoming the industry standard for resumes. Portfolios originated from the art, design and engineering fields and have been an essential part of demonstrating creativity, competency and problem solving to clients and employers. Education oriented blogs like Edublogs, Weebly for Education, KidBlog and digital portfolios like SeeSaw can provide a secure place for students under 13 to publish and comment on their work.
Another industry standard in art and design is the process book. The process book is similar to a student project journal and shows a collection of ideas, research, materials and design process. It is typically kept by a student or team from the inception of a project with periodic check-ins with the professor, mentor or colleague.
Process Book Examples
As STEAM and PBL (project based learning) has increased in the k-12 arena there is much to learn from design and engineering programs from universities such as the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Stanford D-School.
Blog-based project portfolios combine the process book and the portfolio in one place and its power is two-fold:
Students’ thinking and problem solving benefits greatly from blog-based portfolios especially during the prototyping-testing-improving cycle.
During this cycle research, craft and critical thinking skills are applied to the design of any project whether it be writing a script for a play or designing a web application. But it is reflecting back on the feedback and decision making which propels a project forward. Feedback and decision making often become lost due to:
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