Monday, February 22, 2010


Portfolios are used in many fields including architecture, finance, and business. But in education, a portfolio is basically a collection of work showing the ability of a student. Electronic portfolios are used in education to add to ability based educational advancements. The use of electronic portfolio in education is focused on students, capability, repeated action and reflection, and multimedia. An open portfolio system was developed for students that would be used throughout the institution based on known best practices. The system has great promise for future developments, flexibility, and the ability to link to different projects and databanks. There is a growing number of portfolio initiatives starting up, especially in Europe.

I think that the use of electronic portfolios are important technology advancements that will continue to grow in the future.

This video does a great job demonstrating how eportfolios can help students with disabilities to participate in class more effectively. In addition, the various digital tools that were shown allow all students to reflect on what they know.

Will the future use of electronic portfolios be stronger in the United States or in Europe?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ethic and technology

Teacher Jennifer Janesko says that students do respect intellectual property. After realizing at a conference that she wasn’t teaching her students properly, she made it a point to teach the teachers at her school and her students about intellectual property use and laws. Now, her students take copyright use and laws seriously. On the other hand, teacher Tammy Morris says that students do not respect intellectual property. She believes that today’s students don’t understand copyright limits because either they don’t know any better, they do know better but they think they can avoid the consequences, or they are under peer pressure. In addition, she thinks that if teachers and parents understood copyright use and laws, then they could teach it to students correctly. However, since students think that they could never get caught, they don’t think about the consequences or trying to avoid them.

I think that all teachers should be properly trained to teach students the specifics about intellectual property use and laws so that students will respect them.

This video does a complete and accurate job discussing the use and laws regarding information technology ethics. People are responsible for deciding the ethical and legal way to use information technology.

Are teachers teaching students what they need to know about respecting intellectual property?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Assistive Technology

Computer-based technologies can help students that can’t have a traditional educational because they have a disability that keeps them from participating in a regular class. Computer technology can help widen the range of educational activities by meeting the needs of students with mild to severe learning disorders so that they can become active learners in class. Using computer technology for word processing, communication, research, and multimedia projects can assist millions of students that have certain learning and emotional disorders to be on the same level as their peers who do not have these disorders. The problem is that untrained teachers do not know how to use the computer assistive technology correctly in class and the technology is too expensive for most schools. Computer technology has many benefits for students with disabilities, but the lack of training and the cost have to be addressed before they can be used more.

I think that schools should make it a priority to train teachers and set aside money for computer based technologies.

This video does a great job summarizing assistive technology. Her description of the assistive technology in her school district is clear, concise, and to the point.

Do the people who are involved with policy decisions know about computer technology use issues for disabled students?