Theory to Practice
The use of digital portfolios is not a new idea. Back in 1997, Mohnsen and Medon were writing about the use of electronic portfolios within Physical Education. They believed this allowed teachers to authentically assess student performances to monitor fitness, develop the use of skills and as a means to reflect on work completed (Mohnsen and Medon, 1997, Mohnson, 1997). To read back from research done nearly 20 years ago (where they explore the use of floppy disc or cd recorder for storage!), we must question why now the concept is still not widely used. Through my experience within CEP813, I have learned how easy it is to access the technology that supports digital portfolios within Physical Education. With the use of apps, add-ons, blogs and Google, setting up such a facility is accessible to all. In my opinion, it is vital to change PE teacher’s perspective on the misconception that implementing “new” technology such as digital portfolios, is creating additional, time consuming work.
I plan to use portfolios in order to give students a space to store their work in order for them to
I plan to use digital portfolios as a method of differentiation, in order to allow students of different abilities to learn and develop their skills at an appropriate pace. Different tasks can be set up for the varying abilities within classes to ensure students are challenged and focused on self-improvement of both practical capability and knowledge and understanding of a concept. It is important to ensure those who are less practically able and those who are talented sportspeople are challenge appropriately, formulate ideas and reflect on their work. Their portfolios are a showcase of their best work and have been found to have positive effects that enhance learning experiences “including self-awareness of their own learning process, which could improve their attitude towards the value and the status of PE” (Chan, 2005).
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