My GAME plan is running about as expected. I clearly need extra time in my day to sit down and gather the materials necessary to get the ball rolling. What I have achieved thus far is I have made contact with the company I would like to purchase the Share software from. A customer service representative followed up with me today, but I have yet to pick through the information thoroughly. After reading through this week’s chapter on assessment, questions just started rippling through my mind when I got to the area that focused on the uses of portfolios. The text mentioned to be careful when choosing software. Immediately, I became worried about the software I am getting closer to buying. Apparently I need to think about the fact that I want my students to be able to access their portfolios in the future or even at home this year, but if program can only be used on the computer that has the software downloaded to it then my students would be out of luck. So, I will definitely ask this important question when I speak with the company rep again, but meanwhile I think I am considering modifying my portfolio idea a bit. Portfolios can be created using word-processing documents. I like the idea of a simple, neat packaged program, but it may not be effective for what I am trying to do. As far as purchasing a scanner, I realized I do not need one. I can always take digital photos and upload items that way or I can capture the image using my document camera, which is connected to my computer. Overall, I am still in the early planning stages, but I know this is what I want to do with my students. Today a really low functioning student that is always getting in trouble completed an assignment. It grabbed my attention so I called him up to let him know how proud I was that he focused enough to complete an assignment. Five minutes passed and he walked back up with a huge smile to ask me if I would please share that assignment with his parents at conference. I realized right then how valuable these portfolios are going to be for my students, myself, and their families.
Question: Does anyone know how to access the WEB LINK found in our text. For example, on page 19 it says we can download a Portfolio Template on the textbook’s companion website, but the only sites I can find in the front of the text and they didn’t seem to work.
Thank you, Kelly