Publication details for Prof Steve HigginsWall, K., Higgins, S., Miller, J. & Packard, N. (2006). Developing Digital Portfolios: investigating how digital portfolios can facilitate pupil talk about learning. Technology, Pedagogy and Education 15(3): 261-273.
- Publication type: Journal papers: academic
Author(s) from Durham
The Digital Portfolio Project at Newcastle University aimed over one year (2002/2003) to support teachers in producing, storing and accessing assessment portfolios of learner's work using information and communications technology (ICT). This paper draws on evidence of pupil views collected as part of 14 teacher-led case studies. The teachers all approached the task of developing digital portfolios in different ways and the variety of end products was large; however, the common result was the value placed on using the portfolio as a tool for reflection and celebration of children's learning. As part of the data collection teachers were encouraged to gather pupil views about the digital portfolio learning process. These comments provide an interesting and surprisingly analytical perspective of the research and learning process not commonly considered in the academic community. This paper documents the pupils' views and uses them to review the strength of the digital portfolio process and the benefits of using it in the primary classroom.