Where to now?

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Inquiry, assessment and digital portfolios. Three big ideas in education that are connected in many ways. As I move forward with these keywords, I’m struggling to formulate a question that will guide and focus my learning. I think this will become more apparent as I continue my study of the sources listed below. The articles and books focus on my keywords, and appear worthwhile, but I have not yet examined them at depth.


Halbert, J., Timperley, H., & Kaser, L. (2014). A framework for transforming learning in schools: Innovation and the spiral of inquiry – See more at: Http://www.cse.edu.au/content/framework-transforming-learning-schools-innovation-and-spiral-inquiry#sthash.ZlpGDksL.dpuf. Centre for Strategic Education, Seminar Series.   A seminar paper on the benefits of using an inquiry mindset in education and how this mindset can transform our teaching and our schools.


Bures, E., Barclay, A., Abrami, P., & Meyer, E. (2013). “The reality of assessing ‘authentic’ electronic portfolios: Can electronic portfolios serve as a form of standardized assessment to measure literacy and self-regulated learning at the elementary level?” Canadian Journal Of Learning And Technology 39(4). Retrieved from http://www.cjlt.ca/index.php/cjlt/article/view/646    This in-depth study examined the impact of using electronic portfolios to assess literacy and self-regulated learning in elementary school children.

McLeod, J. & Vasinda, S. (2007). “Electronic Portfolios: A Panorama of Learning for Students and Teachers.” In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2007 (pp. 128-132). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).  An overview of a study that was conducted in a Grade 3/4 classroom where digital portfolios were used and provides the point of view of students, parents and teachers.


Davies, A., Herbst, S., & Parrott Reynolds, B. (2011). Leading the Way to Assessment for Learning: A Practical Guide (2nd ed.). Bloomington, Indiana: Solution Tree Press.  This book provides practical assessment solutions for classroom teachers.

Drake, S., & Kolohon, W. (2014). Interweaving curriculum and classroom assessment: Engaging the 21st century learner. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press.   An excellent guide for helping teachers to understand the connection between curriculum, instruction and assessment.

As I begin to examine some of these sources, I hope to gain a greater understanding of the connection between inquiry, assessment and digital portfolios. I will continue to ponder the question that will continue to guide the exploration of my three key words.

If you have any resources to share, please feel free to add those in the comment box.

Thanks for reading.


One thought on “Where to now?

  1. These look like very insightful and helpful articles to support your thinking and explorations in Inquiry and Assessment. A good collection that will help discuss these theories and ideas throughout the rest of the class. Some discussion and reflection on the search process so far, as well as some alternative resources from social media might have been an improvement to your post. Overall, a great foundation to work from with the rest of your assignments.


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