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7:2 Inventory of current activities
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The second step in planning how students will provide evidence is assessing current activities. As you plan for portfolio assessment, evaluate the classwork that your students are currently engaged in for items that meet your portfolio goals. Story retellings, oral presentations, and group projects are examples of evidence of learning. Incorporating these activities into the students' portfolios strengthens the validity of the portfolio as an assessment tool because it so closely links instruction and assessment. However, if you alter your assessment approach to include portfolios, instruction should be altered to match it. Portfolios are authentic assessments because they document learning by focusing on product and process. If you have not been using assessments that reflect and document process, such as student self-assessments and writing drafts, this is a good opportunity to incorporate such assessments into your program.
Incorporating technology into portfolio assessment
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