MakerEd- A Practical Guide to Open Portfolios(PDF)
"...In today’s digital age, it is particularly important to have agency over — and curate—one’s own identity and work for display. In connection with the broader maker movement, known to be a generous community excited to share work and wisdom, portfolios are also an opportunity for students to curate their work, evolve their identities, and find a voice within their social communities. Having an online presence is an opportunity to build an aesthetic, contribute work to share with the greater world, access a genuine audience, even build a brand. These perspectives allow youth to step beyond the classroom — into their communities and the greater world — and see that their work is important outside a grade or a teacher’s judgment. Portfolios also help bridge the gap between formal and informal learning, allowing for the collection and curation of learning across multiple settings and along a continuum of growth.
Most significantly, portfolios serve as a crucial tool among all formative assessment methods. They can provide a richness that captures depth of learning, voice, and skills that a flattened test score simply cannot show. They are a promising alternative to the limitations of today’s standardized testing. And new technologies present particularly exciting opportunities to rethink and reshape this landscape...."
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MIT Admissions- Maker Portfolios
The Maker Portfolio is an opportunity for students to showcase their projects that require creative insight, technical skill, and a 'hands-on' approach to learning by doing. Members of the MIT Engineering Advisory Board review all Maker portfolios. If you would like your technically creative work to be reviewed by academic and instructional staff, then it might be a good fit for the Maker Portfolio.For your Maker Portfolio, you may submit images, video totaling no more than 120 seconds, and up to one PDF of technical documentation and/or specifications via Slideroom.