My Portfolio - Dr. Helen Barrett
Electronic Portfolios & Digital Storytelling for Lifelong & Lifewide Learning
Writing & Assessment (Publications)

Online Publications


These publications were selected as evidence of my writing skills and my knowledge about portfolios that support assessment for learning. I chose examples of my publications from the early 1990s through to the summer of 2006. I can definitely see a change in my thinking about portfolios, from learning about e-portfolio tools, to learning about assessment for learning. These most recent articles reflect a real change in my thinking, profoundly impacted by the changes in technology between the early 90s and 2006 (pre-Internet through Web 2.0) as well as a greater awareness, through my reading and research, of the impact of portfolios and reflection on assessment for learning.

Purpose of Digital Stories in ePortfolios
http://electronicportfolios.org/digistory/purposes.html
This paper was developed for the Digital Storytelling Gathering, and provides examples of digital stories created for several purposes.

Authentic Assessment with Electronic Portfolios using Common Software and Web 2.0 Tools
http://electronicportfolios.org/web20.html
This paper is accepted for an updated version of Coming of Age: an introduction to the new World Wide Web; it started initially as a handout for a workshop at the KIPP conference in New Orleans in early August 2006, that I co-facilitated with one of my REFLECT teacher leaders. I became very excited about the many Web 2.0 tools that I found to support IEPs (Interactive Electronic Portfolios) or what I refer to as ePortfolios 2.0.

2006 AERA paper
http://electronicportfolios.org/reflect/AERAPaper2006.pdf
Roundtable Paper discussed at American Educational Research Association Conference (April 9, 2006). This paper presents the REFLECT Research Data Collection Plan, and options for questionnaire items to be included in the second round of data collection (for Spring 2006).

White Paper: Researching Electronic Portfolios and Learner Engagement
http://electronicportfolios.org/reflect/whitepaper.pdf
This 2005 paper was written for TaskStream to cover the literature for the REFLECT Initiative, a research project on implementing electronic portfolios in secondary schools. This document is used by many Teacher Ed programs in the U.S.

Publications in Journals

Here are some of the papers that I published in journals which show the growth in my thinking over a decade of working with ePortfolios. My most recent article was published in IRA’s Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy in their March 2007 Electronic Portfolio issue. My earliest publication on electronic portfolios was in The Computing Teacher in 1994, and adapted for a book on Student Portfolios published by Skylight. These papers show a real change in my thinking, from a focus on tools in the early days, to more emphasis on learning through formative assessment using portfolios.

Article for IRA JAAL Researching Electronic Portfolios and Learner Engagement: The REFLECT Initiative
Published in the Electronic Portfolio issue of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (JAAL-International Reading Association) - March 2007. This paper is an update of the White Paper that was written at the beginning of the REFLECT Initiative. This updated paper discusses some of the findings from the first year site visits. (only available through IRA for now)

Connected Newsletter article
http://electronicportfolios.org/portfolios/ConnectedNewsletter.pdf
Using Electronic Portfolios for Formative/Classroom-based Assessment. Published October 2006 to the Connected Newsletter (Classroom Connect). This paper was a re-write and update of the REFLECT Brief published in early 2005 as part of the RFP.

Create Your Own Electronic Portfolio
http://electronicportfolios.org/portfolios/iste2k.html
The latest article that I published in Learning & Leading with Technology, April 2000, focused on "Using Off-the-Shelf Software to Showcase Your Own or Student Work." In this article, I moved from commercial software to the use of common desktop software tools.

Technology-Supported Portfolio Assessment
http://electronicportfolios.org/portfolios/compteach0394.html
This was my first publication on Electronic Portfolios, published in The Computing Teacher, March, 1994. Reprinted in Student Portfolios: A Collection of Articles edited by Robin Fogarty (1996). Palatine, Illinois: IRI/Skylight Training & Publishing, Inc., pp. 127-137.




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