Saturday, August 1, 2009
Mahara: to think, thinking and thought. Well I am still doing that and although I may have been one of the few who had no trouble setting up her E-portfolio I did forget one important step.....Bookmark the link......oooopps. So after smooth sailing I hit my first speed hump :( I did manage to recover after a history search and a few clicks of the button I was back in action :)
From what I can gather about Mahara is that it is a type of electronic portfolio that you can use for networking, a resume builder, online communities (collaboration)and a place to store some of your special work that you have developed, a little like an art folio. This online portfolio allows you to store up to 100MB. As this is open source software it must be hosted by a sever - NetSpot an Australian owned business who specialise in educational Web hosting. 100MB of storage will set you back $5 per year :0
Prensky (2001) states that Digital natives have spent their entire lives surrounded by and using computers, video games, digital music players, video cams, mobile phones, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age. Hence the reason why we as Learning Managers need to keep up to date with e-tools such as Mahara. Maraha would be great to use for student portfolios. Students/Teachers would be able to gather work from the student and upload into their portfolio from their first year at school and transfered to different schools even through to University and beyond. This would take over the need to have hard copy portfolios that tend to take up so much office space in schools. My only thought with this would be who would over see the portfolios ? Would the schools ? I think it is a possibility of the future one that I am excited about.
Until next time
Prensky, M. (2001) Digital Natives Digital Immigrants. Retrieved July 28, 2009, from
http://marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky/Digital Navites/Digital Immigrants/Part1.pdf
Posted by Melody Madin at 7:54 PM