Digital Portfolio Use as a Growth Mindset Tool
Susan Hopper, University of North Texas, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Digital portfolios implemented in the learning process function as a tool for student growth. A digital collection of student work across disciplines promotes reflection, self-evaluation, goal setting, and feedback. Effective implementation requires that students know how to think critically and reason well. Systematic methods of teaching critical thinking are not always provided in schools, leaving gaps in the effectiveness of a digital portfolio. The process of creating growth mindsets, where people believe they can develop their brain, ability, and talents, increases student confidence in their ability to become smarter over time. Teaching a growth mindset to students before using digital portfolios transforms an instrument for student growth into a growth mindset tool.
Hopper, S. (2012). Digital Portfolio Use as a Growth Mindset Tool. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3904-3908). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).