2About EdCube Pty LtdWorld class e-Learning Company est 1998Leaders in online collaborative learning, classroom practice, cloud learning and application development,Award winning developer of e-Portfolio software for schools in Australia, USA and New ZealandE-Portfolio Software ApplicationsEdCube Network – released in 2000EdCube Connect – released in 2011
3What is a Collaborative e-Portfolio? A collection of student work published over a period of time (individual or group).A digitalised collection of assets such as student profiles, records, publications, ideas and reflectionsAn authentic performance-based assessment tool - to demonstrate how | what the student is learning.A collaborative portal that hosts student digital work and enables personal and peer commentsA tool for teachers to upload and publish curriculum material.
6The e-Portfolio Learning Platform "Integrate portfolios into pedagogy.ePortfolios should be tightly integrated into courses and programs, rather than tacked on to the end. ePortfolio workshops early in a course can encourage students to see portfolios as a central part of the learning experience.Time spent on developing portfolios is generally well worth it because it helps students build a fuller understanding of what they have learned" (xxiii). These principles are absolutely crucial to effective ePortfolio pedagogy.A Review of The Web Portfolio Guide: Creating Electronic Portfolios for the Web Miles A. Kimball
7The EdCube e-Portfolio Tools The EdCube is the easiest way for schools to create dynamic student e-portfolios.Teacher Management toolsMind mapping e-Portfolio structure toolsMultimedia publishing toolsCollaboration and Communication tool
11Teacher ManagementEdCube Connect has a control room that enables teachers to manage class e-Portfolios including:Add e-Portfolio Title and descriptionAdd tags so that all e-Portfolios can be searchedAdd a thumbnail to showcase the e-PortfolioAdd a e-Portfolio rubric or criteria sheet to an e-portfolioAssign the e-Portfolio project to a classSet the view status of the e-PortfolioEnable peer assessment and commentingSet status as individual or group e-PortfolioEnable functions for students to export and share final e-Portfolios.
12Teacher ManagementThe wizard to create new eFolios for a class
13Creating ePortfolio Rubrics A key part of the management solution is the Teacher Rubric Editor.The Rubric Editor enables teachers to create an unlimited bank of rubrics that are stored on the teacher's profile.As the teacher creates a new e-Portfolio they can select a rubric from the system and this is used by students to guide their work.The rubric provides automatic assessment of the folio.When a e-Portfolio has been published by a student, the teacher selects the work, reviews the e-Portfolio and clicks the appropriate criteria grade and adds a comment.
16e-Portfolio Planning Mind Maps The unique feature of EdCube is the ability to build the structure of the e-Portfolio using an intuitive mind mapping toolWhen a new e-Portfolio is created, the title or theme becomes the hub or central concept.A series of new topics can be added to the Mind Map.Unlimited pages can be added under each topicEach topic is colour coded to help students visualise the structure of their e-Portfolio
19Adding Content to e-Portfolio Pages After setting up the structure of the e-Portfolio with a series of topics and linked pages, the multimedia is added to the EdCube pages.Content is added to the e-Portfolio pages with the EdCube Content Toolbar. The toolbar allows a range of multimedia files to be added to the same page
20Adding Text,The Text Tool adds unlimited text boxes to an e-Portfolio page. The features include the ability to:Add text or paste text from another documentFormat the text with word processing toolsAdd hyperlinks to all file typesAdd backgrounds to the text boxAdd a title to the text boxResize the text boxDrag and drop the placement of the text boxAdd multiple text boxes to a single page
21Adding Images Teachers and students have the ability to: Add an image from the computerAdd an image from the File ShareResize the imageAdd a border and background to the imageAdd multiple imagesDrag and drop the placement for the image
22Adding Video and AudioThe Add Video and Audio tools upload video and audio files to the e-Portfolio page.Students and teachers can upload video and audio files from their own computer or add these from the File Share.Multiple files can be added to each page and the files can resized and moved easily on the page similar to all other multimedia files.
23Adding CommentsThe comment tool appears on all content pages to allow for feedback to be postedClicking the Comments Tool opens the comment box.The student has the ability to publish, delete or report a comment.
25e-Portfolio Online Workrooms Communication, Collaboration and Management of e-PortfoliosA unique feature of EdCube is the e-Portfolio Workroom to plan, build and manage the development of e-Portfolios. When a teacher creates and issues a new e-Portfolio to their class, an online workroom is automatically published for the student.
26Online WorkroomThe e-Portfolio Workroom provides a collaborative space for the student to:Publish and store discussion regarding the e-PortfolioAccess comments and messagesView the rubric uploaded by the teacherAccess or upload documents in the e-Portfolio File ShareChange the settings for the e-PortfolioExport the folio as a PDF, html or archive file to the school server
27Change Workroom Settings The Workroom Setting Tool allows the leader to set the e-Portfolio status and permissions for the group. The thumbnail image for the e-Portfolio can be uploaded and when the work is completed it can submitted automatically for marking by the teacher.
29Sharing, Reflecting and Publishing e-Portfolios EdCube provides a unique learning program that involves the following reiterative stages:Organising digital content and resourcesOrdering and publishing the content onto e-Portfolio pagesLinking and structuring the format of the e-PortfolioSharing the e-Portfolio with teacher, parent and peer reviewsReflecting on the feedbackCommunicating with the group regarding e-Portfolio updates
31Publishing and Sharing e-Portfolios All e-Portfolios feature an online Workroom that allows students to manage all aspects in developing their e-Portfolio.When teachers create a new e-Portfolio project, they have the option to allow the work to be shared to encourage peer reviews.If an e-Portfolio has been shared, the student selects the settings tab in the Workroom and clicks publish. This action will then allow other students in the class to be able to open the e-Portfolio and review the work.
33Publishing Completed e-Portfolios When students have completed their e-Portfolio, they can do the following:Set the status to PublishedSubmit their e-Portfolio for markingExport their e-Portfolio as a PDF, html file or as an archive to the school server.