I never really liked “EdTech Archive”–it sounded too dry. I’m not sure “shoebox” is much better, but I think it more accurately reflects how I compile and store things…
After reading this week’s assigned articles about ePortfolios, it occurred to me that web 2.0 technology is finally making it so that everyone can do what media people have been doing for years (though with more primitive technology). When applying for jobs, artists always needed to bring with them a physical portfolio containing samples of their artwork; in radio and TV, job applicants needed to send a resume tape (audio cassette or VHS) with samples of their on-air or video editing work. Regardless of its physical form, all the work was in one semi-portable format.
Now with web 2.0 technologies, everyone can create an online portfolio showcasing their work–regardless of the media, and it’s completely portable. Instead of lugging around unwieldy stacks of articles or other writing samples, all this paperwork can now be digital and all in one place–accessible with the click of a mouse. And–more importantly–it can be mixed media. A teacher who wants to showcase a particular project or lesson-plan can now incorporate multimedia slideshows consisting of samples of their students’ work along with video and audio clips–all to create a more engaging presentation. And of course, video editors, radio talent, and artists no longer have to be constrained by physical media–they can now send their prospective employers a simple URL to their ePortfolio, which can be a personalized presentation of their work, including links to audio files and/or embedded videos–or even Flash-based presentations.
I have no doubt that as ePortfolios become more ubiquitous, they will change the job application/selection process–even more than they already have–giving people an improved method for showcasing their talent, and making job hunting more competitive.