I remember when I was working on my undergraduate degree we were required to create portfolios of our work. Each of the education courses that I took required that I perfect at least one major assignment and organize it in a binder. I bought a ton of page protectors, a label maker, and a 3 inch binder. By the end of my last semester the binder was filled from cover to cover. My philosophy of education, resume, projects, evaluations, research papers, and any other artifacts that I had created filled the binder cover to cover. I was very proud of my creation, but as I started to interview for jobs I realized that there was no time to allow the interviewer to look through the materials I worked so hard to perfect. In the end I slimmed the binder way down to just the essentials.
With the ability to create websites for free, I can now put all of my work on a digital portfolio and put the URL on my resume, application, or send it to the interviewer prior to the interview. This gives the interviewer time to look through my work before the actual meeting. He or she can formulate questions about my materials or just get a general sense of what kind of work I have produced in the past.
Schools should be preparing their students to utilize these tools too. This should start in middle or high school where students can create a site that will house a few projects from each class he or she takes through the years. This process does a few things for the student:
Parent, Educator, Technology Lover