Links to Examples
Peer Review and Rubric Examples
Below are links to examples to the use of a rubric, peer review, and electronic protfolio. Below the links is a video found on YouTube.com from a South Korean program reporting on the use of a concept-mapped electronic portfolio system at Sunnyvale School District, developed by a Stanford professor, Dr. Paul Kim. The video demonstrates the combination of using rubrics to measure the quality of peer reviewed electronic portfolios.
I believe this video captures the true purpose and functional benefits of each of the three areas, rubrics, peer review, and electronic portfolios, in a real-world educational model. I found this video by doing a search within YouTube.com for an example of "electronic portfolio". I highly recommend using the video as a resource to encourage the use of electronic portfolios, digital peer reviews, and rubrics. The program is a mix between English and Korean spoken word and subtitles.
Globalization and the Impact on Education
The flattening of the world through technology has presented a huge opportunity to education, the opportunity to communicate and gather information from locations once out of the reach of the classroom. Video conferencing with a NASA scientist when discussing astronomy and space exploration, or Instant messaging with a holocost survivor during Western History class, or creating a collaborative blog with a class in Japan are a few examples of how technology can be used to include experts, authorities, or groups into the curriculum. Technology provides opportunities to reach out across the globe expand the student's skills and experiences.