My latest template for student e-portfolios has been working pretty well this year. The students last semester definitely saw the value in it, and this semester's group seems pretty relieved at how easy it is so far, especially since pretty much all of the setup was taken care of the first week or so.
I've been scoring the first round of Reading VoiceThreads, and I'm reminded of how useful the commenting--and private reply--features are in this process. VoiceThread recently asked me to share just how the commenting features come into play in the students' portfolios in a blog post. Here's an excerpt:
as well as