Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “owns” as ‘to have (something) as property: to legally possess (something)’ and also ‘to admit that something is true.’ These definitions are two completely different meanings in my opinion. I am really think that in the case of myself owning my ePortfolio, I want to talk about the second definition.
I believe that I own my portfolio, because it is my thoughts and beliefs about what I am learning. I do get ideas from other places, but I do make them mine. I believe that the reflections need to be mine and not try to write to impress somebody else.
According to Watters (2015),
The importance of giving students responsibility for their own domain cannot be overstated. This can be a way to track growth and demonstrate new learning over the course of a student’s school career — something that they themselves can reflect upon, not simply grades and assignments that are locked away in a proprietary system controlled by the school.
I really think that this quote from Watter (2015) shows that I need to let my students have more control over their Seesaw account. I want them to understand that they ‘own’ all of the things they post and that they should be able to reflect on what they did over the last month. I want the students to track the growth of their learning this year.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary. (2012). Merriam-Webster.
Watters, A. (2015, July 15). The Web We Need to Give Students – BRIGHT Magazine. Retrieved from