Kineo announces an extended fee-free e-portfolio service for New Zealand schools

Kineo Pacific is delighted to announce the continuation of the free MyPortfolio service, to all New Zealand schools, until (at least) the end of 2013. “We’re very excited to have the support and be working with the Ministry of Education on truly 21st century learning technologies. To our knowledge, a nationally provided e-portfolio and social learning network for schools is a world first”, said Kineo Pacific Director, Richard Wyles

MyPortfolio is a nationally available e-portfolio cloud service that runs on the open source e-portfolio software, Mahara. Mahara is one of the world’s most popular e-portfolio systems with 11,300 members of the Mahara.org community, and 24 official partner organisations providing implementation, hosting and support services. Mahara has been translated into 13 languages and has approximately 28,000 visitors monthly to www.mahara.org

E-portfolios provide learners with an easy way of recording their learning experiences, achievements and evidence of learning. Learners who have used e-portfolios report having a greater awareness of their skills, greater confidence in their abilities, and feeling more independent as learners.

Learners today often create and use digital content. E.g. videos, audio clips, stories, photos, learning reflections, assignments, and other learning materials they source or create. Being able to easily link and integrate all these resources into a portfolio enables learners to create their own personal learning space in a safe and nurturing environment.

“MyPortfolio’s learning space has similar functionality to the most popular of social networks so the learning curve is minimal”, says Richard Wyles. “The key difference is that the features are focused around learning."

Since July 2007, Wellington based companies Kineo Pacific and Catalyst IT have led the Mahara project, and provide the My Portfolio service supported by the Ministry of Education. The service is provided free of charge to schools in New Zealand. Currently around 350 schools have signed up with MyPortfolio and approximately 12,000 students and teachers are using it.