I've been doing some thinking about creating the ultimate planning portfolio for high school students. Most likely, students would have a few key components of their online portfolios assigned -- probably some self-assessment exercises, self-reported interests/values, some career exploration and building some post-secondary plans. Ideally, once those hoop-jumping activities had been completed, the student would have a fairly meaningful representation of their current identity (what they like, what's important, their personal network) and some future options that interest them more than others.
In the afternoon I dragged my laptop into the application-development office where the smart techies sit. I wanted their feedback on this model of portfolio, and specifically how feasible it was to connect a student's identity and plans to:
- other people -- peers and mentors -- with similar interests, plans, and experiences (probably connecting to FOAF vocabulary)
- related news and resources based on their interests and plans (perhaps with custom XML search feeds)
- school information systems so they could connect plans to specific courses, marks and other metrics (using the SIF standard)
- the functionality to reflect and comment on their planning process in blog-like form (maybe using a very simple LiveJournal-style model)