This is a question I hadn't given much thought to in the past, but now as the owner of my very own ePortfolio, it makes more sense. In my opinion, I own it. It is after all my intellectual property right? It was created by me and the details of the design are mine, but the reason my portfolio came to be is the EDLD program at Lamar University. The answer is, it is mine but that is not the case for every ePortfolio out there.
The article "The Web We Need to Give Students" really got me thinking about how to lessen the restrictions we place on students with technology while still protecting them as students. I teach middle school, specifically sixth grade. These are young kids who don't always make the best decisions when it comes to using technology. The article addresses giving college students and some high school students a domain to be created and used as they see fit. I began to wonder if we are doing too little as educators of younger students to prepare them for a task like this. We teach digital citizenship with emphasis on how students interact with social media like Instagram and Snapchat. What if we added in some of the elements that they will likely see and use later in their school careers? I think that process begins with loosening the reins on what they can and can't have access to. If they are taught early, how to access what they need, what is and isn't appropriate to put out there on a personal site or elsewhere, and how to address certain audiences they would be better prepared to create something like an eportfolio later in their school careers.