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Developing Student Digital Portfolios

One of the best ways for students to revise their work and reflect on what they’ve learned is through the creation of portfolios. Since hardcopy documents take up enormous amounts of space, having students make digital portfolios is a beneficial activity. This collection will provide resources for the creation of digital portfolios, discuss the advantages of such documents, and provide methods for their assessment.
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Developing Student Digital Portfolios
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    Once the digital portfolio has been created, it is important to use a detailed rubric to grade it. The New Hampshire Digital Resources Consortium has created an online workshop that guides teachers through the grading of sample portfolios. They provide two different rubrics and also show videos that describe how to use them. I love this site! I think this would be super helpful to all teachers working with digital portfolios.
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    There is no age limit on the use of digital portfolios. All students in every grade can use them to showcase their work. This video was made by a first grade teacher showing how her students use portfolios to show what they have learned. I think this video would be beneficial to all teachers.
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    Evernote is one of the online tools that can be used to create a digital portfolio. This video describes how to use this piece of software. While very specific, I think this video does a nice job of explaining how to use the software.
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    So what does a digital portfolio look like? Well, Louisiana State University has posted several examples on their website. Each entry has a quick synopsis of the student and their work and then links to their portfolio. I think this is a wonderful place to go to see what a portfolio could look like. Obviously, they are all different. But, this is a great place to go to get some ideas.
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    The University of Texas has compiled this incredible report on the benefits of having students use digital portfolios to keep track of their work. I love how the report discusses student engagement. I also like the way they included a couple of sample portfolios. I recommend that all teachers thinking about using digital portfolios read this report.
  • gettingsmart.com
    gettingsmart.com

    Every Student Should Have A Digital Portfolio

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    Jeffrey Sack says:
    Here is an article that contains reviews and links to more online resources that can be used by students to create their digital portfolios. I like the way the author has separated them and written the synopsis for each one. This would be another great place to start.
  • Jeffrey Sack says:
    Now that iPads and other devices are common place in the classroom, it only makes sense that teacher incorporate them into their lessons. This webpage contains several embedded videos and other information as to how these devices can be used to create student digital portfolios. I really like how the main points are emphasized using the video segments. I think this site would be a great place to start to gather ideas about digital portfolios.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    4 Free Web Tools for Student Portfolios

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    Jeffrey Sack says:
    With the advent of the internet came the development of tools students could use to make digital portfolios. This website provides links and reviews of four different sites that can be introduced to students as they start putting their portfolios together. I think all of the recommended sites will be beneficial to students. I recommend that the teacher preview each site ahead of time to find the one that best fits the needs of their students.
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Shelly WinstonLower Elementary Upper Elementary Non-DepartmentalJuly 20, 2017
I liked how the links, videos and blogs provided information to familiarized the learner with all the tools available for digital portfolios. I liked within the links there are tutorials on how to use the programs. I am now having to determine which type of portfolio tools I'd like to use. First, I like using the Google Sites as all the students already have a email address and this could be easily used and since many kids already know how to use Google Drive it would be an easy way to have kids publish their work as the new Google Sites is very user friendly, but my consider is that once the student graduates how will they be able to take the work with them as Weslaco ISD (for understandable safety reasons) block in coming or out going emails for students from other places such as a parent's email. So, I need to figure out how to share the student's work with their parents and if student's work is obtainable to the student after they leave the Weslaco school district. I liked Seasaw, Evernote, and a portfolio tool not discussed, but was mentioned in one of the blogs (LiveBinder and I know that's the tool used by NASA teacher training sessions). I like the idea of setting up a blog with teacher site to share students work as well. It looks like I still have a lot of work to do in determining which tool to us;, which tools will be most beneficial for the students in the long term (as colleges are now using this tool as part of their learning and for resumes; how best to share published student works with parents, and community; researching district policies on sharing student work with the community and still providing safety to the kids online; determining how much of the work I complete for the students initially or do I involve them in the design process of creating their own Google Site; I am sure there will be more factors to consider as I move forward in this venture.
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