Often I find myself concentrating too much on the technical knowledge of a student’s ability to create an e-Portfolio. This well-written article reminds us that as educators we should not only focus on “what students created, but also how and why.” The article touches on “Teaching the Art of Reflection” and “Answering the Essential Questions” which provides excellent advice on developing students as learners and encouraging them to reflect on their work via a digital portfolio.
When I first started teaching about e-Portfolios I was a bit overwhelmed by the many platforms and tools available for creating an online portfolio. I asked myself should students use a blog like Weebly, Wix, Blogger or Google Sites for their e-Portfolio? This informative article from Edutopia will help guide you as you select an e-Portfolio platform and tools for your students. The author presents a list of guiding questions that will assist you in making this this important decision.
This helpful website contains a plethora of e-Portfolio resources. Here you’ll find resources categorized by . . . e-Portfolio References and Resources, Articles, e-Platforms and Assessment Strategies & Exploration. Additionally, I found this resource to be extremely helpful as it provides links to actual student e-Portfolios I could share and discuss with my students.
I love this simple yet effective website as it is chock-full of resources and does an excellent job of explaining all the elements that go into an e-Portfolio. This all-encompassing website will guide you through types of e-Portfolios, understanding the reflection and goals of an e-Portfolio and how to collect and select artifacts that represent your best work. Also included in the blog is a step-by-step guide on how to build an e-Portfolio with Google Sites.
You many find yourself asking, “What is an e-Portfolio and why should my students create one?” This short and to the point video from Auburn University answers these questions and serves as an excellent ice-breaker when introducing the topic. The key takeaway from this video is that anyone can create a video regardless of their interest or experience with technology. In my class, the video sparked a discussion on how e-Portfolios utilize artifacts, reflection, and technology.