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Five Ways to Use Online Portfolios in the Classroom

Five Ways to Use Online Portfolios in the Classroom
Our digital world is transforming the way we learn, and today's teachers are tasked with the challenging job of sifting through the deluge of educational technologies and creating a meaningful learning experience for students. In my 15 years in education, I've seen firsthand how opportunities and a little guidance can positively impact a person's future and change the life path they're following. In fact, as a result of serving on the San Francisco School Board, where I learned about the obstacles to education, I've seen how creating learning opportunities can impact a long-term digital identity. Next-generation education portfolio platforms -- such as Digication, Pathbrite, Taskstream and Epsilen -- are one way for teachers to start early and educate students about how they can manage their own academic and professional accomplishments. 1. 2. Sifting through the endless hoards of information on the Internet is becoming a necessary skill. 3. 4. 5. Related:  digital portfoliosDigital Portfolios

Using E-Portfolios in the Classroom For decades, students have been completing assignments in school. Often, these were seen only by the teacher, graded and returned to the student. Sometimes, the work was posted on a classroom wall or in a school hallway. Many teachers kept portfolios of student work for report card conferences, and the rare teacher taught students how to build their own portfolios from their work. With more and more schools going paperless or migrating to the "cloud" (storing files on the Internet), student work has become more easily shareable, accessible by many, and more easily organized. However, with so many options for collecting and sharing student work, it's hard to know which method or tool to use. Defining Your Needs Here are some guiding questions to consider before you commit to a tool or platform: Can student work be made public or is it housed inside a "walled garden?" Some Options Below is a list of tools that can be used to collect, organize and share student work. Project Foundry Dropbox*

Top 5 Free Portfolio Sites : Vitamin T We asked our staff one short and sweet question this past week: What are the best free portfolio sites on the web? Keep in mind that many of our staff see 100 or so portfolios each and every week. So we’re here to share the fruits of their hours spent gazing into monitors at portfolio sites of all shapes and sizes. Of course, if you’re an Interactive Designer nothing beats having your OWN portfolio site with a brand and user experience created by you. But for many folks out there who don’t have the time or skills to start from scratch, there are several great options (and did we mention they’re free?). But back to our question. 1. No surprises here. 2. Many of our agents will been attending a sampling of Behance’s 468 Online Portfolio reviews taking place around the world from May 14th through 21st, but the site’s been on the radar for lots of creatives since they launched in 2006. 3. 4. 5. And remember, you can have several portfolio sites. Were there any other sites we missed?

How to Create a Portfolio with Evernote (Education Series) Bio Rob is a teacher at Trillium Charter School in Portland, where he primarily instructs students aged 8-11. He has been working to develop online portfolios with students for the past six years and has taught in private schools, traditional public schools and public charter schools for the past 15 years. I use Evernote, Everywhere: iPhoneiPod TouchiPadMacWindows E-Portfolios: a student’s project warehouse and progress tracker I started teaching 15 years ago and that is when I first came across this concept of a ‘portfolio.’ Initially, I had my students create paper portfolios. We had a bin where we’d put these documents and at the end of the year, they’d have 10-20 pieces that they’d take with them into the next school year. After spending years with paper portfolios, I’ve transitioned this concept into digital form, and have started to implement Evernote as the primarily system for creating portfolios in my classroom. Evernote as an portfolio system Parent/Teacher conferences and Evernote

Digital Tools for the Common Core by Michael Fisher In the next few weeks, Janet Hale and I will have our newest book published by ASCD, Upgrade Your Curriculum: Practical Ways to Transform Units and Engage Students. We will very soon be launching a new ASCD Edge Group and Discussion Board around the book to discuss improvements in instructional practice and design. In the book, we discuss different lenses and considerations through which you can view your current curriculum for a particular upgrade. The Common Core alignment relates to a pair of anchor standards for reading: #1 that asks students to read closely, and #10, that asks that students read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts. Additionally, when I refer to “upgrades,” I’m speaking of a two-pronged approach, looking both for learning AND engagement. It’s always worth reminding ourselves that it’s the task that matters, not the tool. Smore Smore allows a user to create flyers with embedded color schemes, fonts, and templates. Piktochart Yapp

Digital Portfolios in the Age of the Read/Write Web (EDUCAUSE Review Key Takeaways Education built around digital portfolios not only ties together various student-generated artifacts into a coherent whole but also creates an environment in which technology use has a clearly identified purpose. Hundreds of services provide free hosting and website creation tools and are ideal platforms for digital portfolios because they can support just about any type of digital content. Turning consumers of knowledge into producers of knowledge transforms learning into an active experience. Digital portfolios have become increasingly widespread over the past few decades, and with Web 2.0 tools becoming easier to use, the read/write web has transformed passive consumers of information into producers. This transformation holds enormous potential for pedagogy. Background and Development Since the advent of constructivism, education has seen a slow, steady shift from knowledge being imparted to students toward knowledge being created by students. Intrinsic Motivation Autonomy

Electronic Portfolios in Educational Technology Encyclopedia by Helen C. Barrett, Ph.D. An innovation of the early 1990s, an electronic portfolio combines the use of electronic technologies to create and publish a portfolio that most likely will be read with a computer or viewed with a VCR. Let's define a few terms before describing what an electronic portfolio might contain, how it could be constructed, and published. Artists have maintained portfolios for years, often using their collection for seeking further work, or for simply demonstrating their art; an artistís portfolio usually includes only their best work. Financial portfolios contain a comprehensive record of fiscal transactions and investment holdings that represent a personís monetary worth. Definition of portfolio Grant Wiggins' defines a portfolio as: " a representative collection of one's work. Educators in the Pacific Northwest, through the Northwest Evaluation Association (1990), developed the following definition of a portfolio: Various Portfolio Purposes 1. 2. 3. 1. 4. 5. Summary:

15 Free Online Portfolio Hosting Sites Having a design portfolio online for your potential clients to browse through is important. If you need a web portfolio up and running in no time, this roundup of free online portfolio hosting sites has 15 options for you to consider. 1. With over 500,000 hosted portfolios and over 8 million pieces of work posted on the site, Carbonmade is a top choice for displaying your work. Example portfolio on Carbonmade. 2. The Behance network is a wonderful place to host your online portfolio. Example portfolio on Behance. 3. Shown’d is a terrific free online portfolio-hosting site. Example portfolio on SHOWN’D. 4. deviantART If you haven’t heard of deviantART before, you’re truly missing out. Example portfolio on deviantART. 5. PortfolioBox allows you to create and host online portfolios on their site. Example portfolio on PortfolioBox. 6. Crevado Portfolio is an online portfolio-hosting site with a free subscription that allows you to host 30 images. Example portfolio on Crevado. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

40 brilliant design portfolios to inspire you | Portfolios The internet is full of thousands and thousands of awe-inspiring creative resumes and design portfolios. To stand out in this tough market, it's important to make your online portfolio as impressive as you can. It's not just the examples of work that need to blow away your potential clients (although they do help) it's the way they're presented. So, check out these inspiring examples of online design portfolios, both for individual designers and design agencies – to help you angle your own in just the right way… 01. Daniel Spatzek is freelance graphic designer and art director from Austria, and his site does a brilliant job of showing off both his design and web skills. 02. Arturo Wibawa's site is worth checking out just for the detailed breakdowns of projects he's worked on, complete with wireframes, flowcharts, palettes, fonts and plenty of information about his process. 03. Based in Paris, Femme Fatale is a creative studio focused on culture, luxury, editorial and art. 04. 05. 06.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Top 20 LiveBinders you should not Miss Digital bookmarking is a pivotal learning skill. It does not only allow you to organize your information into one single platform accessible from anywhere with an internet connection but can also help you in your professional growth. Web2.0 technologies have made it way easier for us to control and curate the content we come across online. I definitely believe that without the power of bookmarking we would never be able to manage the huge influx of information Internet provides. I have already talked in a previous post about the benefits of bookmarking for us as teachers and learner and I said that bookmarking web tools: I am also recommending the following bookmarking tools for you : LiveBinder is one the best bookmarking web tools out there.

Teachers Guide on The Use of ePortfolios in Education Have you ever thought of teaching your students how to create an ePortfolio ? Well if you have not then it is about time to take the idea seriously. There are actually several reasons why you should encourage students to create their own ePortfolios but before we delve into them let me just briefly define what an ePortfolio is. ePortfolio is an electronic journal where one collects evidence of their learning. The good thing about ePortfolios is that they help students reflect about their own learning.This reflection is a necessary mental process for developing critical thinking. " The overarching purpose of portfolios is to create a sense of personal ownership over one's accomplishments, because ownership engenders feelings of pride, responsibility, and dedication." " The e-portfolio is the central .and common point for the student experience. Here is a list of some great web tools teachers can use to create ePortfolios.

A Roadblock as an Opportunity #DigitalPortfolios Digital Portfolios are becoming a “big thing” in education (as they should be), and people are starting to think about how this can change assessment practices. Although it is a great idea, there are still a lot of districts and schools struggling with implementation at the student level. So what is the biggest road block towards this initiative being successful? In my own experience it is our own lack of experience that is holding our students back. If we are too really move forward with this type of initiative, it is imperative that time and support are given (this is true with everything) to make it happen. Many teachers have seen with the development of their own digital portfolios is the power of having their own “thinking” space, while also developing their own digital footprint. One of the most important aspects of a digital portfolio is that it is (and should be) a very personal process. Just my thoughts… 5 Reasons Your Portfolio Should Be Online Our Digital Portfolio Project

Your online portfolio website My name is Alexis and I have just finished creating my first website through PortfolioBox, and its amazing! I really like how my website has turned out, there are so many awesome features and templates to choose from, that it blows the other competitors out of the water! I just want to state that I have been faffing around with silly hosting etc. and money hungry coders/designers for about a year and with you I have set up the website/portfolio I dreamed for in under an hour. Portfoliobox is by far the best portfolio builder I have come across; it would be fabulous if I could use Portfoliobox as my permanent website builder including the pro features in the future. I just thought I'd let you guys know. Once again, my thanks to you, I'm so very happy to be on Portfoliobox, it's just brilliant & it's actually helping me get back into photography I'm in the process of creating an online portfolio. This is like the best website tool ever. I want to say that your portfolio system is great.

8 Educational Apps To Create Digital Portfolios by Jennifer Rita Nichols, TeachThought Intern Digital portfolios are becoming increasingly popular in classrooms across North America. School administration, teachers, parents, and students are all recognizing the benefits of this amazing tool. Digital portfolios have the ability to impact education and student learning in ways that we simply have not been able to do before technology evolved to the level it is at today. Many educators are eager and willing to incorporate digital portfolios into their curriculum. 1. Platform: iOS Price: $1.99 This app is very easy to use for both teachers and students. Easy Portfolios allows the user to share items in the portfolio via email or upload to a Dropbox account. 2. Platform: Android and iOS Price: Free Evernote has become a very popular app to use for digital portfolios in classrooms. 3. Platform: iOs Price:Free VoiceThread is yet another app that has become very popular for use in classrooms as a digital portfolio tool. 4. Platform: iOS 5. 6. 7. 8.

20 Creative Ways To Use Instagram In The Classroom The buzz around Instagram might have you thinking about jumping ship. Instead, why not consider a few ways to use the app in your classroom? Teachers who want to reach their students must continue to evolve their curriculum for the world now- not as it was five or ten or fifteen years ago. Despite the negative connotations that Facebook and other such platforms have (specifically in regards to distracting students), there are all kinds of positive ways that social media can play a role in learning enrichment. Instagram may not be as well known as Facebook or Twitter, but this photo-sharing social media platform could be a great tool in your classroom. 1. Students can make a photo collage of all the books they’ve read throughout the year. 2. Turn a dry subject with numbers and formulas, and connect it to art through visual expression. 3. Have each of your students take a photo of themselves in different parts of their town and city. 4. 5. 6. 7. Host a field day for your class. 8. 9. 10.