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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 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*

How To Create An Effective Classroom Website No doubt you have already have a classroom website or will be required to create one in the very near future. Virtually every classroom teacher around the globe is being caught up in the development of this essential communication tool. Most of the early birds to this challenge went out and used providers such as Teacher Web. Now, more and more districts are implementing a provider that the entire district will use that provides continuity and uniformity. This obviously will have its benefits for staff development but may stifle creativity. I started about 8 years ago with a variety of services, but about two years ago my district settled on one software host for us all to use. The first thing you will need is a website template. Hosts WordPress – very clean and attractive, an excellent choice Blogger – Google’s product SchoolRack – free classroom website or blog creator Shutterfly – this photo website met my needs for a couple of years Audio Contact Methods Forms Images Logos Photo Editing

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:

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

digital portfolio Artopia is a terrific new site that I just learned about from reading Kelly Tenkley's wonderful blog. It is a place where teacher's can create "digital portfolios" of their student's art work. Also, it is a site where student's can learn about: sculpture, painting, theater, dance, music, artisits, etc. Below is a direct quote from Artopia on the guidelines regarding student work. "Since, they are responsible for uploading student's work, I would assume they abide by a strict CIPA/COPPA policy. The kinds of data you can upload for approval are: pics, audio, video. Another great feature to Artopia are the lessons plans that you can download by clicking in the teacher resources area. Below, is a pic of the "sculpture" section of Artopia.

4 Free Web Tools for Student Portfolios I still have every single project I ever completed in preschool. My dad collected them and kept each one in a grocery bag that he tucked away in the back of his closet. Looking through his collection now, there's nothing incredibly prodigious about the work that I created as a four-year-old boy. I see doodles, collages, coloring pages and awkward attempts at writing my own name. Nevertheless, the story that it tells is special to me. This is the effect of good portfolios. Kidblog Kidblog is unique among the web tools featured here because it is built by teachers for teachers. Google Sites If your school is fueled by Google Apps for Education, then using Google Sites to create student portfolios, or "Googlios," makes perfect sense. Evernote For classrooms with BYOD or 1:1 initiatives in place, Evernote can serve as a viable option for creating student portfolios. Three Ring A mobile app with a desktop version, Three Ring is worthy of consideration as well.

Student Reflection with Digital Portfolios Posted by Shelly Terrell on Wednesday, December 10th 2014 Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. – Peter Drucker A year ago, I created a technology course on Moodle for Spanish teachers as part of the Ministry of Education of Spain. I can’t believe there is nothing else to do for the #storytelling_INTEF course @ShellTerrell C’mon last effort for my group E mates! Creating Reflective Portfolio Presentations Students are asked to create a reflective audio/visual presentation in which they reflect on a task, reading, and resource (tool, app, website, game, database, video or program) for each module. Recommended Tools I recommend these tools for completing these projects: these tools for completing this project: Student ePortfolio Reflections These are some examples of their eportfolios. Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar!

Visual Portfolios: The Blending of Analog and Digital As I mentioned in my most recent post, The Role of an Ed Tech within the Project Planning Cycle of a 1:1 iPad Classroom, my job entails working with students just as much as teachers. A few months ago I was asked to speak to the Senior Mentorship classes about online resumes, portfolios, social media, and digital footprints. A collection of the resources I shared is available here. One student, Yasmeen Tizani, gravitated to bulb and created an exceptional portfolio of her work. I have to say it has been such an amazing experience working with Yasmeen this semester. Polishing the Portfolio Two changes that she made based on our discussions were art work descriptions and the use of Canva to create a few of the tiled images: Art Work Reflections: We discussed adding blurbs on each art piece that highlighted both the inspiration for the work as well as the process and media used to create it. Hybrid Portfolio The best part of this bulb is the hybrid approach that Yasmeen took.

How to Build Your E-Learning Portfolio – Part 2 This post is one in a four-part series for How to Build Your E-learning Portfolio. You can read Part 1 here. Common Challenges I understand that building your portfolio can be challenging. As are most things in life. Maybe you aren’t legally allowed to share your work samples because they’re controlled goods or you’ve signed an air-tight Non-Disclosure Agreement;Maybe you don’t have time…we’re not all Beyonce; orMaybe you don’t know where to begin. My goal here is to become your portfolio-building sensei and hold your hand through this entire process. Challenging Yourself Now, you may already feel challenged by those challenges impacting your lack of portfolio, but I’m asking you to challenge yourself even more! Before taking the leap into full-time independent contractor-ship, I knew that I needed some sort of portfolio. At first I wallowed, but then I had some real-talk with myself, got serious, and created my first two portfolio pieces. Portfolio Piece # 1 Click to view interaction.

What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning The following excerpt is from “Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry,” by Larissa Pahomov. This excerpt is from the chapter entitled “Making Reflection Relevant.” Characteristics of Meaningful Reflection For student reflection to be meaningful, it must be metacognitive, applicable, and shared with others. Let’s look at each of these characteristics in turn. Metacognitive Although it’s something of a buzz word, “metacognition” is a state of mind that can be useful for all the core values presented in this book. When children are first learning to reflect on their work, their educators use simple prompts to get them thinking: Do you like what you made? Of course, there’s a danger of this metacognition turning into a kind of feedback loop: Am I reflecting adequately on my reflection? ➤ The digital connection. Applicable This kind of isolated, after-the-fact reflection dominates our understanding of the process. ➤ The digital connection. Shared

​‘Picture This’: A Step by Step Guide on Digital Learning Portfolios in the Classroom It’s hard to talk about “Digital Learning Portfolios” without really knowing what they are. At the Dreamyard Project, a collaboration between the Bronx’s Dreamyard Preparatory School and the Parsons New School of Design, this illustration below is what we think it is, and what we all agree that a digital portfolio should be. I had the lucky fortune to be involved in this collaborative project, and played a role in making this happen at my particular school. My name is Rudy Blanco, I am the Digital Learning Coordinator at the Dreamyard Preparatory School and I’m here to share my big takeaways with you. Developing a “Digital Learning Portfolio” culture at your school is a huge undertaking, and in order to prepare, one should understand a few key things that will help make these portfolios a success. Teach students about organization: Your students need to be master file organizers. Step 1: Content, Content, Content Have your students create as much content as possible before publishing.

iPad X Google Drive X Student Portfolios It has been too long since my last post...hopefully this one will be worth it. With recent upgrades to the Google Drive app on the iPad, Google Drive is now a viable solution for student portfolios that can be created in their entirety on an iPad and everything that is created by a student can be uploaded directly to their Google Drive account to a "Portfolio" folder that can then be shared with any one of their teachers. The Google Drive app now allows for creation of: DocumentsSpreadsheetsFolders You can now also upload from the camera roll: ImagesVideos Many PDF annotation apps also now allow direct upload to Google Drive, I suggest using Notability. Below is a presentation and video tutorial that explains the process of creating, uploading and sharing within the Google Drive app on an iPad. Google Drive iPad Portfolio from EdTechTeacher on Vimeo. I'll be talking more about using iPads in the classroom this summer at the EdTechTeacher Summer Workshops in Boston, Chicago & Atlanta.

Alternative Ideas For Designing A Web Portfolio Having a good portfolio on the net can make a difference in getting interesting customers. Obviously, without a few quality projects in your background, it is difficult to sustain a portfolio, but if you do not properly present your work, no matter how good your designs are, they will be unnoticed. The basics for developing an Internet portfolio, do not differ from those we use for developing any website: accessibility, being user friendly, navigability, clarity, consistency, etc.; elements that are determinant for a bank as well as for a creative site. However, portfolios have their own characteristics that set them apart from other types of sites, such as “creativity”, a relevant feature that can differentiate us from the competition. Our portfolio requires a level of originality that is not usually feasible in other projects, but be careful as this “originality” should not adversely affect the above mentioned basics of web design. Social extension of your work and yourself Concision

Weebly.com for ePortfolios Showcase your work online Valerie R. Burton, M.Ed. Description: Want to create and publish an ePortfolio for yourself or your students? In this session you will •gain an understanding of the importance of developing an ePortfolio. •gather ideas for developing your own ePortfolio. •see suggestions and examples of what to include in your ePortfolio. •explore framework for building professional portfolios for educators and students. Create an ePortfolio in 5 minutes. Set aside some time to try creating your own Weebly site. Create an account on Weebly.comAdjust the themes to your preferencesAdd pagesPublish brand new ePortfolio websiteSlideshow - Presentation Slides: You have created and personalized your site, now what? Use an ePortfolio to: Links and Sites to examine Valerie R.

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