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4 Free Web Tools for Student Portfolios

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. Related:  digital portfolios

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. 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.

25 Brilliant Teacher Blogs Worth Following There is a lot of firsthand knowledge being shared right now. From blogging principals to teachers to education enthusiasts, there are hundreds of blogs that you should probably check out. There are some truly miraculous reasons that you should consider blogging, by the way. So, if you’re a teacher or student, perhaps you should check out some of these fabulous blogs to get a little inspiration. If you’re looking for a few ideas on how to get started, be sure to check out this article. Curious about how to actually, you know, start a blog? Do you ever wonder how schools, universities, colleges, and large groups in general should use social media?

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? 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… Just in case you are looking to go deeper into the topic, here are some articles and resources that I have written on the topic of digital portfolios:

5 Fun Easter Activities for the Classroom - Australian Teachers Blog When in the classroom I love using Tony Ryan’s 'Thinkers Keys' as great way to encourage creativity, in both thoughts and production of content. As Easter approaches we thought it might be nice to highlight a few ‘Keys’ that encourage such creativity amongst students – and might inspire you to try a few of them in your classroom. Activity 1 - The B A R The following acronym, or ladder of words, can be used by different age groups (ranging from Yr 1 to adults) to re-invent or re-design everyday objects. Why use The BAR: A practical step-by-step strategy for developing innovative and highly unusual products. The BAR Ladder is: Bigger – Make something on a regular object biggerAdd – Now add something newReplace – Replace something on the object with a new enhanced feature Easter BAR Activity: Part 1 – Follow these 2 steps: Part 2 – Write a description to explain why you made the decisions you did and using iXplain or Community Clips, record a description of your image. Activity 2 - The WHAT IF

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. Build in Opportunities for Peer-to-Peer Learning 2. Sifting through the endless hoards of information on the Internet is becoming a necessary skill.

7 Tools Students Can Use to Manage Group Projects Any teacher who has assigned group projects to students has at some point had to help those students organize and equitably distribute work. (Or has had to listen to students complaints about other group members not pulling their weight). Here are some tools that you can have students use to manage their responsibilities when working on group projects. Pegby is a good website for organizing the tasks that you and or your team need to get done. Pegby is set up like a corkboard with index cards stuck to it. Teambox is a free service that allows you to create and manage a collaborative workspace for team projects. Enter the Group is a new free service offering collaborative project management for groups. Todoist and its sister service Wedoist are easy-to-use task management services for individuals and groups. Trello is a free service designed to help individuals and groups manage tasks. Wiggio is a collaboration tool designed to make scheduling group meetings easier.

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*

Patent Attorney Encourages 5th Graders at Glenbrook via Google Hangout I was able to observe an amazing learning opportunity today! Fifth graders at Glenbrook Elementary have been spending some valuable time learning about inventions and creating their own invention to solve a current problem or fill a need on the market. Prior to today, they shared pictures and descriptions of their creation with a Patent Attorney, Kerri, from Minnesota. Today, the Patent Attorney participated in a Google Hangout with the 5th graders to discuss the importance of and need for patents as well as to provide feedback on their inventions! During the discussion, students asked the Patent Attorney some questions regarding patents: "How many patents have you written?" "How come people can't copy each other's books?" "Can people apply for a second patent if the first one has expired?" "Do companies like Target get patents?" During the invention feedback, Kerry, the Patent Attorney, recognized a few inventions from the students that he thought were great and could make it to market.

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. 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: A portfolio is a purposeful collection of student work that exhibits the student's efforts, progress and achievements in one or more areas. Various Portfolio Purposes 1. 2. 3. 1. 4. 5. Summary:

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