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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.

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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 Physics Of Productivity: Newton’s Laws Of Getting Stuff Done In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published his groundbreaking book, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, which described his three laws of motion. In the process, Newton laid the foundation for classical mechanics and redefined the way the world looked at physics and science. What most people don’t know, however, is that Newton’s three laws of motion can be used as an interesting analogy for increasing your productivity, simplifying your work, and improving your life. Allow me to present this analogy as Newton’s Laws of Productivity. Newton’s First Law of Productivity First Law of Motion: An object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force.

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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? How To Stop Being Lazy And Get More Done - 5 Expert Tips Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. Just looking at it is exhausting. We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done. I certainly want the answer. So I decided to call a friend who manages to do this — and more. Cal Newport impresses the heck out of me.

The Five Tenets of Personalized Learning Cross-posted from the Corwin Connect Blog. I did not know what I was doing when I decided to change the way I taught. I did not know that somewhere out in the education world there was already a term floating around for some of the ideas I had for change, a term that would capture so many of my ideas in one. 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.

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

The Duckworth Lab NEW! Measurement matters: Assessing personal qualities other than cognitive ability for educational purposes. If grit and self-control are so important, should schools and policymakers measure them? The answer to this simple question is a little complicated.