Student Portfolios

“Student portfolios (especially digital versions) are a great idea. By providing the time and the means for students to collect things that document their challenges and successes, students become more metacognitive and invested in their growth and learning. However, the reality for many students (and teachers) is that portfolios have become a chore, a stale exercise — but it doesn’t have to be this way.”

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What can students use to create portfolios?

Google Sites are a great option for schools using Google Apps for Education. Students can adjust sharing settings to keep content private or public. Students can easily add content from their school email account.

Sample Portfolios and Templates

Seesaw is a portfolio platform great for elementary. The free version allows teacher to do basic tasks like assign students tasks. Parents can also be added. Students can draw or video record responses.

Portfolium is another platform, more geared for secondary and is more of a resume style.

What should be included?

  • Subjects that must be represented (all? Core? Arts?)
    Minimum and maximum number of pieces 
    Inclusion of appropriate content (subject matter/topic/language)
  • Struggles or challenges you have faced this year
    Artifacts that show growth
    Ways in which you have progressed this year
    Videos in which students showcase things they’ve done
    Demonstrations of newly developed skills (video work, photographs, other)
    “Lessons” in which students teach a skill
    Artifacts from outside of school that show application of school-related skills
    Artifacts of collaboration or independence
    Videos that address a student’s future self
Chris Haught
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Chris is the Media Mentor at SEDC, she loves to help students, librarians and teachers to discover new ways to use technology to enhance their learning.

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