“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” – Yvon Chouinard
Digital portfolios are one of the most powerful ways my students take ownership of their learning and reflect on their learning journeys. Digital portfolios help students set, track, and achieve their academic learning goals. Check out several of my students’ reflective portfolios here. Students attach screenshots and links to their work along with a personal reflection of how they will apply the learning. This is followed by an overall reflection. This year I want to improve the portfolios by including three important parts. Part one entails setting academic goals and reflecting on strengths and weaknesses. The second part is to get students to benchmark and reflect at more regular intervals through student led conferences. The third part includes the final reflection. The time to implement digital portfolios is at the start of the course. Keep scrolling for bookmarks with more ideas.
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Portfolio Tools and Resources
- Start with goals! Find student goal templates for students of any age to fill out here.
- Benchmark at regular intervals, such as progress report time, with student led conferences.
- My elementary students love their Seesaw digital portfolios. Seesaw is safe for K12 institutions and we are able to access the portfolios on multiple devices. Students can upload photos of their work, draw, annotate, record videos, record audio, and more! Parents, peers, and teachers can comment on student work.
- I've also had college students document their work using Google Slides (click for a free template your students can copy/edit), Padlet, and Pinterest.
- Other suggested tools, include Livebinders, Google Sites, Weebly, Mahara, Showbie, Bulb, and Pathbrite.
My Students' Portfolios
Find the tools listed above and many more resources in the bookmarks below.