Digital Content Creation

with Early Learners

Digital Content Creation Apps & Tools

Can learning portfolios be used with early learners?

Portfolios have long been a part of higher education in order for committees to see a true representation of a student's growth and progression towards mastering learning concepts and goals. K-12 education has seen the idea of the learning portfolio trickle into the classroom as a way to gain a holistic approach to assessing mastery of standards.


The GOAL: Use learning portfolios with early learners, specifically first graders, to track progress towards mastery of writing standards. Using apps that are simple to use for students of all ages my goal is to create reflective student learning portfolios that create content rather than consume content to track their learning and mastery.

Cristin M. Dillard

Cristin M. Dillard is the Technology Integration Coach. She is the former Library Media Specialist at Fort Rucker Primary School, a Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA) institution. She has worked as an educator for the last nine years in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. She began her career as a secondary social science teacher in a rural school in the Wiregrass area of Alabama. She has been a Library Media Specialist for 6 years.


Mrs. Dillard worked to integrate an interdisciplinary classroom pedagogy in her library media center which serves grades Pre-K through first grade. Collaborating with classroom teachers, she works to create interdisciplinary lessons that focus on key learning concepts to help with mastery and providing qualitative data to show progress towards mastery for each student she works with. Now she works with teachers to provide professional development to integration technology that transforms learning and shifts the way we learn.