Digital Portfolios

Develop a Digital Portfolio to Display Your Projects

Introduction

With this project, you will be creating your own digital portfolio using Google Sites. We will be going through several steps in order to plan and develop your own portfolio.


This project will help you positively develop your own digital footprint. If you don't put out the good information about yourself, someone else is going to tell your story, and you don't know what kind of story that is going to be!

Timeline

Begin Project: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Project Due: Monday, April 13, 2015 at the end of class


April 8: Introduce project, begin gathering samples to place in portfolio, create a folder in Drive called "Digital Portfolio." Work on writing your "About Me" section. Finish for homework if not complete.


April 9: How to create and set up our Google Sites.


April 10: Continue to work on & develop your Google Site.


Monday, April 13, 2015: PROJECT DUE AT END OF CLASS. Google Site is complete, submit a link to your Google Site via the corresponding assignment in Edmodo.


Thursday, April 14: Present your Google Site in class.

Planning Your Portfolio

The first step to developing your portfolio is planning what you would like to put in it.

We will be creating our portfolios using Google Drive and Google Sites.


Create Your Google Site Folder


  • Create a new folder in your Tech Apps folder in your Google Drive. Name it "Digital Portfolio."
  • Go through your previous projects you have completed, specifically technology projects. These can be from Tech Apps or other classes. You can also include work you have done on your own!
  • Make copies of any work you would like to display [file>>make a copy] and place the copy of your work in your new "Digital Portfolio" folder.


Need Some Ideas on What to Add to Your Portfolio?

Click to view some ideas

About Me Section--April 8

On April 8, write up what you will put in your "About Me" section of your Digital Portfolio.


-Create a new Google Doc within your "Digital Portfolio" folder

-Name the file "About Me--[Name]"

-Type up a brief paragraph about yourself, what you enjoy

-DO NOT release personal information such as your address, phone number, you also probably do not want to give out your last name.


Once you've created your "About Me" page on your website, you will need to copy and paste the text in the main text box. Format as needed.


See an example here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FGN1FdxYsNaG09JkP21c_PD34a64EQ3o_jta5aDdOf8/edit?usp=sharing

Building Your Google Site

We will be using Google Sites to create your digital portfolio.

Click to view Mrs. Witherspoon's Google Sites Tutorials that we will be using in class.


You will need to make several pages:


  1. Home Page
  2. Page for each grade level (6-8) if you have projects from each year you are adding
  3. a page for each class for each year
  4. a page for projects you complete outside of school
-------You might want to make a separate page for each separate project


You might want to use the template I have created called "Carpenter Portfolio" template.

This template has a simple design, but all the pages are laid out, that way you can go back and customize the look and feel. Click to view the template

WEBSITE REQUIREMENTS

  1. You must utilize principles of design.
    The site must exhibit proper use of color and fonts. (no crazy colors behind text or difficult to read text fonts or colors.) Things must be placed in an orderly fashion.
  2. You must display at least 5-10 pieces of work for Technology Applications class
  3. You must display at least 2 other pieces of work from other classes (core, etc.)
  4. EACH piece of work you choose to display MUST include a small paragraph explaining about your project. This can talk about techniques you used, what the requirements were of the project, why or why it was not challenging, etc.
  5. Your site must use correct grammar and spelling.
  6. All images used on the site must be school appropriate.

Create a Website Banner

You can create a custom banner for your website. Make sure you use fonts and colors consistent with with the rest of your website settings.


There are several ways you can create your banner.

Size: 750 x 95 pixels

You can use Google Draw, Pixlr, etc.

Click to use a template from Google Draw

Free Banner Maker from Fotor

Turning Your Website In

In order to submit your website for grading, here is what you need to do:

  1. On your website, go to the sharing settings in the top right corner.
  2. Change your sharing settings to "Anyone with the link can VIEW" (you don't want to make it to where anyone can edit!
  3. Copy the URL for your homepage and paste it in the turn in box for the assignment in Edmodo.