Select, Collect, Reflect

Student Porfolios

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4wo5k2zkzE

SeeSaw

https://web.seesaw.me/

Best for: Process Portfolio

Artifact Samples: Commutative Property, Leaf ChatterPix, Labeled Worm

Blog Sample: Mrs. S 4th


Pros:

  • Free!
  • iOS/Android/Web
  • 10 active classes
  • Very easy to use - even in K
  • Can add a variety of items
  • Includes an Activity Library - search or create your own
  • Class blog tool allows selected items to be public
  • Teacher approval required for all items submitted
  • Ability for students to record an explanation for an uploaded item or annotate over it
  • Individual or class portfolios
  • Protected environment, can share individual items publicly
  • Parent access provided to individual portfolio (translation feature!)
  • Students can log in with QR code or Google account or email address.


Considerations:

  • No public view of complete individual portfolio, except through parent login
  • Free version does not allow journals to follow students from year to year
  • Skills tracking requires upgrade


More Info and How-to:

FreshGrade

https://www.freshgrade.com

Best for: Process/Product Portfolio

Examples: Secondary, Elementary Teacher


Pros:

  • iOS/Web/Andriod
  • Separate Student/Parent/Teacher apps
  • Does not require student email addresses
  • Unlimited classes/students
  • Track student progress towards skills/standards - aligned with TEKS
  • Very robust mobile app - easy use around the classroom
  • Easily share students' work with parents with various sharing permission levels
  • Upload videos/photos/links or type text
  • Reuse assignments from year to year
  • Download portfolio to PDF
  • Portfolios follow students from grade to grade
  • See parent/student involvement and engagement
  • Organize the portfolio using filters and labels
  • Build a personalized slideshow video for each student
  • Syncs with Google Docs


Considerations:

  • Archived information remains as long as login info does
  • Requires parents to create account
  • More robust for teachers than students
  • No teacher moderation option

Google Sites

https://sites.google.com/new

Best for: Product Portfolio

Classic Sites Samples: 2nd Grade, 4th Grade, Elementary

New Sites Sample: Sample Student, Space, Student Teacher Portfolio, Sandbox Site


Pros:

  • Works with existing Google account or GAFE account
  • Integrates other Google artifacts seamlessly (Docs, YouTube, etc.)
  • Authentic presentation of portfolio as a website
  • Can follow student beyond K-12 classroom


Cons:

  • Requires individual student Google accounts
  • Might be overwhelming for younger students


How-to: https://apps.google.com/learning-center/products/sites/get-started/

ThingLink

https://www.thinglink.com/

Best for: Product Portfolio

Sample Portfolio: Sherry's Portfolio


Pros:

  • Basic is free!
  • Easy to use
  • Dynamic
  • Generates a permanent link
  • Use any image as the background
  • Ability to link to anything digital
  • Many digital artifacts play within ThingLink
  • iOS/Android/Web


Cons:

  • Limited features in free version
  • Limited icon availability

Other (non-traditional) Options:

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