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Showcasing Student Work with Digital Portfolios

Overview

As the school year ramps into a higher gear, teachers are beginning to assign projects and in-depth assignments along the way. Instead of letting those be "one and done" assignments, collecting them and placing them in a Digital Portfolio would be a great showcase of learning. These portfolios can serve as visual file cabinets of a student's learning throughout the course of the class. Additionally, creating these earlier in the year saves on the time crunch to create it, and ensures that the final product is thorough and a sample of pride for the student. Below are a few simply programs that can be used to create these awesome representations of student work.

Google Sites

Easily, my favorite tool for creating Digital Portfolios is Google Sites. The flexibility and customization are really what make this stand out above the rest. Along with the ability to select a theme, students can change the header image and font to make it just how they want it. Especially since the majority of assignments are created using Google tools, embedding them as a display is super easy. Each class could be its own page, and each assignment can be inserted wherever the student wishes. Add in a dash of explanation and reflection, and this portfolio becomes quite impressive and shareable with a pretty small effort.

Google Slides

Creating a portfolio using Google Slides is a little more diluted than a Google Site, but still could be pretty cool. As students create their projects, they can either be linked or a screenshot on a slide. Then, in the column on the side or on the next slide, the explanation of the project, reflection of their performance, or connection to the standard could be explained. Each slide could be customized with images, Clip Art, or even Bitmojis to represent the assignment. As a way to tie it all together, students could create a "title slide" and link to each project or standard from the first slide, creating an easy method of viewing all of their work.

Google Forms / Google Sheets

Similar to Google Slides, Forms and Sheets also offer an option for Digital Portfolios. Although there isn't as much room for customization and ownership as the previous two options, these can still be worthwhile solutions. In order to use Forms, teachers can create a simple survey that asks for project name, attachment of the project link, and a spot for standard connection or reflection. Once that's created, on the Google Sheet side of things, this can be organized and manipulated however the teacher or student prefers, making for easy location of items. Also, creating links to different tabs or cells could offer up a few opportunities to organize the information.

WeVideo

One potential program that could have major benefits is WeVideo. If you're unfamiliar with WeVideo, it is a video creation tool that allows students to record video, record audio, or even screencast. Using this program is the most in-depth way to showcase a portfolio, but it has the potential to be the most powerful as well. Once students have created their projects, they can create short videos of them. The awesome thing about this way of doing it is students can create a mini-podcast of their learning, screencast the assignment, and even video themselves reflecting on the project. Completing one of these for each standard or project that is done, then compiling them all into one video would be an amazing display and reflection of a student's work.

Flipgrid

I know I sound like a broken record including Flipgrid again, but it truly is a powerful tool, and has the potential to be an amazing way to create digital portfolios. If a teacher creates a Grid for the class, they could then create a topic for each standard or individual project, and allow the students to record themselves discussing their work. Then, once all of the standards or projects have been covered, there would be a nice "database" of items for them. However,, there will also be the possibility of creating a "playlist" of items from a specific student from each topic in the very near future, making this an extremely easy tool to create digital portfolios with. Stay tuned!

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