Monday, July 3, 2017

How to use a digital portfolio to prepare for graduation

In case you don't know about digital portfolios, here is an article that I found helpful.

Just in case you are not convinced already that PORTFOLIOS are HELPFUL, see this Huffington Post article

Saturday, April 29, 2017

ED TECH TEAM in NEW YORK has some tips about how to use Portfolios in classrooms

Here are some tips from a teacher in New York (who uses portfolios)

Students are encouraged to add any other materials that will help them to review and document the important content for the unit such as:
*Vocabulary flashcards - embedded from Quizlet usually
*Videos from YouTube or other sources for tutorials on major content
*Notes from class or outlines from text (doc or take picture of handwritten notes)
*Pictures of posters, graphic organizers, or other visuals from class
*Online games for review and mastery of anatomy terminology

To help reinforce the importance of the portfolio, I count it as a test grade for the quarter and also grade their assignments directly from their site. When students are ready to submit it for grading, I have them enter their site URL into a form with a brief comment about what has been added that they would like me to focus on. Feel free to take a look at my form here.

As the year has progressed, I have learned several important points for success:

*Help students see usefulness of portfolio by using it in class and for review
*Grade submitted work from the portfolio to reinforce its use
*Use peer review to help students get ideas from others on how it can be set up

I have also made some mistakes that I have made changes to or will change for next year:
*Give students time periodically during the quarter to work on the portfolio during class
*Periodically check on portfolios so students do not save work until the last minute
*Post a running list of items that students must include and should include
*Create a full working sample for students to see

Saturday, January 14, 2017

What can we put in our portfolios? A suggestion of 5 items from

Here are some tips from

This post was orginally written on Sabba Quidwai’s blog, AskMsQ
Here are five pieces you should include to create a digital portfolio that will get you noticed.
1.  a blog or website
2.  a piece of media or written work 
3.  a professional learning network?
4. a project 
5. a video of yourself speaking 

The article has these tips:

Create Your Mantra

“Begin with the end in mind.” – Stephen Covey

Share Your Story

“The linchpin is an individual who can walk into chaos and create order, someone who can invent, connect, create and make things happen.” – Seth Godin
I like to use a three-part format:
  • Where I was
  • Where I am
  • Where I want to go.

Highlight Your References & Testimonials

Quotes from others about their experience working with you brings your reader full circle.  Nothing speaks to your authenticity and credibility more than the testimonials of those you have worked with in the past.

For the Full ARTICLE click here

from EdTechTeacher

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The law about using Portfolios to answer: "Are you proficient?"

Let's start with the law in Maine

Then let's look at Rhode Island

Graduation requirements are set at a level to provide students the skills and knowledge to successfully enter and complete a rigorous post-secondary academic or technical program, join the military, and/or obtain a job that leads to a rewarding and viable career. The RI Board of Regents through the Secondary Regulations set the minimum requirements for earning a RI high school diploma including:
  • Demonstrated proficiency in 6 core areas (English Language Arts, math, science, social studies, the Arts and technology)
  • Successful completion of 20 courses (at a minimum)
  • Completion of 2 performance assessments (exhibitions, portfolios and/or comprehensive course assessments)
Districts may include additional expectations or requirements such as additional coursework requirements, a level of proficiency on the state assessments or community service learning.

What should we call the Act?

The bill might be called "An Act to Allow students to graduate by showing proficiency with a portfolio."

Districts are required to communicate specific graduation expectations to families and students prior to the start of the ninth grade.