Dynamic, digital collections of authentic information from different media, in many forms, and with multiple purposes.
Three Types of Portfolios
- Performance portfolios are collections of a student’s best work, with the student taking the lead in the selection of the work and providing an explanation as to why they should be included.
- Process portfolios contain several versions of a selected work. Such a portfolio might hold early drafts of a paper or poem to show how the piece developed over time.
- Progress portfolios are often managed by teachers. They hold collections of work intended to illustrate children’s development over time.
Types of Technologies for Digital Portfolios
|· A common tool used by many people around the world.
· Allows for a wide audience to view and comment on student work.
· Lends itself well to chronicling student learning, especially writing.
|· Harder to organize and view learning artifacts; must use tags or categories.
· Involves possibly too much visibility for students, especially younger ones.
· Tools used are not readily transferrable beyond K–12.
|Dedicated Portfolio Application
|· Easiest to use of all portfolio assessment tools.
· Social media design engages parents via mobile devices.
· Strong security measures to ensure student privacy.
|· With ease of use, students are not learning essential digital skills.
· Student learning entries can become lost in all of the posts.
· Dedicated portfolio applications have limited life (K–12).
Google Sites (sites.google.com)
|· Most relevant digital presence a student can have in the future.
· Students learn the ins and outs of maintaining a digital presence.
· Integration with other applications can be a benefit.
|· Learning curve with maintaining a website.
· Harder to communicate learning artifacts with families (versus blogs or apps).
· Not necessarily built with education in mind.