Developing Student Electronic Portfolios

prepared by David Brear

updated April 25, 2007

A big thank you to Dr. Helen Barrett for all the work and research she has put into ePortfolios !!

| Articles | Assessment | Assignments | BC Ministry of Education Graduation Transitions Requirement | BC Based Software Solutions | Creating Portfolios | Definition | Digital Story Telling | Examples | Online Resources | Suggested Software | Web Based Software |

Workshop Objectives :

Definition :

A portfolio at the K-12 education level is essentially a collection of a student's work which can be used to demonstrate his or her skills and accomplishments.

What is a portfolio ? - A portfolio is an organized, purposeful collection of student work that displays knowledge, understanding, skills, accomplishments, interests, and achievement over a specified time.

Example , Kevin McIntyre's Digital Portfolio, from UBC EDUC 490A, Summer, 2004, with permission ( course facilitated by David Brear ).

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Online Resources

Dr. Helen Barrett on Electronic Portfolio Development - Dr. Barrett provides educators and parents with an overview of using technology to document learning over time. A portfolio is often defined as a purposeful collection of student [or teacher] work that illustrates efforts, progress, and achievement in one or more areas over time. An electronic portfolio uses digital technologies, allowing the portfolio developer to collect and organize portfolio artifacts in many media types (audio, video, graphics, text).

Electronic Portfolios for Lifelong Learning - for ePortolio Developers

Dr. Helen Barrett's Electronic Portfolios - Information about Electronic Portfolio Development.

Dr. Helen Barrett's Bookmarks - Dr. Helen Barrett's favorite links on Alternative Assessment & Electronic Portfolios.

Dr. Alice Christie's Electronic Portfolios Page - portfolio examples and resources.

ERADC - ( e-portfolio research and development community ), has been set up to provide a reference point for interested parties to contribute and learn more about e-portfolios and developments that may impact on the e-portfolio. The creator, Dave Tosh, is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Edinburgh.

Electronic Portfolios - here find Portfolio Examples, Articles and Scholarly Papers from the Technology Applications Center for Educator development, Texas.

Portfolios - are a collection of student work. Compiled from representative selections based upon specific criteria, portfolios provide tangible evidence of student growth and achievement. They exhibit progress over a period of time and can provide opportunity for student self-reflection and goal-setting.

ePortfolios Portal - the ePortfolio Portal, developed by the ePortfolio team, serves as a resource to assist you in gaining knowledge around the concepts of eportfolios.

University of Waterloo : : ePortfolio Thinking - Electronic Portfolios are an archive of one's work, achievements, ideas, thoughts and feelings which reflect an individual's intellectual, emotional and social developments- in essence, they are a document of an individual's learning over time.

Electronic Portfolios in the K-12 Classroom - prepared by Education World, the electronic portfolio, already a well-established tool in higher education, is beginning to appear in K-12 classrooms as well.

Educause - Do a search on this website for a plethora of eportfolio resources. Resources Webpage -this Webpage lists software, projects, presentations, documents/articles and more.


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BC Ministry of Education, Graduation Transitions Requirement

Graduation Transitions Requirement - Starting in the 2007/08 school year, Graduation Transitions replaces the Graduation Portfolio Assessment found in the original 2004 graduation program.

BC Ministry of Education - Graduation Portfolio - at this site find many helpful BC resources and background information relating to graduation portfolios. The graduation portfolio is developed over three years, Grades 10 - 12. Students in BC in order to complete their graduation portfolios, need to address specific criteria in three main components:

Portfolio Core, 30% of the portfolio mark

Portfolio Choice, 50% of the portfolio mark

Portfolio Presentation, 20% of the portfolio mark

BC Ministry of Education, Other Helpful Resources


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BC Based Software Solutions

A. Willock Information Systems - students can build a private portfolio online where they can store information about themselves and what their career and life goals are. Students can add important items, documents and pictures to their portfolio at any time from any computer that has an Internet browser. Students can also create web links to additional sites to support their documents.

MyWorks Electronic Portfolio - developed by Collaborative Learning Network Inc., CLN, in association with IBM K-12, expressly to meet BC Ministry of Education specifications, it gives students an opportunity to create, organize and share their graduate work in accordance with portfolio Core and Choice requirements. MyWorks is designed to clearly illustrate abilities and experiences by providing a comprehensive, easy to use and secure web based solution for the graduating student.

MyWorks Webcast - includes a live demo of MyWorks.

FirstClass - The Graduation Portfolio Management System (GPMS) is designed for any school or school district to manage the records of evidence and the students completion status of their portfolio.

Odyssey - Employability Skills from WCG International HR Solutions.

ePortfolio Tool Kit - Welcome to a new approach to portfolio development !! ePortfolio Took Kit was developed by a classroom teacher, Chris Bowers, Meeting Buddy,com, to help keep organizational and storage challenges to a minimum. Presentations can be done in person or remotely.

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Portfolio Assessment

Rubric for Assessing Electronic Portfolios - by Joyce L. Morris, Ed.D., University of Vermont, Department of Education.

Technology and Assessment - Using Technology to Support Alternative Assessment and Electronic Portfolios.

Portfolio Assessment - here find resources on portfolio assessment complied by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Guidelines for Using Portfolio Assessment - by Judy Kemp and Debby Toperoff, Ministry of Education, Israel

Assessment of Electronic Portfolios - created by Dr. Barbara Cozza, includes a sample rubrics on how to evaluate student electronic portfolios.

Electronic Portfolio Scoring Rubric - Assessment of Electronic Portfolios

Multimedia Project Rubrics - Developed by Caroline McCullen, Instructional Technologist, SAS inSchool, Cary, NC


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Articles on Portfolios

Directions in Electronic Portfolio Development - this article by David Gibson and Helen Barrett, explores the advantages and trade-offs of two paths to the development of electronic portfolios ­ using generic tools and using customized systems.

Creating Self-Portraits - students design portfolios to share insights about themselves, interview of David Brear by INTEL at NECC, 2003.

Electronic Portfolios - Welcome to the iMET website, part of the Masters of Education: Educational Technology program at California State University, Sacramento.

Electronic Portfolios - E-portfolios are an National Learning Infrastructure Initiative key theme because their use has the potential to transform teaching and learning so that it is more learner centered and outcomes oriented.

Creating and Using Portfolios on the Alphabet Superhighway - this article by Pauline Auld, provides an overview for educators in the creation and use of electronic portfolios on the Alphabet Superhighway. It outlines how portfolios may be used in a variety of ways in the classroom.

Digital Portfolios - An Enduring Promise for Enhancing Assessment by Michelle Riconscente.

Feasible Electronic Portfolios - Global Networking for the Self-Directed Learner in the Digital Age by Todd Bergman, Sitka, Alaska.

The Electronic Portfolio Boom: What's it All About? - by By Trent Batson, University of Rhode Island.

Uses of Digital Portfolios for Elementary Students - Digital Portfolios can be used with any age, in any context. Different types of documents can be used to record elementary students' growth throughout the year.

Writing Portfolios: What Teachers Learn from Student Self-Assessment - by Kim Johnson-Bogart, Examples from students' self-reflective essays, created to organize and explain their selections for end-of-term writing portfolios, reveal how much students learn from such reflection.

E-Portfolios and Folio Thinking to Support an Undergraduate Learning Career and Beyond - this PowerPoint Presentation, created by Chen, Helen L. 2004, presents clearly and succinctly the various aspects involved in developing an eportfolio.


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Creating Electronic Portfolios

Portfolio Development - interesting collection of links from the Nova Scotia Community College Library.

Creating ePortfolios - Learn to build e-Portfolios and implement them with students.

Electronic Portfolios - City College of New York City, School of Education Electronic Portfolios.

Electronic Portfolio Guidelines - created by TESH, Teacher Education in the Humanities and Science, Virginia PolyTechnic Institute and State University.

Creating Online Portfolios - this page can help give you ideas on how to use portfolios and how to set them up for your own classroom. You can see exemplary sites, learn how to work with graphics and even scan your student's work.

Using HyperLinks to Create Student Portfolios - learn how to use hyperlinks to create student portfolios.

E-Portfolio Fever - learn what electronic portfolios are, how to create them, and how to use them in K-12 classrooms.



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Examples of Online Portfolios

The iTeacherEd Project - Student Electronic Portfolios - University of Regina, faculty of Education, view examples of electronic portfolios created by student teachers enabling them to share their work with a larger audience and other helpful links.

Example , Kevin McIntyre's Digital Portfolio, from UBC EDUC 490A, Summer, 2004, with permission ( course facilitated by David Brear ).

Conestoga High School Visual Art Gallery - Individual Student Portfolios, the links will take you to individual pages authored by Conestoga High School Art students.

ePortfolio Project - from the University of Iowa, helps develop technological competencies that easily transfer from the campus setting to the world of work. Become part of the College of Education's electronic portfolio project and build a new electronic tool for job seeking.

Mt. Edgecumbe High School Student Portfolios - Learner portfolio samples.

Electronic Portfolios - samples from students of Discovery Middle School, Orlando, Florida on many topics.

Exit Portfolio - San Lorenzo Valley High School, the SLV Senior Exit Portfolio is a student selected, heart felt collection of work which represents his/her reflections and achievements in academic studies, personal growth, and extracurricular activities.

Sample Digital Portfolios - from ideas Consulting, Inc., samples provided give an idea of what information will go into digital portfolios and how they can be organized.

Mrs. Silverman's Webfolio - Mrs. Silverman's class web sites are no longer being maintained due to her retirement. They will remain online for students to visit their digital webfolios. It brings back nice memories of second grade.

Student Portfolios - Mr. Lambert's class


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Web based sofware used to Create Electronic Portfolios

e-Portfolio with Rubric Marker - created by Chalk & Wire, is a quick, simple-to-use, total system for presenting many student work samples in the form of digital portfolios to assessors.

e-Portfolio for Elementary Classrooms - developed by the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance at Concordia University, Montreal. Innovative bilingual software designed to support the portfolio process in Canadian elementary schools.

ELGG - is an electronic portfolio, weblog and social networking system, connecting learners and creating communities of learning.

KEEPToolKit - The KEEP Toolkit is a set of web-based tools that help teachers, students and institutions quickly create compact and engaging knowledge representations on the Web.

Portfolio Project Builder - allows intstructors, advisors and career counselors the opportunity to guide participants through the construction of a digital portfolio.

Pupil Pages - Online portfolios for students, allows them to create and maintain an online portfolio of her/his work.

The Open Source Portfolio Initiative (OSPI) - is a community of individuals and organizations collaborating on the development of the leading non-proprietary, open source electronic portfolio software available.

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Suggested Software to Create Electronic Portfolios

PowerPoint - PowerPoint home page.

HyperStudio - product information.

Electronic Portfolios - Explanation of using HyperStudio to create student electronic portolios.

Electronic Portfolios - Samples of Electronic Portfolios created using the software program, HyperStudio.

Electronic Portfolios - SCDSB, Sudbury Catholic District School Board, ELECTRONIC (digital) PORTFOLIOS.

Netscape Composer - Netscape home page.

Create Your Own Electronic Portfolio - Using Off-the-Shelf Software to Showcase Your Own or Student Work by Dr. Helen C. Barrett.

Progress Portfolio Software - helps students conduct long-term inquiry projects on computers (e.g. visualization projects, web-based inquiry projects, explorations with CD-ROMs, simulations, digital libraries, etc.). It allows students to document and reflect on their work using an integrated suite of screen capture, annotation, organization, and presentation tools.

Apple's iMovie site - iMovie specific art, sounds, downloadable plug ins and assorted other resources are available here.

Apple's iDVD site - iDVD has always made it easy to create beautifully designed DVDs. With the Magic iDVD feature, all you have to do is choose a theme and select the movies and photos you want to include. iDVD then automatically creates a complete DVD, unified in design from start to finish, including menu screens, movies, chapter menus and slideshows.

Microsoft's Movie Maker site - Movie Maker tutorials, tips and tricks and downloads available from Microsoft.

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Sample Assignments

Please note that the following sample assignments, require Adobe Acrobat Reader !!

PowerPoint - All About Me

HyperStudio - My School Life

Netscape Composer - Things I Like

If available, it would be nice to have ...


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