A “digital portfolio” can mean different things depending on context. In “Show What You Know with Media,” a digital portfolio is defined as a web-accessible archive of student work. An essential feature of a digital portfolio is an index / table of contents page which links directly to different samples of student work. Digital portfolios can be openly accessible via the public Internet, or password protected. A variety of different platforms (both free and commercial) are available for students to use as digital portfolios fitting this definition. These can be either process portfolios (ongoing collections of work throughout an academic year and career) or showcase portfolios (sites selectively highlighting only exemplary work). Holly Clark, in her post, “A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Digital Portfolios,” identifies a third type: the “hybrid portfolio” which includes elements of both. Helen Barrett (@eportfolios) identifies three different levels of digital portfolios in K-12 schools: ePortfolios as 1) Storage, 2) a Workspace, and 3) a Showcase.
The image below shows how different websites can serve as “file cabinets” for digital portfolios, which use a single site as the “show board” linking everything together.
by Wesley Fryer
This linked Google Presentation slide shows a variety of different “Digital Assignment Turn In Options.”
Digital Portfolio Platforms
- Blogs (free and commercial, these provide a time/date stamped chronological record of work)
- Three Ring (free, iPad app & website)
- Seesaw (free, iOS app)
- Wikis (free and commercial, are website creation platforms)
- Content Management Systems
- Other Portfolio Builders
Exemplary Digital Portfolios
- Primary students
- Secondary students
- Anthony Chivetta’s Student Portfolio (includes work from college and high school) – by @achivetta
- Kristopher Redman (high school portfolio using Google Sites, includes both public & password-protected work samples) – via @kernkelley
- Kaz Media Services – Justin Kasprzak (high school videographer, uses Google Sites) – via @kernkelley
- Guidelines for Students
- Ozh’s Portfolio of Personal Projects and Online Presences (professional educator) – by @ozh
- Amy Burvall’s Professional Portfolio (professional educator) by @historyteacherz
- Mr. Granato’s Professional Portfolio (professional eduator) – by @mrgranito
- Meredith Buchanan’s Educator Portfolio (preservice teacher) – via @shareski
- School Student Work Showcase
In the September 2011 video interview, “Digitizing Student Portfolios with an iPod Touch,” Maine educator Kern Kelley (@kernkelley) describes techniques for collecting and sharing media artifacts using iOS devices.
View Helen Barrett’s 19 minute presentation at TEDxASB in February 2010, “Social Networks and Interactive Portfolios: Blurring the Boundaries.” Her “Resources on Electronic Portfolio Development” includes additional related resources.