This Thing is about how electronic portfolios can be used for teaching and learning and how to use them as a professional tool.

Electronic portfolios (also called ePortfolio, e-portfolio, digital portfolio, or online portfolio) are a digital collection of evidence that shows your learning journey over time.

Eportfolios can have many purposes depending on how they are designed.

ePortfolios in the classroom:

ePortfolios, like traditional portfolios, can:

  • celebrate learning by showcasing completed work.
  • show the learning process – by sharing work as it is developed.
  • facilitate students’ reflection on their own learning, leading to more awareness of learning.
  • Show evidence of achievement.
  • Record strengths and plan next learning goals and steps.

Nick Rate, from Core Education, explains why ePortfolios have an important place in today’s classrooms.

Here is more background info about the video, above.

Teacher, Jacqui Innes describes how students’ individual ePortfolios and the class blog serve different purposes but work in conjunction with each other. 

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano’s post in her LANGWITCHES blog explains Blogfolios and how they can be The Glue that Can Hold it All Together in Learning. She says, “Blogfolios are a pedagogical tool/platform for the teacher to facilitate learning and at at the same time can become in critical component for a heutagogical (self-directed/ self-motivated) process for the learner.”

Security and Confidentiality:

Due to the confidential nature of the content in many student ePortfolios, often they have tight security settings which limit access to parents, teachers and the child. As such, we have not shared share examples of childrens’ ePortfolios.

Professional ePortfolios:

Professional ePortfolios can be used:

  • Self-marketing to showcase skills to potential employers. E.g. job seeking.
  • To build a positive digital identity.
  • For assessment/accountability by schools to document achievement, especially against the Registered Teacher Criteria. Here is some examples are shared by Mr Wood and Anne Robertson. Often these are inside school learning management systems.
  • For sharing professional learning and related reflections. Some examples are shared by Tim Thatcher and Sonya Van Schaijik.

How to create an ePortfolio

Many Web 2.0 tools can also be used to create ePortfolios. Our top picks are Blogs (Thing3) or storing digital resources (Thing10).

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Create an ePortfolio for yourself or your students. We would love you to share it with us.

You need to plan what you want your ePortfolio to include and then use the instructions in the previous Things to help you.

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Digital Portfolios – Guidelines for Beginners prepared by the MOE in 2011 is a thorough and useful guide that explains the role of digital portfolios in learning and teaching and shares some New Zealand school case studies.

Great Tips and Tools to Create Digital ePortfolio provides an overview of the types of ePortfolio designs and a list of tools which can be used for a ePortfolio.

TKI ePortfolios covers the basics of ePortfolios with some videos about how they are used in classrooms in New Zealand.

OneNote Class Notebook as an e-Portfolio outlines how you can use the OneNote Class Notebook tool to easily create eportfolios for students building off the structure of OneNote automatically. This OneNote Toolkit for Teachers has has step-by step interactive lessons to guide you though using OneNote.

ePortfolios with GoogleApps  by Dr. Helen Barrett  focuses on the use of Google Apps to create ePortfolios. On this site, there are instructions on how to use the different elements of Google Apps to maintain e-portfolios.

ePortfolios and the benefits for students is shared in this discussion with Miranda Makin.

Nicola Goodman’s Masters thesis, Children’s Engagement with their Learning using E-portfolios, offers some insights for using ePortfolios in the the early years of schooling.  A critical reflection on eportfolio as a teaching tool by Lyn Lewis  provides an argument is for a shift in focus from eportfolio as a tool, towards its pedagogical capabilities. 

Jacqui Innes describes the process and benefits of planning explicitly for what students will share on their e-portfolios.

Linda Sweeny explains the process for setting up Blogger for students to use as an e-Portfolio. 

Professional ePortfolio:

You May Not Have Considered  from Kurtis Hewson explores some thoughts from a past principal in regards to preparing for that first interview and what can set an applicant apart from the others. There are a range of tips and tricks to make your Professional ePortfolio stand out from the other applicants.

Using ICT tools to reflect on your own teaching  by Suzie Vesper offers some tips to support you in your practice.

These GoogleSite template can be used to create your own RTC ePortfolio.

Using ePortfolios to showcase the process of learning:


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