Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Creating a Digital Portfolio

What is a Digital Portfolio? Digital Portfolios (also known as e-portfolios) are digital representations of a student's work. Portfolios are a powerful way of showcasing your individual skills and talents, as well as illustrating your growth in learning and achievement. Your Digital Portfolio will also allow you to show off who you are as a unique student and individual. For your Digital Portfolio, you will build a website using Google Sites. Your Digital Portfolio Google Site will include a collection of your most important digital assignments of the school year and your personal assessments of these pieces of work. We will be working on creating our Digital Portfolios over the course of the next several weeks. This project will make up a sizable portion of your final Language Arts and Social Studies assessment grade. In order to get a better a sense of what student Digital Portfolios look like, check out the video and links to samples below.

Creating a Digital Portfolio We have created a Digital Portfolio template for you here, which you will use to get started. It includes the basic structure, components, and guidelines for building your Digital Portfolio. 

However, you will have the opportunity to personalize your Portfolio and make it uniquely your own. To begin, you get to select your website's name and theme. First, click on the blue "Use Template" button. Next, you will be invited to name your website (I recommend Your Name's Digital Portfolio). Finally, select the 'Select the Theme' link located near the bottom of the screen. You may begin to personalize the look of your website here. Make sure to save your changes. 

Additionally, the videos below show you how to change the site's layout and how to insert text and images. Check them out to learn how you can continue to make the look and feel of your Digital Portfolio website a true reflection of who you are.   

We will continue to personalize our Digital Portfolio websites in class tomorrow and begin to learn how to incorporate our digital assignments. In the meantime, more information on creating Digital Portfolios can be found here.  

Homework (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the 4th Quarter Reading Log, which you can access in your Language Arts folder. (2.) Begin to personalize your Digital Portfolio website.  

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