Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Building Your Digital Portfolio and Clarifying Expectations

Building Your Digital Portfolio  Up until this point many of you have been spending a sizable time on the design of your Digital Portfolio, paying special attention to themes, fonts, and colors. While this is important and will make up a portion of your Digital Portfolio's final grade, ultimately what it most important is your portfolio's content. I've included a rubric below and would like to highlight some key points. 

  • Your Home page should feature an autobiographical sketch in which you introduce the purpose of your portfolio and yourself to your site's visitors. Who are you? What are your interests, your passions? You should also incorporate at lease one visual aid that represents you, which could include a picture of your family, your friends, yourself, the logo of a favorite sports team, etc. For reference, check out former student Marq's Home page below.

  • On the Sixth Grade Home page you need to include a summary paragraph, in which you summarize your experiences as a 6th grader at Lakeview Middle School this year. How did you feel at the beginning of the school year? How did that change as the year progressed? What was it like being at a school that uses technology and Chromebooks as important learning tools? What did you learn? What were your favorite classes? Make sure to have a visual aid accompany your paragraph. It may be a symbol representing one of your favorite classes, a picture of you with your classmates, a photograph of one of your favorite teachers.  
  • You must include at least two work samples for both your Language Arts and Social Studies pages. What digital assignments from the school year are you most proud of and want to feature as past of your Digital Portfolio? For Language Arts consider sharing your Argument Essay, your "I Am From" poem, your character trait analysis paragraph from "Eleven," or one of your many outstanding 100 Word Challenge narrative stories. For Social Studies, there is so much to choose from. Consider incorporating your Social Studies Current Event Map, you Hinduism and Buddhism video, your Journey to the Afterlife Google Slide presentation, your Hathsepsut and Ramses II Compare/Contrast paragraph, or one of your many digital maps you created. You are also welcome to post digital assignments for your other class, other than Language Arts and Social Studies. 
  • Finally, for each digital assignment you showcase on your portfolio I am also asking to write a reflection on that assignment. Try addressing these questions in your reflection: What was the assignment asking you to do? What does the assignment show that you know and what does it demonstrate that you can do? Why are you proud of the assignment? What do you like about it? If you could do the assignment again, what might you do differently? Check out former student Eveny's reflection on her argument essay below.
Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least one entry by the end of the day Friday.) (2.) Complete your Vocabulary - Unit 3 (Mandela is Free) - Fix the Mistake, which will be due Friday, April 29. (3.) Continue working on your Digital Portfolio. 

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