Although there are other options for digital portfolios, using a blog is a great option:
- Posts are ordered with the most recent at the top, showing student growth.
- Posts are “comment-able”, allowing families and others to participate in the learning.
- Blogging hosts allow a wide variety of tools to be used to demonstrate learning.
- My Classroom Blog – Each of my students’ blogs (their digital portfolio) is linked from my blog. Look on the right hand side for links.
- Grade one complete year example
- Grade two complete year example
- Examples of digital portfolios from all ages
How Do You Do That?
- The Paperwork – Parental Permission – Form my school division uses for permissions
- Show parents what you want to do–use examples
- Assure parents of your concerns for safety and let them know how you plan to keep their child safe.
- Offer options – no personal images, pseudonyms
- Involve parents right from the start as part of the “blogging family”.
Choosing a Host
There are lots of blogging options out there. Check out pricing and features to choose what works best for you. My top choices for blogging hosts are:
(Check this table made by workshop participants comparing these three hosts.)
Tools for Demonstrating Learning
- Writing – Example
- Images – Photos of work samples, projects, art work etc.)
- Video – My rule is if the video will be posted on a child’s blog, it cannot include their face. Example
- audioBoom – example
- Drawing – Crayola or PaintGo (or use crayons or markers and take a picture!)
Apps for Demonstrating Learning
- Photos – The camera on the iPad is an excellent way to capture and share learning of any kind. Example: Letter to Santa and Digraphs
- Voice Recording
- Creating Books