Digital Portfolios/ ePortfolios


Research & Theory
This course is based on the work of Dr Helen Barrett, one of the pioneers of digital and eportfolios. The following is an elightening talk Helen gives on the evolution of the digital portfolio since her first work in 1991 to her thoughts on the future of digital portfolios through web tools and social media.



Purpose
Why are you creating a digital or ePortfolio? Is the portfolio created for assessment purposes or as a demonstration of improvements in learning?
(Standards Referenced Assessment is about determining what a student knows and what they can do. It involves gathering a range of evidence over time in order to make informed judgements about student performance in relation to standards)
  1. Who is the Audience, is multi-user access important?
  2. Who is the curator/ creator
  3. What will this portfolio show?
  4. What timespan will it cover?

Process
According to Dr Helen Barrett creating a good ePortfolio is a combination of Process and Product. She suggests the following process for pulling together the right product.
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Which Format?
1. Traditional software eg: Powerpoint, Word etc
2. LMS or Intranet eg:, Sharepoint, Moodle etc
3. Web Tools eg:, Blog, Wiki, Google Sites etc
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Artefacts
Which artefacts and why? Who should select these? Student or teacher? How might the story differ?
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Knowledge/ Skills Consideration
  • Image, sound and video optimisation
  • Video editing knowledge
  • Changing the format of video so it will play within an application
  • CD and or DVD creation
  • Embedding local/ web media
  • Taking screenshots or screencasts of content
  • Web storage and sharing options
  • Copyright and Creative Commons
  • Permissions and Privacy
  • Capture Devices: flipcams, ipads, smartphones, IWB screen recorder, HDV Camcorders, microphones etc
  • Digital annotation of work samples

Evaluation
Throughout the portfolio you may consider including assessment rubrics for the worksamples included. As well or alternatively you may assess the complete portfolio if it is student created.
http://www.danwilton.com/eportfolios/rubric.php A generic Rubric for evaluating ePortfolios

Links
http://electronicportfolios.com/ Dr Helen Barrett's Digital Portfolios
http://electronicportfolios.com/portfolios.html Using Technology to Support Alternative Assessment and Electronic Portfolios
http://langwitches.org/blog/2010/08/04/wrapping-my-mind-around-digital-portfolios/ Silvia Tolisano (aka Langwitches) Wrapping my mind around Digital Portfolios blog post
http://blog.core-ed.org/blog/2011/04/nick-rates-10-step-process-for-effective-development-of-e-portfolios.html A Framework for developing ePortfolios
http://www.scoop.it/t/eportfolios/p/319849695/eportfolio-introduction-example e-portfolio resources
Some Examples

New Concepts
  • Portfolios in the Cloud
  • ePortfolio Mash-up
  • Lifetime Learning and links to the formation of a Digital Footprint using Social Media and Web 2.0 Tools

John & Melanie's Extras from 28th-29th July
URL Shortening
We used tiny url http://tinyurl.com/ Another one is Bitly https://bitly.com/

Post-it note software
We created a collaborative corkboard of our understanding of digital portfolios at http://corkboard.me/aisnswdp
Also mentioned today was Wall Wisher http://www.wallwisher.com/
And Lino It http://en.linoit.com/ , an online web sticky note service that can be used to post memos, to-do lists, ideas, and photos anywhere on an online web canvas.
Chat and Reflection
Also of interest here might be Today's Meet http://www.todaysmeet.com/ which gives a live stream to make comments, ask questions, and use that feedback to see where you might need to go next.
We looked at Edmodo - a student friendly version of something like Facebook

Possible Containers for e-portfolios
Google sites
https://sites.google.com/site are free, easy to set up. The user can decide whether they are public or private
At Google Sites there are templates available to use. Here are some of the templates available for portfolios: http://sites.google.com/site/eportfolioapps/online-tutorials-sites
Voicethread
http://voicethread.com/ could be used. Upload an image or video and comment on it; use digital ink to highlight areas if you want as you talk.
Acrobat Pro
is certainly a viable option. Part of the Adobe Acrobat Pro suite - NOT the free Acrobat Reader that we can all download. Acrobat Pro 9 and X were the versions we looked at.
Instructions here for v.9 - X so similar.
Microsoft Onenote

Microsoft PowerPoint as a Multimedia Kiosk


Images
Melanie mentioned Spell with Flickr http://metaatem.net/words/ letter I letter T Disney Scrabble Letter S letter E A Ss letter Y exclamation mark

Online Publishing Services
Issuu http://www.issuu.com/
FlipSnacks http://www.flipsnack.com/

Skills
The Titan Pad we went to to sign up to skills sessions is here
  • Copyright and Creative Commons
  • Making images smaller to insert into Word/ppt etc
    • Right click > Open with > Microsoft Office Picture Manager > Edit pictures > Resize/compress pictures
  • Making Word and ppts smaller
    • Double Click any picture > In the ribbon at the top, look for Compress pictures > Choose to Compress All pictures for the Web or Screen
  • Using Audacity to record sounds and make them smaller click here to download(Tip: be sure to download the LAME Encoder file to enable you to export recording to .mp3 format)
    • save as > .mp3
  • Video editing knowledge
  • Changing the format of video so it will play within an application
  • CD and or DVD creation
  • Embedding local/ web media
  • Taking screenshots or screencasts of content
  • Permissions and Privacy
  • Capture Devices: flipcams, ipads, smartphones, IWB screen recorder, HDV Camcorders, microphones etc
  • Digital annotation of work samples - adding comments to Word/Acrobat etc

By the way...
Glogsterallows you to make posters. There's an educational area but more than 50 students it becomes a paid subscription
Prezi, "the zooming presentation editor" This one is interesting :)
Sitehoover is a type of aggregator where you can store a bunch of websites. Look at this example
Scanning
You CAN scan a page of text and turn it into a Word document.
Here is a set of instructions for how to do this here at the AIS on our photocopier, but it will be pretty similar for you at your school (it will vary depending on your version of Office (ie Word 2003 or 2007 or 2010, and your operating system (XP? 2010? etc)
Here's how to make a Cloze passage in Word
A great list of tools here - look at the last column :)

Cloud File Storage
Drop Box is a great tool for transfering huge files that can't be emailed. Anything in the Public Folder can be shared without login etc
YouSendit is another file storage service online (cloud storage)
Microsoft Live Sky Drive is another
and Google Docs can also be an important file storage site, which will allow you to upload existing documents and sharing them online.

PowerPoint
When you create a PowerPoint, don't just Save it to the kids CD or USB etc. Always "Package for CD" (Office Icon > Publish > Package for CD)
Here's a file about sound and packaging for CD that might be helpful
(zipped - save it and then extract the files) is the one Melanie showed

Blogs
The Epping Heights Public School Yr 3 blog http://ehpsblogs.com/year3/
Parent consent Issuu that Melanie showed http://issuu.com/intechgr8/docs/tup-parent-consent1

Rubrics
teach-nology.com/
Rubistar rubric host site for education

Mind Maps
Bubbl.us https://bubbl.us/
SpicyNodes http://www.spicynodes.org/