Last year was my first year incorporating digital portfolio’s into my curriculum. Our students have grown up with plug and drag programs their entire lives. They catch on fast and in the end I think they taught me more than I taught them. My favorite aspect of this assignment is knowing they are learning 21st century skills to create a valuable product.
The downfall to this assignment is grading. One way to grade is to have a master spread sheet with live URL’s. I created a Google Form to collect their URL’s, and then downloaded the entries onto a spreadsheet. This is a great way to grade for content, but it can take forever. I found the easiest way to assess is having due days where I walk around and they show me their sites. This way I am able to give verbal feedback, answer questions, and target students in need of more guidance.
Student chrome-books are finicky and can be totally frustrating. Figuring out how to upload, manipulate, and add photo’s to their sites was a feat. We learned a lot together and now that I understand a little more I have recorded ScreenCastify demonstrations for every step. I’ll keep you posted as the year progresses!
Link to HyperDoc: Digital Portfolio Instruction
I created this HyperDoc using Google Sites. It’s great because students will be able to model their site after the format they are using. It’s bad because I don’t think I can share it with you so you can edit it to your liking. If you know of a way let me know, I don’t mind sharing.