Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Thinking about Moving to a Digital Portfolio?

A teaching portfolio is an essential part of your professional development. It is a document that records your achievements, allows you to reflect on your teaching, holds evidence needed for evaluations, and supports your applications for tenure and promotion.*

An electronic portfolio (also known as an eportfolio, e-portfolio, digital portfolio, or online portfolio) is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user, usually on the Web.**  It serves as digital version of a traditional hard-copy teaching portfolio.

How to Get Started

Choose a platform to build your portfolio.  Weebly and Google Sites are free and easy to use.  Teachers and students use these web tools regularly.  Other great options include Wix, Doodlekit, and Moonfruit.  It’s a matter of personal preference, but these tools will accomplish the same goals.  They’ll all let you customize your URL so it’s easy for you to remember and share your portfolio later.  Each tool will also allow you to choose a template to match your style; keep the design clean and simple, and make sure you have permissions to use any photos.

What to Include

Clearly labeled navigation is important.  Include a title and a menu.  You can organize the pages to suit your needs.  Since we’re evaluated in the four Danielson domains, it might make sense to include a page for each domain.  If you like, you can add an “about me” page as well.  Depending on the platform you’ve chosen, you’ll be able to upload your artifacts in various forms.  Feel free to add text, images, videos, links, PDFs, and whatever else you’re able to.

How to Maintain It
The beauty of a digital portfolio is that you can update it anytime, anywhere, with anything.  Whenever you do something that you deem “portfolio-worthy,” you can quickly log on to your portfolio to add them where you like.  

What They Look Like

You can use use a web platform to host your teaching portfolio.  You can showcase everything you need to meet evaluation criteria, and send them to administrators (and whoever else!) via a customized URL.  Take a look at some examples here:

If you have any questions or would like help in person, please contact your building librarian!


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