It’s a Great Time to Set Up an Electronic Portfolio
Type of technology: Google Docs
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation/ Modification
Grade level: 3- adult
Subject area: All areas
With the Fall in full swing, it’s a beautiful time of year to set up electronic portfolios. Being fortunate enough to be teaching in a one to one iPad setting, means being able to archive not only documents, but activities, experiments, and experiences. We are also lucky to have been provided with an account which does not include email so that my elementary age students are sheltered from any users that are not approved.
Google Drive allows students to create as many folders as needed. We’ve started out with broad categories such as Science, Mathematics, Language Arts, and Writing. It’s so easy to add a folder at any time that units and projects can be added easily. Labeling their folders with name. title and year makes it easier to find the shared folders.
Here are some of the pluses:
Documents are in the Cloud so that lost work is a potential disaster averted.
The ability to share work with the teacher and other students makes for great communication.
Sharing with classmates in the same way we used to use the “jigsaw” method is updated.
Proficiency with a professional tool used not only in schools, but by users world wide.
Photos are a snap to upload- science experiments, field trips, handmade projects can be archived and shared with parents.
Parents have access to work. During conferences examples are easy to find.
Teachers can pull up a students work during grading period.
Students are accountable
Organization is so key to academic success. In class we have our agendas and spiral notebooks. We add to this our virtual notebooks and join the twenty-first century.
As the year progress, and the files fill, a sense of accomplishment is instilled. It’s also possible to reflect on improvement as well recognizing our increasing sophistication as we watch our work progress.