Type of Technology: NEO (online learning management sytem)
SAMR Rating: Modification
Subject Areas: All
Grade Levels: All
Cost: $0.30/student/month (we have a district license/account)
I decided to check into creating digital portfolio’s for my AVID students. As I have the same students for four years, I thought a digital portfolio would be a great way for them to see and chart their progress over time. It is actually a very simple process and function to use. First I had students collect the data, papers, essays, etc. that I require them to upload to their portfolios. For AVID, we have specific criteria we need to complete for us to be certified each year. This material will comprise their portfolios. For your classes you can either create a list of items you feel they should add to their portfolio, or allow them to upload assignments they feel demonstrate their growth over time. I believe it is important to set a purpose, in my case – their purpose is demonstrating their growth over time.
To get started, have students log into NEO and click on Portfolio on the left hand menu. From here there are several ways students can create folders for their portfolios. In my class, students are creating a folder specifically for activities completed in my AVID class, and then a folder for materials completed in their Core classes. Within each folder, students can add various types of samples. I am requiring each student to add one of each type of resource to their portfolio. They will need to add a website they have accessed to use for school purposes and include specific notes they took from the website. My students are using teh GALE “Opposing Viewpoints” database for their persuasive speeches and will mostly be adding information from this resource. I further have them cite the website using proper MLA formatting, which is a skill which they will need to master throughout their educational career and part of practicing appropriate digital citizenship. Students also need to include a video. This video can capture various aspects of their day: a science lab, some form of collaborative work, a tutorial, a study session, presenting a speech, or another activity that the teacher and student agree is a viable option. In addition, I require students to introduce their portfolio with a video explaining how they have grown academically this year. The final feature(s) they will add are links to Google Docs. Since most, if not all, of our students use Google Docs, it is a simple process to adding a link to their work. Once students have uploaded all of their required assignments, I have them comment (3-5 sentences) explaining why they have included this particular assignment and how it shows their growth over time. To do this students simple click on the add comment under their link, photo, etc and type their responses.
Now that students have all of their work uploaded into their portfolios, they can now move, edit, and rearrange their work into specific folders, sections or a particular order. From here I have students present their portfolios to a group of peers who critique and comment on the completed portfolio before the student submits it to me for grading. I think of this as similar to peer editing an essay. This also provides other students with examples of work completed by their peers – ideally we want students to learn from their peers and ask questions. This provides a great opportunity for students to become the teachers and help facilitate this process.
When students have completed their portfolios and they are ready to be graded, follow these simple steps. Open NEO and click on one of your classes. Then click on Students. From here you have a complete list of your class and can begin clicking on one student at a time to view their portfolio. Their portfolio is located on the left hand side in the menu section. The whole portfolio process is very simple to create and execute. I provide students a checklist of what they need to complete and use this “rubric” to grade their portfolio’s. Similar to most apps the first time either a teacher or student uses it – it can appear cumbersome, but with more use and practice it becomes much easier to use, create, and enhance over time. Creating digital portfolios is an important way for students to chart and follow their growth over time. This portfolio will follow them over their high school career and can be viewed be any teacher they have through grades 9-12. “Happy Portfolioing!”