Honors students are free to create their portfolio using any web-based software they choose. A few popular platforms are Google Sites, Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress and Weebly, but there are countless other options out there -- and if you have web development skills, feel free to start from scratch! Even if you choose another platform for your portfolio, you may still wish to use UW Google Docs as an archiving mechanism. Whatever platform you use, it must be accessible to anyone with the link, and must allow you to archive material over time. In addition, you should be able to upload and share files (your artifacts), as well as include explanation of those files (your annotations).
UW Google Sites
Creating your portfolio via UW Google Docs and Sites is useful for a couple of reasons -- you can access them as Apps through your UW Google account; your content is protected by UW's privacy settings; and the UW's Learning and Scholarly Technologies (LST) office can provide support and help with these tools.
Follow these steps to establish a UW Google Site as your portfolio:
1. Activate your UW Google account
2. Create a UW Google Site that will become your Honors Portfolio
- Go to the UW Google Apps homepage
- "Turn on” your Google account status
- You do not have to use UW Gmail for your UW email. Just be sure the email forwarding/receiving settings on your account page are set correctly.
- After signing into UW Google, from the navigation at the top of the screen, click on “Sites”
- Create new site
- Choose “blank template” (Pre-made templates are difficult to edit and may result in you forming a childrens' soccer league)
- Name your site wisely
- Choose a theme (this controls colors and pretty designs, etc)
- Share your site: In “more options,” you can also change options on “Collaborate with”. Set your site to “collaborate with everyone at UW”. NOTE: Once you are into your new site, be sure to change your collaborate settings (which are found by going to: Manage site --> Site settings --> Sharing). The default setting here will be “edit”, meaning that everyone at UW could edit the site, so you will likely want to change this to “view” if you don’t want others to have editing capabilities (which you probably don't).
- Make sure the “Recent Site Activity” link is visible on your portfolio site. You can add this feature by clicking “Edit Sidebar” link at the bottom of the sidebar on the left. Then, click “Add a Sidebar Item.” Scroll down in the list of page elements and click “Add” under Recent Site Activity.
- After completing the set-up page, you’re into your new site! Start by choosing “Edit page” or go into “Manage Site” to change the sharing setting as mentioned above.
Another benefit of using Google technology is access to their help tutorials. Here's one about Google Sites:
To create your portfolio via Weebly
Visit your Weebly Site Planner for tips, ideas, and to help you develop your content. Weebly also offers help sessions, so check them out for more help!
- Create a Weebly account or sign in with a Facebook account.
- Choose a theme -- keep in mind that you can change the theme later.
- Choose your website domain. We recommend registering as a subdomain of weebly.com, which is free. You can also change this later.
- Plan and build your site to your liking using the drag and drop technology.
To create your portfolio via Blogger
- Create a limited Blogger account or sign in with a Google+ account.
- Hit the "New Blog" button on your Blogger dash.
- Give your blog a title, domain name (address), and select a template.
- Plan and build your site to your liking using the various tools on your Blogger sidebar.
To create your portfolio via Tumblr
- Sign up for a Tumblr account.
- Give your Tumblr a title and description.
- Use the top navigation bar to edit your page layout.
- Use the Second navigation bar to add content.