Dr. Helen Barrett to focus on the use of Google Apps to create ePortfolios. On this site, there are instructions on how to use the different elements of Google Apps to maintain e-portfolios.
Are you a K-12 educator wanting to use Google products with your students? I recommend that you don't set up "regular" public Google accounts for them... instead, set up a GoogleApps for Education domain where you can enroll your students and control access.
See the following Google Websites:
See these Pros and Cons of "public" accounts vs. GoogleApps-Education Edition accounts by Colette Cassinelli:
It may take a few extra days to get the domain set up, but it is well worth it! Be sure to work with your school's IT support person!
Google Tools for Schools (a clearinghouse of Google resources to support Google Boot Camp workshops)
Here are a few great blog posts about a school implementing GoogleApps:
There is also a Google Group on developing electronic portfolios in K-12 using Google Apps:
* Group name: Using Google Apps for ePortfolios in K-12 Education
* Group home page: http://groups.google.com/group/k12eportfolios
* Group email address firstname.lastname@example.org
I am hoping that other K-12 educators can join the group, and share their experiences developing ePortfolios with these free online tools. I recommend that if schools decide to use GoogleApps, they establish their own Google Apps for Education site, with their own domain name, as a quasi "walled garden" where student work can only be viewed by someone with an account within that domain.
Watershed School story of implementing GoogleApps
Google Video Conference, October 6, 2009: Recorded webinar (in Youtube) • Slide presentation • Q&A Session Transcript