Creating an ePortfolio with Blogger - Blog and Pages PLUS GoogleDocs
- Define the purpose of the portfolio (Learning? Showcase? Assessment?) What is this portfolio supposed to demonstrate?
- Keep a Learning Journal in the Blogger blog
- Collect digital documents [artifacts] (or convert documents into
digital format through digital cameras or scanners or digital
- Use GoogleDocs to create artifacts for portfolio, including word
processing documents, presentations, spreadsheets, or PDFs. Any type of
document can be uploaded into GoogleDocs (up to a maximum of 1 GB, not
counting Word/Excel/Powerpoint files converted to GoogleDocs).
- Select specific documents to meet the goals identified in step 1
above. (Sometimes in reviewing the documents, the goals emerge!)
- Use a simple table to list the artifacts, and assign (classify) each
one to the outcome/goal/standard that the artifact will demonstrate.
- Set up pages for each component of the portfolio (outcome/goal/standard)
Keeping a Learning Journal
Blogger is a
"blog" or learning journal (sometimes called a learning portfolio) that
allows individual posts, organized in reverse chronological order. The
learner can create a link to any GoogleDocs
Document/Presentation/Spreadsheet, to a GoogleSites page, or any web
Create a New Post for each entry,
to reflect on learning that takes place over time. Add at least one
label to each entry, to add a classification system.
Digitize/Store Digital Artifacts
of the time developing an electronic portfolio will be spent in the
development of the digital archive (mostly maintained in GoogleDocs),
and in maintaining this learning journal, that may include links to the
specific learning activities being discussed in the journal/blog.
Authoring a presentation portfolio with Blogger Pages
a certain point in time (prior to a parent conference, end of the
school year, etc.), a more formal presentation portfolio would be
developed, which is discussed below. Below is detail on each step, using
Blogger Pages and GoogleDocs.
Create a first page - Introduction and Table of Contents
an Introduction to the Reader (sometimes this is the last thing you
write, although it is the first thing people will read). Identify the
purpose of this portfolio, the audience, and the contents. Why did you
create this portfolio?
Set up a structure using goals (or themes) as organizing framework
individual pages for each goal/theme (maximum of 10 pages). These pages
will appear on the navigation structure of the blog, either on the left
side or across the top, as shown on this page.
Upload artifacts/create hyperlinks
the artifacts (through hyperlinks or EMBED codes) to the appropriate
page in the portfolio. 1 GB total storage available in Google Docs (not
counting converted documents… put your video in SchoolTube or another
video storage site!)
Write reflections for each goal/skill and each artifact
a brief reflection on each artifact (what is the context in which this
artifact was developed? Why was it included in the portfolio?). You
might also write a reflection on each grouping of artifacts (by
Write future learning goals
up a page for Goals. The process of goal-setting turns portfolio
development into powerful support for lifelong learning or professional
Publish Portfolio - Seek Feedback
stage provides an opportunity for interaction and feedback on the work
posted in the portfolio. This is where the power of Web 2.0 interactive
tools becomes apparent. Feedback through comments in blog or allow
comments on pages.
Teachers often provide exemplars for different levels of achievement, and provides a rubric for evaluation.
The portfolio developer should be given the option of updating the work, based on the feedback and the rubric.