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What are your experiences using digital portfolios with high schoolers?

Oct 5, 2013 9:22am

I am wanting to use Weebly with my ninth-grade English students to create webpages where they can showcase their assignments and talents. Any advice?

  • English Language Arts
  • 9-12
  • Digital Literacy


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    • Oct 7, 2013 9:42pm

      One of the drawbacks when it comes to using technology is: does the technology overwhelm the substance? Is it very impressive but says nothing. That is even what reviewers grapple with in history web site contests. How do you separate technology from the standard that students have to achieve?.

      • Feb 21, 2015 5:30pm

        I have used weebly as way for my students to create and maintain digital portfolios over the last few years. I teach at a small school and continue to see the same students throughout their HS career, so it was appealing to me to have a way to showcase their work and their growth over four years. I've really enjoyed it, and I think it adds meaning and reflection for my students, also. Every quarter or so (definitely before parent conferences), we brainstorm work that they might want to add (sometimes I require a certain piece). I have a reflection sheet that guides them through different elements I want to see in their reflection on their work, and then I let them choose and reflect. I like that it gives them more ownership over their learning, and it pushes them to explain what they did, what they learned, what they did well, and what they struggled with.

        Here is are a few examples of student portfolios:

        Good luck!