Digital portfolios: effortless student life

Student life is a determined and important phase in life, surrounded by distinct courses and co-curricular activities together with personal advancement. For decades, the assignments, reports and articles completed by students were only seen by the teachers and eventually ended up in the bin. However, the new digital and “cloud” (storing files on the Internet) technology have caused a huge shift in how students work been assigned and assessed. More and more schools going paperless and digital portfolios — or “e-portfolios” — are becoming increasingly popular in classrooms.

Digital portfolio makes it easy for students to view and comment on each other’s work and enables teachers to provide feedback for the student privately. E-portfolio can be integrated into an existing student management system or other school-wide database. It gives the student a place to exhibit their strengths that may not be shown through their grades. In many cases, if e-portfolio can bond with the selection committee it might be also useful for college applications. For personal and professional development, it is possible for placement manager to review the portfolios to have an idea about students’ potential and weaknesses. Similarly, just imagine if an employer wants to judge your capacity or if you want to impress him by showing your work, it is essential to have everything stacked. Digital portfolio has added on the advantage of tracking students progress over time, observing the work done towards definitive standards, instructing students technological skills, and bonding with parents.

Some easy steps to create digital portfolio is to collect all the power point slides, word files, excel sheets, images, scanned documents. After opening Microsoft Office paste these documents and with insert options select the pictures you want to include and then resize them. Here is a list of useful tools that can be used to collect, organize and share student work in the new mobile era.

Evernote is a free tool to collect a student’s work over time, give and share the assignments and feedback.

Google Sites is also a free tool from Google to create and share web pages with a simple interface with privacy.

WordPress Is a blogging tool, another easy way to create digital portfolios with a user domain with much more adaptability.

Edublogs have good security features and is specially designed for school and educational purposes.

Project Foundry has also grading tools and evaluation tools to get the reaction from teachers.

Wikispaces and PBwiki allow students to create a website of their work.

Dropbox allows creating and sharing folder with privacy.

Apple App store has some minimal price offering mobile tools supporting audio recordings, video, text, and pictures to be captured directly into the portfolio.


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From Mobile App development company TouchApp