Updated on:
March 14, 2016

 

Webportfolio.info was constructed for preservice teachers and is a sister site of  Teacherworld.com

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This page presents information in question and answer format in the following areas:

  • General Use of Portfolios in Education
  • Using Electronic Portfolios with Students in K to 12 Schools
  • Electronic Portfolios and Preservice Teachers
  • Web Portfolios and Preservice Teachers

You may scroll through this page or click on any of the questions below to jump to sections of this page.
 

Q & A: General Use of Portfolios in Education

 
 

Q & A: Using Electronic Portfolios with Students in K to 12 Schools

 
 

Q & A: Electronic Portfolios and Preservice Teachers

 

 

 
Web Portfolios  

Q & A: Web Portfolios and Preservice Teachers

 
Links for K to 12 Student Portfolios  
Links for Preservice Teacher Portfolios  

Q & A: General Use of Electronic Portfolios in Education

What are portfolios?
Portfolios are samples of an individual's accomplishments.  Portfolios can be presented through any or all of the following delivery modes:

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How are portfolios used in Education?
Portfolios are used:

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What are electronic portfolios?
Electronic portfolios are portfolios presented on a computer.  The portfolio can be created and delivered offline through a software program such as PowerPoint or presented by various software programs through the web. 

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What are web portfolios?
Web portfolios are portfolios presented through web pages.

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What are some other terms for electronic portfolios?

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What software programs are used to create electronic portfolios?
Any programs that can create multimedia and/or web pages can be appropriate for electronic portfolios.  Some popular programs are:

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What hardware is needed to create electronic portfolios?

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What are the physical components of an electronic portfolio?

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Where can an electronic portfolio be stored?

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Can Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations and Microsoft Word documents be viewed on the web?
Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files can be sent directly to the web, however, the student must have access to a web server in order to do this.

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Q & A: Using Electronic Portfolios with Students

Why use portfolios with students?
Electronic portfolios are used to:

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Electronic portfolios seem like a lot of work.  How extensive should electronic portfolios be?
Electronic portfolios can be as simple or as complex as you would like to make them.  Much depends on your goals, your ability, the skills of your students, and the availability of technology.  Do not underestimate the power of a simple electronic portfolio to deliver the message to the observer.

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I don't have good technology skills.  How can I create electronic portfolios?
You can use simple programs like Microsoft Word to help students create electronic portfolios.  Beyond this, consider getting the help of support staff to teach faculty and students the use of PowerPoint and other multimedia programs.

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We have limited access to computers.  How can our students find the time to create electronic portfolios?
With limited access to computers, the creation of electronic portfolios can become a long term project.  Students need be scheduled to use computers at a classroom learning center or computer lab.

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What is the difference between an electronic portfolio and a student who does a technology project on the computer?
Electronic portfolios usually reflect a student's work done over the course of an extended period of time and is not a report or an Internet worksheet.   Electronic portfolios demonstrate various student skills and accomplishments while incorporating multimedia through the synthesis of a student's work, ideas, and accomplishments.  The construction of an electronic portfolio involves the processes of planning, creative and original thinking, and collaboration.  

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How do I begin to start an electronic portfolio?
First, you must decide on purpose and mission of the student project.  Following are some questions to ask:

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Q & A: Electronic Portfolios and Preservice Teachers

How are electronic portfolios used by preservice teachers?
Electronic portfolios are used by preservice teachers to demonstrate their skills and competencies as they prepare for the job market.

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What is the difference between a teaching portfolio and electronic portfolio?
A teaching portfolio may be presented in a variety of delivery modes from a simple binder to a web portfolio.  The term "electronic portfolio" implies that the deliver mode will be digital in nature and presented on a computer.

 

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Do school districts look at electronic portfolios?
Yes and no.  As in many other occupations, personnel in school districts do not always have the time to examine electronic portfolios.  This does not preclude the benefits of including an electronic portfolio with application materials.

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Why should we hassle with electronic portfolios if school districts will not look at them?
Some school districts DO examine electronic portfolios when reviewing application materials.  Other districts may examine them during the interview process.  If a school district does not examine the electronic portfolio, the portfolio is still proof of your achievements and technology competencies in teaching.  The fact that you included a disk, CD ROM, DVD, or web site address with your application materials is another enhancement to you as a potential teacher candidate.

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What should we put in an electronic portfolio?
An electronic portfolio is no different than a teaching portfolio.  A portfolio should reflect your skills and competencies to become an effective teacher.  The ultimate design and choice of materials to be included in the portfolio should be a sample of your teaching strengths and experiences.  You have to balance the amount of information with the quality of information.  You can begin with the suggestions given at http://teacherworld.com/portfoliolist.html but remember that you certainly do not want to include every item on this page.

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How do we begin to construct an electronic portfolio?
First, you must collect materials from your courses and student teaching experiences.  Save all files on a zip disk and make back-up copies.   Save projects and materials made in classes. Take digital pictures of materials and activities, and try to integrate activities into your classes and field experiences that utilize technology.  These materials may ultimately be incorporated into the final electronic portfolio.  Next, you should examine other preservice teacher portfolios to help you design your own.  You will find samples of preservice teacher portfolios on the links below.

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Should our entire electronic portfolio be in one program such as PowerPoint?
Your portfolio should be organized in such a way that the user does not have to open more than one file.  This may be PowerPoint or some other software program.  

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If I mail a copy of my electronic portfolio to a school district, how will I know if they have the necessary software program to open it?

You don't. There are ways around this but the easiest way it create an online portfolio.

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How should we design the electronic portfolio?
Your electronic portfolio should include both text and photos.  You may add other media such as sound, animations, or movies according to your design and skills.  You should include a table of contents, information about the portfolio, and a page that includes the type of information you would put into a résumé.  Your electronic portfolio should be easy to navigate and not give the use "information overload."  You should have others view the portfolio to check for grammatical or technical errors.

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How should we use the electronic portfolio?
You can use electronic portfolios in several ways.  First, you could mail the electronic portfolio on a CD ROM along with your application materials.  You should attach a page explaining the format and content of the disk or CD and how to open the file or files.  If you are using a web site (which I STRONGLY recommend), you should attach a page to your application materials with information about the web site.  Next, you should bring a printed and electronic copy of the portfolio with you into an interview.  You should incorporate the portfolio into your answers during the interview.  Prior to the interview, you should ask the interviewer if you can demonstrate your electronic portfolio and then make the necessary arrangements.

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Q & A: Web Portfolios and Preservice Teachers

How are web portfolios constructed?
Web portfolios may be constructed by creating web pages using a web editor such as DreamWeaver or online sites.

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What should we put in a web portfolio?
The same type of information that you would put in an electronic portfolio.  See What should we put in an electronic portfolio?  above. 

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Is it expensive to construct and maintain a web site?
Web sites domains and server space may be purchased for $75.00 a year or less.  This is less the the cost of many textbooks.

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How can we use web portfolios?
Web portfolios can be used to demonstrate the various competencies preservice teachers develop throughout their undergraduate education, particularly student teaching.  In addition, student teachers can use their own web sites to integrate technology into their student teaching experiences.

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What are the advantages of preservice teacher web portfolios?

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My Diigo Links for K to 12 Student Portfolios

https://www.diigo.com/user/raypastore/webportfolio

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Links for Preservice Teacher Portfolios

Considerations in assembling a portfolio
http://teacherworld.com/portfoliolist.html

 


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