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Suggestions for Teachers on Creating an Electronic Portfolio:
  • Create a portfolio yourself to provide an example for your students and to anticipate challenges.
  • Test out your technology ahead of time where students will be working on their portfolios to ensure they have access to certain tools.
  • Demonstrate each technology step-by-step with students in a lab setting.
  • If you are new to using Web 2.0 resources, start small.
  • Model adherence to copyright and attribution rules by having students use their own photos and videos, search copyright-free sites, and teach citation rules.
Example Portfolio

This online portfolio from Benjamin Franklin Elementary in Franklin, Wisconsin, was awarded a rating of Superior at the 2013 Project Citizen National Showcase. It was created online using Google Presentation, free software similar to PowerPoint.

Web 2.0 Resources for Creating Electronic Portfolios (students and teachers)

  • Due to school Internet filters, some sites may be blocked.
  • All sites listed have a "free" option available.
For creating electronic portfolios, you are NOT restricted to only the sites listed on this site. This list has been made available to provide a small sample of what kinds of tools are available.

Sharing Documents
Prefer an easier way to share documents rather than emailing back and forth? Document-sharing websites allow users to create, edit, and share documents, all in one place.

Google Docs is an easy way to create, share, edit, and collaborate on documents without downloading any software. You can also upload documents created in Microsoft Office.

Scribd is the largest social publishing and reading site. Users can upload PDF, Word, or PowerPoint documents and turn them into Web documents to share.

Social Bookmarking
Use social bookmarking to organize and store websites. The bookmarks are available from any computer, easily shared, and better organized.

Diigo is a social bookmarking site that allows users to bookmark and tag Web pages, highlight text, and add sticky notes. It also has a research platform to share your findings with others.

Educational Workspaces

At PBWorks, you can publish class notes and slideshows, start discussions, give students their own pages to share work, and share and interact with other classrooms or groups.

LiveBinders enables you to organize your research in an online 3-ring binder. Collect resources, neatly organize them, and present them.

Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts
Blogs, wikis, and podcasts are user-created content that are published to an audience on a website. They allow for creative expression, communication, and collaboration in action. 

As the largest education blogging platform focused specifically on teachers and students, the site does not allow adult content or exposure to other blogs and is accessible by most schools. 

Blogger is a popular blogging platform owned by Google. The site is not specific to educators but is free and open to anyone.

WordPress is a free and open source blogging platform with features that allow the user to easily create custom Web pages in addition to blogs.

Wikispaces is a free wiki site that allows the easy creation and editing of Web pages. It also has a section for educators to create their own free wiki with student accounts. 

The self-proclaimed "best free podcasts" site, PodOmatic is a site for posting audio mixes.

Audacity is free, open source software for editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux and other platforms.

Upload and share photos and videos.
Upload and share photos and videos. The site is often used to embed photos into blogs.

Digital Films and Cartoons
Create movies or animated cartoons with no software to download.

Create a movie using Dvolver's MovieMaker. 

Xtranormal gives you the ability to create a text-to-speech movie.

Create animated cartoons with the option to add your own audio. 

Create Presentations
Use documents, images, and video to create online presentations.

Use authorStream to upload PowerPoint files and convert them to video to share over the Internet.

Use Zentation to synchronize your video and PowerPoint slides together into a single presentation. Your audience will see a simple outline of your presentation and can use the comments section to blog about your presentation. For the free version, videos have to be uploaded to YouTube or slideshare.net

VoiceThread produces multimedia slideshows of images, documents, and videos, and allows users to leave comments via voice (using a microphone or telephone), text, audio, or video—all without downloading any programs.

Other Tools
The sky is the limit. Explore your creativity.

Aviary provides a suite of online creation tools such as photo editing, logos, Web templates, filters, and more. 

In Glogster EDU, users can create online multimedia posters with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments, and more.

Create your own comic strip online. 

Do you want some of the great editing features of Adobe Photoshop without the hefty price tag? Photoshop.com offers free tools to do a quick fix, organize photos, create a slideshow, and back up photos. 

Make free or low-cost Internet phone or video calls