Potential Choices & Decisions to Consider

  • Why do you want to make digital portfolios?
  • Will you start large or small?
  • Will you enlist the cooperation of your colleagues?
  • Will this be a requirement or an extra project?
  • Will your digital portfolios be public or private?

Critical Thinking &
Lessons Learned
in Digital Portfolio Creation

  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Decision-making
  • Collecting
  • Curating
  • Evaluating
  • Collaborating
  • Analyzing
  • Reflecting
  • Writing
  • Sharing
  • Publishing
  • Uploading & Downloading
  • Taking Digital Photos
  • Importing & Exporting
  • Creating a Screen Capture
  • Creating a Video
  • Creating an Audio File
  • Digital Citizenship & Safety Lessons

Who Should Create
Digital Portfolios?

Anyone with a set of accomplishments, learning, or body of work to share!

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Students

What are some elements that can be included in a digital portfolio?

  • Photographs
  • Scanned documents
  • Digital Documents
  • Video
  • Audio


  • Photos of students engaged in an activity
  • Photos of students on a field trip
  • Photo  of students at a school event
  • Photos of student work
  • Photos of student artwork


Allie holding her Christopher Columbus project.
Allie holding her Abraham Lincoln log cabin on the left and writing sample on the right.
Allie and her Kindergarten scarecrow.
Allie holding the first book she read independently.
Allie's 7th grade science test and reflection statement.
Students creating gingerbread houses to be sold to raise money for a charity project.
Photo of students at a school event.
Photo collage of a Veterans Day assembly

Digital Documents

Google Docs

Google Document--ELA essay

Google Spreadsheets

Google Spreadsheet with graph

Google Forms

Google Form created as a comprehension quiz as part of a student newspaper

Google Drawings

Venn Diagram created in Google Drawings as part of a science unit
Comparison between vertebrates and invertebrates created in Google Drawings
Solar System Drawing created in Google Drawings
Timeline created in Google Drawings

Google Slideshows

Scanned Documents



Other Media





Blog or Other Publications

How To Put It All Together?

Google Sites is a FREE website creation program that is part of the Google Apps for Education suite of programs.  You can start a new Google Site by typing: sites.google.com into your web browser when you are logged into your Google account.  

To note: There is a learning curve with Google Sites.  It is probably the most robust of the applications shared in this presentation.  


Then What?

Reflection Statements

Be sure students are writing reflection statements about their artifacts of learning.  Have student finish the following prompts:

  • I am proud of this work because...
  • When I started this project, I didn't realized...
  • I found this project challenging because...
  • I found this essay fun to write because...
  • When we were on this field trip, I learned...
  • Our school organized this event because....     At that event, I learned...
  • This artifact of my learning demonstrates growth because...

Don't Forget...

Digital Citizenship Lessons Should Be Ongoing

What is OK to share & publish?

Additional Resources

Adding Text to an Image or Creating a Photo Collage Using PicMonkey

Scan to Google Drive from Android

Utilize the Blogger Account that Accompanies Your
Google Account

Some of Avra's Favorite Apps

Thank you for joining me! Please contact me with questions!

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