Starting Digital Portfolios at TGS

Step 1: Review the Student Portfolio wiki and the Prezi and Slideshow under Resources below and consider the guiding questions for digital portfolio development at TGS.
Step 2: JOIN this wiki!
Step 3: Form a partnership with another person and work through this challenge together!

Teacher created samples:
Step 4: Feedback and Review

Guiding Questions

  • What are the different ways to organize student portfolios?
  • What happens with portfolios when students leave school?
  • Will there be a review process at the end of the year?
  • What about portfolio templates?
  • How will you schedule portfolio time into school days?
  • Who owns the portfolios?
  • What about student-led conferences?

Read and respond to:

TGS Student Digital Portfolios

..............and don't forget to complete the workshop activity on that page!

ACTIVITY - Digital Portfolio Challenge!

  • You and your partner/team are challenged to design a digital portfolio as though you are a student at TGS!
  • You will do this in a set amount of time and include artifacts and reflections
  • You will prepare a 5-minute Student-led Conference (SLC) presentation and deliver this to your 'parents'
  • Each team will have their own wiki page to write process comments and reflections. Your portfolio must be linked from or embedded on the wiki, and your SLC plan will be shared here:

Pathway to Success

  • Discuss theme/metaphor and visual and design needs for the portfolio
  • You will be allocated one of these platforms: LiveBinders, Weebly, Wikispaces, WordPress,, Evernote
  • Design layout and navigation
  • Choose THREE different artifacts to upload (from the folder provided - video, PDF, image) and ONE personal picture of a student
  • Write three reflections - one for each of the artifacts
  • Assemble your portfolio
  • Plan the SLC and deliver in about 5 minutes


An artifact is ANY learning object. Examples:
  • Written work (paper or digital)
  • Images, audio files, video files
  • Tests and assessments
  • Projects, trips, items built or made - many of these will need to be represented by digital photos or videos


Each artifact must have a reflection. Here are two models that can be used.

1. 'What?', 'So what?', 'Now what?' model:

  • 'What?' - describe the learning experience including factual information about new tools and resources discovered
  • 'So what?' - Reflect critically on how this new learning has impacted on your life as a student, share what you believe were the highlights and difficult aspects of the module
  • 'Now what?' - write about your ideas for taking this learning to the next level and what you are going to do with the new tools, new concepts and describe a possible path for development

2. Dr De Bono's Six Thinking Hats

Frame your reflection around 1 or more of the thinking hats!
  • The White Hat is cold, neutral, and objective. Take time to look at the facts and figures. This hat calls for information to be delivered
  • The Red Hat represents anger (seeing red). Take time to listen to your emotions, your intuition. When wearing this hat express your emotions and feelings and share likes and dislikes
  • The Black Hat is gloomy and negative. Take time to look at why this will fail. Spot the difficulties and dangers, where things might go wrong
  • The Yellow Hat is sunny and positive. Take time to be hopeful and optimistic
  • The Green Hat is grass, fertile and growing. Take time to be creative and cultivate new ideas. Focus on creativity, possibilities and alternatives
  • The Blue Hat is the color of the sky, high above us all. Take time to look from a higher and wider perspective to see whether you are addressing the right issue. Think about your thinking, why you made decisions, why you made choices
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Student-Led Conference

A Student-Led Conference (SLC) is one where the student and parent or guardian meet and share and discuss the student learning. The teacher is not usually involved but is present for any questions the parents may have. A SLC can take about 20-30 minutes. Digital portfolios provide the platform for sharing work.

Planning the SL Conference with digital portfolios

Using online portfolios to present artifacts and reflections in real time is exciting and dynamic but can also be problematic. Here are some strategies to help make this a successful session for students and parents:
  • Online portfolios rely on the Internet working and we cannot guarantee a good connection at all times. Therefore each student must have a backup plan. Uploaded multimedia and documents should be stored in a carefully labeled folder so that they can be shown individually if the portfolio does not open
  • Some portfolio wiki pages may take time to load (especially those with embedded multimedia), therefore students should open a series of pages as different tabs and pre-load multimedia - and then rely on the back-up plan if things slow down or stop
  • Work out a clear navigation plan and approach to the conference. Prepare what will be said about each artifact.


  • Do Not! Make your parents read everything! You should share your learning through talking, not just reading. Your reflections are there on the wiki, but for the SLC you can talk about the learning and refer to parts of your reflection, not read it all out or ask your parents to read it while in the conference
  • Do Not! Wait for wiki pages to download! Have the wiki pages you want to show open in different tabs in order of your navigation plan
  • Do Not! Play videos or slideshows straight from the wiki if they are too slow! Know where your artifacts are stored on your hard drive as a backup if the Internet connection is slow or lost.