In terms of the choice of tool for developing a digital portfolio, it depends on what you want to accomplish. There are many options for mounting a portfolio on the Internet, all have different features and ease of use. On University Lethbridge’s resources page, there are links of internet services which provide templates to create e-portfolios and post information o the Web.
- Digital poster creation; this a program desgined to help post items (images, video, text and audio) to a digital bulletin board – you can create individual boards or create links between boards to create an entire web site, automatically provides you with web space
- Sample Table of Content ‘s Page (created in edu.glogster)
- A number of the online Google apps can help you create an online ePortfolio. Here is a tutorial describing how to use Googledocs, Blogger, and Goggle sites in combination or separately to enhance your ePortfolio:
- E-portfolio with Google Apps
- This is a blog service that allows you to create blog entries as well as individual pages, and automatically creates the menu items – powerful but a bit convoluted)
- Creating a WordPress Portfolio
- Create a Teaching Portfolio with WordPress
- Traditional Portfolio with WordPress
- Teaching Portfolio Example (WordPress)
- My Portfolio (WordPress)
- Sample WordPress ePortfolio
- Another sample WordPress ePortflio
- Another blogging service that can be adpated to creating eportfoliios, each entery can be another section of your portfolio – works but is probably not the ideal solution)
- Sample Blogger ePortfolio
- An internet service solution for creating web site publishing – using templates, automatically provides you with web space; the basic account is free but costs for more advanced features
- Building your Educational Eportfolio with Weebly (a set of tutorials)
- Weebly Teaching Portfolio Example
- Online presentation creation tool that allows you to turn your portfolio into a presentation by creating a path through the elements which allows zooming in and zooming out of different locations on your portfolio map
- Prezi Teaching Portfolio Example
- An Internet service that allows you to create your own custom web site, probably comparable to Weebly; the basic account is free but costs for more advanced features
One of the key criteria for software selection should be its capability to allow teachers and students to create hypertext links between goals, outcomes, and various student artifacts (products and projects) displayed in multimedia format. Another is Web accessibility.
Here are some commonly used software:
The most commonly-used software today can provide a simple but powerful environment for creating electronic portfolios. Excel files allow simple database functions for listing artifacts in the collection, complete with hyperlinks to the original documents. Excel also allows comments in each field, for further explanation. Word is the ideal tool for writing reflective statements, with similar capabilities for hyperlinks and comments.
A relational database is actually a series of interlinked structured data files linked together by common fields. One data file could include the students’ names, addresses, and various individual elements; another could include a list of the standards that each student should be achieving; still another could include portfolio artifacts that demonstrate each student’s achievement of those standards. The purpose of using a relational database is to link together the students with their individual portfolio artifacts and the standards these artifacts should clearly demonstrate. Databases are really teacher-centered portfolio tools. They allow teachers to keep track of student achievement at every level.
An emerging trend in the development of electronic portfolios is to publish them in HTML format. With wide accessibility to the Web, many schools are encouraging students to publish their portfolios in this format. Students convert word processing documents into Web pages with tools built into those programs and create hyperlinks between goals and the artifacts that demonstrate achievement. The advantages of creating Web-based portfolios center on its multimedia, cross-platform, and Web capabilities. Any potential viewer simply needs Internet access and a Web browser.
One of the more interesting development environments for electronic portfolios is Adobe Acrobat’s Portable Document Format (PDF). Once a PDF file is created, the user can navigate page by page, by using bookmarks they create, or with hypertext links or buttons they can create with the Acrobat Exchange program. PDF files are easy to access and read, can be created from multiple applications, include multimedia elements, are easily published to CD-ROM, have few size and resolution constraints, and are secure.
Multimedia Slideshows (e.g., Apple Works and PowerPoint). These programs allow the user to create electronic slideshows most often shown in a linear sequence. Most of these tools allow the integration of sound and video, and Microsoft PowerPoint allows some buttons and links. Other software can also be used to create electronic portfolio documents, such as a word processor or spreadsheet.