You may want to build your portfolio online or offline, as a series of private Dropbox folders or a public website. Whichever method you use to organise your portfolio, make sure that it is understandable for you and your teacher. Furthermore, consider the importance of sections the power of 'tagging' portfolio entries by global issue, concept or literary work
Folders and files
These are systems for managing multiple entries and packaging them in a meaningful way for the Learner and teacher.
- Google Docs and Google Drive – Free cloud-based file sharing and text-editing software which allows for the collaboration on documents in real time.
- Paper by Dropbox – Like Google Docs and Google Drive but the text editing options are more like a desktop publishing tool.
- Onedrive and MS Word – Like the previous two options. Onenote and Teams, also by Microsoft, are excellent tools for building and sharing portfolios.
- Evernote - Simple, effective and integrated into all aspects of all devices. Create and share notebooks and notes.
Websites and blogsBlogs are powerful tools for portfolio design and presentation. Users write in an HTML interface and can hyperlink and upload documents.
- Blogger – Old-fashioned but easy and functional.
- Wordpress – More sophisticated than Blogger with a lot of really cool and powerful plug-ins, themes and components.
- Google sites- Rather intuitive but limited in its options (which can be a good or bad thing).
Web-based toolsThese are pages that you may want to link to:
- Padlet –A virtual wall for virtual sticky notes. Excellent for collaboration
- Pearl trees – Online tool for mind mapping. SimpleMind is really effective for mind maps, but it is not free or online.
- Word Art - This is the best tool for creating word clouds.
Approaches to teaching and learning
What if every student uses a different platform for developing their portfolio? While this may sound like a nightmare for teachers to check, it gives students autonomy over their learning. And autonomy motivates students to learn. Furthermore, the portfolio is an opportunity to develop media literacy skills.