Online Portfolios – Not Just for Students

I’ve been thinking lately about online portfolios for students.  Such portfolios are beneficial in so many ways.  Online portfolios can follow a student from Pre-K to 12th grade, providing evidence of growth and pointing out areas of weakness. Online portfolios can house traditional assignments and nontraditional assignments alike.  Parents can see what their child is doing and how his or she is progressing over time.  All good things.

In thinking about online portfolios for students, however, I started thinking about online portfolios for teachers.  For a teacher, an online portfolio could include basic items like a teaching philosophy and curriculum vitae.  In addition, it could include sample lesson and unit plans, photographs, videos of one teaching, etc.  It could link to other websites like a teacher’s iTunes U or Educreations account, or perhaps a blog like this one.  Such portfolios provide great networking opportunities for the individual teacher as well as public relations opportunities for a school.  Again, all good things.

I’ve begun playing around with one resource in particular.  It’s a free resource called Portfoliogen.  The site is specifically for teachers to build easy, professional online portfolios.  I’m in the very early stages of building my portfolio, but it’s coming along pretty well so far.  If you’re interested, check out the site where they have some sample portfolios.  Once I’ve worked on mine a bit more, I’ll post a link here.


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