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Digital Portfolios in the Classroom: Showcasing and Assessing Student Work

Location: W190b

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Explore and create : Workshop

Sunday, June 24, 12:30–3:30 pm
Location: W190b

Matt Renwick  
Learn about digital portfolios and how to implement these tools for assessment. Educators will explore the different types of digital portfolios, ways to integrate them into instruction and ideas for how to use this data to drive instruction while promoting student ownership and equity.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Based on choice of the attendees:

Google Sites

Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Assessment/evaluations/standards
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
For Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Promote and model effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders using digital age tools.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will:
- Explore the importance of showcasing student learning in authentic ways, both the successes and works in progress.
- Discover that learning doesn't come out of thin air, but is an essential part of the learning process.
- Apply technologies for capturing and communicating student learning, including but not limited to Google Sites, Weebly, Kidblog, Wordpress, FreshGrade, and Seesaw.
- Create a personalized process for implementing digital portfolio assessment in any classroom.

An interactive document will be shared that guides participants through the content and tools. In addition, a planning template will be provided for educators to prepare for digital portfolio implementation in their classrooms. Research in my prior school and in studies has shown that when formative assessment is regularly and effectively employed in classrooms, students achievement doubles.


Content and activities: Participants will learn the basics of digital portfolios, both in understanding the types of portfolios and in which instructional circumstances that digital portfolios would be best implemented.

Time: Each component depends on the participants' background knowledge, but it should not take more than twenty minutes.

Process: Demonstrate a process for implementing digital portfolio applications, using the gradual release of responsibility to eventually having participants feel comfortable using technology in school.

Supporting research

5 Myths About Classroom Technology: How do we integrate digital tools to truly enhance learning? (ASCD Arias, 2016)

Digital Portfolios in the Classroom: Showcasing and Assessing Student Work (ASCD, 2017)

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Matt Renwick, Mineral Point Elementary School

Matt has served in public education for eighteen years. He started as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in a country school. After seven years of teaching, Matt served as a dean of students at a junior high, which developed into an assistant principalship along with athletic director duties. As an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District, Matt enjoys the curriculum, instruction and assessment side of education. He writes for ASCD ( and Lead Literacy ( Matt also teaches graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

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