E:Portfolios: Everywhere, Every Time, Everyone!

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Participate and share : Poster

Susan Basalik  
Looking for tools that showcase process, product, and/or assessment? Need ways for students to share their digital artifacts? This session will introduce the whys and hows of e-portfolios. Learn how web-based apps such as Sites, Slides, SeeSaw, Flipgrid and Wakelet are used to create e-portfolios everywhere, every time!

Audience: Coaches, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google EDU account
Topic: Student agency, choice & voice
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Performing/visual arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn:
How e-portfolios can benefit students and teachers.
How almost any digital creation/curation tool can be used to create e-portfolios.
How use of web-based tools can be used to create e-portfolios in any type of learning environment. Tools to be demonstrated include SeeSaw, Slides, Sites, Flipgrid, and Wakelet.
How to choose the tool/s that best meet the needs of your students. How to teach your students how to use the tools.
How to help your students create and curate digital artifacts.
How to encourage students to create reflections about the artifacts that they have created and curated.
My specific challenge with my students' e-portfolio project was being able to continue the project when our school entered virtual learning in March, 2020. We started the project in January, 2020 and the intent of the project was for students to demonstrate growth over a ten-week period of time. The initial plan was for students to make two sets of recordings of the same musical examples, with one recording made at the beginning of the project and the other recording made at the end of the project. The intention of the e-portfolio was to provide a means for students to review what they had done and determine what needed to be done to improve their performances. We had already started to create and curate artifacts including student performances and reflections when school closed. Our choice of Google Sites as our tool for e-portfolio creation allowed us to finish the project. I intend to discuss all aspects of the project from initial artifact creation and curation to the conclusion of the project which included student feedback about their experiences creating and curating artifacts as well as creating e-portfolios. There was a high level of success with the project, even though we finished it in a virtual environment as we could hear a big difference (for the better!) in the way the student performances sounded when we reached the end of the project. Our e-portfolio project allowed our students to continue learning during a time when there were very limited opportunities for student/teacher interaction.

Supporting research

E-Portfolios in Music and Other Performing Arts Education: History Through a Critique of Literature. Dunbar, Rowley, & Brooks, 2015.

11 Essentials for Excellent E-portfolios. Vicki Davis. Edutopia, April 2015; updated November 2017.

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Susan Basalik, Methacton School District