Change display time — Currently: Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (Event time)

Portfolio Approach to Assessment

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 113C

Listen and learn: Ed talk
Streaming Session
Recorded Session
Save to My Favorites


University Liggett School
Nicholas Provenzano is the technology coordinator and makerspace director at University Liggett School in Michigan. He’s also an author, makerspace builder, international keynote speaker and consultant. He’s been recognized as the Technology Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning and the Outstanding Teacher Award from ISTE. Provenzano is a Google Certified Innovator, ASCD Emerging Leader, Microsoft Minecraft Mentor, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, Sphero Hero, Adobe Education Leader and a TEDEd Innovative Educator. His bestselling books are Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, The Maker Mentality and Beyond the Poster Board.

Session description

Filling in bubbles is not the best way to assess student learning. Taking the portfolio approach allows students to demonstrate their understanding by presenting artifacts they feel showcase their skills. There are tools that make implementing portfolios much easier than ever before. Check out how to get started today!

Purpose & objective

This session will explain why the portfolio approach to assessment allows for great student involvement and understanding compared to traditional assessments.

A wide variety of tools will be shared that show how a portfolio method of assessment can be implemented in the classroom.

Student examples of their work will be shared with teachers to showcase what a completed portfolio would like like in a traditional classroom.

More [+]


Explain traditional assessments and how they fail students. (Final Exams, State Tests, Pop Quizzes, etc.)

Explore portfolios as an assessment tool and how they have been used for years in the educational system.

What tools can be used to support the implementation of the portfolios in the classroom.

Teacher and student examples of portfolios.

More [+]

Supporting research

Research on portfolios in the classroom.

Info on Portfolios -

More [+]

Session specifications

Assessment/evaluations/use of data
Grade level:
Skill level:
Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices not needed
Subject area:
Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.