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Using Voice and Video to Create Student-Driven Portfolios for Goal Setting

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 113C

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Creighton School District
Instructional Technology Specialist
Creighton School District
Caitlin Murphy is an Instructional Technology Specialist in 🌵, AZ! She believes technology can be leveraged to bring creativity and fun to the classroom. As a former special education teacher, she is dedicated to accessibility and transforming learning environments within a Universal Design for Learning framework. Have any questions? Reach Caitlin on Twitter (caitlinmurphy94) or by email:! Credentials: - Apple Learning Coach - Seesaw Ambassador - Google Educator Level 1 and 2 - Newsela Certified Trainer

Session description

Explore how students can claim ownership of their learning with an evolving portfolio that uses voice and video to support goal setting. The strategies can be applied to a number of programs across all subject areas, and use digital tools to support data collection.

Purpose & objective

Challenge: Students participate in learning portfolios for data collection but do not have access to learning or growth.

Participant Objectives:
-Participants will learn tools to collect data and information to create student-driven portfolios
-Participants will identify goal-setting techniques to use with students
-Participants will make connections to the creation of portfolios across all subject areas.

Technology intervention:
-Apple App- Keynote
-Apple App- Voice Memos

Instructional strategies:
-Students tracking their own progress
-Students use goal-setting strategies for their portfolio
-Students adding their voice to products
-Students adding videos to their products

Success: Students have ownership over their progress, use goal setting to take ownership of growth, and have a portfolio from beginning to end of the year of learning across all subject areas.

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Content and Activities: Teachers will see the virtual portfolios examples and then build a hands-on portfolio using Keynote to track their progress using a portfolio template. Participants will get a template from a Padlet. Teachers will reflect on how to use portfolios in multiple content areas.

Time: View example portfolios of student work and progress (10 mins), work in a template (20 min)

Process: Peer-to-peer interaction and device-based activities

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Supporting research

The Student Portfolio: How to Use This Powerful Tool in Your Classroom:

The Use of Portfolio to Assess Student’s Performance:

Building Digital Portfolios:

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Session specifications

Assessment/evaluations/use of data
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: iOS
Laptop: Mac
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials:


Subject area:
Language arts, Special education
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
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.