Student Portfolios on the Web Unit
- Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School, High School
- Subject Area: All subject areas
Students critically review
their work, making selections to be placed in their Web portfolios.
- Critically reflect on the work they have created over a given time period.
- Identify areas in their work where they need to develop and grow.
Materials and Resources
In developing our lessons and activities, we made some
assumptions about the hardware
and software that would be available in the classroom for teachers who visit the
LETSNet Website. We assume that teachers using our Internet-based lessons or
activities have a computer with the necessary hardware components (mouse, keyboard, and
monitor) as well as a World Wide Web browser. In the section below, we specify any "special"
requirements for a lesson or activity (in addition to those described above)
and the level of Internet access required to do the activity.
Special hardware requirements: None.
Special software requirements: None.
Internet access: None.
- At the beginning of the year or marking period design a system for students to collect
samples of their work. Depending on the subject area, you may ask students to collect samples
of their rough and final
drafts of writing, art projects, math problems, and other types of work. Discuss with students
that their work will be saved for compiling a Web portfolio.
- Periodically have students spend time reflecting on samples of their work and selecting
ones to be included in their portfolios. Students should be encouraged to select examples of both
good work and work that could have been better. As part of their review, students should
write brief explanations of why they have included each piece in their portfolio.
- Items that students select for their portfolios should be digitized: writing samples and portfolio
reflections either should
be scanned or typed into a word processing program and other works should be scanned. Have
students save their electronic portfolio pieces either in folders on the hard drive or on
individual floppy disks.
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