Tried It Tuesday - ePortfolio

In my district, we are officially evaluated every three years. It's not too bad - formal evaluation, new action plan, and update the portfolio. For the portfolio, we have the option to do a physical portfolio or electronic one. Since I have my masters (I can't ever seem to remember if it's possessive or plural) in educational technology, I kind of feel that I need to do mine electronically.

So this year, I'm doing mine through Google Sites. If you have a Blogger account, you can probably figure it out. The hardest part (most time-consuming) is creating the template and entering the standards. Luckily, that part was already done for me.


So then all I had to do was to change the template to the theme that suited me and enter my data points. The data source is who created the evidence, and the data point is the piece of evidence that the standard was met.

I created an ePortfolio folder in Google Drive that contains a folder for each standard. (Still a work in progress.)


In each standard, I made a Google doc for each data point that I was going to use.


My Google doc contains a brief summary about why that piece was included, along with a screen shot of the piece.


Then I clicked share so I could use the share URL to hyperlink the text to the evidence. So the above piece is what is linked to The Gold Coin Story Map below.


It is a little time-consuming, but it will be fairly easy to update and looks impressive. To share it with an administrator, share it within Google Sites and have it send an email to the admin. You will also have to share the Google Docs folder, but you don't need to have it send the email. You can see in the second and third images in this post how I have shared it with my admin.


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5 comments

  1. We don't have to provide documentation like this for our evaluations, but I could see it used so many other ways as well. You could also file items based on standards for yourself or teammates to look at. There is so much to do with Google docs, I haven't even begun to explore it! Thanks for the great idea!

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  2. Our school district bought Teachscape.com this year and we are supposed to upload all our APPR documents there. We haven't had much training and are slow to get started but it will be easier in the long run. I love how organized yours are in Google docs. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  3. Oh my gosh Diane! Thanks for posting this. I know these types of portfolios are coming to our district and I'm definitely pinning this blog entry. Thanks again.

    Laurie
    http://www.5thgradecommoncore.com

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  4. Lots of districts in NJ are using teachscape or Oasis (sp?) but we don't have one. This might be a good way to send all my information. Now just what information do I want to send?! How did you decide which documentation would represent each standard? Was it your best work, student samples, or something along those lines?

    -Maria
    Everyone deServes to Learn

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  5. Thanks for this Diane. I'm going to have to take a look at this (it has been a while since I've updated my own). We (our district) don't have to do this quite yet, but I have a feeling it will be coming down the pipe.

    matt
    Digital: Divide & Conquer

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