Telling Your Learning Story: Form + Function

Creating a portfolio is a lot like writing a story. But this time, the protagonist is you or your students. A compelling storytelling and stellar portfolio have a lot in common. 

There is a beginning, middle and end. There are clear delineations of events, time and places. There are pages and chapters and sections. In short, information has been capsuled, compartmentalized and packaged into comprehensible, digestible chunks that move the story forward, one step at a time.

What’s the best way to organize a digital portfolio?

There are many, and no way is necessarily wrong. It is your story and how you tell is completely up to you. Here are some of ides to get started.

By Subject

Organizing your portfolio by subject area. This may be  a great option for students and educators who are still highly inter-disciplinary in the work they wish to showcase. Students can create a collection for each subject and within that collection, organize the projects, final products, reflections and more that represent their work.

Here are some stellar examples of what organizing your portfolio by subject can look like!

Nahar Luftar, Student

Chris Taylor, Teacher

By Concept or Standard

Many tech coaches or educators with a specialized role tend to organize their portfolio by idea or concept. If you have resources for achieving certain standards, teaching certain subjects, etc., organize your work into collections. This will make it easy to find and to share specific pages with select audiences. This is also a good option for students who wish to demonstrate their competency of a particular skill or for educators to document their professional development and credentials.

Shona Rose, Coach

Sally Hayman, Teacher

Angela Olsen, Student

By Assignment

If you or your student users are already singularly focused in a discipline, simply organizing your portfolio by assignment is a good option. 

Daniel Ibanez, Teacher

Mr. Brandon Coon, Teacher

Pravallica A, Student

Preston M, Student

By Grade

This is an excellent organization option for younger students who use their portfolios to document their growth and show their progress over time. For educators who teach multiple grades and need to keep their curriculum clearly delineated, organizing collections by grade is the good option. 

Kaden J, Student

Gabe W, Student

What ever approach you decide to take, one of the simplest ways to start is to organize all your content and keep it in bulb. This will make sure your work stays with you throughout your life. 

15 January 2019