Get Started Guide

Get started guide

bulb is where students and educators curate and create, share and showcase their smarts.

This indepth introduction video will teach you all about who bulb is and what you can create on the platform.

So how do you do bulb?

Browse our most important tools, features, and functionalities.

Private Groups: Create up to 9 classrooms or groups, in which your invited students can collaborate and publish privately in their homeroom.

Google Drive Integration: Integrate your bulb and Google accounts to pull documents and other assets from your Google Drive to add to your bulb portfolio. When you click into the text field and add a media element, look for the Google Drive tab in the pop up window and connect to your Google account. Then, bam! All of your content at your fingertips. Easy as pie.

Presentation Mode: Present a single page or collection in your portfolio directly from bulb. No need to juggle several applications in order to create, publish and present content—you can now do it all on bulb! Presentation mode automatically translates each scrolling page into single, presentation- friendly slides, so you can deliver your professional work to an audience, professionally! bulb is one tool to rule them all.

Asset Library: You can upload, organize and edit content directly in one centralized library and easily add any asset to multiple pages. All of the content you’ve uploaded to your existing pages is also visible here, and can be organized into folders.

Single-Field Page Editing Design: bulb’s simple and sleek single-field editing allows you to click, type and enter to build out pages, combining multimedia assets: composition, image, video, file attachments and embedded content. bulb offers tools to resize, realign and crop videos and images within the app. Users can embed content from over 300 different websites, including Google forms, Prezi, Twitter, and more. And now when users attach a Powerpoint, PDF, Word, or Excel file, a preview is generated directly on the bulb page.

Mobile Page Editing: Now you can create—using all the same tools you use on your computer — on tablets and phones, so there’s never any reason not to share your smarts. The world thanks you in advance.

Make your bulb portfolio as unique and dynamic as you are.

STEP 1: The first step toward making your bulb portfolio your very own is to upload an avatar and cover image to your portfolio’s home page and compose a 140- character bio about yourself.

It’s easy as pie. Let us explain.

  1. Log into your bulb account and upload an avatar (image of yourself or something that represents you)
  2. Add a cover photo (make it big, bold and beautiful!) Pixabay and Unsplash have some great FREE images.
  3. Compose 140-character bio (something like: 8th Grade Science Teacher/Volleyball Coach/West Jeff Middle School/Mother of 2/Lover of books).

Keep in mind, you can always change your display name, also. Just click on the text and edit.

Now it’s time to create your first page.

STEP 2: The foundation of a bulb portfolio is collections (think folders), which are composed of multiple pages. The bulb page is where the magic happens—with our drag-and-drop interface you can easily upload documents or multimedia creations—or create them from scratch using composition, image, video, and embedded content.

Watch the following tutorial video to get a feel for how to create a page! Then visit the page creation help page to learn more about our page creation tools and how to use them to their maximum potential.

For more expert tips and tricks on making your bulb content absolutely killer—like segmentation, narrative structure and multi-media interweaving—read about what makes a good bulb page great on the bulb blog.

4 Ways to get yourself and your class started on bulb.

1. Brainstorm what elements to include—what will you be using this portfolio for?

Think big! bulb portfolios were designed to be big enough for the entire person—don’t shy away from showing the world who you really are! Academics, extracurricular activities, personal passions—there’s a place for all of them on bulb.

Think about incorporating:

  • Personal statements
  • Academic goals
  • A process piece, like a science fair experiment or art project
  • A showcase piece, like a final draft of an essay or a project presentation
  • Assessments
  • Reflection on assignments or projects
  • Personal passion projects, like traveling or learning a second language

A few prompt ideas to get you thinking …

  • Reflect on the struggles and challenges you faced this year. Select 1 artifact that demonstrates shown growth-include a piece in which you struggled with a learning concept or skill and then a piece where you mastered that concept and skill. Annotate your journey.
  • Select 3 pieces of class work to put on bulb and share during your student- led parent/teacher conference. For each piece, write or video yourself describing each piece and how it shows growth or mastery.
  • What is one thing that demonstrates your passion? Why did you choose this artifact and how does it help someone understand who you are?
  • Take a major concept from class and in your own words write what the concept is. Draw or create an image of the concept and create an interactive image or video (like explain everything or thinglink). Post this in bulb and share with your classmates.
  • Each year write a personal statement and then a reflection on how this personal statement has changed or remained the same each year.
  • Set 2 goals and then have students collect work throughout the year demonstrating growth toward those goals.
  • Take a final project, art piece, science lab, etc. and write and reflect on your process struggles and then write about what you are most proud of.
  • Select an image (video, photography, drawing, etc.) to include in your portfolio. Why did you choose this piece over all the other options?
  • Select a movie or book character—how is this character either similar or utterly different than you? What does the choice in this character say about you?
  • Pick an object and write in 500 words why it is meaningful to you.
  • Look at your first lab report and your final lab report—in what areas have you grown? Do you see any areas in which you’d still want to improve?
  • Choose one assignment and document your process from topic selection to the final product.
  • Have your friend interview you. Write or film the interview.
  • Blog on bulb! Your posts don’t have to be organized by date. You can organize them anyway you want.
  • Journal on bulb! Have students reflect on their learning each week in a journal format.

2. Think through organization
There’s a lot of power in the organization of pages and collections on bulb. With the right combination and arrangement of collections and pages within a student’s portfolio, things that seem complicated to show, prove, measure and share become accessible. Think through the hierarchy of pages and collections within your students’ portfolios that would make the most sense for them. You can organize your portfolio by:

  • Subject
  • Time period (i.e. trimester, semester, school year)
  • Class

3. Establish a consistent routine
Think of a portfolio as a living, breathing artifact of your academic journey—it should transform, grow and evolve just like you do! Motivating yourself and your students to publish consistently is helpful in keeping your portfolio as dynamic as you are. Establish criteria for your students surrounding:

  • How often they post (i.e. Every 6-week period? At the end of every semester? Once a week?)
  • How many pages should comprise a collection
  • What multimedia elements should be incorporated on each page

4. Incorporate reflection and feedback often
Encouraging your students to reflect on where they’ve come from deepens whatever learning takes place. Weaving intentional reflection activities into the process of creating a bulb portfolio ensures students glean the most they can out of every class and assignment. You can do that by:

  • Encouraging peer-to-peer and peer-to-student feedback using our Q and A feature or inline commenting.
  • Publishing specific, step-by-step reflection process assignments for your students to accomplish throughout the semester
  • Assigning a process assignment, where students document an art project from start to finish, a science fair experiment from hypothesis to conclusion, or their personal goals from the beginning of the year to the end.