Village Tech Schools
Junior & Senior Digital Portfolios
Village Tech, a public charter school in Duncanville, TX, believes their students should be given authentic experiences to think, create, design, lead, serve and work together. Teachers and students work together at Village Tech to cultivate character, design real challenges and establish authentic community. The three C’s – character, challenge and community – form the foundation upon which students learn who they are, learn things that last, and learn they belong.
Village Tech uses bulb Digital Portfolios to encourage students to document their learning in many different mediums including write-ups, photos, videos, audio clips, interactive graphics and more. During their senior year, portfolios are also used to secure internships and assist in the college application process.
“We want our students to be well developed in character, challenge and community. We believe it is important for students to know who they are first and understand what they are a part of next, so that when they do their work they understand themselves and their belonging in a way that allows them to be effective.” —Village Tech Schools
Village Tech has a 5-part portfolio structure:
1. “Who I am” | Helps students know themselves first through reflection and goals.
2. “Where I am” | Allows students to clarify what they are a part of and gain a sense of belonging.
3. “How I do what I do” | Documents student learning and success.
4. “Beautiful work” | Gives students a place to showcase their best work.
5. “Senior Odyssey” | Gives graduating seniors the opportunity to build a portfolio for professional documents such as their resume, cover letter, and internship experience.
By using digital portfolios, students view reflection as a powerful tool in both their learning outcomes and in their professional development.
“My online portfolio allows me to have a way to professionally show all of my work and experiences to future jobs.” —Ashley A, 11th Grade Student
“Documentation is not about what we do and how it’s done, but how we go after what we are searching for,” —Neimah J, 11th Grade Student
See how the students at Village Tech are using their digital portfolios:
To learn more about Village Tech, check out their annual event, Forge On, where students at every grade level share their educational journey and present their research, design process, innovative solutions, prototypes, and learning outcomes. Take a look at the event through their bulb portfolio.