Wikis

What’s a Digital Portfolio and Why Should You Use it?

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The feedback on Otto’s answer to Mary’s question about which digital portfolio to use with her students was tremendous. Clearly, it’s a topic on people’s minds. Here’s a thorough discussion of this including what ‘digital portfolios’ are and why you should be using them:

By fifth grade, students have lots of school work that needs to be 1) saved for future use, 2) accessed from home and school, 3) shared with multiple students for collaborations, 4) linked to other pieces of work or online sites. For example, a student can create a project summary at school, access it at home and link key words to websites found by a classmate that supports the project discussion.  As an educator, you might have goals for your class that aren’t adequately fulfilled by network file folders or binders on a shelf in the classroom. You might be looking for ways to 1) help students become more reflective about themselves as learners, 2) demonstrate evidence of student growth and achievement, 3) inform instruction, influence practice, and set goals, 4) learn about your students, and 5) help students see technology as a tool rather than an end to itself.

This can all be accomplished with Digital Portfoliosalso known as digital lockers or e-portfolios—electronic collections of student work that provide evidence that the student is meeting a set of goals.

The concept of digital portfolios is supported by national and international education pedagogy: 1) ISTE makes it important to “interact, collaborate, and publish with peers…” and “contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems”, 2) the International Baccalaureate PYP program requires a digital portfolio be maintained throughout the student PYP school years, and 3)  Common Core State Standards considers collaboration and publishing fundamental to accomplishing educational goals.

If you’re new to digital portfolios, here are some Guidelines for Developing a Digital Portfolio Program from Todd Bergman, an educator who’s helped hundreds of students create portfolios

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Help Students Stay Organized with Wikis

This is the last in a series on classroom management through wikis. Here are links for wikis I’ve created for grades K-5.

This one is Fifth Grade:

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Click here to visit my fifth grade class wiki

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Managing the Second Grade Classroom

This is the third in a series on classroom management through wikis. Here are links for grades K-5 wikipages:

This one is Second Grade:

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Click here to visit my second grade class wiki

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Organize Your Teaching With Wikis

This is the fifth in a series on classroom management through wikis. Here are links for wikis I’ve created for grades K-5.

This one is Fourth Grade:

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Click here to visit my fourth grade class wiki

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Classroom Management 101: Use Wikis

This is the fourth in a series on classroom management through wikis. Here are links for grades K-5.

This one is Third Grade:

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Click here to visit my third grade class wiki

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How to Organize the First Grade Class

This is the second in a series on classroom management through wikis. Here are links for grades 1-5.

This one is Kindergarten:

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Click here to visit my first grade class wiki

You can organize a classroom with blogs, internet start pages (click for more on internet start pages), wikis, even twitter (Click for more on twitter). Wikis are the most thorough. Take a look at my first grade class wiki . I have room for student and parent resources, homework, What we did Today (for absent students or parents), grade-level skills, favorite links. You can even add student pages, created by students. This is very popular in the older grades. When students are absent, I send them to this wiki to see what we did and what they need help with. When we’re getting ready to submit a project, they can check out the grading rubric here, be sure they have all required pieces. This is a great spot to include extensions for those precocious students who finish everything early. I’m going to add a ‘sponge’ page, for just that reason: a place students can go to try theme-oriented websites that can be completed in 5-10 minutes. Continue reading

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I Love my Kindergarten Class Wiki

This is the first in my series of classroom management via wikis, to get us-all ready for school. Here are links for grades 1-5 wiki pages:

This one is Kindergarten:

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Photoshop Anyone?

I teach Photoshop to eighth graders and have put together a comprehensive Photoshop Class Wiki to teach them skills, organize them weekly, explaining goals and grading.

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8th grade Photoshop wiki

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Weekend Website #23: Fourth Grade Class Wiki

Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine.

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My Fourth Grade Class Wiki

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Weekend Website #20: Kindergarten Class Wiki

Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine.

This is the last in my series of classroom wikis, to get us-all ready for school. Here are links for grades 1-5.

This one is Kindergarten:

My Kindergarten Class Wiki

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Weekend Website #19: First Grade Class Wiki

Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine.

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My first grade class wiki

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Weekend Website #18: Second Grade Class Wiki

Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine.

 

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My 2nd grade class wiki--click to visit

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Weekend Website #17: Third Grade Class Wiki

Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine.

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Weekend Website #16: Fourth Grade Class Wiki

Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine.

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My Fourth Grade Class Wiki

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Weekend Website #15: A Class Wiki

Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours as they are of mine.

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My wiki for my fifth grade class

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