Digital Portfolios

Elementary Level


Digital Portfolios: Teacher's Overview | Standards

Uses of Digital Portfolios for Elementary Students

Digital Portfolios can be used with any age, in any context. Different types of documents can be used to record elementary students' growth throughout the year. Attached are some samples of students' work that could be included in an elementary student's portfolio. Note that things do not need to be large or complicated. Simple files can be made and saved on a diskette. Images can be reduced to save space. One diskette per student would hold at least all the best works from one semester.



Different types of documents can be used to record elementary students' growth throughout the year.

 Example 1: Student drawing

To record the maturity of a student's concept of perspective, drawings can be done at regular intervals throughout the year. A first drawing could be dated and posted next to a recent drawing.

Another usage might be to record students' maturation in math and visual skills by having them draw perspectives periodically.

Pictures of family members and classmates can reflect the growth of young children.

And, to have some fun, a tracing of hands over a period of time would show physical growth, too.

 

Example 2: Self-portrait of Nicole

This picture was created on HyperStudio. It depicts the student's ability to use the draw tools, clip art, and paint tools. Such evidence of ability can be used to evaluate student's growth, student's placement in extracurricular or special classes, or for advancement to another level of classes or training. For example, Nicole is now ready to be a peer tutor for HyperStudio. She may help her classmates learn how to manipulate the tools and clipart.

 


Another form of recording student progress is evaluation reports.

 

Example 3: Student's Reading Progress from Reading Content

08/30/99 Accelerated Reader Page 1

Student Record Report

MESA VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - GRANTS, NM USA

Start Date: 01/01/80 Failed Tests Before Inclusion: 0
End Date: 08/30/99 * = Failed test
Sort Order: Last Name

ID: 0101010101
Grade: 3 Section:
Teacher: HOSKINS Team: TV
Team Minimum: 180.0 Annual Goal: 36.0
Indep. Reader:
Quest % Points Read
Test Title Rt/Poss Rt Earn/Poss Date Level
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5490 Song and Dance Man......... 5/ 5 100 0.5/ 0.5 08/26/98 3.8
7578 Madeline in London......... 5/ 5 100 0.5/ 0.5 08/26/98
and so on......

08/30/99 Accelerated Reader Student Record Report Page 3

MESA VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - GRANTS, NM USA

Start Date: 01/01/80 Failed Tests Before Inclusion: 0
End Date: 08/30/99 * = Failed test
Sort Order: Last Name

*** Summary ***
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Average percent correct..... 86.6%
Average reading level....... 3.5
Tests taken.......................... 68
Tests passed...................... 64
Tests failed........................... 4

Points possible.................. 38.5
Points earned..................... 32.2
Points used.......................... 0.0
Points available.................. 32.2

Annual goal......................... 36.0
Percentage of goal earned... 89.4%
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Students' portfolios can be constructed to reflect whatever is evaluated; or they can be what the students choose to showcase.

Example 4: Student poetry from Language Arts

Wolves

The wolves howl at the moon
When it comes out
But people think they're werewolves
Killers of the night
They aren't, they are hunters of the night
And then the moon goes down
It ends

Example 5: Journal Entry from Language Arts

Sept.14, 1998

Today is my birthday. I went to the office, and the principal gave me a ribbon and a happy birthday pencil. I hope I have fun at school on my birthday. Mom is making me a chocolate cake.

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 Example 6: Weather Chart from Science

 

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 Example 7: Map from Social Studies

 

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 Example 8: Photograph of Students on Playground


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A class can create a group portfolio.

Example Mrs. Ashby's Sixth Grade Class

  


Standards for Elementary Digital Portfolios


This module created by Marjorie Sharp, Margaret Hoskins, Julia Parra, Fred Lackey, Smith Frederick, and Kd D'Port, RETA instructors; Sharon Dogruel, RETA coordinator.

If you have questions about this lesson, please contact the Curriculum office.

© 1999 New Mexico Regional Technology Assistance Program.