Online Portfolio

The Online Portfolio is a project based activity that engages students in a number of skills. Like traditional portfolios, the Online Portfolio asks students to reflect on their year and showcase their best work. But unlike the big, bulky binder, the Online Portfolio allows students to be creative and imaginative as they design and organize their web pages. Students can also link or embed other digital projects they have done right to their websites. At the end of the year, students present their sites to their peers. Since it's online, the portfolio is mobile, it doesn't take up space, and students can add content year after year. The Online Portfolio teaches important technology skills and motivates them to reflect on their growth as life long learners.

Explicitly Teach: Explain. Connect. Model. Practice.

Cycle of Independence: I do. We do. They do. You do.

Origin: Jonathan LeMaster and Sarah Michelson--a teacher at El Cajon Valley High School--developed the online portfolio in 2004 while working at El Cajon Valley High School. Jonathan and Sarah were academy teachers and decided to digitize the overwhelming binder portfolio. In 2008, Google launched Google Sites which eventually became the preferred resource for this project.

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Online Portfolio Step-By-Step Process

Plan your lesson Plan your lesson

Planning Journal

Teach the skill Teach the skill

Student Activity
Interactive Lesson

Differentiate and support learning Differentiate and support learning

Reading Rubrics

Assess and track growth Assess and track growth

Performance Tracker
Teacher Reflection

Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Use Technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
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