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Blogs as Web-Based Portfolios PDF

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The 2009-2010 school year ended for me early today and I’m just wrapping up a few loose ends before I head into vacation mode for the summer. I did want to release the Free PDF of the Web-Based Portfolio series I’ve been working on for the past couple of months. I’ve taken the four blog posts and put them into this PDF that you can download and use if you would like.

If this topic is interesting to you, I encourage you to join me at my ISTE 2010 Workshop that I’ll be doing on this exact topic (just a few spots left). You can register for the all day workshop here. We’ll be going in-depth, looking at student work, and if you’ve never used a blog before we’ll get you set up and at least take one for a spin.

Click on the picture to get your free PDF

I started blogging in 2005 and found it such a powerful way to reflect and share my thinking about technology, this generation, and how we prepare students for their future not our past.

13 Comments

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  3. I’m impressed by your research, and really appreciate you sharing it with us. You’ve inspired me to take this track in the future. I always knew I should do this kind of thing, but you have given me the kick in the pants that I needed to actually get it done. Cheers.

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  5. Thanks very much for this helpful resource, Jeff! I’ll be sharing it in UDL presentations when I focus on both engagement and assessment. –Paul

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  10. bgibson135 Reply

    What happens on the day that a student decides to delete their entire portfolio site? Or, they have a great video illustrating their growth in a certain area, which disappears from a hosted site, never to be recoverable? You probably need to create contingencies for these possibilities. Maybe at the end of a time period, selected content is converted into some long lasting format (PDF), and stored in a more secure location.

    I’ve also thought that higher ed institutions might want to provide a portfolio framework that potential students could use to generate admissions materials.

    I like the idea of using a WordPress.com site that “goes” with the student. They can choose to maintain it, or delete it.

    • Jeff Utecht Reply

      Funny thing is this has never happened. We’ve never had a student delete their entire blog. We try and have students host as much of the creation they do in something they own. Example: their youtube account, their dropbox, their google docs. Of course somethings like voicethread and others can’t be and that’s the risk you take. But it’s never been an issue for us. Kids seem to figure it out.

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