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Blogs as Web-Based Portfolios Video

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Chad Bates my IT Director sent me this great video today. What I love is many of the points I’ve been making in my series of blog posts on blogs as Web-Based Portfolios (1, 2 and 3) come through in this video. It always makes me feel good when I see that others are thinking along the same lines as I am. In Part 3 I talk about the different systems schools can use. This school has gone with option 3 and it seems to be working well for them. Some great suggestions here on how to make your Web-Based Portfolio system work!

Short Portfolio Project Movie – narrated from Lawson Journalism on Vimeo.

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.


  1. Karen Moffat Reply

    Hi Jeff,

    Just asking .. what’s happening with the Learning 2.0.10 conference? Is it happening in Shanghai in September? If so, where will it be held and what are the dates.



  2. I love the idea. I was hoping that at sometime in the movie they would explain how the 8th graders take the portfolios with them. Do you know if they keep the site available permanently (I am guessing that could get expensive at Edublogs)? Can the the students somehow take all that they have written/published with them in some format as they leave middle school?

    • Yes….we are running WordPress MU at our school. Same software as edublogs. When students leave we get parent permission to create a blog for them on the free and open service wordpress.com or blogger.com both services allow you to export all the content from your edublog/wordpress mu install and transfer it to the new system. I’ve done it for 3 students already this year that left….took less than 15 minutes….not bad for your school life’s work!

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