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Paul’s ePortfolio showcase

Many students enjoy showing their work to their peers, parents and teachers. ePortfolios are perfect for this. But how can you get started with them? Paul developed this idea for teaching languages, but it can be adapted to suit other subjects.

The idea is to encourage your students to show pride in their work by showcasing their skills in their ePortfolios. They can then share their ePortfolios with other students or teachers, or show their parents when they get home.

To help his students get started, Paul creates a simple Word document listing the things that his students can do in the language they are learning (for example, ‘I can count to 10 in French’ or ‘I can talk about the weather’). He then asks his students to create an ePortfolio and paste the list into it.

The students’ final task is to show what they can do. Under each item, they demonstrate their skills by writing text or recording themselves speaking using the in-built sound recorder.

Quick tip

If they want, students can get more creative and use the in-built video recorder, images or even one of the creative tools in the App Library, such as the stop-motion animation tool J2Spotlight.

The recipe:

Serves: A full class

Preparation time: 10-20 minutes to create the Word document

Execution time: None for you

Technical ability: Medium

How students create an ePortfolio

1 On your dashboard, click the ePortfolio tab at the top. Click Portfolios and select New portfolio.

2 Give the ePortfolio a title and description.

3 You can now set some basic settings, including who can see the ePortfolio and the ePortfolio’s theme (how it looks). Click Save when you’re done.

How students add information

1 Click the ePortfolio tab in the dashboard. Then click Portfolios and select the portfolio you want to work with.

2 Click Add to pull up a normal itslearning text editor. Then simply select the text in the Word document and paste it into the text editor.

3 You can now add work to the ePortfolio in a number of ways:

  • Type directly into the text editor
  • Click Insert to insert images, PDFs, videos and other files
  • Click Insert to record sound or video