Monday, March 4, 2013

Things to Help with Assessment of Portfolios

Although I use electronic portfolios in my classroom (see blog these blog entries for some reflection on the progress I've made over the last two years) I find that many of the forms I have used can be used with paper portfolios.  But I'm willing to  share with everyone and by all means make the changes that suit you but please keep the recognition/names of the owners of the forms on them, as I have, they worked hard to make these forms.

Good luck.

Grade 8 portfolio assessment sheet
My starting booklet for teaching students to start the portfolio and how to reflection on their portfolios.
Intel's "Anna's Assessment Plan"
Assessment in the 21st Century Classroom Blog Rubric by Intel.
Assessment in the 21st Century Classroom Communication Rubric by Intel.
Intel Teach Elements Critical Thinking Rubric
Digital Portfolio Parent Assessment and Student Self-Assessment - to have parents involved in the assessment of their child.  This one needs work.
Products and Performances to include in your Portfolio by Intel.
Self Assessment and work Assessment handout for students for e-Portfolios (can be changed for portfolios).
Student Reflection sheet
Parent Portfolio Reflection Sheet
Portfolio Record of content
Student Portfolio Planning Sheet.
Frames and Prompts for Portfolio Assessment.
Digital Portfolio Guidelines for Beginners by the Ministry of Education, SMS Services Team (2011) in New Zealand.
Teacher Portfolio Planning sheet.
Portfolio scoring record (with no marks), just pure assessment.

Thanks for Val Lees (@lees_v) a teacher in Surrey for sharing some of these forms as well as the Surrey School District who compiled many of these forms to help with portfolios of students.  Hope this helps you.


  1. This is great, thank you for sharing. There are many useful resources here and I particularly like the "frames and prompts" to help with self assessment. The Grade 8 rubric could help towards acquiring badges! And the elements to be included will support teachers and learners who are finding their way round tools to use for their purpose: a useful stepping stone! Would you kindly share what tool/space your students build their eportfolio with in your institution?

  2. We have experimented with a number of different options for a number of different reasons. You need to consider what you want the portfolio for. For my Information Technology Photoshop section we used Flickr at one point but it was hard going back and forth to all the students all the time. The best one for the higher grades was Facebook, an account only used for assessment. Students used their walls to add files or imbed pictures they did, or even better use a folder with their pictures from Photoshop. Students friended me with a new account only used for school. Parents were informed and they followed along as well. This worked great until Facebook started asking for a cell phone number and would lock you out of suspicion.

    With the younger grade I used Weebly, which worked great but would freeze up every once in a while. It's excellent for the younger grades, simple to use, and the teacher controls it easily, locking it up so only someone with a password could see it online. one class of 40 was free then you had to pay. You could embed and there was plenty of room for file uploads. But I had 3 classes so this didn't work as well unless I paid..

    I switched to Webnode which I love, and so do many of my staff. Teachers have developed online courses with the program. It's easy to you, you can embed any web tool, you can see stats from it, and I made an extra one with all the students webnodes on it so I could go from one site to another to assess.

    This term, we're using a school blog site, connected to our account. When a class is loaded to my course load, with 3 clicks of a button it is easy to go from one blog to another. But this is a new program, and it has many bugs in it that make it difficult to go from one blog entry to another. Working with a group of other people to suggest some changes or add ons to SurreySchools site.

    Hope this helps you.

  3. Thank you for sharing what you do, I am always interested in finding out what works for people in the context. I did not know Webnode and I have now had a look.
    I support use of eportfolios in NZ schools, where schools can choose to use a cloud based instance of Mahara called myPortfolio. Some have success with google apps (blog/sites/teacher dashboard).
    Here are a few things I tend to consider when looking at tools:
    that the eportfolio stays with the learner outside of a school/institution, that they can take it with them and build on it (lifelong learner)
    that it is portable
    that it aggregates other tools that are used
    that the learner fully controls who has access to what and for how long
    that the tool allows for communication, reflection and making connections as well as providing a showcase of achievements
    that students' portfolios are easily accessed for feedback by teacher
    that there is an active community of users of the same tool, in a similar context and environment with whom to exchange
    that regardless of the software choice, training and support for teachers need to be factored in.
    The resource you have shared are interesting as they are focused on the assessment part, regardless of tools. They will be useful to many.

  4. Enjoyed the sharing. Seeing that you seem to be french as well, take a look at the side blogs, the "Learning, languages and Technology" blog would be right up your alley. The teacher Spain has been working on Edumodo, a great portfolio device with a testing device. You would be very interested in that area. Take a look and have a chat with her.

  5. Thank you! It is actually Spain's blog which got me to yours! Good point you make mentioning edmodo, I have always meant to explore it, so I am off to register there now!


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