​​​​​​How to create a digital portfolio

A digital portfolio consists of:

The digital artef​acts within the portfolio

Digital artefacts may be audio, video, images, text and presentations constructed using any of the thousands of creative tools. Software such as Word/Pages, PowerPoint/Keynote, Excel/Numbers, movie maker/imovie and free edustar products can be used. Online WEB2.0 services like slideshare, prezi, voki and mind42 and more recently ipad/android Apps are being used in schools to create digital artefacts.

The presentation platform used to organise and display the portfolio

The portfolio and its artefacts might be stored in the ‘Cloud” in a student account. Portfolios can be organised and presented using software, web services or apps. Common software products such as Word/Pages, PowerPoint/Keynote and MS:OneNote can be used to construct digital portfolios. Current Web-based options include the Department’s own Global2 and services such as Wikispaces, Evernote, Dropbox, Google-Apps for education, Prezi for Education, Weebly. There is also an increasing range of android/IOS apps such as Flowboard, Evernote, Voicethread, Open School eportfolio, Three Ring, Kidblog, Weebly. Also some learning management systems have functionality to facilitate a digital portfolio. 

Read more information about these apps:

Web-based

  • Global2
  • Wikispaces
  • Evernote
  • Dropbox
  • Google-Apps for education
  • Prezi for Education
  • Weebly

Android/IOS apps

  • Flowboard
  • Evernote
  • Voicethread
  • OpenSchool eportfolio
  • Three Ring
  • Kidblog
  • Weebly

​The processes used to construct it

In all effective digital portfolio programs teachers need to provide support to students in the process of creating digital content and effectively selecting, reflecting and presenting this content through the portfolio. 

​How to use a digital portfolio

A digital portfolio can be used in many ways. In a more sophisticated form the digital portfolio can be developed over several years and used as an ongoing record of progress, perhaps presented at "Student Led conferences" and used to inform future learning plans. Best practice portfolios would integrate student goal setting, self-assessment and reflection on learning with the presentation of learning examples. Portfolios could also refer to expected student learning outcomes (AusVELS). 

The portfolio could be used by teachers as an assessment vehicle for the AusVELS domains mentioned above. It could be used by students for employment purposes.​