Check out these great, user-friendly tools to assess student learning.

Portfolios are a time-tested and teacher-trusted method for assessing student learning. But what happens when students ditch notebooks and folders for laptops and tablets? Luckily, there are a bunch of great apps and websites out there -- from virtual binders and cloud storage platforms to easy build-your-own websites. These tools also give teachers the ability to create assignments, easily browse student work, add comments, and remotely assess from their mobile device or desktop.

Apps like WeLearnedIt and Seesaw allow students to give and receive peer feedback as well as get feedback from teachers in a variety of formats like video, audio, and text. For classrooms specifically with BYOD or 1-to-1 initiatives in place, Evernote can fill many needs -- from a simple notebook or assignment tracker to an all-encompassing digital timeline of students' work. And if your school uses Google Apps for Education, Google Sites is a great option for creating media-rich, individualized student portfolios. These apps and websites offer the same ol' notebook-and-folder functionality, but with a user-friendly, streamlined 21st-century twist.

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As Education Content Assistant for Common Sense Education, Kira supported the editorial team with a wide array of projects such as the Graphite blog, analysis of content coverage, content creation for our Top Picks, and beyond. Kira joined Common Sense with a background in education nonprofits and museums and a passion for learning. She has previously worked in administrative and executive support roles and has dabbled in communications, public relations, and graphic design. Originally from the Boston area, Kira fulfilled a lifelong dream by relocating to San Francisco and can now be found exploring the west coast by foot, kayak, and zip car.