Lesson Plan

ePortfolio for the K - 8 Student

Tools to help your K - 8 Create an ePortfolio
Katie L.
Technology coordinator
Mark Sheridan Math and Science Academy
Chicago, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Math, Science

Students will be able to...
- Understand the purposes for maintaing an ePortfolio
- Identify elements and artifacts that might be included in their ePortfolio
- Analyze and reflect on elements and artifacts that are included in their ePortfolio
- Organize their ePortfolios

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Grades K – 8
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1 Identify Tech Tool

Step 1: Identify ePortfolio Tool 

- Identify Grade Level of Students
- Identify Portfolio tool (keep in mind knowledge level of teacher and comfort level of students)

     - Seesaw - K, 1, 2, 3, 4
     - Kid Blog - K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
     - Google Presentation - 3, 4, 5
     - Google Sites - 6, 7, 8

Student Instructions

None at this time

2 Setup of Tech Tool

Step 2: Setup of Tech Tool

- Depending on which tool you choose there are some steps that should be taken prior to introducing to students. 

- Seesaw: 
1. Download App.
2. Create free teacher account
3.  Create class
4. Input each student name in your class
5. Input "fake/example" student name in your class
6. Collect five artifacts for "fake/example" student

- Kidblog:
1. Create free teacher account
2. Create "Class/group"
3. Input each student name in your class
4. Input "fake/example" student name in your class
5. Collect five artifacts for "fake/example" student

- Google Presentation:
1. Create an organizational structure within Google Drive
2. Create folder for ePortfolio
3. Create "fake/example" Google Presentation
4. Collect five artifacts for "fake/example" student

- Google Sites
1. Create a Google Sites template for students (within this template include all the individual website pages that the students will need)
* *DON'T have students create site from the begining.  Have a main template already established.  It will make your life and their life much easier**
2. Create a "fake/example" site
3. Collect five artifacts for "fake/example" student

Student Instructions

None at this time

3 Show Tech Tool and Example ePortfolio

Step 3: Show the Tech Tool and example ePortfolio

1. Explain to the students that they will be creating an ePortfolio.
2. Explain to the students what an ePortfolio is and the purpose of creating and maintaining one.
- There are three types of ePortfolios: developmental, assessment, and showcase. 
- For this lesson the developmental ePortfolio model (also called learning portfolios, reflection portfolios, formative portfolios, working portfolios) will be used.
- **Don't forget to explain that an ePortfolio is not always showcasing a student's best work, but work that shows improvement over time.  For example a writing piece from September, another from December, another from March, and finally another one from June. Their reflection of those four writing pieces will explain the improvement over time to the audience.
4.  Showcase the Tech tool you have chosen to create this ePortfolio.
5. Then showcase the "fake/example" ePortfolio you began creating (this example does not have to be fully detailed as you can use this to show them step by step directions on how to add things to their portfolio).  
6. Once you have showcased this take some time to answer questions for your students. 

Student Instructions

This is the time for the students to listen to the teacher's presentation and reflect on what he/she will be creating. At the end of the presentation your students will have time to ask questions regarding this project. 

4 Add Artifacts & Reflect

Step 4: Add Artifacts & Reflect

1. Have a set of five or so predetermined artifacts that you would like your students to put into their ePortfolio. Make sure to choose different types of items.
- For example: images, documents, presentations, audio recordings, video recordings, etc. 
2. Walk your students through the steps of including each of these artifacts in their portfolio.  
** HINT - Create a Job Aid, short video, poster, etc. on how to add each of these artifacts to their ePortfolio so that they can refer back to them throughout the school year.  
3. After adding each artifact make sure to have your students reflect on why they included that specific artifact.  
** HINT - Give your students a list of questions that can prompt their reflection.
Here are a few examples:
- Name of artifiact or description of artifact
- What process did you use to complete the artifact
- What part of this artifact are you really proud of
- What part of this artifact would you improve
- What did you learn by creating this artifact
- Anything else you would like to share about this artifact



Student Instructions

1. Students will follow teachers directions as they add each type of artifact to their ePortfolio.  
2. Student will reflect on each of the artifacts that they added to their ePortfolio.

5 Revisit Every 2 to 3 Weeks

Step 5: Revisit Every 2 to 3 Weeks

During the first few months of starting an ePortfolio it is important to block time in your lesson plans every two weeks. This will insure that your students are taking time to upload at least two or three artifacts every couple of weeks. Eventually the students will be comfortable with the process and will continue to work on their ePortfolio without you prompting them.  

Make sure your students have easy access to Job Aids, short videos, posters, etc. on how to add each of their artifacts to their ePortfolio.  

Also make sure your students have easy access to a list of questions that help with their reflection. 

Student Instructions

Make sure to add 2 to 3 artifiacts every two weeks after the ePortfolio is introduced. 

As time goes on make sure to add an artifact or two every week throughout the school year.