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Student Portfolio Apps and Websites

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? These tech tools are here to help, offering students virtual binders, folders, webpages, and galleries for collecting everything from text to video. They also give teachers the ability to easily browse through their students' work and assess remotely.

Artsonia Kids Art Museum

Online art museum empowers students to exhibit, explain their work

Bottom Line: A time-tested digital art museum that allows students to share work and reflect on their artistic process while helping teachers assess student understanding of artistic concepts.

Grades: Pre-K–12
Price:
Free

Seesaw

Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents

Bottom Line: A powerful multimedia learning and communication tool that demonstrates student progress over time.

Grades: K–12
Price:
Free

FreshGrade Classic

A fresh way to capture, document, and share student learning

Bottom Line: Multimedia documentation tools and a customizable grade book help communicate learning and expand both summative and formative assessment.

Grades: 3–12
Price:
Free

LiveBinders

Cool organization and eportfolio tool; watch out for privacy features

Bottom Line: A good tool for its organizational, storage, and digital publishing features.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free, Paid

Microsoft OneNote

Note-taking giant built for flexible, collaborative work

Bottom Line: A powerful (and free) tool for thinking and organization that's making smart strides in the education space.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free

Pathbrite

Create, organize, assess sleek digital portfolios

Bottom Line: A simple PBL tool that promotes digital literacy and lets kids create flexible, accessible digital portfolios.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free

Project Foundry

Helpful, yet complex, management tool for project-based learning

Bottom Line: A powerful, though sometimes complex, tool for providing inquiry-based, student-centered learning.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Paid

Bulb

Slick portfolio tool has cool features, limited feedback options

Bottom Line: A neat tool for publishing online, possibly better suited to teacher content creation than student publishing.

Grades: 7–12
Price:
Free, Paid

Dropbox

Handy cloud storage and document sharing

Bottom Line: Dropbox can make work and life in the digital world more efficient, but it may not be the best cloud-based solution for kids.

Grades: 8–12
Price:
Free

Google Sites

Make your own website with easy, intuitive drag-and-drop features

Bottom Line: With a few clicks, students can design a basic but custom, responsive website that allows for easy collaboration with their peers.

Grades: 6–12
Price:
Free

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