The purpose of the portfolio will influence the platform used. Portfolios are usually have one of the following three purposes, or a combination of them.
- working or process portfolio - what the student is currently working on or has recently completed. Includes reflections on the process and next steps for learning.
- display or showcase portfolio - showcases samples of the student's best work. Students should be choosing which work is displayed here
- the assessment or accountability portfolio - work demonstrating that the student has met specific learning goals and requirements.
Seesaw A free e-portfolio ipad app and website, has a corresponding parent app for phone or ipad. Very easy to use and has video tutorials. Includes the ability for short blog posts and a recordable whiteboard. Students can upload items easily themselves.100 Ways to use Seesaw
Blogs - A Blogger account is available for free as part of GAFE or blogs can be set up in several of the other options. Can be public or shared via email addresses with limited users. Can add images, upload or embed video, embed audio and most other embeddable items. Can add Labels so posts about a topic or student can easily be located. Can't attach a document but can add links. Viewers can comment easily. Many are available as apps for phones and tablets too. eg Blogger for ipad/iphone, Blogger for Android, Edublogs for ipad/iphone, Edublogs for Android
Google Apps for Education (GAFE) - free but easier to manage if used with Hapara Teacher Dashboard add-on - $4 pp per year which includes a Parent Portal. Sharing is easy to control. Multi-platform. Can use docs, spreadsheets, presentations etc. or a combination. The free Google Classroom can be used in conjunction with this.
Google Sites - Part of the GAFE suite of tools. Free. Pages can be passworded or have access limited. Integrates very well if GAFE. Can add docs, images, video easily. Some templates available. Has a blog page option for comments. Examples.
Weebly Website - Free. Very easy to use - just drag and drop elements. No option to password off pages in free version but there is in the paid upgrade. Can add images and link to docs. Can insert HTML thus any embeddable item. Viewers can't comment but a form could be used for this.
Powerpoint (or Google Slide presentation) Easy to use. Can add video and sound. Can attach docs and add links. If using Office 365 can be shared via a link, otherwise can be emailed or can be attached in another place such as Evernote, a wiki etc.. If using Google Presentation can be shared via a link and can get comments/feedback.
Evernote - free - easy to use and can be used on almost all platforms eg. ipad/iphone, computer, Android phone/tablet but free version limits the number of platforms per user. Can insert images, attach files and record audio. A paid option is available if you want others to be able to comment otherwise you can add a Google form or similar for comments.
Mahara - My Portfolio - Free to NZ schools at least till the end of 2015. More suitable for secondary but some primary schools are using it. Can add images, add links and attach files.
Moodle - More suitable for course delivery but some schools use it as an e-portfolio. Free but probably will need to pay someone to set it up and administer it unless there is someone in the school with the expertise and time.
KnowledgeNET - NZ - paid option. LMS and e-portfolios. Good functionality. Various passwording levels available. Can be used as an LMS as well as for e-portfolios. Parent Portal available for extra cost.
Ultranet - NZ - paid option. LMS and e-portfolios. Good functionality. Can be used as an LMS as well. Various passwording levels available
Other website options such as Wix and Wiki are not commonly used.
Edutopia - compares 4 options
Comparison of 5 Options
Many of these can be used in conjunction with each other. eg. Mahara & Moodle video
For example GAFE docs etc can be added to any of the others. Website links and Evernote folder links can be added to any of the others.
Blogs can be found in many of the options
Some questions to ask when deciding on which to use:
Thanks to Anne Sturgess for many of these suggestions.