Web 2.0 Tools for Classroom-Based Assessment
and Interactive Student ePortfolios

Dr. Helen Barrett
National Educational Computing Conference
June 27, 2009

This page is available at http://electronicportfolios.org/NECC2009/
Web Links: Creating ePortfolios with Web 2.0 ToolsePortfolio Mash Up with GoogleAppsGoogle Tools WorkshopCategories of ePortfolio Tools
Professional Development Available: ePortfolio Workshops Digital Storytelling Workshop

Workshop Outline

At the end of this workshop, participants will:
- become familiar with creating an interactive web-based portfolio using Web 2.0 tools that demonstrate the ISTE NETS-S
- have experience providing feedback on work posted to a Web 2.0-based portfolio, created using GoogleApps

Outline Introductions and Needs assessment – 15 minutes
Overview of the pedagogy of Interaction:
What is the Interactive Web (Web 2.0)? – 15 minutes
What is an Interactive Portfolio and how does it differ from a paper-based portfolio? (ePortfolios 2.0) – 15 minutes
How do Interactive Portfolios support Classroom-Based Assessment for Learning to improve student achievement? (15 minutes)

Learning to use the tools:
What are blogs and wikis, and how can I use them for classroom-based assessment? – a tour of the best options for schools (60 minutes)
What are GoogleApps/Docs/Sites? How do they work? – a tour of the tools (30 minutes)
Hands-on session: Creating an electronic portfolio demonstrating the ISTE NETS for Students using GoogleDocs/Sites or your favorite blog/wiki (90 minutes plus lunch break)

Hands-on experience implementing the pedagogy of interaction with Web 2.0 tools:
Commenting and discussions in blogs and wikis (15 minutes)
Providing feedback to others’ GoogleDocs/Sites Document with comments and collaborative editing– (30 minutes)
Providing feedback to others’ GoogleDocs/Sites in live online chat and feedback– (30 minutes)

Conclusions and questions. (30 minutes)








Quickly, easily create a learning journal, documenting growth over time with entries that are date-stamped. WordPress allows additonal pages and sub-pages. Interactivity is maintained through RSS feeds and Comments that can be added. WordPress file limit 3 GB. WordPress blogs can be password-protected. Edublogger uses WordPress software. Prescribed order (reverse-chronological) of entries. Does not allow organizing attached files into folders. Limited attachments in Blogger.




Free (for education) online system. Wikispaces allows 2 GB online storage (PBWiki limits 50 MB). All URLs are automatically converted to weblinks. Upload any type of a file, link from any page. Page can be edited by approved members.Discussion link on top of every page .Saves draft pages and keeps versions. Backup recent copies of the pages in HTML (or wikitext) & download archive to hard drive. Allows embedding media and building tables on pages. Does not allow organizing files into folders. Archived version does not save navigation menu. No data management tool, to aggregate assessment data.



Documents, presentations or spreadsheets can be edited by any and all invited members. Maintains a record of all revisions, with identity of author. Interactivity is maintained through comments and co-authoring. Easily embed presentations into blog. Convert all documents to Microsoft Office or OpenOffice or PDF.

Requires full time high speed Internet access. No attachments, only hyperlinks to documents.

Google Sites

sites.google.com Flexibility and creativity in portfolio authoring. Helps students build technology skills. Automatically store pages online. 100 MB limit on uploaded attachments (500MB in GoogleApps for Education accounts). Share function - Add comments, Edit contents, RSS, multiple page types. Be sure to set up a GoogleApps for Education account if implementing in K-12 schools.


www.think.com/ Free - School accounts only - Principal has to sign AUP - Integrated with Thinkquest resources. Protected site, teacher can manage e-mail recipients and senders. Stickies to provide feedback on student web pages. Portfolios can only be accessed inside the system Set up own system for managing the feedback on student work. More of a web page builder than a portfolio program.

HTML Editor

  Flexibility and creativity in portfolio authoring. Helps students build technology skills. Requires web server (unless publishing on CD). High learning curve, difficult to support all students. No interactivity.

Here are two versions of a diagram developed by Jeremy Hiebert to conceptualize the ePortfolio within a Personal Learning Environment using Web 2.0 tools:

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