Presentations at TechEd 2008
Ontario, California

Multiple Purposes of Digital Stories and Podcasts in ePortfolios

(Concurrent Session - Tuesday, April 15 - 4:15 - 5:15 PM)
Dr. Helen Barrett

Digital storytelling is a powerful tool for deep learning and reflection. See examples of digital stories to meet multiple purposes in ePortfolios (introduction of self, reflection, rich multimedia artifacts).

Presentation based on Digital Stories in ePortfolios: Multiple Purposes and Tools

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

(Hands-On Lab - Wednesday, April 16 - 9:30 - 10:20 AM)
Dr. Helen Barrett

Explore Web 2.0 tools to facilitate classroom-based assessment and interactive feedback on student work, to improve student learning.
Tools include blogs, wikis, and Google Apps.

This page is available at
Web Links: Creating ePortfolios with Web 2.0 ToolsePortfolio Mash Up with GoogleAppsGoogle Tools WorkshopCategories of ePortfolio ToolsOnline Storage
Professional Development Available: ePortfolio Workshops Digital Storytelling Workshop

Workshop Outline






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 Pages Flexibility and creativity in portfolio authoring. Helps students build technology skills. Automatically store pages online. 100 MB limit on uploaded attachments No interactivity. 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:

©2008, Helen C. Barrett, Ph.D.