Creating ePortfolios with Web 2.0 Tools

by Dr. Helen Barrett

Web 2.0 Hands-on Workshop
(available as 1, 2 or 3 day face-to-face workshop, depending on depth)
Web 2.0 Online Class (under development)

Much of this work began with my Online Portfolio Adventure, where I recreated my presentation portfolio with at least 33 different online services, software and strategies between September 2004 and the present time. In 2006, I began exploring the use of Web 2.0 tools, and constructed portfolios using these tools. One advantage of Web 2.0 tools is that many of them are free, although WikiSpaces may place ads on the page. There is some concern about security in a K-12 school environment, so care should be taken when using these tools with children. In a recent blog entry, I discussed different Online Portfolio Strategies and developed a GoogleDocs page to compare a few of the different choices available.

Tool

My Sample Portfolio

Instructions (How-to's)

WikiSpaces.com (Wiki) http://eportfolios.wikispaces.com/ http://eportfolios.wikispaces.com/how-to
PBWiki (Wiki) http://hbarrett.pbwiki.com/portfolio http://hbarrett.pbwiki.com/How-to
WordPress.com (Blog) http://hbarrett.wordpress.com/my-portfolio/ http://hbarrett.wordpress.com/how-to/
Google Apps http://sites.google.com/site/eportfolios/Home ePortfolio Mash Up with GoogleApps
http://sites.helenbarrett.net/portfolio/how-to
GoogleDocs Document
(online word processor)

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd76m5s2_0fjj4h9

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dd76m5s2_8gn28xv
GoogleDocs Presentation
(online presentation builder)
http://docs.google.com/Present?docid=dd76m5s2_51d4n4v4&fs=true http://docs.google.com/Presentation?id=dd76m5s2_195shrw4c
Google Sites (Wiki) http://sites.helenbarrett.net/portfolio/ http://sites.helenbarrett.net/portfolio/how-to
Blogger Pages (2010) http://blog.helenbarrett.org/p/my-life-portfolio.html http://blog.helenbarrett.org/p/using-blogger-to-maintain-eportfolio.html
AJAX Start Pages    
ProtoPage http://www.protopage.com/eportfolios  

There are also "free" online portfolio tools that individuals can use. Below is a list of online tools available to educators. K12 schools could also use Think.com (a free online service to education by Oracle which requires an agreement signed with principals).

Tool

My Sample Portfolio

Carnegie Foundation's KEEP Toolkit http://www.cfkeep.org/html/stitch.php?s=77904125468716&id=45888824710519
Epsilen (IUPUI) (for edu email addresses) http://afhcb.alaska.epsilen.info/

There are also the online web page development tools, such as Tripod or Yahoo's Geocities, but those sites usually have advertising on the pages.

For further information, consult my online article, Authentic Assessment with Electronic Portfolios using Common Software and Web 2.0 Tools.


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updated February 14, 2012