A to Z Teacher Stuff ~ Teacher Resources, Lesson Plans, Themes, Tips, Printables, and more
advertise
Go Back   A to Z Teacher Stuff Forums > TeacherChat Forums > Special Interests > Job Seekers


Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 02-04-2013, 08:04 PM
DressageLady DressageLady is offline
Companion
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 185
Idaho
Help!! Electronic Portfolio Confusion

Okay, I am finishing up my last few weeks of student teaching now and will be done in four weeks. I have been collecting "artifacts" for inclusion in my teaching portfolio for a couple of years now. The portfolio is required by my university, with multiple pages of directions (set in tiny font) that lay out what needs to be included.

For the first time ever, the portfolio needs to be electronic. My university liaison/supervisor does not have much experience in creating an electronic version, and her advice has been less than helpful. My fellow student teachers are as lost as I am. My mentor teacher has no idea what I am talking about.

I have a good idea of what needs to be included. Where I am having problems is finding a site that is easy to navigate and is user friendly in general. The liaison from last year advised we use Google sites, but I hate it with a passion. I have had to use Google sites many times over the past two or three years for course work and I just hate it. The current liaison recommended Livebinders, but I can't seem to navigate it to save my freaking life.

I stumbled upon Weebly, but I don't think I am technologically advanced enough to actually use it. I am getting so frustrated at this point. I have done some great work in the past couple of years, and yet I can't seem to find a comfortable fit regarding a site to build my portfolio in/on.

Does anyone know of a hosting site that is easy to navigate and user friendly on the creation end? And if anyone would like to share the link to their on-line portfolio, please do so!

I am grateful for any help offered.
Sheilah
Reply With Quote

 
  #2  
Old 02-04-2013, 08:18 PM
TeacherGroupie TeacherGroupie is offline
Multitudinous
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 25,220
Calif.
Several options are mentioned on Richard Byrne's blog Free Technology for Teachers. Here's his link on PortfolioGen: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/201...l#.URB5gI479S8. If the link doesn't work, go to http://www.freetech4teachers.com and search freetech4teachers.com for "portfolio": he's had several other options up in the last year or so.
__________________
Education isn't what you know. It's what you can do (and fake, intelligently) with what you know.
http://www.testmaven.com
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-04-2013, 08:21 PM
TeacherGroupie TeacherGroupie is offline
Multitudinous
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 25,220
Calif.
Bear in mind also that, if your university liaison has no idea how to help you, it probably suffices to have SOMEthing up on line - so get the essentials up there as links, but don't worry so much about making the portfolio flashy.
__________________
Education isn't what you know. It's what you can do (and fake, intelligently) with what you know.
http://www.testmaven.com
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-04-2013, 09:04 PM
DressageLady DressageLady is offline
Companion
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 185
Idaho
Thank you! I have bookmarked the website and will start exploring it tomorrow, when I no longer have smoke coming out of my ears and my blood pressure has risen to the point where it feels like my eyes will pop.

I wish I could just stick up something somewhere and call it good. But the longest section in my university's student teaching handbook is the expectations for the portfolio. It is just my bad luck to have a liaison that doesn't seem to have much experience with e-portfolios and has no guidance to offer, other than the mention of Livebinders months ago.

I have heard that some students in my program have actually hired IT majors to design their own websites, and showcase their portfolio that way. My frustration level at this point has now reached a level where I understand the reasoning behind doing that.
Sheilah
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-04-2013, 09:27 PM
TeacherGroupie TeacherGroupie is offline
Multitudinous
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 25,220
Calif.
Oh, hugs!
__________________
Education isn't what you know. It's what you can do (and fake, intelligently) with what you know.
http://www.testmaven.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-04-2013, 10:23 PM
HeartDrama's Avatar
HeartDrama HeartDrama is offline
Devotee
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 1,202
SoCal
High School English
DressageLady, would you mind sharing with me, here or via PM, the requirements for your portfolio? I've been trying to decide what to include in my own since I finished student teaching a few weeks ago.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-05-2013, 06:47 AM
PCdiva's Avatar
PCdiva PCdiva is offline
Connoisseur
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,645
New York
K-12 Educational Tech Specialist <3
Quote:
Originally Posted by DressageLady View Post
Okay, I am finishing up my last few weeks of student teaching now and will be done in four weeks. I have been collecting "artifacts" for inclusion in my teaching portfolio for a couple of years now. The portfolio is required by my university, with multiple pages of directions (set in tiny font) that lay out what needs to be included.

For the first time ever, the portfolio needs to be electronic. My university liaison/supervisor does not have much experience in creating an electronic version, and her advice has been less than helpful. My fellow student teachers are as lost as I am. My mentor teacher has no idea what I am talking about.

I have a good idea of what needs to be included. Where I am having problems is finding a site that is easy to navigate and is user friendly in general. The liaison from last year advised we use Google sites, but I hate it with a passion. I have had to use Google sites many times over the past two or three years for course work and I just hate it. The current liaison recommended Livebinders, but I can't seem to navigate it to save my freaking life.

I stumbled upon Weebly, but I don't think I am technologically advanced enough to actually use it. I am getting so frustrated at this point. I have done some great work in the past couple of years, and yet I can't seem to find a comfortable fit regarding a site to build my portfolio in/on.

Does anyone know of a hosting site that is easy to navigate and user friendly on the creation end? And if anyone would like to share the link to their on-line portfolio, please do so!

I am grateful for any help offered.
Sheilah
I vote Weebly, it is very user friendly, we even have our students using it .
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-05-2013, 04:46 PM
kinderkids's Avatar
kinderkids kinderkids is offline
Aficionado
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 3,811
Kindergarten Teacher
https://www.iwebfolio.com/signup/sel...7F5D69C3.iweb4

Not sure if this would be helpful. I used this for my graduate portifolio, but unfortunately, it isn't free! Good luck!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-05-2013, 05:42 PM
catnfiddle's Avatar
catnfiddle catnfiddle is offline
Maven
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 5,093
Central Ohio
Online English Teacher
I'm being forced to use TK20 for my portfolio and am about to scream in frustration at how difficult it is to use. So clunky and non-intuitive.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-05-2013, 07:45 PM
TeachTN's Avatar
TeachTN TeachTN is offline
Comrade
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 442
Tennessee
Geography & Language Arts
Quote:
Originally Posted by catnfiddle View Post
I'm being forced to use TK20 for my portfolio and am about to scream in frustration at how difficult it is to use. So clunky and non-intuitive.
We use TK20 at my university too, very non-user friendly!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
confusion, electronic, portfolio

Thread Tools

Forum Jump

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off










All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:16 PM.


Copyright © 1997-2010 A to Z Teacher Stuff, L.L.C.  All Rights Reserved.
Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.
Questions, comments, and suggestions: Contact Us
Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.