Listen to Yvonne Clark, Henderson ISD
Today, we’ll hear about how one teacher, Yvonne Clark (@yclarkhhs) from Henderson ISD, is using Google Sites as a way to house ePortfolios.
Yvonne was kind enough to write a few words, as well as record a podcast about her experience:
Hi there, my name is Yvonne Clark and I am from Henderson ISD, Henderson, TX in the Tyler/Longview area; we are about 20 miles south of I-20. I am in my first year as the campus technology specialist where I assist both teachers and students with technology needs. I previously taught technology classes and that is where I began using Google Sites for student portfolios. Find me on Twitter @yclarkhhs or on my website.
Last year, I had several seniors that were talking about all of the forms they had to fill out for college: scholarship applications, college entrance applications, and summer job applications. My original thought was to have students make e-portfolios that they could send out with their applications. I wondered how I could make the process easier for students. I googled “portfolios” and found some ideas that I wanted to tweak and made my assignment.
Student Portfolio Assignment page
And, in regards to using Google Sites for eportfolios, here is what Yvonne had to say:
A Google site was the best option for me to use as a portfolio platform because we are a GAFE school and it was free. We had practiced creating websites with Google Sites using the different page options in a previous assignment. I then had students follow the portfolio assignment page. I wanted to have my students update their portfolio throughout their high school career. Plus, I had my students add their personal Gmail account as an owner to the site so that their work did not disappear after graduation. Students can then provide a link to their portfolio on applications to future colleges and/or businesses.
What I Would Change:
- Use Google Drawing to help personalize pages more.
- Have all high schools students start as ninth graders collecting information.
These are sample sites that you should be able to access:
Thanks for listening to this TCEA podcast featuring Yvonne Clark (@yclarkhhs) from Henderson ISD. You can find a copy of the show notes online at www.tcea.org/blog, which is the TCEA TechNotes Blog, recently recognized by EdTech magazine as one of the top 50 blogs to read in 2016! Also, be sure not to miss any of our upcoming events this summer 2016. Some amazing learning will be happening at the TCEA Makers events, Tots and Technology Conferences taking place in Galveston and Frisco in June, as well as the Adobe Academy and Chromebook Academy.
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- ePortfolio Solutions using Google and Microsoft
- Step by Step: How to Create an ePortfolio with Google Sites
- Lewisville ISD ePortfolio Examples
- Student Voice in ePortfolios
- Introduction to K-12 ePortfolios
- Easy Portfolio Site Builder: Once authorized, the script will turn all content located inside of a designated folder on your Google Drive into a new Google Site. The app will monitor your Google Drive for changes and reflect these immediately on the Google Site.
Weaving a Digital Tale About Yourself
Creating a digital story that reflects your voice is important. You can do this with these apps quite quickly.
- Narrated Slideshows – Take pictures of your content and create a narrated slideshow you can share as an MP4 video file. You can also create interviews with people who believe in you and ask them to “speak their insights into your work and life” with a picture of them and/or your work displayed on the screen.
- iOS (free unless price is indicated)
- Shadow Puppet EDU
- 30 Hands Learning
- Adobe Voice
- Voice Record Pro (audio recording only)
- Explain Everything ($5.99)
- Explain Everything ($3.99)
- Cross Platform
- iOS (free unless price is indicated)
Need to quickly scan paper documents into digital? These apps make doing so incredibly easy, either saving directly to Google Drive (Scanner Pro) or to your camera roll or OneNote.
- Microsoft Office Lens (Android | iOS | Windows) – Free
- Readdle’s Scanner Pro (iOS) – $3.99