Article written by: Gerard Dawson
The options for teachers and school leaders when it comes to digital portfolios have advanced significantly over the last few years. To make the right choice, it’s important to understand exactly what you’ll need to do with the digital portfolio tool, and what your educational goals are for using digital portfolios in class.
In the past, teachers got little more than a folder for work posted online, where students could drop documents or other files. Today, with developments in user interface, cloud storage, and more, you can manage all parts of the learning process with a powerful digital portfolio tool.
The best way to approach looking for a digital portfolio is to first imagine all of the tasks that you’d like to be able to do both as a teacher and as a student. Then work backward to check each of the available options, and see which meets the needs that you have.
Below, I’ve organized the specific tasks teachers, students, and parents can do with the right digital portfolio, so you can use this as a guide for your own decision-making process.