Here’s the post including the video tutorial I made exclusively for you in October last year to make a portfolio from scratch, from zero. As you already know, I created it for a course I was doing for the Ministry of Education in Spain with the most innovative teachers in the country. For that reason, the post and the video is in Spanish. Anyone willing to translate it?
Rethinking this post, I’ve made up my mind to make a few changes. I know it’s going to take me a bit more time to do it but your teacher wants you to make the best portfolios in the whole world. For that reason, he will include in this post a series of aspects you should consider important in the creation of your portfolio that I’ve not included in the video tutorial above. Finally, I will post a video in English in order for you have another instructional video in the language we’re learning – something you will find useful as you will see later in the year.
– What’s wrong?
– Stop writing long messages. Your students want the nitty-gritty.
– Ok ok, here it goes.
Let me start with some compulsory aspects you need to consider:
A. Customizing Widgets.
- First of all, once you have selected a template. You have to customize it. You can do it by clicking on “My Sites” and then “Customize” as you can see on this image:
or you can click on a button that appears on your screen at the right bottom corner that looks like this:
Second and last, I need you to click on “Widgets” and add the following ones except Twitter (I want you to follow me nonetheless :-):
As I told you in class, this will be the rubric I will using to assess your portfolio:
It needs improvement
|Portfolio objectives||It provides detailed information about portfolio objectives.||It provides brief information about portfolio objectives.||It provides vague and imprecise information about portfolio objectives.||It doesn’t provide any information about portfolio objectives.|
|Graphic format||Template is perfectly legible, with good contrast between font and background. Graphics are always clear, accessible and attractive.||Template is legible, with good contrast between font and background. Graphics are, most of the times, clear, accessible and attractive.||Template is slightly legible, with little contrast between font and background. Graphics aren’t clear, not accessible and unattractive most of the times.||Template is almost not legible, with zero contrast between font and background. Graphics are always unclear, not accessible and unattractive.|
|Quality and quantity of the entries.||Entries contain high-quality and well-structured reflections. Also, organization, coherence and extension are unbeatable.
Titles are always attractive and consistent with content.
|The entries contain some well-considered reflections, and the organization, coherence, extensión are more than correct. The titles sometimes are attractive and consistent with the contents.||The entries contain some well-considered reflections, and the organization, coherence,extensión are more than correct. The titles sometimes are attractive and consistent with the content.||The entries contain little reflections and organization, coherence and extension are not the right ones. Titles do not are descriptive coherent with the contents.|
|Visual materials and multimedia elements||It includes very good visual elements (photos, infographics, graphics, etc.,), artifacts embedded and widgets are in consonant with the contents of the entrances. All the links work and lead to reliable and relevant Websites.||It includes some visual elements, embedded artifacts and widgets. The links are linked but not inserted. They don’t lead to fairly reliable and relevant Web sites.||It includes a small amount of visual elements and embedded artifacts. Some links are broken and lead to unreliable and irrelevant Web sites.||It doesn’t include visual elements, nor inlaid artifacts. Many links are broken and lead to unreliable and irrelevant Web sites.|
|Degree of adaptation of the portfolio with the contents of the course||The portfolio is perfectly adjusted to the tasks required and presents a deep critical reflection.||The portfolio is adjusted to what is required in the tasks but there is a superficial reflection.||The portfolio sometimes doesn’t adjust to the tasks required. In fact, there are very few critical reflections.||The portfolio doesn’t adjust to what is required in the tasks, nor there is any critical reflection at all.|
|Creativity||Overall, the portfolio presents many creative and original elements.||Overall, the portfolio has enough creative and original elements.||Overall, the portfolio presents very few creative and original elements.||Overall, the portfolio doesn’t present any creative nor original elements.|
|Copyright||Always quotes the sources of the texts. Use photos from public domain or with permission of the author and allows reuse of the material. Also, specifies a license of use (Creative Commons).||Occasionally it includes the sources of the cited texts and photos. The portfolio presents a license of use (Creative Commons).||Sometimes, it includes the sources of the cited texts and photos. The portfolio doesn’t present a license of use (Creative Commons).||The sources of cited texts and the photos. The portfolio doesn’t present a license of use (Creative Commons).|
|About the author||It includes authorship of the portfolio, a form of contact and brief biography with reference to others digital projects. It also has opened a space for the publication of future projects.||It includes authorship and a contact form or electronic mail. It doesn’t refer to other digital projects. Nor it opens a space for future projects.||The authorship appears, but not the way to contact the author. There is neither a contact or reference to other projects.||The authorship of the portfolio does not appear, nor how to contact him. Nor does it mention other digital projects already completed.|
Finally, here’s a video tutorial in American English (I just thought I’d compensate Silvia for today’s lesson 🙂
To be updated…
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