Portfolios provide space for goal setting and room for reflection throughout the learning process. Because portfolios are built slowly, throughout the learning, this allows students to see their growth over time, rather than a grade at the end of an assignment. This can also be accomplished by asking students to reflect on the process as well as the product. Portfolios can act as a personal learning diary - showing artifacts of each stage of the learning process, as John Spencer suggests, “their best work, their favorite work and the work that demonstrated the most growth.” The versatility of a portfolio also allows many different types of artifacts from work samples to ‘models of mastery’ and provides an outlet for students to create a repository of their own design reflecting their voice and choice through images, audio or video feedback.
Google Slides offers a flexible tool and space for students to build their portfolio. Many students are familiar with Google Slides, but may not have used it in quite this way to showcase their own work. Consider using our Google Slides template as a way to get students started with adding in their work as evidence of learning.
The single-point rubric clearly defines success in the learning progression and helps students more effectively choose evidence to add to their portfolio. It requires students to reflect on areas of improvement and areas of success. Adding a single-point rubric to each piece of evidence, or as a more overarching guide, helps students and teachers know and understand exactly where each student is on the learning path. This is especially important if students are working in asynchronous environments.
Our Google Slides student portfolio template has the single-point rubric template built-in. Using the gray space surrounding the portfolio page, students can add their reflections to each piece of evidence, helping to make the learning more visible. Students can also add a rating to show where they feel they are in the learning with a simple scale.
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~Amber, Beth, and Mindy