Let students create digital portfolios that can help them reflect and better understand their learnings. Digital curation of their works takes advantage of the power of apps to use various media to document and showcase their learnings and understandings in class.
1. SeeSaw app: Check my thoughts on SeeSaw.
From SeeSaw’s official website: Seesaw empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school. Students capture learning with photos and videos of their work, or by adding digital creations. Everything gets organized in one place and is accessible to teachers from any device. Student work can be shared with classmates, parents, or published to a class blog. Seesaw gives students a real audience for their work and offers parents a personalized window into their child’s learning.
2. Book Creator
Probably the most student-friendly app that lets students create their own eBook, Book Creator is filled with features that allow learners to document their learnings using various media such as images, videos, voice, or drawings. The UI is very easy to understand. Book Creator also supports import of various files created from other mobiles apps. The finished book can also be exported as pdf, video, or epub format, which can be imported into apps such as iBooks Author. In classes I have taught, we have successfully published books created by Grade 6 students in the iBooks Store using Book Creator. Visit Book Creator’s website to know more.
3. Google Sites
Google sites is a wiki or web-page creation tool included in the Google Apps suite. For schools using Google Apps for Education, this is a handy tool that students can use to showcase their learnings and products created in class. Take advantage of the seamless integration amongst the Google Apps suite.
More than being a note-taking app, Evernote’s vast features make it a great portfolio to document learning. For students in the upper grade levels or in high school, Evernote’s file sharing, collaborative note-taking, website incorporation, or annotating powers can push curating of knowledge to a higher level. Explore this great app in your class. Evernote is available across various platform. Check out this web blog on Evernote to know more about creating academic portfolios.
Kidblog is a student-friendly blogging platform that takes pride of its features geared towards a safe and transformative learning activity in class. The best aspect of this blogging platform is that the teacher has a capacity to monitor what the students write in their blog. Visit their website to know more about Kidblog.