Collection: Why ePortfolios?

ePortfolios and Schools

ePortfolios in schools can help students develop identity in a protected environment, with guidance from teachers and advisors. They can support the achievement of over-arching outcomes such as 21st Century Learning or Alberta's Inspiring Education framework.

ePortfolios can also help students succeed in making the transition to post-secondary education.

Please note: savvyfolio.net does not directly serve schools because of age restrictions, with the exception of Adult Learning Centres. But Learning Agents can help your schools engage the power of ePortfolio with these services:

  • Awareness workshops
  • Taster sessions
  • Separate server implementation
  • Training and support

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 Please note: these pages are provided for the purpose of general information about ePortfolios applied in different contexts, based on wide-ranging research of public sources and a variety of technology solutions. Presenting this information in this context does not imply an endorsement of savvyfolio.net.

Supporting Presentation

Helen Barrett presentation

Mahara - Key Links

Mahara.org

Join the international community

Mahara Wiki

Includes the following:

Online manual
For the different versions; includes "what's new" for each version

Third Party Plugins

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ON THE HORIZON:

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PRIMARY FOCUS:

ePortfolios in Primary

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Primary School Examples

Primary Digital Portfolios (Canada)
(Not Mahara) Wiki page from Grade 1 teacher in SK. Includes the video featured above, with student examples and links to professional reading.

Lucie deLaBruere's List: Eportfolio Primary (US)
Well beyond Mahara, this is a dozen links in a teachers diigo page...some of which link out to several more. Note that several for for paper portfolios. Primary Digital Portfolios is linked from here.

A Way to Use MyPortfolio with Young Learners
Recipe page in MyPortfolio by Carolyn Stuart

Ellen Marie Murphy's Profile Page (United States)
By the author of the Mahara 1.4 Cookbook. Download the 2011 presentation for some examples from the book and elsewhere.

Jamin Lietze, New Zealand
Primary teacher in New Zealand. This is about a non-Mahara system but Jamin is now working in MyPortfolio. Good for student feedback...

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Mahara Cookbook: Primary

  • Using a student journal to guide them in large assignments (e.g. research paper)
  • Progress reports by teachers, transferred to student accoutn
  • Simple template for young students
  • Multi-year student portfolio
  • Plans as reading lists
  • Image gallery (slideshow) as book
  • International project reports as collections
  • Classroom page to share with parents

Link to Mahara 1.4 Cookbook on Amazon.ca

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MIDDLE YEARS FOCUS:

Mahara Cookbook: Middle Years

  • Using a student journal to guide them in large assignments (e.g. research paper)
  • Progress reports by teachers, transferred to student accoutn
  • Simple template for young students
  • Multi-year student portfolio
  • Plans as reading lists
  • Image gallery (slideshow) as book
  • International project reports as collections
  • Classroom page to share with parents
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Middle Years Examples

Student Examples in MyPortfolio Years 7-8 (Heath Sawyer)

Our Lady's Preston Mahara 2011
Video and presentation - great student enthusiasm, good example of how to template an About Me page

TIS Inquiry Scaffold
Template from Carolyn Stuart at Tawa Intermediate School on MyPortfolio

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EPORTFOLIO AS TEACHER PD

Mahara as a Record of Professional Development
A conference report (in Finnish)

New Zealand Principal Magazine Article (Carolyn Stuart)
Great advice on how to engage both teachers and students and embed eportfolio practice in how the school works.

First Time Principals (Carolyn Stuart)
Cheat sheet for principal portfolios

Alvernia University Leadership ePortfolio(US)
44 principals in training; standards based template to document personal development and professional growth;
integrative reflection, collaboration, assessment and mentoring via commenting and critique of artefacts and reflections

Other Potential Uses by Paul Seiler
Several examples by one of the originators of Mahara.

Teaching as Inquiry & ePortfolio
From Pascale Pascale Hyboud-Peron, from multiple sources - great "Collect, Select..." diagram

Examples

Kathy Lauridsen, Math Department Head, Central Normal School, Palmerston North, NZ
Great example of CPD in progress, responding to comments, nice tone; good use of images 

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SECONDARY FOCUS:

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MyPortfolio in NZ - High School

I think of MyPortfolio as the "mothership" for Mahara: An enormous multi-institution system across New Zealand, the country where Mahara was first invented. Statistics as of April 2013:

  • 1,256 institutions
  • 50,134 active users (logged in at least once)
  • More than 9,600 groups
  • More than 285,000 pages created

MyPortfolio in a secondary school context

Blog page from a PD session in October 2012. Lots of links from this page to various examples and artefacts.

Software for Learning web articles

Nicely laid out online magazine articles, from a national website that recommends software for NZ teacher use. Most of these have embedded examples and companion videos

Sample Pages from MyPortfolio

Impact Project Proposal Semester 1 2013
Template for senior students to propose community-oriented learning projects

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Albany Senior HS, NZ

Other Inspiring Teachers on MyPortfolio

Jon Bowen, St Peter’s College, NZ

John Creighton, Burnside School, NZ

Clips from a longer YouTube video...

Pascale Hyboud-Peron

FSL teacher and PD in-service facilitator; many resources here!

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High School Examples

Alberta: Transition to PSE - fictional example developed as a guide for students applying to post-secondary institutions:
Summary Portfolio
Workbook

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Using video - mock examples

These videos were produced to show examples of how video can be used to express thoughts and demonstrate learning.

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Knowledge portfolio Examples

How about this page?!

Class assignments: individual and group

Post-secondary

Tony Hursh (CTER Mahara...has examples from classes student teachers preparing resources for schools in different curriculum areas)

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Mahara Cookbook: High School

Tips and tricks for innovative teachers

  • Language acquisition journal
  • Group newspaper
  • Photo journal
  • Art gallery
  • Poetry chapbook
  • University application

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