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LEARN NC offers tips for creating electronic teaching portfolios

As the spring term progresses in classrooms across North Carolina and the country, many educators are likely to be exploring options for the summer. For those who want to update their resumes and showcase their work, an article from the LEARN NC website offers tips and instructions for creating an electronic teaching portfolio using Google Sites.

The article provides guidelines for developing a portfolio as well as basic information on best practices.

Suggestions are offered for planning the framework for a portfolio and selecting meaningful content, including both documents and media-based content. These items might include a photograph of a completed classroom project, an example of a student’s completed assignment, a video of the educator explaining a concept or reflecting on his or her practice, certificates earned through professional development, and awards and recognitions received.

Ideas and cautions are presented for building the site, designing the layout, creating the pages and inserting documents and media.

Links to other resources are given, such as an example of an electronic portfolio created in Google Sites by an e-portfolio expert and an article on using electronic portfolios with students.    

LEARN NC is a program of the UNC School of Education that works to find innovative and successful practices in K–12 education and make them available to the teachers and students of North Carolina and the world. The electronic teaching portfolio resource is one of a wide range of resources available on LEARN NC’s website, including lesson plans, professional development opportunities and online tools. 

“When it comes to technology in education, it isn’t about the latest gadget or app. It’s about how well you integrate it into your practice,” said LEARN NC Executive Director Melissa Thibault. “Online tools extend a teacher's reach and provide unprecedented access to resources. The key is to use these tools effectively to further your instructional and professional goals.”