There are a few options for onine portfolios. Three ring looks great, is very versatile and can be used in the classroom. Digication was assessed by our group. This is a good online tool if you are a college student or are looking for an easy solution to a basic ePortfolio, but lacks any type of personalization. Digication would not be for student use below 9th grade level. Digication is a great easy to use drop and drag format ePortfolio. Students of any age could use this online tool to easily build a portfolio to share with a prospective employer, school or professor. EduClipper is easy for teahers to make an online portfolio for students. This is a great way to share student work during parent teacher conferences. The negative is to keep information over a prolong period of time a teacher would need to have a paid account by a school district. Time investment on this ePortfolio is large considering the small amount of return.
My preference is using Weebly or another free website creator. I like the verstatility Weebly gives me in building my ePortfolio. There are limitations in themes, however, I can create hundreds of design options within themes. I use Weebly for my tutoring buisness, ePortfolio, to build sites for clients and my classroom website.
Infuse Learning, Socrative Learning and padlet. From the experience of other teachers in the classroom and my own preference, I would most likely choose Socrative Learning. Infuse looks easier to use for teachers, however, I think the Socrative Learning is more engaging for students. The choice of games and team games are very competitive and motivate students to know the concepts they are learning for their team to have the high score.
There are so many choices for online assessment of students. The key is to first try one assessment tool which is easy to use. Another key item is to choose one part of the online assessment tool to 'test' with students. With an exit ticket, you can easily survey if students liked the assessment tool they used.
I have used Plickers as an online assessment tool with my students. I was disappointed in my results. This assessment tool was very time consuming to set up as this site does not have options to upload any documents or spreadsheets - every item must be manually typed in to the site. When I used Plickers, the app did not work at all after my second period. I had a hard time during my 2nd period scanning Plicker cards with light reflections from the cards making the scanner not able to read them easily. If Plickers application ran smoothly and was more user friendly, I would enjoy using this to assess my students as this tool gives immediate feedback on the number of students who correctly answer specific questions.
Nearpods, Quizlet and Plickers
Are three of my favorite things....when talking about online assessments.
Nearpods are a great easy online tool to use with students. Pros: easy to use, can download others for free, can buy pre-made Nearpods on a particular subject. Cons: some of the bundles are expensive, Nearpod does not work in all browsers, students would need internet access at home to do Nearpod homework.
Quizlet is fun from the front page onward. Karen and I liked watching Quizlets around the world be created in South America, Austrailia and Asia. The most interesting geographic pins were students in Japan learning Spanish, students in Austrailia learning their own history and students in South America learning French. As an educator it was fascinating to find out what other educators around the world are currently teaching in their classrooms. Pros: easy to use, options for student answers, can download other quizlets and modify them saving time for lesson planning, students can instantly see their grades. Cons: students need online access.
Plickers - who wouldn't love these? Instantly scanning a classroom of students and having data on your mobile device within seconds is such a valuable tool. Pros: can make questions directly on Plicker website or you can just poll your students on a verbal question asked in class, can download and look at Plicker reports of your students, easy for students to use, fun for students / keeps them engaged. Cons: Damaged cards won't work and students in subsequent class periods won't have a card, cards will need to be replaced with specific cards if lost or damaged, students must be entered by typing in names, no excel import is available, help page is not very helpful - only answers basic questions, could not find app on