A portfolio is designed to show a student's growth in learning and their development of specific skills. Developing a digital portfolio actively engages students in the learning process by making them responsible for demonstrating their learning.
Wixie includes a built-in portfolio students can use to demonstrate their learning over time, making it easy to show parents and other stakeholders the learning that is happening in the classroom for their student.
Setting up a portfolio in Wixie
Wixie includes a built-in portfolio, which remains empty until files are created and added by a student user.
Students add work they have already created in Wixie by selecting the project they want to add from the My Projects view, and clicking the Add to Portfolio button on the toolbar.
Students should kick-off their portfolio development process by creating a page that shares information about themselves for the viewer. Students can also include a goals page that articulates their role in the learning process.
The Templates tab in Wixie includes a folder of files useful in creating and building a portfolio, including templates for about me and goal setting.
Choosing projects for inclusion in a portfolio
A portfolio is collection of student performances over time. A portfolio is not simply a collection of a student's best work, but work they have chosen to specifically demonstrate achievement of a specific goal or significant growth in a particular area.
The conscious selection of and reflection about their work are what make portfolios such a powerful learning and assessment tool. Students should choose work to add to their portfolio because the work:
• is personally meaningful,
• indicates progress toward learning goals,
• demonstrates mastery or achievement of a particular skill, and/or
• highlights an exceptional performance.
The essential element of reflection
Adding work to a portfolio is just the first step. Each piece of work added should also include a corresponding reflection. The benefit of using portfolios for richer assessment and learning is only realized when students reflect on their learning.
The process of reflection helps students build metacognition. This deeper understanding of their thought processes fuels future learning and growth. According to Dr. Helen Barrett, a pioneer in digital portfolios, "Self assessment, when students critique their own work and reflect on the learning process, is the most powerful and long-lasting form of assessment."
Providing clear evaluation criteria for student project work is essential for guiding the student reflection process. Wixie's assessment tools let you create and add checklists and rubrics to assignments so that students have a clear picture of your expectations for their work. You can also score work based on these assessments, helping students see how you evaluated their efforts.
Sharing their portfolio
If students are presenting their work in person, they simply log in to their Wixie account, click the Portfolio tab and open the files they want to show. Students can share their work with a remote audience by clicking the Send Portfolio button.
This creates a URL to a student's portfolio and copies it to the clipboard. Students simply need to paste the URL in a document, message, or email to share their portfolio. (All student work in Wixie is behind a pass code, called a public key. When students send the URL to their portfolio, it writes a URL that includes this key so a remote viewer can view their work and reflections.)
It's time to get started with portfolio assessment in Wixie!
Building effective portfolios in Wixie requires students to engage with meaning work connected to high expectations, demanding assessments, and dialogue between students and teachers. This powerful meaning making process can help you transform your classroom into a student-centered learning environment!