When students take the time to create and curate digital portfolios, they are connecting more meaningfully to what they are learning and how they are learning it. I’ve been advocating for digital portfolio implementation on my campus, but it has been slow going. I’m hoping that a neat little feature I just added to our school’s Digital Portfolio page will encourage more students to use their digital portfolios to take ownership of their learning stories and to share their learning with others.
Students can now quickly and easily give peer feedback on digital portfolios! In a nutshell, here’s how it works:
- Students share their digital portfolios (created in Google Sites) through a Google Form linked at the top of our school’s Digital Portfolio page. (note: Google Forms on this page are view-able only to people in my district’s domain)
- The links that students share on that Google Form are automatically displayed on the Digital Portfolio page.
- Google Form > Google Sheet > Awesome-Table Display
- I added a “Give Feedback” button, which is linked to a different, pre-filled Google Form (using an if/then statement plus some HTML in Google Sheets to add that link/button).
- Part of the pre-filled section includes a unique identifier (not the student’s email or ID number–for privacy). The responses from this form are collected and then the unique identifier that was pre-filled references responses from the Google Form mentioned in item 1 above.
- Using the Add-On formMule the feedback immediately and anonymously gets passed on to the student who owns the digital portfolio.
My hope is that as students see their portfolios have an audience they will take more care to create portfolios that accurately and richly tell their learning stories.
As the video above shows, I’m also hoping that a little recognition through some digital badging helps this process along.