Document Learning in a Digital Portfolio

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar!

Digital portfolios are powerful learning tools for students of all ages. A digital portfolio allows students to upload and keep a record of work over time and share this work with family members and school staff regularly. When students regularly look back and reflect on their work they are able to see what they have accomplished and set goals for improvement. In this way portfolios facilitate ownership of learning, goal-setting, and growth mindset. In order to gain confidence in their abilities students need to celebrate their learning, hard work, creativity, and accomplishments throughout their learning journey. The digital portfolio tools below help students document their work in multiple ways and also can be used throughout a student’s learning journey. This way students are able to show colleges, scholarship committees, and future employers evidence of their skills, talents, innovation, creativity and accomplishments. I’ve also included a slide presentation that shows the process of learning with digital portfolios.


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Digital Portfolio Tips, Tools and Resources

  • Start with goals! Find student goal templates for students of any age to fill outĀ here.
  • Benchmark at regular intervals, such as progress report time, with student led conferences.
  • My elementary students love their Seesaw digital portfolios. Seesaw is safe for K12 institutions and we are able to access the portfolios on multiple devices. Students can upload photos of their work, draw, annotate, record videos, record audio, and more! Parents, peers, and teachers can comment on student work.
  • I’ve also had college students document their work using Google Slides (click for a free template your students can copy/edit), Padlet, and Pinterest.
  • Other suggested tools, include Livebinders, Google Sites, Weebly, Mahara, Showbie, Bulb, and Pathbrite.


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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at

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