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Creating an Online Community Through Electronic Portfolios

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Creating an Online Community Through Electronic Portfolios

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Several sessions over one semester
Lesson Author

Elizabeth Potash


International Literacy Association



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In this series of lessons, students learn the purpose of an electronic portfolio; use Google Blogger to create such a portfolio of their best work, including multimedia extensions as desired; and respond to each other's work online using the Comments feature of the blogs. Teachers create a basic class website from which to link to each blog. This fosters an online community in which students can easily move from blog to blog to view and respond to each other's content.

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The Components of Your Electronic Portfolio
This handout explains to students exactly what they will be posting online and why.

Create a Blogger Portfolio
This handout provides a clear description of how to set up a blog and can be used by the teacher to set up the class blog as well as by the students to set up their portfolios.


Blogger: This easy-to-use, free blog hosting website provides the Internet domain and tools for the portfolio assignment.

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Kinzer, C.K. (2003). The importance of recognizing the expanding boundaries of literacy. Reading Online, 6(10). Available: http://www.readingonline.org/electronic/elec_index.asp?HREF=/electronic/kinzer

  • As Kinzer relates in his article “The Importance of Recognizing the Expanding Boundaries of Literacy,” students must now be prepared not only to read and write in the physical classroom but also online in a variety of contexts.

  • According to Kinzer, “Lack of knowledge about IM, avatars, activeworlds, text messaging, MP3 downloads, and the like distances teachers from the students they want to reach.”

  • Literacy learning has a social dimension, and learning in context is more important than learning isolated facts. Technology offers a way to incorporate project-based learning and allows for meaningful and authentic peer collaboration.

  • This lesson involves students in online, multimedia extensions of their writing and allows them to collaborate through the electronic mediums they often prefer.

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