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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


Materials and Technology






Computers with access to Microsoft Word and the Internet

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  1. Use the handout Create a Blogger Portfolio to set up your own basic classroom blog. In the sidebar, you can eventually create a list of links to all of the student blogs so everyone can look at each other’s work. View the I.B. English website for an example.

  2. Keep Internet safety in mind; remember that students should never publish personal information online beyond their first names and their writing. No addresses, telephone numbers, personal e-mail addresses, or list names should be posted. Prepare to give students a list of guidelines about Internet safety. You may wish to consult the Online Profile Tips for reference.

  3. Photocopy the handouts The Components of Your Electronic Portfolio and Create a Blogger Portfolio for all students, and reserve times throughout the semester in a computer lab.

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