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Professional Digital Portfolios

Mena Hill, Instructional Learning Coach

@MenaHillEdu

Welcome! Below are step-by-step instructions to jumpstart the creation of your digital portfolio!

Professional portfolios have always been a part of the educational world. Transitioning from paper to a digital format makes your hard work and experience accessible around the globe. Check out the step-by-step instructions to start building your professional digital portfolio today.

Getting Started

Before we get going, here are a few things to keep in mind. Your digital portfolio should include:

  • a Home tab
  • a Professional Standards tab with subpages
  • an About Me tab
  • and if you're up for it, a Blog tab

There are multiple free digital portfolio platforms to use the essence of what to include would be the same, just pick your platform and lets get started.

Select your website/digital portfolio name.

Once you create a username and password you will select your website name. The name of your website should be your first and last name. For example, menahill.weebly.com. This makes it easy for others to find your website and see the amazing work. Once you select your free domain name, you cannot change it. You do get three free sites via Weebly.

*Note: all changes are save automatically in the "cloud," but are only made public once you "Publish" your site.

Select the type of website you are creating.

Portfolio is a good choice.

Select a theme.

The themes are pre-constructed pages with images and text. You can delete pictures, text boxes, etc. You will also be able to "build" or add on the pages at any time. You can change your theme at any point.

Please note if you change your theme once you start building and adding content to your website, there may be formatting that will need to be adjusted.

Change your theme

You can do this now or at a later time.

Scroll the the bottom of the image you want to change. Click on the image.
Click on "edit background."
Here you can either "replace" the image with an original from your collection select "edit" and choose from preselected Weebly images.
Save your changes.

Home Page view

This is your homepage view. From here you can build on your different pages. The lefthand column has a variety of options with a click and drag model.

Click from the left hand side and drag onto the page. Drop title or text boxes, pictures, videos, etc. wherever you want on your varying pages.
To change any pre-added text, just click on the text box and type in your site name.

Adding pages to your site

To add or move pages on your homepage, click on the top bar on pages.

Here is where you can add or rename pages: home, professional standards, about me, and maybe a blog.

To add a page, click on the "+" on the Left colum

Select standard page for all regular pages.
To re-order your pages, click and drag your page vertically, in the order you want.

Making sub-pages

To make sub-pages, drag the page under the main tab you want it to be under, but drag it slightly to the right. You may move and rename at any time.

Your pages may also be arranged in any order. Drag the most important to the top and that will be displayed first.

To make p subpages, drag the box slightly to the right under the tab you want it to be housed.
Then your homepage will have the pages you names, ordered, and organized.

Why a Blog?

To blog or not blog, that is the question. Blogging is a rewarding way to share ideas about the teaching profession. Check out my blog about the joys of blogging and see if you're up for the challenge.

My middle school daughter creating her own blog in 6th grade.

SETTING UP A BLOG PAGE

When creating a blog page, you will need to select "blog" as the page type.
Click on "Blog Settings."
Click on comment default and select "require approval." Make sure to save your changes!
To add a blog (I would type the blog in a Word or Google doc), click on "New Post."
Select "post options." Adding categories to tag your blog with online searches is key! You want to include your name and other key terms like blended learning, student choice, student voice, flexible seating, etc.
Drag a text box into the space that says, "drag elements here." You may also drag a photo box over. Then copy and past your text into the text space.
Add a little bio.
You will need to "add categories" here. Tag each of your blog posts with the appropriate category each time you add a blog by selecting post options. *If your blog does not fit within these categories, don't post it. Keep it professional and student/teacher centered.
Click on "post" when you are done adding your blog post and tagging the appropriate categories.

Launching your site

When changes are made you will need to click "Publish" every time to update your portfolio and make it live.

Click on "Publish" to make your website live. When changes are made you will need to click "publish" every time to update your portfolio.

Share Your Digital Portfolio

Once you Publish your professional digital portfolio, please feel free to share your creation and add the link and a pic of your homepage on this Padlet. Scan the QR code to access.

*don't forget you'll need "yourname.weebly.com"

Scan the QR code to access the Padlet

Danielson's Framework

Professional Standards

Contact Info: Mena Hill

Email: mthill@usd497.org

Twitter: @MenaHillEdu

Website: menahill.weebly.com

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