Primary Digital Portfolios by Kathy Cassidy
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Primary Digital Portfolios--The Possibilities
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This spreadsheet was set up to compare the features of various sites that can be used for digital portfolios for primary students (age 5 - 8). If you know of other suitable tools, or something that should be changed on the spreadsheet, please add to it.
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HostCostFormatStudent ExamplesAllows Embedding?Includes Advertising?Can Students Customize?Allows Comments?What happens at the end of the school year?Other Advantages/ DisadvantagesSupportWhere to sign up?
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Classblogmeisterfreebloghttp://tinyurl.com/44vr9zsyesOnly on teacher blog when teacher is logged in.Yes. Background and widgets can be added.YesPortfolios can be "orphaned" and picked up by another teacher at the school.Student blogs are automatically linked to teacher's blog. Counts "reads" for each student entry. "Documentation" section for teacher when logged in.http://classblogmeister.com/?blog=rethink
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Kidblogfreebloghttp://kidblog.org/missdunsigersclass/yesNoTwo choices of trim bar colourYesBlog stays online. Teacher sets up another blog for the next school year.Very simple interface. Will "host" images so that they do not need to be embedded.Email supporthttp://kidblog.org/home.php
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Blogspotfreebloghttp://keelysblogfolio.blogspot.com/yesNoYes. Background and widgets can be added.Yesdepending on age, blog can be managed by student or picked up by next teacherstudent accounts can be set up through Google Apps. Easy access to all Google productsemail support, Blogger fourms, websites like http://magicwithblogs.blogspot.com/ have numerous tutorialshttp://www.blogger.com/
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Wikispacesfree wikihttp://cwojtera.wikispaces.com/NateyesNo if for education--must use the link to the right for educator wikisNot the sidebars, but can add widgets to their page.NoTeacher can delete student pages and add new class, or set up a new wiki.Allows "rearranging" of portfolio artifacts.Extensive "help" section and email supporthttp://www.wikispaces.com/content/for/teachers
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Voicethreadfree or pay ($60 per year). See http://voicethread.com/products/k12/educator/video or images with voice recordinghttp://voicethread.com/?#q.b1455241No, but images and video can be added. The VT itself can be embedded.No No, but can add own video and images.YesStays onlineAbility to leave audio comments built in.Some FAQ on voicethread.comhttp://voicethread.com/
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Livebinderfreesimilar to a binder with tabs and subtabshttp://livebinders.com/play/play/82176no, but entire webpages are automatically embeddedNoNo, but can insert files or media.YesStays online unless teacher removesMust be 13 to have own accounthttp://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=3342http://livebinders.com/
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Edublogsfree or pay version (known as Edublogs Pro $39 per year-less if more than one teacher) Comparison of plans here: http://edublogs.org/why-edublogs/#student.bloghttp://ajeekennedy.edublogs.org/ http://lmsblogs.org/Yes if using an Edublogs Pro blog or a free blog that has had extra features enabled by an Edublogs Pro blog. Every Edublogs Pro blog can enable features on up to 50 other blogsNoYes. Background and widgets can be added.YesEntirely up to the teacher. Can be deleted, picked up by another teacher to manage, or students to useTeacher can set up student accounts in bulk, up to 15 at a time. Email support for all usershttp://edublogs.org/
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Edublogs CampusPaid version for teachers, schools or school districts where they want maximum control of all their blogs http://lmsblogs.org/http://literacy44.caYesNoYesYesEntirely up to the teacher. Can be deleted, picked up by another teacher to manage, or students to useCampus owners can set up student accounts in batches of 100'sTelephone and email supporthttp://edublogs.org/campus
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WeeblyFree for one, but to have class would require pro upgrade $39.95 for 40 accounts.Can set up to look like blog or more similar to webpage. http://studyabroadconnection.weebly.com/student-blogs.htmlYesNo (not on pro)YesYesWeb-like design. Fairly easy to use. Supports adding documents, links, pictures, would be easy to add multiple-genres to e-folio. With pro account can set some pages as private and others as public.Some help at support page.http://education.weebly.com/
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ePearlfree (need to install on a server)
portfolio software for K+complete information here: http://grover.concordia.ca/epearl/promo/en/epearl.phpyesnoyes, various themes, etcyesstays on server, can be built on year to yearfree software, made specifically for ePortfolios for schools based on learning principles.Developed at Concordia. Used province wide in Manitoba, supported by MB Educationembedded support, info on web site: http://grover.concordia.ca/epearl/promo/en/epearl.phphttp://grover.concordia.ca/epearl/promo/en/epearl.php
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Google SitesFreeBlog YesnoYesYes-- Unfortunately, I have found this not to be true...Google Sites only allows editors of the sites to add comments, so no outside visitors can make comments.
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