About lacimetta

English teacher, mum, blogger, interested in Web 2.0 and its impact on learning, education & literature.


portfolioWHAT IS A DIGITAL PORTFOLIO? An electronic portfolio (also known as an eportfolio, e-portfolio, digital portfolio, or online portfolio) is a collection of electronic material assembled and managed by a user, usually on the Web. Such electronic evidence may include text, electronic files, images, multimedia, and hyperlinks.

Every student should have a collection of personal bests – a cloud-based story of their development and artifacts of accomplishment that’s easily shareable in full or in part and organized for presentation. At their most basic level portfolios can simply be a storage strategy. They can also be an active work, collaboration and reflection space including feedback from teachers and peers.

WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE ONE? What are the Advantages of Student Digital Portfolios?

  1. Accessibility: Can be accessible from multiple locations and by many individuals simultaneously on the www.
  2. Portability: it’s much easier to transport than all your school notebooks!
  3. Creativity: New non-linear formats and the integration of various media types allow you many ways to creatively express your knowledge and skills.
  4. Technology: Digital portfolios are one of the best ways for you to communicate your knowledge and expertise related to the use of technology; (a competence required in the 21st century)
  5. Community: Sharing ideas and resources with the others and also with the aim of helping your peers is just great!

REMEMBER: One of the most important ingredients in a portfolio is your reflection on your learning. You should include reflections on each performance like a LEARNING DIARY. It will develop your critical thinking.

To carry out this project i’m collaborating with Mrs Ziraldo. We teachers also firmly believe in cooperation as you can see. I had the idea of the digital portfolio and the connection to the CRO hospital where we work as volunteers. During a Mooc (Massive online open course) on Project Based Learning that we attended, I had to create a learning diary myself and then I conceived the authentic task of having you students write one, not only for your own reflection and for your future life after high school, but also to make your learning experience relevant and useful to the hospitalized high school students from other regions who are in hospital here in Aviano doing chemotherapy but want to continue learning and studying the topics included in their syllabus. Now look at the post in Mrs Ziraldo’s Blog; she has marvelously expressed the purpose of our project and made a video explaining aims and reasons behind it. Thanks Cris! 

I know what you’ll all be thinking now. “PROF, HOW CAN WE DO IT?” Using some apps that are easy to use and can contain all your materials, as simple as that 🙂

Here’s a basic List of Educational Apps to Create Digital Portfolios


Evernote can be used on Android and iOS platforms and is absolutely free of cost. Using this app, you can take notes, capture photos, record audio, as well as make entries searchable.

Google Drive

Google Drive helps to create and share as well as keep your stuff in one place. Upload the file and you can give access to it to anyone else and anywhere. 5 GB space is free in the Google Drive.  You can organise your work but also create your Google Site.

Some examples of other students https://sites.google.com/site/s07bhattacharya/


Adobe Spark Page

Adobe Spark Page lets anyone create beautiful web stories combining text and graphics. You should do it for only one subject, in this case English, to show it at the final exam to present your “tesina”, project.

E.G The learning diary by me I mentioned above


If you want to create your website. (See photo at the beginning of post).



The United States presidential election of 2016, scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016, will be the 58th consecutive quadriennal USA presidential election and will elect  the President and Vice President of the USA.

The  REPUBLICAN PARTY has chosen Donald Trump as its nominee; the DEMOCRATIC PARTY has chosen Hillary Clinton as its nominee.

Here’s an easy GUIDE TO AMERICAN ELECTIONS BY BBC. Read it carefully and watch the two interesting videos.

In class we’ll do a Cahoot I’ve prepared. 🙂

If you want to know more about their POLICY I’ve found a very clear website by The New York Times that compares the two politicians’ ideas on the most important issues such as economy, education, energy, foreign affairs, immigration, gun control, health care. Where the Candidates Stand on 2016’s Biggest Issues 

TASK: Take some notes and be ready to discuss in your groups. At the end we’ll do a Role Play of the Presidential debate: Trump vs Clinton and the classmates will set their vote 🙂 

Watch the video of the highlights of the second presidential debate from VoiceOfAmerica.

Which song by the U2 was used by Obama for his campaign? Let’s see who will find it out!

This is the song chosen to support Hillary Clinton by Rachel Platten featuring lots of celebrities.

This is the song chosen to support Donald Trump.

The rock group Queen was not pleased about Donald Trump using their anthem We Are The Champions for his entrance music at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Monday night.Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, the group issued a terse message:“An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes – Queen”

Last but not least. A bit of gossip. Should you be willing to know who are the celebrities that support Clinton and those who are supporting Trump, here’s the CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENT TRACKER from the Los Angeles times.

If you find any article or video that you have found interesting and may be of help in understanding better the American elections do not hesitate to post the link as a comment. Thank you!