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. You can also use it for your ASL. 

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.

An example

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).


Shakespeare part 2 Elizabethan Theatres

I would like to start this second post on Shakespeare by sharing with you the magazine Gallant Gossipcreated by a class of mine some years ago (2008/9!). I’m still so proud of it! Originally it was just printed as a booklet of paper, like the copy I showed you in class. Then I created the on-line version. Reading it will inspire you all, I hope.

Gallant Gossip by Laura Cimetta

I’m now going to post some videos and materials to be used in class during our lesson butt also to be watch dat home when studying, or if you were absent 🙂

1. ELIZABETHAN THEATRE: video Elizabethan Theatre explained by Willy is the final product of a class project.

2. THE GLOBE THEATRE: You can see some photos and if you like, take a virtual tour of it. (The virtual tour requires the free Quicktime plugin for your browser but you can download it from the page). It’s like being inside the theatre during a show! If you’ve got an iPad you can download the app and visit all sections of it. The app is free but to access all areas is 0.99€. If you want to have an idea of how many theatres there were in London look at this beautiful map of all Elizabethan theatres

3. A FRAUD?  In the future, after studying some of his works, you may doubt the existence of Shakespeare as the dramatist who wrote Shakespeare’s plays if you watch the movie Anonymous that claims he didn’t write his plays.

4. FOLIO: Thanks to the beautiful Interactive folio of Romeo & Juliet, nowadays you can read his comedy, have explained the difficult words and also listen to it 🙂 Technology can allow us to experience art in a way I would have never dreamt of, when I attended Liceo and could only study from black & white pages!

5. LANGUAGE: You already know that he contributed over 3,000 new words to the English language.  Here’s a list of the 13 words you didn’t know were invented by Shakespeare! but ….Did William Shakespeare really invent all those words?  Watch this funny Video about Shakespeare’s language 🙂

6. MUSIC LOVERS: Last but not least, this website offers you Shakespeare’s works through music. It’s not the rock or rap music you usually listen to but some are very sweet and pleasant to listen to.

7 ROMEO 6 JULIET. And now it’s about time to read this beautiful tragedy. First watch this BBC LEARNING TEENS video read by Jade Anouka. Here’s the page with some activities.

Let’s end this post with Shakespeare’s … dating tips so that you can get ready for next year’s St. valentine’s day :) as it was yesterday and we weren’t at school.You can also register or log in ( we already used it last year) at TedEdu and do the activities (multiple choice ex. ) on the video here. Enjoy!


  1. 60 second Shakespeare’s plays
  2. Interactive Shakespeare
  3. Tudor’s dressing game
  4. ROMEO & JULIET by BBC Learning Teens
  5. If you want to practise more watch a lovely BBC video and do the activities  below. Click here: Shakespeare

I really hope you’ve enjoyed this tour in the world of Shakespeare and will love his marvellous works.