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).


5CLIN TedTalk Presentations

I devised the following activity in 2014 with my senior class and since it proved a huge success among the students, I’ve put it forward with my Linguistico senior class who accepted it willingly. Once a week three students present to the rest of the class a TED Talk of their choiceThis activity is meant to make them improve their competence of public speaking and their oral skills for the final exam.  By Wednesday they are required to post the link of the chosen TedTalk video in a Google shared documentso that everybody can watch it and come to class ready to ask a question. 

ASSIGNMENT: During your presentation – max. 10 minutes:

    1. Introduce the Speaker
    2. Introduce and summarize the main ideas of Talk (you can use a Power Point uploaded onto Google Drive or Google slides or Prezi or Emaze)
    3. Show an excerpt (max 2 minutes)
    4. Express your personal point of view on the topic (critical sense and thinking).
    5. The teacher & schoolmates will ask you questions – 5 minutes after your 10 m’ speech.

Here are the links to the TedTalks websites. If you’ve got an iPad, there’s also the App TedTalk with subtitles.  by teenagers. Official website.


NOW, WRITE YOUR NAME & TITLE OF TEDTALK, paste the link of the video and of your presentation in the Padlet I’ve just created. This way they’re all shareable & visible by the “commissario esterno”, as a sort of class Portfolio for the exam. 

I must tell you that I’m enjoying your presentations very much and I’m very proud of you all, as I’m completely aware of the tremendous improvement you’ve made in these four years together. Even the shiest ones among you, have surprised me and the whole class, while you were talking with self-confidence and enthusiasm about something that sparked your curiosity and was, therefore, meaningful and relevant to you since not chosen by the teacher 🙂  Some topics were totally new to me and I’ve discovered new lands and learnt new things, which is what I love the most about my job.

So, thank you and … keep it up 🙂