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Digital Portfolio Support

Information for NH Schools

Supporting the design and development of Student Digital Portfolios to demonstrate ICT Literacy in all content areas, and their assessment by the end of Eight Grade.

New Hampshire Requirements


The updated ICT Literacy Standards are in the current New Hampshire Minimum Standards for School Approval, Ed 306.42 Information and Communication Technologies, which requires an integrated K-12 ICT Literacy program to be implemented in all schools. K-8 students are to develop and complete a digital portfolio of work in all content areas, which is to be assessed for ICT Literacy by the end of the 8th Grade. High School students are to complete at least 1/2 credit of computer technology literacy prior to high school graduation. These standards are were revised and updated to better reflect current understanding of 21st century literacies. The NH Department of Education released a Technical Advisory #2 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in 2006 to provide answers to frequently asked questions.

Digital portfolios at the K-8 and 9-12 levels are ideal demonstrations of competence, as they can show how students competently use technology tools and resources within the context of core content areas.

Grades K through 8 - The ideal ICT Literacy Program in grades K-8 weaves technology experiences into all content areas and all grade levels, so that a student can demonstrate ICT competency at the end of 8th grade. In order to meet New Hampshire’s ICT standards, schools which currently provide a middle school course in computer literacy should review their course requirements to ensure that assessment rubrics applied to digital portfolios are being used. Such courses should not be considered stand alone courses, but rather opportunities to support content instruction with technology rich experiences.

High School - The ideal ICT Literacy Program in high school provides courses which allow students to focus on information and communication technology experiences that match their career aspirations. High school courses should be reviewed to ensure that topics listed in 306.42(c) are addressed and that a prerequisite for such courses is the completion of a digital portfolio as required in 306.42(a)(5).

Resources Shared by New Hampshire Districts

html  ICT & Digital Portfolio Training from Kearsarge Regional School District - Excellent resource for student portfolios using Google Sies.

html  Portfolio of Work Videos from Bedford High School - The Technology Department's You Tube Channel offers a series of videos that demonstrate the process for students. All high school students must complete a student portfolios of work to meet their half credit technology requirement. The portolfio is developed using Google Sies.

html  Student Portfolios (ICT) from Fall Mountain Regional School District - Students portfolios are created through a Google Site template. The page has information about the Portfolio Process and a video on building and managing e-portfolios using Google Sites.

html  ICT stands for Information and Communication Technology from Lincoln Woodstock School District - Students portfolios are created through an ICT Portfolio class in the seventh grade using a Google Site template. The page has instructions for the portfolio class, has a sample portfolio and the assessment rubric.

Portfolio Design and Development

html  A Guide to Understanding Student E-Portfolios: K-12 Digital Portfolio Programs for College and Career Readiness was published in 2013 from the Texas Project Share Initative.

html  An Overview of E-Portfolios a paper published in 2005 from the Educause Learning Initiative.

html  Electronic Portfolios from Helen Barrett, expert on Electronic Portfolio Development - Extensive resources for creating and assessing student digital portfolios.

html  ePortfolios for Learning a blog from Helen Barrett, expert on Electronic Portfolio Development -Created to discuss concerns and ideas about the direction of electronic portfolios in higher education.

html  Portfolios for Student Growth from the Clerc Center at Gallaudet University - Extensive resources for creating student portfolios.

html  Portfolios from TeacherVision - There are many resources for designing and assessing student and teacher portfolios offered here.

html  How to Create a Personal Learning Portfolio: Students and Professionals from Online Learning Insights - Explores Personal Learning Portfolios [PLPs], an extension of a Personal Learning Environment. I review briefly PLPs for professionals, but focus on the potential and promise that PLPs hold for our students.

html  5 Steps to Building a Student Portfolio by Janelle Cox in about education.

html  Electronic Portfolios: Students, Teachers, and Life Long Learners from Teacher Tap.

html  Three Good Options for Creating Digital Portfolios by Richard Byrne in Free Technology for Teachers.

html  4 Free Web Tools for Student Portfolios by Dave Guymon in Edutopia.

html  Top 5 Free Portfolio Sites from Vitabites.

html  15 Free Online Portfolio Hosting Sites by Jacob Gube in Design Instruct.

html  7 Ways To Create E-Portfolios by Debra Donston-Miller in Information Week.

html  Digital Portfolios from Pioneer Valley Regional School offers a wide variety of examples and guides for creating digital portfolios.

Portfolio Implementation Resources & Curriculum Materials

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pdf  Portfolio Cube Graphic - Depicts portfolio components as described in the standards and includes references to the original National Educational Technology Standards (NETS-S) as well as the newer national standards (NETS Refresh).

word  Developing K-8 Portfolio Requirements - This document can help districts plan out which artifacts they will require for student portfolios, starting from a look at their existing curricula.

pdf  Bow High School ICT Implementation - This brochure was developed by the staff at Bow High School (Bow, NH) to describe to students how they could meet the ICT Literacy requirements. To prepare this information, teachers first looked at their high school courses and identified assignments within their courses that could qualify as potential portfolio artifacts. This way, students know which artifacts they can or cannot choose when assembling their portfolios.

pdf  District Policy for ICT Literacy Program - This sample policy was developed by SAU 16 (Exeter).

pdf  Derry Computer and Technology Curriculum - Includes NETS-S skills, perfomance indicators, and mastery levels for each skill. Refers to new standards and the need for student work to be assembled in portfolios per the new standards. - This curriculum was developed by the Derry Cooperative School District.

pdf  Merrimack School District Technology Plan includes a set of Student Technology Benchmarks and an Information Literacy Skills Continuum within their Plan Appendices which they use as the basis of their technology literacy efforts.

pdf  Information Literacy Lesson Planning Template - This template, developed by the Sanborn Regional School District, is geared for grades 6-8 information literacy skills.

pdf  Child Development Chart - This document, available on the Sanborn Regional School District site and originating from the Nebraska Department of Education, is a good reminder as schools plan student experiences in ICT literacy at "developmentally appropriate levels."

Assessment of Individual Artifacts

word  Vermont Model Performance Task Example for Grade 8

Portfolio Assessment Strategies

  Assessing ICT Portfolios with Rubrics contains a set of holistic and analytic rubrics that were developed by a Statewide Portfolio Rubrics Assessment Team and based on the ISTE Standards for Students. You can use as is or modify as needed to assess your student digital portfolios!

Sample Rubrics from Merrimack School District:

html  Technology Literacy Skills and Assessment Tools - This site, developed by the Sanborn Regional School District, contains skills lists, assessment rubrics, and teacher reference sheets for each grade range.

html  Evaluating Portfolios - A resource from Dr. Helen Barrett

Portfolio Storage Options

NHDOE Gallery Walk (2/5/2009) - This open house event was designed to help districts see the range of portfolio solutions, to be better informed about which portfolio solutions might be a best fit with their overall school environment.

html  Registered Moodle Sites - This is a searchable site from Moodle.net that provides links to all registered Moodle sites, sorted alphabetically by country. These examples of established Moodle sites can be used by schools considering using the Moodle Learning Management System.

html  ePortfolios with Google Apps - A Google Site set up by Helen Barrett to focus on the use of Google APps to create ePortfolios. On this site, there are instructions on how to use the different elements of Google Apps to maintain e-portfolios.

html  Using Google Sites to Create an ePortfolio - An ePortfolio Resoucre Center.

html  Creating Portfolios using Sakai Learning Management System - Sakai includes a robust electronic portfolio application with the flexibility to support a wide range of academic uses. Portfolios can enhance the learning process through synthesis and reflection, provide a showcase for accomplishments, or offer a rich platform for assessing learning outcomes.


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Last updated July 3, 2019

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