As students progress within Modesto City Schools, they will complete many outstanding papers, reports, and projects. Students can combine all their best work into a portfolio to share with potential colleges or employers. A stong portfolio can be paper, digital, or a combination of many mediums. When assembling a student portfolio, it’s important to keep a few things in mind:
- Students should include the work they are most proud of.
- Student should also include some of their less-than-stellar work, if they can show growth between assignments.
- Reflections are a key part of a strong portfolio. When adding an item to a portfolio, students should include a short reflection writeup on what this project taught them and what skills they used to complete the work.
- Ask teachers and parents what work they would include – they have another perspective on student growth.
- Keep the portfolio safe. If it’s digital, back it up to a cloud or secondary drive. If it’s physical, keep it some where safe in the home.
Assembling a portfolio can be a daunting task. It’s best to start early in the student’s school career and maintain the portfolio throughout the years. However, it’s never too late to get started. Students only need to pick how they want to build their portfolios (physical paper, Google Folder, OneDrive Folder, OneNote Notebook, etc.) and start building. There are lots of online resources to get started.
One other thing to keep in mind – graduating seniors will lose access to their Modesto City Schools accounts after graduation. While they will still be able to get their work from a Modesto City Schools computer technician, it’s a good idea to transfer their work to personal accounts before graduation. The videos below outline some of the ways students can move their work to a non-district account.