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Portfolio Resources: Blogger

Portfolio FAQ

Q: "What's a portfolio?"
A: A portfolio at Mission High School is a collection of excellent work from all classes, along with reflections on that work and what it shows about your growth as a learner.  It can be digital (on the computer) or hard-copy (on paper).

Q: "Who does portfolios at Mission?"
A: All students complete and present a portfolio at the end of each year.  The expectations are slightly different each year, but the overall goal is the same: collect work to demonstrate your proficiency in academic standards and skills and your growth as a learner, reflect on that work and assemble the work with the reflections into a portfolio, and present that portfolio.

Q: "When do I present my portfolio... and to who?"
A: Each grade level will have a portfolio exhibition night in the Spring where the portfolios will be presented to members of the community, including any members of your family that you invite. 

The dates for portfolio presentations this year are:

  • All ELL/Newcomer Program Advisories: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
     
  • 12th grade Advisories: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
     
  • 11th grade Advisories: Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
     
  • 10th grade Advisories: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
  • 9th grade Advisories: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Q: "How do I decide what to put in my portfolio?"
A: Each of your teachers will work with you to help you make the best choice for your portfolio entries.  Your teachers will also give you prompts and direction on how to write reflections on each piece you will include in your portfolio.  Your advisory teachers will help you assemble your entries into a completed portfolio.

Q: "How do I put my portfolio together?"
A: You will have time to visit the computer lab with your Advisory and begin putting together your portfolio.  See the documents and videos in the center column of this page for step-by-step instructions on how to put together your digital portfolio.

Downloading the MHS Portfolio Template in Blogger

1. Going to your Blogger Account from Google Drive

  1. Click on the “waffle” icon (a 3x3 grid of grey squares) in the upper right corner of the window.

  2. Click on “More” below the icons that pop up.

  3. If you see the Blogger icon (White “B” on an orange square ), click it.  If not, click on “Even More from Google”.

  4. Scroll down to find the Blogger icon near the bottom of the page (under the “Social” category) and click on it.

  5. Another method: if you're already signed into your Google account, you can go directly to blogger by typing http://www.blogger.com into your address bar.

2. Creating a New Blog in Blogger

  1. From your Blogger Home Page (you can get to it by clicking the Blogger icon in the upper left corner of your blog window), click on the “New Blog” button (left-hand side of the window near the top).

  2. Give the blog a title including your name.  A good idea is something like “John Smith’s 2015 Academic Portfolio” (but only if your name is John Smith!).

  3. Create an address for your blog.  It can be the same as your title with no spaces or punctuation (“JohnSmiths2015AcademicPortfoliofor example).

  4. Choose a template for your blog (you will change it later, so it doesn’t matter which one you choose).

  5. Click “Create Blog!

3. Importing the format template for your new blog

  1. Click on the link for “Portfolio Format Template” under “PORTFOLIO TEMPLATES” in the upper right corner of this page.  The file will be downloaded.  You will need it later.

  2. From your Blogger home page (you can get to it by clicking the Blogger icon in the upper left corner of your blog window), select your new blog by clicking on it’s title in your list of blogs (it may be the only blog there).

  3. Click on “Template” (with an icon of a paint roller next to it) from the choices in the left-hand column.

  4. Click the “Backup/Restore” button near the top right corner of the window.

  5. Click “Choose File”. Go to your downloads folder and select the MHSPortfolioFormatTemplate.xml file that you downloaded in step 3.1.

  6. Click “Upload”.

4. Importing the content template for your new blog

  1. Click on the link for “Portfolio ContentTemplate” under “PORTFOLIO TEMPLATES” in the upper right corner of this page.  (The file will be automatically downloaded into your “downloads” folder.  You will need it later.)

  2. From your Blogger home page (you can get to it by clicking the Blogger icon in the upper left corner of your blog window), select your new blog by clicking on it’s title in your list of blogs (if you have not used Blogger before, it will be the only blog there).

  3. Click on “Settings” (with an icon of a wrench next to it) from the choices in the left-hand column and select “Other”.

  4. Click on “Import Blog” under “Blog Tools”.

  5. Go to your downloads folder and select the MHSPortfolioContentTemplate.xml file that you downloaded in step 4.1.

  6. Type the text you see in the image (should be a 3-digit or 4-digit number), make sure that “Automatically publish all posts and pages” is checked, then click “Import Blog”.

5. Making your pages visible

  1. From your Blogger home page (you can get to it by clicking the Blogger icon in the upper left corner of your blog window), select your blog by clicking on it’s title in your list of blogs (if you have not used Blogger before, it will be the only blog there).

  2. Click the “View Blog” button at the top of the page.

  3. Click the edit icon (a picture of a screwdriver and wrench) under your title at the right-hand side of the page (directly across from the “home” tab).

  4. Click “select all” above the list of pages in the left-hand column in the window that pops up.  Make sure that all pages are checked.  (You may have to click “select all” again.)

  5. Click “save” at the bottom of that pop-up window.

Your portfolio blog is now ready for you to begin editing and linking content!

6. Adding your work and reflections to your portfolio
Click on the link below for a Google Doc with instructions on linking your work to your portfolio, and watch the video!

 

Dates for 2014 Portfolio Exhibition Nights

The dates for portfolio presentations this year are:

  • All ELL/Newcomer Program Advisories: Thursday, May 14th, 2015
  • 12th grade Advisories: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
  • 11th grade Advisories: Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
  • 10th grade Advisories: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
  • 9th grade Advisories: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Portfolio Checklist

  • Social Studies (History) - ONE ENTRY:
    • Social Studies teachers will have students enter either a project or a paper.
  • English - THREE ENTRIES:
    • Two writing entries taken from the Common Core spirals and one reading entry.
  • Science - ONE ENTRY:
    • One piece that involves experimental work or research (either a lab report or some other research report)
  • Math - TWO ENTRIES:
    • For the math portfolio, students will include at least 2 pieces of work and reflect using teacher provided prompts.
  • VAPA (Visual And Performing Arts) - ONE ENTRY:
    • Using provided templates, students will reflect on their work. They will select the piece they feel demonstrates their growth and skill.
  • World Language (Chinese/Spanish) - ONE ENTRY:
    • A sample of work containing both a written and spoken component
    • A reflection piece on the work including rubric and self-assessment.
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  • PE/ROTC - ONE ENTRY (Optional: if you are taking one of these classes, ask your teacher if you need to include an entry):
    • A sample of work containing both a written and spoken component
    • A reflection piece on the work including rubric and self-assessment.