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Creating E-Portfolios Using PowerPoint

Creating E-Portfolios Using PowerPoint
A Guide for Educators

200 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"The book's overall flow of ideas, the general writing style, the inclusion of illustrations and examples, and the clarified instructions all contribute to making this a fine volume with the potential to help students and teachers substantially. In sum, this book makes a fine addition to SAGE's line of excellent titles!"
—Jackie Blount, Iowa State University

"Creating E-Portfolios Using PowerPoint: A Guide for Educators provides future teachers with the practical skills they need to create a compelling employment portfolio using this ubiquitous software application. In addition, this work empowers practicing teachers in understandable language so that they too can create a variety of electronic portfolios suitable for both student evaluation and professional development."
—Steven A. Josephsen, Stephen F. Austin State University

In the world of standards-based instruction, assessment is becoming more and more performance-based and authentic through the use of portfolios. Portfolio assessment has the strength to empower students and teachers to demonstrate their proficiency with self-selected examples of work that represent attainment of standards. Physical portfolios have been in use for many years, but these lack the richness and vibrancy that an electronic environment can add to a description of one's achievements and performance.

Creating E-Portfolios Using PowerPoint: A Guide for Educators addresses the use of e-portfolios by pre- and in-service educators as a self-assessment tool and as a way to measure their students' performance. The first half of the book explains what portfolios are, what makes an electronic portfolio (or e-portfolio) superior to physical portfolios, and how they should be organized. The second half of the book addresses which computer programs can be used to build an e-portfolio, then presents detailed instructions on using Microsoft PowerPoint® to create effective, visually rich portfolios. The book is filled with pedagogy for instructors, each chapter beginning with a "conversation scenario" to add relevance and meaning for the reader. There are also numerous charts, summaries, a glossary, and appendices. A CD containing sample portfolios is also included.

The Foundations for Portfolio Development

Terms used in portfolio development

The Performance-based Movement

Portfolios are Authentic and Standards-Based

Reflection: An Integral Part of Portfolio Development

The Power of Portfolios

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Portfolio Assessment

Kinds of Portfolios and Their Uses

Types of Portfolios

Planning for a Portfolio

Four Examples from Purposeful Portfolios

Using Standards in Portfolio Construction

Standards for Students

Standards for Preservice Teachers

Standards for Teachers

Resources for Standards


Rubrics Can Help

Reflection and Self-Assessment

Self Assessment for Teachers

Self Assessment Oppoertunities for Students

Presenting the Portfolio

Presentation Skills

Additional resources for Design Decisions

Presenting the portfolio to others

Presentations of Student Portfolios

Presentation of Teacher Portfolios

Professional Development Presentations

Introduction to the Electronic Portfolio

Web-based portfolio tools

Non-web-based portfolio tools

Selecting a portfolio tool

PowerPoint as a portfolio development tool

PowerPoint Basics

Start at the Beginning

Starting PowerPoint

Selecting a Slide Background

Selection of Font Type and Size

Selecting Slide Views to Accomplish Work

Slide Transition and Animation

A Word About Copyright Law

Is There Fair Use

Adding Clip Art to the Presentation

Adding Internet Images to the presentation

Adding Sound to the Presentation

Adding movies to a presentation

Adding Internet or document links to the presentation

Using Action Buttons

Showing the presentation

Building Non-linear PowerPoint Portfolios

Making PowerPoint less linear by hyperlinking

Building a Structure for an Electronic Portfolio

Editing Images Using Basic PhotoShop Capabilities

Taking a part of the image: Cropping

Adjusting the size of an image

Masking part of an image: Filtering

Adjusting for brightness (color, contrast and brightness)

Editing sound

Editing video

Tools You Can Use

Collecting documents for the portfolio

Of dots and pixels: Image sizes

Scanning materials for use as artifacts

Using digital cameras to capture images

A few photography hints

Capturing and using digital video

Saving a portfolio to media

Burning a CD

Saving information to a DVD

PowerPoint-based Electronic Portfolios - Guides to Follow

What happened - A guide to common errors

Downloading PowerPoint reader - for free!

Downloading QuickTime - for Free

The future - what promises to make electronic portfolios more effective

Key features
  • Written in an easily accessible style.
  • Numerous charts, summaries, a glossary, and appendices to assist readers.
  • Each chapter begins with a "conversation scenario" that adds relevancy and meaning to the chapter for the reader. 
  • A CD of sample portfolios.