Subjects: foreign language, giving students the opportunity to focus on a certain topic and to create an e-portfolio which shows

how students build up their own knowledge in a certain field and how they interact with the texts by reflecting on them. Students could work in small groups or individually on their e-portfolio. In this scenario we use LiveBinder, which is a free web 2.0 tool that makes it easy to quickly collect information and keep them together. Students create their livebinders on a specific topic and add any number of web pages and all kinds of relevant documents to them. It has a presentation mode which enables students to quickly and seamlessly present online materials and notes to the class. Because LiveBinders are online – students can also access class presentations from anywhere to review them at their own pace since teachers can put Livebinders on their school websites. Of course, it’s not the platform, it’s the way you use the platform that makes it a learning tool. In order to create a great learning experience using LiveBinders, students must take advantage of the text layout and subtabbing features provided when they access the edit menu. They can use the text layout feature to include a reflection or guidance page at the beginning of each tabbed section. Adding subtabs allows students to organize related resources within a tab, which encourages thinking about the relationships between resources. All in all, learners can use LiveBinders to: • create ePortfolios that include both artifacts and reflections • demonstrate how to solve a problem (e.g., giving advice how to reduce energy consumption by providing instruction on a first page and how-to videos and other information on subsequent pages) • learn by teaching (e.g., collecting information on a subject and using a reflection page to describe how the information ties together and how it can be used) Level: Primary and Secondary school Time: +/-45 min. work in class: • 10 minutes for introduction phase • 20 minutes for creating individually or in small groups binders • 10 minutes for presenting some binders • 5 minutes for reflecting on the activity • Homework phase Description: In this content-based lesson on energy, students are asked to create an e-portfolio on a certain topic, which is renewable energy in our case. The main idea is that each student creates his/her own binder or alternatively students are divided into groups and the groups create their binders. As it has been already pointed out students must take advantage of the text layout and subtabbing features provided when they access the edit menu. They can use the text layout feature to include a reflection or guidance page at the beginning of each tabbed section. Adding subtabs allows students to organize related resources within a tab, which encourages thinking about the relationships between resources. • Creating a LiveBinders Account

PPT presentation. images.eu Learning About Electronic Portfolios http://electronicportfolios.org/learning/index. and documents related to a specific lesson or unit. essay) showcasing their further reflection on the given topic.com 5) Log in and start creating your binder by clicking on “Create Binder” button • Students create their own binders and send the link to the teacher (see the first part of this short tutorial on how to collaborate on your binder with others http://livebinders. interactive sources.html .1) Go to http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=6470# U4energy project website (pan-European energy initiative with monthly energy themes and a resource library) http://u4energy.g. They could add some further documents to their binders (e.com/welcome/video_window?video=%2Fswf%2Fcollaboration.com 2) Sign up for a free account. http://livebinders. • Students have the possibility to continue homework with netbooks at home. 4) Close your e-mail and go to http://livebinders. • Using netbooks and projector for presenting some of the students’ work.swf ). • Students could also invite some of their foreign peers from their partner school to help them improve their binders (see the short tutorial on how to collaborate on binders http://livebinders.com Renewable energy (sample binder) http://livebinders. 3) Check your e-mail and confirm by clicking the link. • The teacher collects these binders and publishes them on a blog or school website or simply drags the links to her desktop. Other • Projector • LiveBinders website Links LiveBinders This free online tool provides an excellent method for saving online materials such as websites.com/welcome/video_window?video=%2Fswf%2Fcollaboration. • Students then present their work to the class using the teacher’s netbook that is connected to a projector.swf ) Tools Netbooks • Students connect to the Internet to create their own binders.

Starting your wiki at Wikispaces is fast.pdf 'Effective Practice with e-Portfolios' publication : JISC http://www. http://pbworks. friends.uk/whatwedo/themes/elearning/eportfolios/effectivepracticeeportfolios. this might be a good way for you to keep all your work samples online in one easy place.com/ PBWorks PBworks hosts over 300.com/ Blogs Wordpress http://wordpress. http://edublogs. photos & podcasts .com/ . www. and families can edit together.blogger.wikispaces.thinkfree. www. quickly customize designs and include videos.asp x Further alternative resources for creating e-portfolios ThinkFree Online beta If most of your work is done using MS Office tools. http://sites.it's safe. photos and video. and easy.000 educational workspaces. This one has unlimited space available and lets you upload files of up to 100 MB.com/ Edublogs Edublogs lets you easily create & manage student & teacher blogs.48 MB) http://digifolioseminar.mediafire. for sharing text. and has helped transform teaching and learning for millions of students.google.E-Portfolio in Education . http://www.com Wikis Wikispaces Wikis are simple web pages that groups. parents and teachers. free.com/common/main.jisc.org/ Blogger Free weblog publishing tool from Google.tfo Free File Hosting Made Simple .org/pt/?download=ePortfolio_in_Education.com/ Google sites Google Sites is a free and easy way to create and share webpages.ac.MediaFire Another free online file hosting service you could use to keep your working portfolio materials online. http://www.Practices and reflections (ebook in PDF format 1. easy and secure.

weblog. http://www. Process .com/ Thinkquest K12 schools could also use Thinkquest.org/en/ MERLOT Content Builder The MERLOT Content Builder. multiple page websites including a navigation bar. Students place their LiveBinder on their desktop by dragging the LiveBinder link. Students present their binders in class. 3. FolioSpaces free ePortfolio provides you with the tools to set up a personal learning and development environment. connecting users and creating online communities. It is an easy-to-use template-based tool for creating web pages. The following checklist might be useful when you design your activity: 1.html Lesson preparation First of all. Complete. is a webpage development tool that is integrated with MERLOT.merlot. http://taste. see the Technical Tips section (see below) on what you have to check before class. resume builder and social networking system. In our sample scenario this is renewable energy.org/Programs_and_Projects/ContentBuilder. previously known as the Carnegie Foundation KEEP Toolkit. http://www.com/welcome/video_window?video=%2Fswf %2Fcollaboration. 2.swf ) so that the teacher could open the binder from her own netbook at the presentation stage. They can also send the link to the teacher (see the first part of this short tutorial on how to collaborate on your binder with others http://livebinders.FolioSpaces Free ePortfolios FolioSpaces is the world-leading FREE fully featured electronic portfolio. which is a free online service to education by Oracle and which requires an agreement signed with principals. Students create their LiveBinders account and add the web pages directly into their binder and annotate it. Students work independently or alternatively are split into groups and they create their own LiveBinders. 5. containing text. and is directly accessible by registered and logged in members from the MERLOT homepage or a members profile page.foliospaces. imported documents. 4. and uploaded photos and videos can be created in the Content Builder.thinkquest. Decide on a topic.

Homework (optional) Online | Individual work| Tools: netbooks.com/welcome/video_window?video=%2Fswf%2Fcollaboration.swf ) so that the teacher could open the binder from her own netbook at the presentation stage. Teacher presents a sample binder and demonstrates how easy it is to create binder (LiveBinder video tutorials are great. Students could also invite some of their foreign peers from their partner school to help them improve their binders (see the short tutotial on how to collaborate on binders http://livebinders. see technical help below). Online | | Full class | Tools: notebook. 5. projector.swf ) Technical help LiveBinders tutorials Short video tutorials on Livebinders http://livebinders.1. projector. Introduction at classroom Offline | Full class | Tools: notebook. Students present their binders in class. Livebinder tool Students are asked to supplement their binders with further reflections and relevant materials. 4. Online | Individual work/Group work | Tools: Livebinders for creating online binders. Students should use the text layout feature to include a reflection or guidance page at the beginning of each tabbed section. Online | Full class| Tools: netbooks for presenting online binders. in our case this is renewable energy. Students work independently or alternatively are split into groups and they create their own binders in connection with the topic.com/welcome/video_window?video=%2Fswf%2Fcollaboration. When the binders are ready students place their LiveBinder on their desktop by dragging the LiveBinder link or even better they can send the link to the teacher (see the first part of this short tutorial on how to collaborate on your binder with others http://livebinders. Livebinders website 2. Livebinders website 3.com/?type=video .