Use Google Forms to make Digital Portfolios

use google forms to make digital portfoliosDigital portfolios are a great way to showcase student work and progress throughout the year. You or your students can easily create digital portfolios  using Google Forms.

For the teacher, this is an excellent way to track growth and keep a collection of assignments as data.

First, make a Google Form for each student. Create a question and choose ‘file upload’ as the question type. This allows you (or your students) to upload any file from the computer or from Google Drive.

You can even digitize and collect paper copies of student work by scanning them and uploading to the Google Form. Even easier, you can use a scanning app right on your phone – they work great.

There are a lot of good ones to choose from. For example, I use iScanner and it works great.

Make one for each student. Select 'file upload' for the question type.
Make one for each student. Select ‘file upload’ for the question type.

Links to digital work can be submitted from a ‘short paragraph’ question form. Written samples an be typed directly into a long paragraph question.

For written samples, students can write directly into a 'long paragraph' form.
For written samples, students can write directly into a ‘long paragraph’ form.

In order for students to have access to the contents of their portfolio,  click on the ‘settings’ image at the top of the page (looks like a cog). Under the general tab, at the bottom, check the box ‘see summary charts and text responses’.

Click on the settings button at the top. Under General, check the bottom box to allow students to see their portfolio after they submit.
Click on the settings button at the top. Under General, check the bottom box to allow students to see their portfolio after they submit.

Want to see some examples of how these look in real life? Take a look –

 

Each time a student adds to the portfolio and submits, their cumulative wok will be available to them to see.

Brilliant!

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2 Replies to “Use Google Forms to make Digital Portfolios”

  1. This post may just be a godsend. I’ve been considering ditching composition notebooks and going all digital this year but was unsure how I would go about getting all the work the students do, how it would be turned in, and how I would be able to keep track of it all in one place and not have to go searching all over for everything I need. So, thank you for this. Since I am a novice to this digital stuff I am still a bit fuzzy on details. I’ve created a Google Form, created a question, and chosen file upload as the question type. I’ve also modified the settings as you listed. The in-between part is where I am confused. You stated “Links to digital work can be submitted from a ‘short paragraph’ question form. Written samples an be typed directly into a long paragraph question.” What I’m wondering is do I now need to create two more questions one as a “short answer” question for digital work and another as a “paragraph” for written samples? Also, if this is correct, then I don’t understand how the file upload question relates. I apologize for my naïveté but computers came along LONG after I was out of school so as much as I try to understand, there are still a lot of things that I just don’t get right away.

    1. Dan,
      I am glad this was helpful for you! And I am so glad you asked. Rather than attempt to explain in words, I will spend some time tonight making a video answering your question and post it here before the end of tomorrow. Please let me know if you still need help after that!

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