Google Drive Solution: 1:1 and Shared – This solution works well in both scenarios because students can quickly and easily login / logout of their Drive account on shared devices.
In a previous post I outlined how Google Drive and the Drive iPad app can be used to create student portfolios. The setup process I suggest is described below.
- Student creates a Portfolio folder.
- Student creates sub-folders for each course or topic within their Portfolio.
- Student shared either the entire Portfolio or specific sub-folders with the appropriate teacher. Folders can be shared with either editing or view-only access within Google Drive.
Evernote Solution: 1:1 and Shared – This solution works well in both scenarios because students can quickly and easily login / logout of their Evernote account on shared devices.
In a previous post, I outlined nearly every solution that Evernote provides with iPad use. Teachers and students can also use Evernote as a portfolio creation platform. The setup process I suggest is outlined below.
- Student creates a Portfolio Notebook (for a grade level or for individual courses)
- Student uses Evernote as a digital notebook platform and takes notes directly in their portfolio.
- Hand written notes can be taken with Penultimate or students can snap pictures of their hand written notes.
- Student writing or papers can be emailed to the student portfolio using the Evernote email address associated with the account. Further, documents can be emailed to a specific notebook using this trick.
- Screencasting Solutions:
- Explain Everything will export directly to Evernote.
- EduCreations will not export to Evernote, but a link to an EduCreations screencast can be placed in an Evernote note.
- Students can snap images of their work directly into a Evernote note, or images can be edited using Skitch and then sent to their Evernote Portfolio
- Student Age: While there is an Evernote for Schools program, many schools I have worked with have expressed concerns regarding the TOS for Evernote and having younger students make accounts.
- No Collaboration: With a free Evernote account, when a student creates and shared a Portfolio notebook, the collaborator has view only access.
Book Creator Solution: 1:1 – Because books are created and stored locally within the app on a particular iPad, I suggest using this solution for a strictly 1:1 setting or possibly with younger students who are using shared iPads.
Books created with Book Creator can include a combination of:
- Images – from the camera roll
- Recorded Audio
- Video – from the camera roll
- No login required to create
- Books can be exported as PDF (audio & video is lost)
- Books can be exported as iBooks
- Exporting options include any app that has an “open in feature”, including:
- Google Drive
I’ll be talking more about using iPads in the classroom this summer at the EdTechTeacher Summer Workshops in Boston, Chicago & Atlanta. Join us there!