Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How to Improve Your e-Portfolio

If your e-portfolio is looking a little empty, here's some tips to make your e-portfolio look more presentable.

About Me

One of the essential parts of a portfolio is an introduction of yourself. You should state your name, age, what grade you're in, your education background and your hobbies and interests, and why you joined the class. Make sure to include a picture of yourself. This is a good way for people to know you better before they look at what work you have done.

e.g. Hello, I'm John Smith. I'm 15 years old, am attending Grade 9, and have been at AIS since Grade 7. Before AIS, I went to Australian International School for 6 years. I enjoy biking, mountain biking, and taking long walks on the beach.


Goals

You should list around 3 or 4 goals for the class you're in that you will complete by the end of the school year. These goals should be SMART goals.


SMART goals are 
  • specific (guidelines set for goal)
  • measurable (it's clear when you've finished it)
  • attainable (realistic goal)
  • relevant (a useful goal)
  • time-bound (deadline set for goal)
Try to follow the SMART guideline when creating your goals.

e.g. My goal is to understand all the Photoshop tools to improve my graphic design. This should be done by the end of the year.

Inspirations

For your inspirations, list the things that have influenced your work in some way. For example, if you created infographics, list some design styles that you have taken some inspiration from. If you write essays, list some authors or books that you enjoy. Your template should go along the lines of:
  • Your source of inspiration
  • How it has inspired you
  • What is has inspired
  • Why it has inspired you
e.g. My sources of inspiration are Pixar movies. The movies have inspired me to take up drawing because I enjoyed their animation style.

Achievements

This section is one of the easiest to do. List all the achievements that you've done so far in the class. If you take computer science, list some infographics, animations, or code that you've done. If you take English, list some essays or videos that you've created. Make sure to include the 'who what when why where' with your creation. 

e.g. I created this video with Tony Kovari and Souvik Saha. It covers the CTI class and its members. We filmed this from September 18th to September 21st on the school campus. We did this to create a video that lets the students know who their tech support people are.


Documentation

This section is also very simple. This is where you should put your CTI daily summaries. List what you did during the class, how you did it, and why you did it.

e.g. Today, Tony and I set up the Bose sound system for the 125 hall. We did it by powering the Bose speaker. Then, since we needed to set up Bluetooth compatibility for the speaker, we plugged the jack cable into a Bluetooth transmitter. Then, you could connect to the speaker on your phone wirelessly and play what you wanted. We did it because Mr. Chiu needed us to set up the audio for an Open Mondays session.

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