Creating a World Language Eportfolio using Google Drive

I have been looking into options to create an eportfolio for my students, in order to collect, store, and exhibit their work. Since a few teachers expressed interest in this topic, I decided to make a tutorial on how to create a World Language Eporfolio using Google Drive.

Many thanks to:

Catherine Ousselin, AATF Technology Commission, for initial brainstorming.

Susie Dyson, my Spanish colleague, for helping me test Google Drive.

Helpful resources:

LinguaFolio “I Can” Statements

Getting started with Google Drive

Other great tools out there:

8/3/13 Edit 1) Linguafolio
The perfect tool for a World Language portfolio  and where the “I Can” statements originate from. At the time of this post, the online Linguafolio pilot is closed and according to the CASLS, it is supposed to be able available to school districts “for a small fee in the near future”. In the meantime, you can download the portfolio and “build your own”. Click here to download.
2) Livebinder
Organize and share your resources for a particular course or unit. It only 100MB space for free ($30 for 500 MB, $130 for 50 GB at the time of this post). Also,  XL and word documents do not open for editing, you have to download them at the time of this post.
3) Skydrive 
 Microsoft version of Google Drive but only 7 GB space for free and you cannot share a folder, only the content of a folder (sub folder, documents, etc.). Need a Microsoft account.
4) Evernote
Capture anything (notes, web links, pictures, etc.)  wherever you are on whatever device you have in your hand. Syncs everything up. Has a sharing/editing capability but need to pay a premium ($45 at the time of this post)

7 thoughts on “Creating a World Language Eportfolio using Google Drive

  1. Chère Cécile – un très grand merci! Thank you so much for all that you are doing and for sharing these results. This will be very, very helpful to many of us. I look forward to attending your upcoming IPA workshop!
    Madeleine L.

  2. Like! Thanks for your hard work researching the other options…I was leaning toward livebinders till I saw the comparisons. Just one little thing…when you have 150 students, wouldn’t you prefer Franglish, Stephen? :)

    • Ann, :) Livebinder seems really good as a one-stop shop where your students can come and grab resources for a particular course or unit. I can see the benefit because right now my resources are spread out across my class blog, youtube, our district’s blackboard, and our district’s private version of youtube… Have a good summer!

  3. Bonjour Cecile,

    I love your blog. I can’t wait to share this video with my department. Is there any way you could share a completed Google Drive linguafolio? I would love to see what kind of evidence your students used.


    • Merci! I will be honest: the digital portfolio was not a successful experience for me and my students last year. I was hoping it would be painless for students to take photos of their work and place them in Google Drive using the app but I found it to be rather cumbersome and students did not see the value of posting evidence. It all quickly became an administrative burden. I did not want to spend time in class and I did not want them to spend time at home instead of doing valuable work. However, I know some teachers who have had better success with it such as I am happy to send you what we did in the first few weeks of school so that you can see how it worked (or not worked). After that I pulled the plug on it and switched to a class blog on where I showcase my students work using Can do statements. I like it better because it is a great communication tool with parents but it is definitely not a student portfolio. Let me know if you want to see any of this. Bonne chance!

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