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What is an e-Portfolio?

Students working on laptops

An e-portfolio is an electronic format for students to:

  • record their work, goals, and achievements
  • reflect on their learning
  • share their learning and receive feedback and feedforward.

It enables students to represent information in different formats and, depending on the software, take the information with them between schools.

Why use e-portfolios?

  • An e-portfolio can reflect the students' learning process and progress.
  • Technology enables the use of a range of media – video, sound and images – as well as text to show both the learning process and final products.
  • A student's teacher, peers, parents, and whānau can participate and provide feedback on their learning.
  • Students can take increasing responsibility for their own learning by recording and reflecting on their learning in an e-portfolio. 
  • Students can carry their e-portfolio throughout their learning journey and use it to record, assess, evaluate, and reflect at any time.

Introducing and using e-portfolios

CORE breakfast presentation on e-portfolios

Nick Rate's presentation explains:

  • why you should use e-portfolios
  • benefits of digital recording and reflection for student learning 
  • the process for implementing e-portfolios with students and parents
  • selecting an e-portfolio tool.

Teachers must ensure the underlying pedagogy of establishing students as life-long learners with the skills to self-monitor and evaluate drives how e-portfolios are used. The technology or device used does not replace the learning. The technology is a vehicle to accomplish effective learning outcomes.

Russell Street School teacher, Jacqui Innes describes the process and benefits of planning explicitly with students how and what to share on their e-portfolios.

e-Portfolio tools

MyPortfolio  provides a personal learning environment to record and showcase evidence of achievement, manage development plans, set goals, and create online learning communities. 

Currently registration is free for New Zealand Schools. MyPortfolio works with any Learning Management System (LMS) supplied by the Ministry’s vendors.

The Ministry recognises that e-portfolio tools are an important teaching and learning resource.

e-Portfolio review  – A review of e-Portfolio tools by Stony Brook University USA.

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Music students at St Peter’s College in Palmerston North used e-portfolios to record their reflections, compositions, and understandings.

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Students from Mount Roskill Grammar School engaged in shared learning with their peers and subject teachers for NCEA Level 3 English using MyPortfolio.

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Student ownership of learning at Fairfield Intermediate School in Hamilton was supported through MyPortfolio.

Tags: Assessment, Mathematics and statistics, e-Portfolios, Primary, Upper primary

Spirals of inquiry – Learner agency

Suzanne Baldwin and Lizzy Harrison, Burnside High School, addressed the needs of 13 target learners by making learner agency a core focus for their inquiry

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e-Portfolios in the classroom

e-Portfolios in the classroom

Associate Principal and Senior Team Leader at Te Kura o Tiori Burnham School, Linda Sweeny, explains the process for setting up Blogger for students to use as an e-Portfolio. 

Sharing learning using the class blog and e-portfolios

Sharing learning using the class blog and e-portfolios

Teacher, Jacqui Innes from Russell Street School describes how students individual e-portfolios and the class blog serve different purposes but work in conjunction with each other. 

Using e-portfolios to record the learning process

Using e-portfolios to record the learning process

Russell Street School teacher, Jacqui Innes, describes the process and benefits of planning explicitly for what students will share on their e-portfolios.

Using e-portfolios to share students learning

Using e-portfolios to share students' learning

Rob Clarke principal of Burnham School describes the benefits of using e-portfolios in the school community to connect with parents.

A student’s perspective of inclusive education


Waerenga o Kuri student, Herepo Wynyard talks about how the involvement of her whānau both online (through her e-portfolio), and face-to-face at school has encouraged success with her learning goals.

Engaging parents in learning through technology

Engaging parents in learning through technology

Hillcrest Normal School teacher, Michelle Macintyre shares how technology has enabled parents to be involved in different ways with students' learning.

Sharing student learning

Sharing student learning

Staff and students from Apiti School discuss the benefits of using e-portfolios to share student learning with parents and the community. 

e-Portfolios - policies and procedures

e-Portfolios - policies and procedures

James Rea, Deputy Principal at Russell Street School , explains the purpose and content of their e-portfolio documentation.

Learning partnerships with parents

Learning partnerships with parents

Parents of Hampden Street School students explain how blogging and e-portfolios help them stay connected with their children's learning.

Developing students capability to make effective blog posts

Developing students capability to make effective blog posts

Nic Mason, teacher at Russell Street School , and his students describe the process, some of the tools, and the learning they gain through creating blog posts.

Improving student writing using blogs

Improving student writing using blogs

Wairakei School teacher and her student explain why blogging encourages students to produce better quality work because it is being seen and commented on by an authentic audience.

Setting up e-portfolios at Kimi Ora

Setting up e-portfolios at Kimi Ora

Blogger has been used to trial e-portfolios at Kimi Ora. ICT lead teacher Jess Hall shares the process she went through to select Blogger, and introduce it to staff and parents. 

e-Portfolios - the benefits for student learning

e-Portfolios – the benefits for student learning

Deputy Principal Miranda Makin explains the benefits of using e-portfolios for students participating in the Impact Projects .

Authentic learning experiences facilitated through a wiki

Authentic learning experiences facilitated through a wiki

French teacher Sarah Collett and two of her students, describe the usefulness of using a wiki to create and enhance authentic language learning experiences.

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Key resource

A collection of videos with educators discussing e-portfolios within an educational context.

Educational Leaders
This search result provides links to principals' sabbatical reports and other useful information on e-portfolios from the Educational Leaders website.

e-portfolios:their use and benefits (PDF, 76.43 kB)
A white paper by Bob Banks, senior solutions architect at FD Learning examining reasons for using e-portfolios. He discusses their versatility and applicability to the wider environment such as connecting to management information systems. 

Large-scale e-portfolio implementations – Introducing the epi research study
This JISC article describes the investigation into established successful use of e-portfolios in 18 schools from the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, and the development of a resource to assist schools with implementing the use of e-portfolios.

Assessment for learning and e-Portfolios
This efellows research report, written in 2008 by Nick Rate, explores what teachers can do to maximise the formative learning benefits of online e-portfolios.

Kids Blog Club
A site for children who blog and their parents to gain information, inspiration, and support. It was founded by a blogging mum, with help from her two blogging children.

e-Portfolio and blogging tools for recording and showcasing evidence of achievement, managing development plans, setting goals, and creating online learning communities.

Digital portfolios for any classroom. Seesaw enables students to independently document what they are learning at school.

A blogging service for educators and students, powered by Wordpress. 


An e-portfolio service for schools in New Zealand offered by the Ministry of Education. 

Blogger logo

A blog publishing service owned by Google that allows for multiple blogs.

An and open source content management system (CMS) that allows users to create blogs and websites.

Google sites

A free website authoring service that integrates with Google drive. 

e-Portfolio review
A review of e-Portfolio tools by Stony Brook University USA.

Community discussion

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