Portfolios in Xello 6-12
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Xello Portfolios lets students easily create and share vibrant portfolios to showcase their work across subjects and reflect on what they’ve learned. Students can highlight the self-exploration and planning they’ve done in Xello and add their own artifacts, like photos, videos, and journal entries. Portfolios can be used across departments to support everything from science projects to talent profiles to work-based learning experiences and more.

Educators can easily view student portfolios and track completion across student groups to ensure graduation requirements have been met.

Check out our recorded webinar: Future Ready: Empower Students to Share their Work Using Xello Portfolios to learn how Xello can be used to help students showcase their work across subjects, while helping them to chart a clearer path to their successful future.

How students showcase their work with portfolios

Your students can watch a short video to learn exactly how they can use Xello Portfolios to create an organized digital collection of work. Check out the short video below: 

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TipTip: Share this short video with your students. Link to it on their dashboard Resources, place it in an Assignment, or message the link to your student groups in Xello. This video is also available in Spanish new tab.

Xello 6-12 Portfolios recording

With our Xello 6-12 Portfolios tool, students can easily create and share vibrant portfolios to showcase their work across subjects, reflect on what they’ve learned, and highlight the self-exploration and planning they’ve done in Xello. In this session, we'll walk through how students create portfolios, and then see how you view their work, track completion, and support them in showcasing their work and achievements through Xello.

This recording covers:

  • How the Portfolio tool works
  • Viewing and tracking your students' portfolios
  • Key settings and functionality for Portfolio sharing
  • How parents and guardians explore their child's portfolios
  • Key resources to support portfolio building

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Students and Portfolios

Students use Xello Portfolios to create and share fully customizable displays of work - whether it's their own work, or things they've collected.

Once they've created their portfolio, they can share it as documentation of work for a job, or college scholarship, or for a digital submission requirement for certain exams. They can also use it for an assigned project, talent showcase, and more.

noteNote: Portfolios has replaced Storyboard. Students can access any resources or media they had previously saved in their Storyboard by visiting Portfolios.

Students access Portfolios from their dashboard in Xello.

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Before they begin, if they're looking for inspiration, they can check out Xello's sample portfolios by clicking See sample portfolios. From here, they can watch a quick, informative video and view a variety of detailed portfolio samples. Examples include school projects, career skills, college applications, creative and work experience.

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They build out their portfolio by creating sections and adding media to each section. The media they're able to add can be their own text or reflection, external media such as videos or webpages, or even other Xello work they've completed. For external media, students can upload files up to 1 GB and have a total of 200 GB total storage.

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Once they've built out their portfolio and are ready to share with others, they can toggle the Share portfolio button, copy the link and share it with their educators, college admissions office, and more. They're able to turn off the shareable toggle at any point. Anyone they've shared the portfolio with will no longer be able to view it.

noteNote: Portfolio sharing must be enabled by the educator for students to access the Share portfolio link. See Shareable portfolios for more information.
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Educators and Portfolios

In your educator account view a student's portfolio, and run reports.

View a student's Portfolio

You can check out a student's portfolio by viewing their profile.

To view a student's portfolio:

  1. In the search bar located at the top of any page in your educator account, enter the student's name or ID.
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    tipTip: Alternatively, from the left menu, click Students and select Student list to browse the full list of students.
  2. Click on the student's name. The About student tab of their profile opens.
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  3. Click on the Portfolios tab.
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  4. Click on a portfolio title to open and view the student's completed portfolio.
  5. To turn on or off sharing, flip the Sharing allowed toggle.
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    noteNote: This toggle will not show if shareable portfolios are disabled at the school or region level.

Run a report on student Portfolios

To run a report on students' Portfolios:

  1. From your educator account, click Reports and select Student work.
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    left menu open in educator account. Report dropdown open and Student work being selected
  2. Scroll down to view the Portfolios card.
  3. To view which students have completed a portfolio, click on the percentage total and link called Students with portfolio.
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  4. Use the Data options or the Filters to narrow the table. Click on a student name to open that student's profile so you can view their portfolio.
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Delivering Portfolios in the classroom

Check out this resource to help you implement the Portfolios feature in the classroom face-to-face, online, or in a blended learning environment.

Xello activity lesson plan

The My portfolios lesson will help you successfully introduce the Portfolios feature to your students. Get your students ready to create their own unique portfolios with discussion prompts, reflection activities, and teaching strategies.

This standalone lesson will take about 50-60 minutes and includes:

  • Inquiry prompts
  • Tips for preparing to teach the lesson
  • Teaching strategies
  • Step-by-step guidance in how to create a portfolio in Xello
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