If you're considering this venue, I offer the following suggestions:
- Create your own ePortfolio first to try it out and use as an example when you are teaching students about the venue.
- Walk students through the creation process slowly.
- Allow students to choose their own template design.
- Start with a consistent, regular routine of ePortfolio work; you can loosen those parameters as you move forward.
- When choosing page settings, I prefer the "announcement" setting for student work. That way each time they add a section under a main heading, they simply add a new post.
- When possible, have students add images to their work on ePortfolio as that seems to boost their writing and description.
- Complete the first piece together in class. Troubleshoot together, then make sure you add a positive comment to each child's first post. That will inspire future posts.
- Limit sharing at first while students get used to the venue. My students only shared with me at first, then ventured out to their classmates.
- Pay attention to privacy settings and make sure they fit your school's policies.
I hope those tips are helpful to people starting out with this tool. It's a great vehicle for student learning and sharing. I look forward to hearing others' success stories in this regard. I plan to continue to build my use of this tool in the months to come.