E-Portfolios for Health Education


Author: Randy Williams

Course Overview

Electronic Portfolios represents 21st century skills in education. They can be used to accumulate information that can be shared with multiple people. Google sites will be used in this mini-lesson to create a basic E-portfolio for high school Health Education students. Ideas for additional activities using these e-portfolios will also be addressed. .

Twenty first century learning skills includes technology and many Health Educators are not as technology savvy as they should be in their classrooms. Tools such as electronic portfolios and Google sites can improve instruction and involve students in rich learning of the content taught in Health Education. E-portfolios through Google sites allow the students to maintain, create, and collaborate with resources related to Health Education. The student’s Google sites are paperless and considered part of the environmentally friendly green movement. They save schools money on printing costs and provide a means to maintain Health Education content for future reference. Many teachers are unaware of the benefits and ease of using these tools.


Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants (high school Health teachers) will be able to:

  • State three reasons for creating an E-portfolio.
  • Create an E-portfolio with a Google site incorporating the New York State Learning Standards for Health Education.
  • Design a lesson plan to have students to create their own E-portfolio sites through Google.


Prerequisites

Participants will need

  • a valid email account and to know its address.
  • computer access with a reliable, relatively fast-speed internet connection
  • skills commensurate with basic computing such as keyboarding

Course Units

Unit 1: What is an E-Portfolio?

Unit 2: Why A Google-Site based E-portfolio for the high school Health student?

Unit 3: How to Create a Google site.

Additional Resources & Suggestions for Health Teachers