Using digital portfolios as an everyday learning practice is becoming more and more popular, especially as schools pivot between in-person and online classes.

But for many of us educators, this is a new concept to introduce to students and a new approach to our own teaching practice!

Enter Spaces. To make it easier than ever for you to begin using digital portfolios in your classroom, let’s walk through six steps to complete in your first month of implementation.

Six steps to thrive in your first month using Spaces

During your first month of implementation, here are six easy steps to begin using portfolios with students.

Step One: Read our Getting Started Guide

Browse the Getting Started section of our Help Centre or view the Getting Started with Spaces guide as a PDF.

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Step Two: Keep help handy

Bookmark the Help Centre for quick access to FAQs and your one-stop-shop for Spaces resources.

Step Three: Create your first post

Create your first post to spark student engagement and help introduce reflective inquiry. Need post ideas? Here are six ideas for your first post in Spaces.

Step Four: Set up your Classroom Environment

As you prepare to implement digital portfolios in your classroom, it is important for you to create a classroom environment that fosters reflective inquiry and technology use.

Read: How do I set up my classroom environment?

Step Five: Schedule time to introduce students to portfolios.

Now that you’ve set up your classroom environment, let the fun begin!

To make things easy for you, we've prepared an slide-deck with speaker notes for you to help prepare your introduction to students:

While using digital portfolios may be a new learning tool for your students, rest assured that students are growing up tech-savvy. Truth be told, students have an innate ability to adapt to technology and use it to meet their needs.

Plus, the vision of a digital portfolio is for students to be the architect of their learning, and to own their experiences by documenting and reflecting on their growth over time.

You just need to light the match to spark students’ journeys to portfolio building.

Step Six: Bring family into the conversation

Introduce your Family Community to portfolios to foster parent engagement and meaningful feedback.

Now that you’ve communicated clear expectations with your students, it's time to give parents a window into your classroom! (Read: Parents' and family guide to digital portfolios in the classroom).

Once you are ready for parents to interact with your students’ work, click here to learn how to invite parents to create an account.

Looking for some tips on how to best provide feedback on your student's learning? We’ve got you covered. Click here to download our Family Feedback Prompts for Digital Portfolios (PDF).

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