Fastest way to make a digital teaching portfolio that looks decent?
May 7, 2021 3:42 AM   Subscribe

I need to make a digital teaching portfolio to apply for jobs. I am a new teacher, and this year has been [waves hands.] I'm behind. I'm not super tech savvy. What's the best, easiest, fastest way to do this?

I've never done any kind of job interview for teaching (career changer) and I don't know what to expect. I anticipate most of my interviews will be on Zoom, though I could be wrong.

Worse comes to worst, I could just share my screen with my Google drive folder and talk/explain my way through it ("here are my lesson plans, here are my artifacts, here's a short video of a game I played"). But it would be nice to have something snazzy.

I am picturing a photo with the caption "Third grade ICT" and when you click on the photo, you come to 1) a paragraph summary 2) a "case study" or two of children with learning disabilities 3) a list of hyperlinks of whole class lessons.

I'd like to have about four sections like this, with sub-sections. Something that only I and prospective employers can access.

I started Google sites, but I'm having a little trouble creating my sub-sections. Any idea for the fastest and easiest way to solve this problem?
posted by Ollie to Technology (5 answers total)
Sharing the Google Folder of your portfolio items via a link may be the easiest way to accomplish this. How to share a Google Folder.

A free website is one of the easiest ways to build a nice looking site. You could password protect your post(s) so they're not public.
posted by mundo at 6:51 AM on May 7, 2021

I haven't used PortfolioGen, however it has a 14-day free trial to get started and looks like it will create exactly what you are looking for. That being said, please do not think that a lack of a portfolio is a deal-breaker for applying to teaching jobs. I have sat on numerous teacher interview panels and never once have we glanced at the portfolio a candidate brought with them. More important has been 1) is the candidate appropriately licensed? 2) do they thoroughly answer the questions? 3) do they ask follow up questions of their own? 4) are they dressed appropriately for a professional position and do they arrive on time for the interview?

Your idea of a workaround by using screen sharing is a good one and you might think of a few key items to share that best showcase your work in the same way you would for your digital portfolio. Best of luck to you in your job search!
posted by Lady Sugar Maple at 6:59 AM on May 7, 2021 [1 favorite]

Where are you? Different areas might have different customs.
posted by NotLost at 9:44 AM on May 7, 2021

Response by poster: I’m in NYC. I think the portfolio is pretty important here.
posted by Ollie at 9:57 AM on May 7, 2021

You can create an interactive portfolio using Prezi. Plus it's a teaching tool so using it for your portfolio can become part of your portfolio.
posted by Thella at 3:12 PM on May 7, 2021

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