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Building a digital portfolio? We would be happy to assist you.

As an education major, your digital portfolio is a powerful tool. As you build your portfolio, you should take the careful time to be sure that its done professionally. At the iCare Corner, you will find one on one support for creating and publishing your portfolio to the web.

What is a digital portfolio?

A digital portfolio is a website that you will create to demonstrate your growth as an educator. This website will store your best works that you will complete over the years here at Ball State University. Your course instructors will use this portfolio to evaluate your performance, and when you've completed your degree, you can use the website to promote yourself during your job search.
How do I build my digital portfolio?

The iCare Corner promotes a software that is designed specifically for building websites. This software is called RapidWeaver. RapidWeaver is designed specifically for Mac and is intuitive and easy to use. Don't have RapidWeaver? Follow the instructions below to download RapidWeaver 6.

Download the RapidWeaver Trial Version

Paste this serial number to unlock:


RapidWeaver 5
If your computer is unable to run RapidWeaver 6, you can also download RapidWeaver 5 as an alternative.

Download RapidWeaver 5.4 here.

Serial Number: devious-cranberry-21086231

How will I publish my portfolio to the web?

Ball State University provides every student with a space to publish to the web! This space is called your iWeb space. Need help setting this up? Visit Ball State's iWeb Support Console to create your iWeb space.

Head to our Fetch Download Page to download Fetch. You will use this software when publishing your portfolio for the first time. Please view these PDF instructions for using Fetch to publish for the first time.
The Alternative to RapidWeaver: Weebly
The iCare Corner does support an alternative platform for the creation of Digital Portfolios. This platform is a web based tool called Weebly. Weebly is a free web site creation tool and is not platform specific. You can use Weebly on PC, Mac, iPad, and just about any other device.

To create your Digital Portfolio using Weebly, please follow these PDF instructions.

View a digital portfolio example made in Weebly.

Begin Creating Your Portfolio

Step 1: Select a Template

To begin creating your digital portfolio using RapidWeaver, you should begin by downloading one of our specified templates for your major. Please select from one of the options below-

Basic Template

Elementary/Special Education dual major template

Special Education Template

Physical Education Template

School Psychology Template

Social Studies Template

Rehabilitation Counseling Template

RapidWeaver 5 Basic Template

Step 2: Set Up Your Template

Now that you have downloaded your template, you should begin setting up the various pages with the proper theme and publishing settings. Please download the PDF instructions for this process.

Step 3: Add Artifacts, Reflections, and Rationales

Once your template is set up, you are now ready to begin adding artifacts. Artifacts are evidence that you understand or can demonstrate understanding of the InTASC Standards. Artifacts usually come from your coursework or from a specifically assigned task from your instructor. Experiences you have outside of the classroom may also be used to support your understanding of what it means to teach. Examples of artifacts include completed tests, papers, lesson plans, video and audio clips, children's' works, and other digital items supporting the InTASC standard. When your digital portfolio is ready for its final evaluation, it should have several artifacts supporting each InTASC standard.

What are Rationales?

A rationale is a precise explanation of the artifacts connection to the InTASC standard and makes clear connections to the knowledge, dispositions, and performance indicators of the InTASC standard(s). In other words, the rationale for the artifact explains why the artifact is evidence of your understanding or mastery of that InTASC standard. A rationale should be located in such a manner that it also serves as a descriptor/summary of the artifact and includes applicable references to two or more supporting sources (textbook, articles, videos, lectures, class activities, or other reference materials). Rationales link artifacts to the InTASC standards and further explain the content and context of the artifact in relation to your current understanding of the InTASC Standards.
Below is a list of writing prompts that will assist you in writing your artifact rationales.

1. What is the artifact?

2. Why is it filed under this standard?

3. What does it say about my growing competence?

4. What are my strengths and weaknesses in relation to this standard?

What are Reflections?

Each InTASC standard should have several reflections associated with it by the end of your degree. Think of a reflection as a testimony explaining your understanding of the principle. The purpose of having more than one reflection per principle is to serve as a sort of progress monitor. By saving previous years' reflections, you and others can track your progress and understanding of the principles. For the first reflection, some instructors will have their students rephrase the short version of the principle in their own words while others will ask students to provide examples of current understanding and goals for future use. Each department varies, so be sure to check with your decision point advisor. In later years, students will often be expected to deeply elaborate on the meaning of the principle and explain how they demonstrate understanding of the principle. By the completion of student teaching, a series of four reflections should be present on each InTASC standard, and each standard is supported by a minimum of one artifact. It is important to remember, however, that a reflection is different from a rationale.
Below is a list of writing prompts that will assist you in writing your reflective statements.

1. What does this standard mean to you?

2. How do these standards affect one's professionalism as a teacher?

3. Why is this standard important?

4. How does mastering/exhibiting this standard make someone a skilled teacher?

5. What experiences have you had that have influenced your interpretation of the principle?

How do I add Artifacts, Reflections, and Rationales to my Blog?

Follow these PDF instructions for assistance.