Creating Student Web Portfolios

1. Web Permission Slips - Before you post any student art, names or pictures there is a very important question to ask. Does your school district have a policy regarding the posting of student names, pictures or work? If so, what is the district policy? If not, write a permission letter informing parents of what you plan to do and ask their permission to post their child's name, art work and/or picture on the web. For an example of the letter I send parents click Web Portfolio Permission Request.

2. Getting digital images of student work - Keep in mind that the more students do the more they will learn and the less you will have to do.

Video Capture - Power Macintosh computers have Apple Video Player. This software enables computers with a video input to capture images from a video camera. I find this to be the easiest way to capture digital images of student sculpture. An area set up with a video camera on a tripod can be used by students to photograph their work. Be sure to set up a good background. PC users may get video capture boards for their computers.

Image Scanning - Two dimensional work, and small three dimensional work, soap sculptures, for example, may be scanned. When using a scanner you can save lots of time by having the scanner set to the proper dpi, 72, and to produce the right size scan, most images I post are not more than 3 to 4 inches high. You may have each student scan their work to their own folder or have a student who finishes early scan their classmates projects.

Digital Cameras - Digital cameras are great for taking lots of pictures without the costs of film and processing. Unfortunately, digital cameras automatically name the images they capture by number. Therefore, if many students are using the camera to photograph their work, I suggest that they create and photograph a label for their work with their art. This will insure that the right student gets credited. (When I photograph objects in a museum with a digital camera I usually photograph the label right before or after I take the picture of the object. This makes it easy to identify the object.)

Digital Video - This is the latest way to capture digital images. At this point, I have had no experience with the technology.

3. Preparing images for the web - If you have scanned your images you should have preset your scanner controls so that you have an image with a resolution of 72 dpi's and height maximum of between 3.5 and 4 inches. If not use an image processing program like Photoshop to prepare your images for the web.


4. Preparing template web pages - Much time can be saved by setting up your web site with template web pages. A template page requires that you simply add a student's name to their web page and place correctly named images into their web portfolio folder. Use software like Adobe PageMill or Microsoft Front Page to create the template web page for a student and simply make a copy of the template for each student in your class. You may allow students to make some changes to the template. Examples of web pages I have set up for my classes are accessible from my school web site, Mr. Olejarz - Main Index,


5. Posting web pages - Use a program like Fetch or CuteFTP to post your web pages to your server.


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