Client: Child Development
Tools used: WordPress
Would-be teachers in the Massachusetts public education system need to demonstrate an understanding of the state’s professional standards for teachers. That’s why one of the Child Development instructors came to us to ask if there was an easy-to-use way for her students to create online portfolios that would highlight to prospective employers the work her students are doing that support those standards.
In this case we felt that WordPress would provide the perfect solution.
Each student was given their own WordPress site based on a template that contained pre-defined pages (e.g. resume, teaching philosophy, about me) and a “category” for each of the standards. The students have free reign to modify their site’s look and feel, add/remove content etc. in ways that make it their own. As long as they keep the the pre-defined categories and save new posts to with the appropriate category selected then the site’s run themselves. We also included a “category widget” in each of the sites. A site visitors can then easily list the posts that student has made relating to a specific standard.
Here is an example portfolio site.