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Planning a portfolio

Lesson Plan Published 11/11/13 Last updated on 3/2/20

Portfolios communicate accomplishments, works in progress, or personal history. In this activity, students plan and organize content for a portfolio that will feature work they have completed and work to be completed. They determine the audience, goals, and structure of their portfolio and organize the portfolios content through creating a flowchart. As students plan their portfolios, they reflect on and evaluate their work.

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  • Activity files updated on September 23, 2018.
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Laura Salazar

Posted on 3/18/20 6:08:55 PM Permalink

great information! thank you!​

Litsa Babalis

Posted on 12/31/19 6:29:58 PM Permalink

​This is great.

ali abbasi

Posted on 11/15/19 7:59:54 AM Permalink

​Adobe portfolio is not work in my country. I'm from Pakistan. please give some advice. Thank you

Abdul Gafaru Yahaya

Posted on 11/9/19 7:03:42 PM Permalink

hey, adobe portfolio is not in my Region Ghana. and i want to have my portfolio with adobe portfolio on my behance page. what should i do thank you​

Mick Perkins

Posted on 11/4/19 10:36:27 PM Permalink

A great resource for students thankyou!!​

Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/2/19 4:31:02 PM Permalink

​Great resource is there any portfolio plan free for student or educator in Pakistan ?

Adobe Education

Posted on 9/3/19 5:08:57 PM Permalink

Hello Shafiq,

Please try and Adobe Spark for publishing online portfolios. ​

Alper Ciftci

Posted on 7/10/19 6:49:37 AM Permalink


Georgina Dean

Posted on 5/9/19 7:02:20 AM Permalink

​Thank you so much for sharing! :)

James Rafferty

Posted on 5/8/19 4:47:24 AM Permalink

Cheers for this

Stoyanka Veselinova

Posted on 4/3/19 3:20:56 PM Permalink

​Thank you

Aaron Kapala

Posted on 3/21/19 9:36:26 PM Permalink

​Great resource, thanks

James Tyler

Posted on 1/31/19 1:50:50 PM Permalink

​Really helpful resource, many thanks!

Adobe Education

Posted on 9/23/18 3:45:09 PM Permalink

​We recently updated the files for this lesson on September 23, 2018.

Maria Del R. Colon

Posted on 5/30/18 9:17:21 PM Permalink

Excellent content. Very professional and very useful​.

Susan Mango Curtis

Posted on 10/26/17 7:37:34 PM Permalink

Excellent information

Salheddine Boumaraf

Posted on 10/14/15 11:25:17 AM Permalink

thanks for the resources.

Tony Bolder

Posted on 3/19/14 11:28:29 AM Permalink

I feel the 'How to plan a portfolio' PDF would benefit further from using an interactive format. This would facilitate student interest and connectivity to the project, and the content within it. I am now doing this ( for all of my assignments with my media students, and the feedback from them states they thoroughly enjoy this format, as it gives them a platform to keep track of what they do and how they do it.

The fact that students can interact with a document of this nature also tends to keep them focused on what is required.

Adobe Education

Posted on 3/20/14 5:53:34 AM Permalink

Hi Tony,

Thanks so much for the feedback and the advice. It's invaluable to hear from educators what would improve our curriculums. This looks like a great idea and we will certainly take this into consideration when we do our next updates. Please contimnue to share your thoughts!


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