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General :

An electronic portfolio, also known as an e-portfolio or digital portfolio, is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed on the Web. Evidence may include reflections, word files, images, multimedia and blog entries.


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What is it that you provide?


e-Portfolios.net provides an e-Portfolio solution specifically designed and based around the Professional Standards for Teachers. This will help those, who are either training or teaching in the UK, to gather and organise their evidence in a way that is efficient and user friendly.

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What Professional Standards does the e-Portfolio cover?

e-Portfolios.net allows teachers to evidence the following Professional Standards for Teachers:

1) Teachers' Standards (2012)
2) Post Threshold Standards
3) Excellent Teacher Standards &
4) Advanced Skills Teacher Standards
5) Masters in Teaching & Learning

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I'm a Trainee Teacher how will your e-Portfolio benefit me?

Trainee teachers need to provide evidence to show they have met all the new Teachers' Standards before they can be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Our eportfolio facilitates this process by promoting reflection and enabling teachers to upload evidence against each of the new teachers standards. Teachers can also showcase their eportfolio to their university tutor and school mentor.

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I'm a Qualified Teacher how will your e-Portfolio benefit me?

Teachers are constantly improving their professional practice, reflecting upon their performance and developing new skills. Our e-Portfolio allows you to document all this as evidence against the Professional Standards and showcase it to your mentor or manager. Our system promotes reflection and helps you meet your continuing professional development needs.

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Registration :
Who can Register?

Group 1: Teachers
This group maintains an e-portfolio account.

1) Trainee Teachers, PGCE students, GTP Students and any other individual documenting the new Teacher's Standards.
2) Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT's) working towards the new Teachers' Standards.
3) Qualified Teachers who need to evidence the new 2012 Teachers' Standards as part of their yearly appraisal process.

Group 2: Tutors and Mentors
This group does not maintain an eportfolio. These accounts are created to monitor progress and assess the above group of teachers.

1) University Tutors, including Subject Tutors and Professional Tutors, can use it to view the progress of their trainee teachers.
2) School Mentors, including Subject Mentors and Professional Mentors, can register to monitor and assess their trainees and teachers against the Professional Standards

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What is the difference between these accounts?

Teacher Account: Registered teachers maintain an eportfolio, upload evidence and reflect upon their teaching practice

Tutor Account: Tutors can monitor and view the progress of each trainee, view uploaded files, read reflections and give feedback.

Mentor Account: Mentors have similar access to Tutors with the addional benefit that they can also rate teacher performance and give feedback on each professional standard. They are also able to monitor CPD.

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What does it cost?

I'm sure you'll be pleased to know, It's FREE!

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Can we purchase more space?

Teacher account comes with 250MB of secure disk space. You can purchase more space from within the file area section of your e-Portfolio.

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Login & Administration:
I've forgotten my password, what do I do?

You can click ‘Forgot Password’ on the login page and details will be sent to your registered e-mail address, as long as this has been recorded in your e-Portfolio profile.

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I can't remember which e-mail I registered, what do I do?

If you can't remember the e-mail used to create your account, please Contact us for assistance.

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Personal Profile :
My details are incorrect how can I change them?

Once logged in, go to Personal Profile > Login Profile, Photo & CV. Then click on "Edit Personal Details" . Once you have made changes to your account, click save.

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How can I upload or change my photo?

Once logged in, go to Personal Profile > Login Profile, Photo & CV. Click on the blue "Photo" tab and upload/edit your personal photo from this section.

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I'm no longer a Trainee Teacher, how do I change my status?

You may change your Teacher Profile by going to Personal Profile > Login Profile, Photo & CV > Edit Personal Details. This will also remove the "Trainee" lettering on the upper left hand corner of your screen.

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Getting Started:
I've just signed up, what do I do now?

We would recommend all trainees to start using the reflective diary. it is the least structured and most efficient way of documenting what you are doing each day. As you progress, in your training year, you will know which reflections you will need to link to show you have addressed a Professional Standard.

For qualified teachers, we would recommend you update your CPD, professional review and personal development plan to show you know where you are and where you're going in terms of learning and progressing in your career.

Apart from that, use the e-Portfolio to document your standards. that's what you signed up for. Get your mentor involved and let your Head teacher know. He will most certainly be impressed with your proactive attitude to personal progress. it will also show you take your career seriously.

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How can I give my Mentor access to my e-Portfolio?

Go to Personal Profile > Manage Access and click on Add Mentor. (Your Mentor will need to have previously registered, free, on the site)

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How can I give my Tutor access to my e-Portfolio?

Go to Personal Profile > Manage Access and click on Add Tutor. (Your Tutor will need to have previously registered, free, on the site)

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How can I give my Head teacher or future employer access to my e-Portfolio?

Go to Personal Profile > Manage Access and click on Employer Access.

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Professional Standards :
What Professional Standards are covered in e-Portfolios.net?

1) Teachers' Standards (2012)
2) Post Threshold Standards
3) Excellent Teacher Standards &
4) Advanced Skills Teacher Standards
5) Masters in Teaching & Learning

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How can I link an entry in my e-Portfolio to a desired standard?

There are three ways you can link evidence.

1) Upload your file into your File Library. Your file will automatically be linked to the standard you uploaded the file into.

2) Go to your Professional Standards section and click on the blue "Link" icon next to your chosen Standard. Then select your file from anywhere in the library section below and click "Add Evidence". Using this technique you can link one file to many standards.

3) Click on the blue "link" icon in the desired section of your e-Portfolio. You will then be directed to a page to select your standard that you wish to link the evidence to. Once confirmed, the evidence is linked.

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How can I link a file in my Library to a desired standard?

Go to your Professional Standards section and click on the blue "Link" icon next to your chosen Standard. Then select your file from anywhere in your library section below and click "Add Evidence". You can use this technique to link one file to many standards.

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How can I remove evidence from a Standard?

Go to your Professional Standards section and click on the blue "Link" icon next to your chosen Standard. Click remove next to the file you wish to remove as evidence. Although the file will remain in your File Library it will be removed as evidence form your Professional Standards section

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How do I rate my performance and comment on my evidence?

Click the "Edit" icon next to your desired standard and rate your performance and enter a comment in the page that follows. Only the most recent comment and rating will be seen by your Mentor, Tutor or Head teacher.

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File Area :
As a teacher, how much space am I given?

250MB initially.

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What if I need more space?

You can upgrade your account up to 3GB at any time from within the file area of your e-Portfolio.

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Are my files safe online?

Absolutely. We make sure that all files are backed up and are secure on our servers. the only person(s) that can view your files are those that you have given access to. i.e. Your tutor, mentor or future employer.

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How can I move my file to another folder?

This is not possible. You'll need to delete the file and re-upload it into the correct folder.

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Who else can see my files?

If the files are "Shared" then your Mentor, Tutor and Head teacher can all view these files. If a file is set to "Private" no one else but yourself can view/access this file.

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How do I protect my files from being seen by others?

Click on the file and on the right hand side, set your file to private and click save.

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Why can't I add a file in the CV folder?

The CV folder has a separate section that deal with it exclusively. To add your CV, go to Personal Profile > Login Profile, Photo & CV and click on the blue CV tab.

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Can I add the same file to two different folders?

This is not possible. As all file names must be unique in your File Library.

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How can I link the same file to more than one standard?

Go to your Professional Standards section and click on the blue "Link" icon next to your chosen Standard. Then select your file from anywhere in the library section below and click "Add Evidence". Using this technique you can link one file to many standards.

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Tutorials :
Do you have any video tutorials?

We have uploaded demo videos of how to use the e-portfolio on the home page. As you can see, the e-Portfolio has a very user friendly interface so we very much doubt you will have any trouble finding your way through.

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Feedback Comments :
Can I delete feedback comments?

No. It is rare that professional teachers will leave negative feedback as they are there to help and encourage you. Also as only the 10 most recent comments are shown to your Mentor, Tutor and Head teacher it pays to improve your Teaching Practice so that the most recent comments are always positive.

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Can anyone else see the feedback comments made?

Just your Mentor, Tutor and Head teacher.

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