Portfolio Power

Innovative Designer
Hand with Set Goals stickie and mobile devices in the background


Empowering Children to set personal goals and guiding them to explore passions will help them to become self-directed and self-motivated learners. Children can set goals, create action plans, select resources & examples of their work to show their personal growth and success . They can put this work into their own portfolios. Children who are creative thinkers and problem-solvers develop as innovative designers.

Teachers can use http://seesaw.me to guide students to create their portfolios for goal-setting and sharing their progress and growth towards their goals.

Students will:

  • Be able to create a personal digital portfolio. 
  • Be able to set goals and create plans for their personal goals.
  • Be able to track their personal learning goals
  • Be able to share and showcase their success of their goals.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Digital Portfolio: A digital portfolio is a collection of student work to show growth and progress over a period of time.

To prepare for this lesson:

See the Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students website in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Teacher directs the goal-setting in the desired content area.

  2. Students set appropriate goals for themselves in the assigned area.

  3. Students are directed on how to put their goals into Seesaw and how to track their goals.  

  4. Teacher discretion on both the goals based on class, subject and student levels.

  5. Don't forget to check out the 100 Ways for Students to Seesaw!

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Teacher can set the standard/grade for the goal(s) desired.
  • ​Any goal, rubric of teacher choice can be incorporated depending on content area. 

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Innovative Designer
4b. Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design that considers design constraints and calculated risks.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

100 Ways to Seesaw

Implement Seesaw in Your Classroom

Reading Goal Example


Spelling Example

What is Seesaw? Introduction


  • Writing in all subject areas.

  • Reading: Book Talks, reflections on books read, fluency checks, etc.

  • Share field trip  experiences.

  • Create projects and explain everything in audio.

Demonstrate how to solve an actual math problem.

Record science experiment & add audio explanation.

Create any project in Google & share it in multiple ways.

This task card was created by Denise Gallemore, Marysville Public Schools, February 2018. Updated October 2023.