Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 26 – Your Blog as Your Portfolio

Update August 18, 2015:

The Principal Associations in Ontario hosted a second Symposium for Ontario School Leaders on Technology Enabled Learning and Leading.  Dr. Alec Couros was invited to keynote and share learning on blogging as a portfolio.  His shared resources are available here.


This week, the Principal Associations in Ontario (OPC/CPCO/ADFO) are hosting a symposium for Ontario School Leaders on Technology Enabled Teaching and Learning.  The learning is being shared using the hashtag #ontedleaders .

George Couros has been leading some of the learning by meeting with principals virtually, and by examining the Ontario Leadership Framework.

As well, George has been sharing his ideas around open/visible learning and leadership, and sharing our professional portfolios online as our blogs.


Now that you have started to create your own space for sharing learning, consider that your blog can also be your personal portfolio.

How can you set it up?

If you remember in our first blog video, the difference between “posts” and “pages” was discussed.  “Posts” are your regular contributions to your blog – your writing.

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We add new posts by using the “Add New” option on the left side of the dashboard.

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Pages are listed on your blog and they contain information that normally you don’t change as frequently as your posts.

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We add new pages by hovering over “Pages” and choosing “Add New”.

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We name our page “Ontario Leadership Framework”.

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Once published, we can see the page on the public side of our blog.

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It is helpful to use subheadings for the different strands of the framework.  It is simple to set up these pages.

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Once again, we can add a new page.  This time we call it “Setting Directions”.  In the right margin, under parent, we choose our previous page “Ontario Leadership Framework”.  This ensures our new page appears under the main heading.

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Once published, we see “Setting Directions” under the Ontario Leadership Framework Page.

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We can repeat the process for “Building Relationships and Developing People”, and the other strands of the Leadership Framework.

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Clicking the “Setting Directions” heading shows us the page.  As we work on our blog, posts that fit this strand can be added to this page.

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A blog portfolio in progress might look like this:

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Posts are added to the portfolio pages as they are written:

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This is the basic Professional Portfolio set up.  How can you personalize your blog and make this your own?

Please feel free to ask questions and share ideas in the comments.

If you have the opportunity to attend the #ontedLeaders Institute, please remember to share your learning with your colleagues who were not able to be at the event in person.


Dr. Alec Couros – Presentation Resources – Blogging as a Portfolio


5 thoughts on “Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 26 – Your Blog as Your Portfolio”

  1. I first created my blog in 2008 as part of my Master of Ed work because I saw it as an effective way to store both the artefacts I was creating and the process of learning that I was going through. This combination of product and process is a powerful way to show your learning journey and I’ve never thought of calling it my portfolio but indeed that describes it well. What I’ve learned, what I struggle with, and where I dream to be are all part of this blog at various times over the years.

    I do put my CV online, although I know others feel this is too private to share, and George shares some good ideas here about also adding cover letters and ‘evidence’ from others about the work that you do – hadn’t thought about that.

    Although it would take a long while to wander back through previous posts to add tags that match the Ontario Leadership Framework, I think this would be a valuable thing to do, and I can easily start that going forward. I don’t believe many of the Supts in my Board would actually read my blog , but I could point them to particular posts that might be relevant to my school leadership goals or Annual Learning Plan.


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