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Tony Wagner (Harvard) says "ask students to display their work on free websites." See their work at High Tech Schools

Free websites for students to show their work

Oakland Park, United States
Students at High Tech High schools display their work on free websites (digital portfolios). See and You can see websites created by some students at High Tech High at --- I show these pages to my students. They ask, "How do I make a free website?" Show your students how to get free websites at

"What can students do?"

“"The single most important thing you could do tomorrow for little to no money is have every student establish a digital portfolio where they collect their best work as evidence of their skills. Where they’re working with their teachers and other adults to present their best work, to iterate their best work, so that they actually have real progress they can show." -- Tony Wagner, Harvard University”

Steve McCrea, instructor

Tony Wagner (Harvard) said, "The world doesn't care what you know.  The world wants to see what you can do with what you have learned."

Students at High Tech High schools in California have been putting their school work (and other accomplishments) on free websites for more than a decade.  You can see their work at https:/

You can ask your students to show what they know.... and what they have DONE with what they have learned.   The free procedure is located at

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Tips for implementation
A list of projects by Matt Blazek An example of a "big project" (by Chang and Yu) Free "how to" ebook about portfolios See examples of portfolios Abel Thon Ben Staley How to develop the mindset to build portfolios (1) Personal History Workbook (2) Video about the Personal History Workbook (3) Littky's Big Picture ebook (4) Radio interview with Littky (5) Fischler's ebook to train teachers (6) Fischler's seven posters (7) How to build portfolios (8) Blog about Free Websites (9) The 11-step process (10) tour of the High Tech High school with Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey (11) Larry Rosenstock, founder, explains HTH's process (12) Free ebook "Show Your Work" about portfolios See the Center for Projects, Presentations and Portfolios
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It's a delight when a student asks, "Can you show me how to make a free website?"
Steve McCrea
how do i publish? where is the publish button?
Steve McCrea


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Look at examples of digital portfolios (student websites)
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Show students how to build a website and display projects
Students can copy the method used at High Tech High schools to display their work. Students can be private or they can welcome comments from the world. Safety concerns are met by asking students to keep private contact info away from these pages and digital portfolios.
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Spread your digital portfolio. Add to your DP
What else can you display? How about your Instagram collection (curated! Be careful about what you post!) Do you have a blog? What hobbies do you have?
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