Tutorial: How to create an educational portfolio site with Silk
Hi there, students and teachers! In this tutorial, you are going to create your own digital portfolio site with Silk.
Silk is a platform to create sites with structured collections of information. A Silk site is easy to create and maintain, has cool visualization options, and lets you personalize your portfolio with images and videos.
If you follow the steps in this tutorial, you will have a digital portfolio on Silk in no time! To illustrate the steps, we will use screenshots from the example Silk site Kate's portfolio demo.
Step 1Create your Silk site
You can go here if you haven't created a Silk site yet, or if you want to create a new one.
Step 2Create collections and pages
With Silk, you create a basic structure of your site first, and create the content of your pages after. Structuring your site is done in your dashboard, which is the place you see after creating your Silk site.
For your portfolio, you can create a collection for each kind of content that your portfolio needs to have, like selected works, reflections, and goals. Your teacher may have told you what needs to be in your portfolio.
In our example, Kate created two collections to begin with: 'Selected work', and 'Goals'. She created two pages for essays she wrote in the collection for selected work, and a page with her goals for the next semester in her goals collection.
Step 3Edit your pages
Time to add some content! Go to one of your pages, and click 'edit page'.
Your cursor is situated in the main content area, and you can start typing right away. Notice the plus ('+') symbol beneath? You can use the plus symbol anywhere on the page to add different kinds of content, like media and images.
There is also a sidebar on the left, on which you can explain what the page is about and add an image.
In our example, Kate pasted the text of her essay on the French Revolution on the page, and added some nice images.
Step 4Fill in your fact sheets
On the top of your page, you can see the collection your page belongs to, and an 'add your first tag' button. We call this area the fact sheet, and you can use it to enter important bits of information about your page. It's perfect for entering practical information you want to have on every page in your collection, like your grade, the year, and so on.
Kate's example page about the French Revolution now contains the course the essay belongs to, the year, semester, and grade. She also filled in this information on her other essay page.
Step 5Make a nice homepage
By default, your homepage includes links to your collections and pages. Edit your homepage to make it more personal.
Kate added some text that explains what her site is about in the sidebar. She also dragged in an image. On the right, she wrote a little welcome-text.
This concludes the tutorial. If you want to know about more things you can do with Silk, check out our other tutorials. If something is not entirely clear, we would be happy to help you! Just drop a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what's wrong.
Good luck making your portfolio!