Record practical work

As part of your study you may be required to record evidence of your work. This can involve recording information about your progress, creating a portfolio or demonstrating skills you have learnt.

Recording of your practical work is usually information gathered over a period of time. So it is important to be organised and have a plan for storage of your items, either in a display folder or using online tools.

A well-presented record of your work or portfolio can be a great tool to take to a job interview!

An engineering student using his smart phone to take a photo of a solar power facility.

Things to do

Record evidence of your work

There are many different ways to collect evidence of your practical work. You can use traditional methods like a display book or folder or create an online collection of your work.

Collecting work to put into a display will depend on the requirements of your class work. Some examples could be:

  • Work collected – samples of your written work and writing styles or evidence of problem solving and communication.
  • Record of the progress you have made on a practical task – notes or log books, photos of work being done or records of materials sourced.
  • Visual displays – these can be used for artistic creations, design work and graphic design collections.

Online collections of your work could enable you to work from different sites like SkillsLocker and use different tools, like a phone or a tablet. You could try:

  • creating a blog or a website
  • creating an online photo collection
  • creating an online movies
  • using social media to create a class group on Facebook.

 There are many tools you can use to record your work:

  • Mobile devices like phones and tablets can have functions to take photos, video or audio recordings.
  • Digital cameras and video cameras can also be used.
  • You could also record location information on a GPS.

Create a portfolio

A portfolio is a great way to keep track of work you complete in your course. You can present your planning and record progress of your work in a portfolio.

When creating your portfolio, make sure you:

  • Record as much information as possible in the time you have. This can include written plans and notes, photos, samples of materials, diagrams and sketches. Identify what devices (phone, camera, etc.) or strategies you are going to use to record your work.
  • Plan your portfolio with the aim of demonstrating a range of skills, ideas and experiences. Also plan your time, keeping in mind when you need to complete your portfolio and how regularly you need to collect and add material.
  • Organise how you are going to store all of your records in the same place. Decide on what tools you are going to need to keep your records organised. For example, you could try SkillsLocker.

Share your work

There are many tools you can use to share your collected evidence or portfolio. You can share your work with your teacher, classmates, potential employers and more.

Face to face presentations can be used to present your collection using tools like PowerPoint, Prezi or photo collections. You could create an online movie with photos using software like Photostory3.

Using online options to share your collection or portfolio can mean your work is more accessible to others. You can also choose to protect online collections with a password or login requirements.

Online options to share you work include applications like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, GoogleDocs or SkillsLocker.

Explore the Websites and Apps below for more ideas.

Mobile apps