There are a number of great ways to leverage the Commons to create an Art Portfolio, this (long) video covers all the basics.
This video will walk you through how to create an assignment on the hub using a template in Google drive. The students will create a copy of this file, and then submit it back to you in a hub assignment …
If you are looking to explore authentic data sets, you might be interested to check out Fusion Tables. https://sites.google.com/site/fusiontablestalks/stories You can upload KML files from Open Data Programs like this one from the City of Hamilton: https://www.hamilton.ca/city-initiatives/strategies-actions/open-data-program
Creating a playlist in HWDSB.TV can be a great way to curate content for your students. This video walks through how to create a playlist, and how to embed that playlist in the HUB.