1. ePortfolio development
2. Online community
3. Professional library
1. School edtech culture eval
2. New media development
3. Individualized learning project
1. Evaluation, grading
2. Syllabus, timeline
3. Rubrics and assessments
4. ISTE NET T Standards
Alysyn Thibault (Wikispaces) (2011-12)
Callie Wilder (Weebly) (2013-14)
Emily Buck (Google Sites) (2011-12)
Rebecca Hartwell (Google Sites) (2011-12)
Spencer Beckman (Weebly) (2014-15)
Model digital stories
The Matanuska Colony
The Vital Marine Highway System
Confessions of a Runner
Double Replacement Reaction
The Moose Hunt
Time frame: Duration of the course
Essential question(s): How do I establish and use an electronic portfolio for professional purposes?
Objective: To create an electronic portfolio using your choice of social media. This will serve as your portfolio for your MAT educational technology course. The level of privacy you set for it is up to you.
ISTE Nets standards
This assignment addresses:
New to creating social media? For those who are new to creating something substantial with social media (vs. just leaving comments on someone else's Facebook page), I recommend using either Blogger or Google Sites. Blogger is very easy to set up and use. Google Sites offers more options, and has a slightly steeper learning curve. The site you are looking at right now was created with Google Sites. Both are available through Google, and require you to establish a Google account.
Can I use Wordpress? How about Facebook? You can use any social media service you want that allows you to add text, hyperlinks, images, and allows you to control who can leave messages and comments.
Can I use a blog or social media presence that I have already set up? Yes and no. If you can set up a specific part of an existing site you have, that's fine. But your work for this course can't be mixed in with other entries and material.
Do I have to identify myself on my site? No. Or, you can identify yourself, and make it private/invite only, so that you only invite those people that you want to see your work. Or you can do both. There is no penalty whatsoever for having a private ePortfolio.
But here are some ideas to consider. Most of you are going to be public school teachers. To many, this means being publicly available. Parents and communities will understandably want to find a good source of information about you and your work. My ePortfolio, jasonohler.com, is very public, as are my blogs, twitter feeds and the other kinds of media I maintain. I decided long ago that the best way to manage my online presence was to do so very deliberately by creating the most positive online presence - known in the world of digital citizenship as "digital footprint" - that I could. I operate under the assumption that if I don't maintain my public presence, others will do it for me, and I would rather be in charge of that presence. However, I appreciate that this approach may not be for everyone.
Also, MAT students in the past have told me that the ePortfolio they create for this class has convinced employers they are "up the digital learning curve," which is an important aspect of employability these days.
Lastly, we are all present on the Internet these days, particularly if you are on Facebook or other social media sites. This means you are searchable. In fact, one of the most important questions we should ask ourselves and our students is, How do you want to appear to the world when you are Googled? You should know that it is now commonplace for employers to search the web to find out more about potential candidates. You can make your ePortfolio one of the most positive digital footprints you want them to find.
However, I realize others may not see it this way and have perfectly legitimate reasons for their perspective. Therefore - and I mean this very seriously - while creating a web presence is part of this course, making that presence public is not. Not doing so will have no impact on your grade whatsoever. You are free to pursue all the privacy you wish to pursue.
Can I allow selective access to my site? I touched on this above. The answer is usually- it depends on the service you are using.
Can I allow selective access to just certain parts of my site? Usually. For example, documents you create with Google Docs, and videos you post on YouTube, can be set to private mode so that only those you invite have access to them.
Should I let others comment on my site? Here is the deal. This is your professional portfolio that you will show to others. A number of MAT graduates have proven their ed tech savvy to school hiring committees by simply providing the web address of the portfolio they created for this class. So, if your portfolio has a number of comments from others on it, then it drops in professionalism. However, what you can do is invite comments if you like, and then make sure you delete them periodically, and especially before finalizing your portfolio for each semester. Bottom line: you want your e-portfolio to be clean and professional. You are going public with your technology skills.
What do I do after I set up my electronic portfolio? Email me with your web address. I will add it to this site so that you can always access all of your other colleagues' portfolios through our class website.
How will my ePortfolio be evaluated? We will use evaluation standards that can be found on the rubrics and assessment page.
Assignment: Create your web presence, post an intro on it and email me the web address of your site. Maintain it throughout the semester.
Portfolio reading: An excellent article about the value of reflective portfolios is:
Formative assessment and self‐regulated learning: a model and seven principles of good feedback practice by Nicol and Macfarlane-Dick. Studies in Higher Education, Volume 31, Issue 2, 2006.
Access it here.
Your ePortfolio, texts
It is the goal of this course to immerse you in the reality of the world wide web as a teaching and learning environment. Toward that end, you will be using resources that will be accessible to you after you graduate from the MAT program. In the case of the ePortfolio, this might mean using Google Sites, Blogger, Wordpress, WIX - whatever you choose.
You have one required text for this course
It is Digital Storytelling in the Classroom, 2nd edition. I used to give students the last PDF version I had created of it before sending it to my publishers, but then my publishers found out. They weren't happy. But feel free to borrow it from past MAT students. Libraries have copies of it too. All other resources needed in the course are free and are identified as the course progresses.