Create your own Electronic Teaching Portfolio

(full day hands-on workshop)

Abstract: Learn cross-platform strategies to store and organize your own standards-based electronic teaching portfolio, which can be a powerful tool to guide your ongoing professional development. Bring a floppy diskette with electronic "artifacts" to convert into PDF or WWW format, as well as the standards you want these documents to demonstrate.

Workshop Description: As we move to more standards-based teacher performance assessment, we need new tools to record and organize evidence of successful teaching, for both practicing professionals and student teachers. This workshop will introduce a strategy for using a variety of cross-platform strategies to store and organize Electronic Teaching Portfolios. Participants should bring a floppy diskette with files that they want to convert, as well as the evaluation criteria/standards/rubrics they want to demonstrate with their portfolios. The results of the day-long activity can be saved on a floppy diskette (without video) or a high density floppy, such as a Zip disk. For more information about the workshop, go to:

Objectives: Participants will become aware of the various strategies for authoring electronic portfolios and begin to design their own personal electronic teaching portfolio. Participants will become familiar with creating and editing PDF files, and how to translate files from a variety of applications into Adobe Acrobat or HTML format.

Prerequisite participant skills/knowledge required: Intermediate computer skills - this is NOT a workshop for beginners.

Workshop Outline:

Participants will:  Become aware of the various strategies for authoring electronic teaching portfolios

Become aware of the electronic portfolio development process, which is a combination of the multimedia development process (Assess/Decide, Plan/Design, Develop, Implement, Evaluate) and the portfolio development process (Collection, Selection, Reflection, Projection, Presentation) (1.5 hours)
Learn to Edit PDF files with Adobe Acrobat Exchange. (1+ hour)

Stage 1: Design their own personal electronic teaching portfolio:

- decide on goals of portfolio (based on learner outcomes that are based on teaching standards and evaluation rubrics) - (for this workshop, participants are provided with the ISTE/NCATE Educational Technology Foundations Standards if they did not bring their own to use)

- describe the audience for the portfolio

- decide on content of portfolio

- decide which software tools are most appropriate for the portfolio context

(1/2 hour)

Stage 2: Create the Working Portfolio, using one of a variety of applications (i.e., word processing, database, presentation/slide show).

Gather multimedia materials to include in the portfolio which represent learner's achievement
Stage 3: Record self-reflection on work and achievement of goals  (1.5 hours)

Stage 4: Create Portable Document Files from a variety of applications (i.e., word processing, database, presentation/slide show)

Organize with hypertext links between standards/rubrics/goals, student work samples, rubrics, and assessment  (1 hour)
Stage 5: Present portfolio draft to participant audience
Evaluate the effectiveness of the portfolio presentation
Discuss publishing options, including CD-R and WWW server. (1/2 hour)