Create an Electronic Portfolio using Microsoft Office

(half day hands-on workshop)
Pre-requisite: three-hour Overview of Electronic Portfolio Development 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 link to your portfolio, 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 half-day activity can be saved on a floppy diskette or a high density floppy, such as a Zip disk.

Objectives: Participants will become aware of the various strategies for using Microsoft Office to create a standards-based electronic portfolio and begin to design their own personal electronic portfolio.

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

Workshop Outline:

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
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
Create a "Portfolio-at-a-Glance" or Tracking Sheet for Artifacts using Microsoft Excel

Stage 3: Record self-reflection on work and achievement of goals using Microsoft Word
Create a presentation of portfolio using Microsoft PowerPoint

Stage 4: Organize with hypertext links between standards/rubrics/goals, student work samples, rubrics, and assessment

Stage 5: Discuss publishing options, including CD-R and WWW server. (1/2 hour)

©2002, Helen C. Barrett, Ph.D.