I believe that all portfolios need to include three forms of reflection, focusing on the past, present, and future. These
- What? (the artifacts that I have collected from the past)
- So What? (what these artifacts show about my learning at the present time)
- Now What? (my future learning goals)
So, here are my future goals. This portfolio comes at a time when I am winding up my
PT3 grant, and getting ready to retire from the University of Alaska Anchorage. I am using this portfolio
to help me reflect on my strengths and how that will contribute to my future professional direction.
After I retire, my husband and I want to begin providing training to "baby boomers" and senior citizens on
using digital storytelling to preserve their memories and life stories for future generations; our mission statement: "using today's technology
to tell yesterday's stories to tomorrow's generations." The current popularity of scrapbooking and genealogy all indicate that there
is an interest to preserve these memories. But those who study genealogy know that we can find
the dates and facts about a life, but stories that are not preserved are lost forever. Everyone has
a story to tell. Digital storytelling is one way to preserve and share our family legacies.
Perhaps we can also work into the process a "retirement transition" focus, using digital family stories as a way
of finding a new purpose in retirement after a very busy working life. Learning to share digital
stories could become a powerful transition activity. And in the process, new retirees could learn technology skills that
they might have missed in their professional careers.
Here is an opportunity for schools, as well, to bring this digital storytelling process to their communities, to match young
people who have the technology skills with older people who have the stories to be preserved. Then, we
can truly become a community of lifelong learners who share our knowledge and wisdom with each other.