Developing the Framework for your Educational
Technology Foundation Standards Electronic Portfolio
Using a Database Program
Stage 1 - In the database, prepare your overview/standards
Set up a database with the following fields:
Set up the portfolio demonstrating the ISTE/NCATE Educational
Technology Foundation Standards
You will want to set up an attractive report layout
name/number of each performance indicator
Copy the performance indicators into the database, creating
an individual record for each one.
OR Open the file called "templatedb.awk".
This file contains the performance indicators for ISTE Educational Technology
Stage 2 - Collecting
the Artifacts - The Working Portfolio
Interject personality into the portfolio design.
Use some of the graphics capabilities of the report layouts to add style
and flair to the portfolio.
Identify the portfolio artifacts (examples of your work,
hopefully in electronic form) or experiences you have that demonstrate
that you have met this indicator. You might set up a separate database
that lists all of the artifacts that you have collected and how they might
demonstrate your competency.
On your hard drive, floppy disk or server, store the
artifacts into electronic folders for each standard to organize the artifacts
(any type of electronic document).
Use appropriate multimedia to add style and individuality
Use a scanner (or camera) to digitize images [Level
Use a microphone and sound digitizing program to digitize
audio artifacts [Level 4]
Use a video camera, digitizing hardware and software
to digitize video artifacts [Level 5]
Stage 3 - Selection,
Reflections & Direction - The Reflective Portfolio
Enter a short reflection into the "reflection"
Write a reflection for each performance indicator that
explains why you think you have demonstrated achievement of this performance
indicator. In other words, how you think you have accomplished this standard.
List the artifacts or experiences in the "artifacts"
After each reflection, identify the portfolio artifacts
(examples of your work, hopefully in electronic form) or experiences you
have that demonstrate that you have met this indicator.
Write a short statement on future learning goals
in the "goals" field
The portfolio becomes a lifelong learning tool, when we take these reflections
and set goals for future learning.
For each performance indicator, write a statement about what you still
need to learn in this area, setting some reasonable goals for yourself
so that you can achieve this standard.
Stage 4 - Adding hypertext links to
become a Connected Portfolio
By its nature, a data base allows easy access to the different components,
through searching, sorting and selection commands. If a relational
database is used, such as FileMaker Pro or Access, the file can be posted
to an Internet server. Although the artifact are not a part of the database
document, you can create hypertext links (http://...) to artifacts that
are posted to a web server anywhere on the Internet.
The advantage and disadvantage of this approach is the accessibility
on the Internet. The difficulty is needing to make the database available
through a web server, and knowing how to link the fields to a web page.
There are many other resources available to guide the developer on how
to make these databases web-accessible. This strategy is certainly a fertile
ground for product development.
In the absence of the skills to post the database to the Internet, or
access to an appropriate server, another option is to convert the information
into a more universal format:
Convert the files to Adobe Acrobat
Convert the files into Web page format