This e-portfolio aims at creating an environment which
• Acts as a repository of multimedia artefacts/exemplars not only for personal record but also as a showcase for other teachers/potential future employers.
• Sustains my professional development through personal reflection, peer collaboration and evaluation.
• Supports and puts into practice the National eLearning Strategy.
• As an eLearning teacher provide opportunities for collaboration and supported learning for other primary teachers through exemplars and evidence of innovative technologies used with pupils in the classroom.
• Act as a role model for other primary teachers to use e-portfolios in their professional development.
This portfolio is my personal digital journey serving both as a learning and teaching tool, enhancing my professional development. This is an ongoing development which I will reflect upon through my own reviews as well as have reviews from my colleagues so as to improve the strategies and approaches I decide upon. I hope to cover as best I can the work I do in schools which is evidenced through multimedia and supported by literature reviews to reveal a more objective outlook . These are the main functions of the portfolio:
- To have an online CV which can be updated as necessary.
- An informative record of my work/projects in schools, what I do, my goals, targets.
- Reflections on accomplished projects/work.
- Serve as my personal professional development environment.
• I would like my e-portfolio to be a teaching tool to support and train primary class teachers in their implementation of ICT and digital technology. This I will do through a blog created specifically for this purpose – elearningeduc.wordpress.com
• Be a role model in the use of innovative technology in the classroom by showing examples of use through multimedia and exemplars.
• Set the example so in future teachers may see its usefulness and compile their own teaching e-portfolios.
• Use my e-portfolio as an online collaboration tool with my colleagues who are eLearning teachers like myself and thus learn from each other.
The personalisation and flexibility this software allows for is a great incentive for educators whom I believe will be more willing and encouraged to set up a lifelong e-portfolio.
Why an e-portfolio?
An e-portfolio is an anthology of multimedia evidence which has been carefully chosen and considered. This engagement process of collecting and selecting brings about learning and development through reflection. In itself the e-portfolio contributes to a sense of confidence in oneself as it allows the learners to demonstrate their capabilities and achievements, taking ownership of their own skills in planning, assessing and reflecting, making it a personalised creation. (Keengwe et al. 2009)
Dr.Helen Barrett (2002), a consultant in education and an expert on e-portfolios, states that:
“An online portfolio system needs to support a culture of EVIDENCE:
Evidence = Artifacts + Learner Reflections + Validation or Feedback”
All this is not just theory as I have demonstrated the evidence with multimedia. I have written reflections on what was learned and also have feedback as validation from my friends and colleagues. This has proved to myself as well as to others that an e-portfolio can truly be a valued resource to any improvement in professional development. As collaboration can be part and parcel of the e-portfolio, peer reflection contributes to the development process in reviewing each others portfolios, enriching them. As Thomas and McNair (2005) state:
“The recording of and reflecting on professional development….leads to the notion of evidence of learning that is located, shared, developed and evaluated…”
I have also backed up my reflections with literature reviews and research. Collaborating with me, commenting and making use of my e-portfolio I have:
-my colleagues – eLearning teachers
-primary class teachers
-my peers at the University of Ulster
Collaboration is an essential part of my e-portfolio as it offers an environment for sharing innovative ideas and practices in a close knit community.
For more information on e-portfolios in student learning visit: Slideshare: Interactive ePortfolios
Acceptable Use Policy
I would like to add that in my multimedia evidence I portray many young school children. I have seen to it that all children who appear anywhere have permission from their parents through the signing of the AUP forms(Acceptable Use Policy). This is a policy in Malta published by the Department of Technology in Education, which ensures amongst other issues that students have permission to appear in any media such as photographs published on the Internet.
McNair, V. and Marshall, K., 2006. E-portfolios: Reflection,Collaboration and Sustainability in Early Teacher Education. Ireland.
[Accessed 11 January 2010]
I look forward and appreciate any comments or thoughts which can help in developing and enhancing my work in this field.