Indicate your interest in joining an ePortfolio Academy supporting REAL* ePortfolio Development in K-12 schools through online courses to be facilitated by Dr. Helen Barrett
*REAL = Reflection, Engagement, and Assessment for Learning
This learning community will offer teacher professional development to start in September 2011. The REAL ePortfolio Academy will provide multiple opportunities to guide teachers through a year-long process of implementation with GoogleApps/Digication/Teacher Dashboard or other Web 2.0-based tools. The plan is to primarily use a private Google Group and Google Site to facilitate the course, with live events available through Skype, GoToWebinar, or Adobe Connect. If you are interested in more information, fill in the form below.
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Details on the Academy Program and Services:
There is a need to provide this information to educators around the world, using a variety of tools and strategies. Right now the Academy will offer five levels of professional development:
- Self-paced: a website with course content and readings, which will be free, but no communication with instructor or other participants
- Collaborative: a collaborative community for dialogue and feedback throughout the year, which will require a registration/membership fee
- Credit: participants in the collaborative community may earn university credit with full participation in the course requirements, for an additional credit fee
- Webinars: distance-delivered workshops and planning committee meetings are also available to be delivered via the Internet to schools for a fee
- Face-to-Face: hands-on workshops and planning sessions are also available to be conducted in school districts for a fee + travel expenses
The self-paced website will be available to anyone. The sign-in to the collaboration community will be provided upon payment of a registration/membership fee.
Descriptions of Courses Planned
It has become apparent that there is a need for multiple courses, meant to answer three questions about Electronic Portfolios in K-12 Schools:
- What? (Definition, Description, Examples)
- Why? (Purpose, Benefits, Philosophy)
- How? (Implementation Strategies, Pedagogy, Promising Practices).
In summary, the following courses are planned: a generic, tool-neutral short course that provides an overview of electronic portfolios; a more in-depth course that supports specific implementation with students using Google Apps (later, a course on WordPress/EduBlogs may be offered, if there is enough interest); a course on creating a digital narrative/story to add voice to e-portfolios; a course to build a professional portfolio (may be taken simultaneously with overview course); and a course to support classroom-based research on implementation of electronic portfolios. For those concerned about how to use data management systems to collect assessment data about student learning, another course will be developed, if there is sufficient interest. Courses are currently under development and submitted for approval by Seattle Pacific University for Professional Development Credit.
- Overview of Student-Centered Electronic Portfolios in K-12 Education (generic, no specific tools, an overview of the different purposes/tools, with an emphasis on collection, reflection, and direction/goal-setting) - 1 credit - 3 weeks with six lessons or 6 weeks with six lessons (20 hours) - 3-week version of course offered twice a quarter (What? Why?)
- Implement Electronic Portfolios with K-12 Students using Google Apps (Docs, Sites, Blogger, YouTube, Picasa, Digication, Teacher Dashboard) - 3 credits - 10 weeks, 20 lessons using self-paced design with age-specific groupings (60 hours) Prerequisite or co-requisite: Overview class (How?)
- Add Voice to ePortfolios with Digital Narratives - 1 credit - 3 weeks, six lessons or 6 weeks, six lessons (20 hours) (with a focus on reflection in e-portfolios through multimedia) (How?)
- Create Your Professional Portfolio using GoogleApps (or WordPress) - 1 credit - 6 weeks with six lessons - This class could be offered as a supplement to the Overview course, with each participant creating a Professional Portfolio (How?)
- Assessment and Evaluation with Electronic Portfolios (This course is under development, and will look at data management systems to use electronic portfolios for institutional assessment and evaluation of K-12 student learning.) (How?)
- Classroom-Based Research on Implementing Electronic Portfolios in K-12 Education - 1-3 variable credit - 10 weeks (may be repeated twice?) (20-60 hours) Prerequisite: Implementation class - This class is meant to support teachers the rest of the school year, to create an opportunity for a collaborative network to support classroom-based research on the implementation of electronic portfolios.
Google Group set up to design courses: http://groups.google.com/group/eportfolioacademy - Membership by invitation. To request invitation, fill out the form above and go to http://groups.google.com/group/eportfolioacademy/subscribe?note=1
© Helen C. Barrett, Ph.D. - updated August 30, 2011