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Presentation at National Educational Computing Conference, July 1, 2009.

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  • It is also not just about alignment with standards.
  • Many of us use the cloud, or cloud-based applications, without even being aware of it. Advances in computer science to ensure redundancy and protection from natural disasters have led to data being shared across many different hosting facilities. Improved infrastructure has made the cloud robust and reliable; as usage grows, the cloud is fundamentally changing our notions of computing and communication.
  • Part of a trend that began with simple innovations like personalized start pages, RSS aggregation, and customizable widgets, the personal web is a term coined to represent a collection of technologies that confer the ability to reorganize, configure and manage online content rather than just viewing it. Using a growing set of free and simple tools and applications, it is easy to create customized, personal web-based environments — a personal web — that explicitly supports one’s social, professional, learning and other activities via highly personalized windows to the networked world
  • Google Wave is a new model for communication and collaboration on the web, coming later this year.
  • A portfolio is, literally, a balanced collection of holdings related to one person, such as financial assets, job responsibilities, artistic works, and accomplishments. It’s something portable, something you carry with you. The portfolio represents the whole. It represents what you have or have done as an expression of who you are. (p.4)


  • 1. ePortfolios 2.0:Web 2.0 tools toImprove/ShowcaseStudent TechnologyLiteracy
    Dr. Helen Barrett
    NECC 2009
    Slideshare: eportfolios
  • 2. Showcase?
    Multiple Purposes from Hidden Assumptions
  • 3. “The Blind Men and the Elephant”Thanks to Alan Levine
  • 4. QUOTE
    The e-portfolio is the central and common point for the student experience… It is a reflection of the student as a person undergoing continuous personal development, not just a store of evidence.-Geoff Rebbeck, e-Learning Coordinator, Thanet College, quoted in JISC, 2008, Effective Practice with e-Portfolios
  • 5. E-Portfolio Components
    • Multiple Portfolios for Multiple Purposes-Celebrating Learning-Personal Planning-Transition/entry to courses-Employment applications-Accountability/Assessment
    • 6. Multiple Tools to Support Processes-Capturing & storing evidence-Reflecting-Giving & receiving feedback-Planning & setting goals-Collaborating-Presenting to an audience
    • 7. Digital Repository
    (Becta, 2007; JISC, 2008)
  • 8. Enhancing students' computer & multimedia skills through ePortfolios
  • 9. New Hampshire
  • 10. New Framework for 21st Century Skills
  • 11. New ISTE NETS for Students
    Creativity and Innovation
    Communication and Collaboration
    Research and Information Fluency
    Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving & Decision-Making
    Digital Citizenship
    Technology Operations and Concepts
  • 12.
  • 13. NETS “Refresh”
  • 14. Mapping Curriculum to Standards
  • 15. To assess technology skills with a portfolio…
    You must integrate technology across the curriculum
    It’s not just an end-of-year activity!
    Needs a good rubric (under development in New Hampshire)
  • 16. International Trends in ePortfolio Development
    Personalized Learning
    ‘Choice’ and ‘Voice’
    Self-Directed Learning
    Reflective Practice
    Constructing Deep Learning
    Digital Identity Development
  • 17. Student Engagement!
    CQ + PQ > IQ (Friedman, 2006)[Curiosity + Passion]
    Learners find their voice and passions through choice and personalization!
    Portfolio as Story
    Positive Digital Identity Development
    “Academic MySpace”
  • 18. Six technologies with the power to transform K-12 teaching and learning
    One year or less:
    collaborative environments
    online communication tools
    Two to three years:
    mobile devices
    cloud computing
    Four to five years:
    smart objects
    the personal web
    New Media Centers
  • 19. Cloud Computing
    “The cloud is the term for networked computers that distribute processing power, applications, and large systems among many machines.”
    disk storage and processing cycles a readily available, cheap commodity
    thin-client, web-based applications for image editing, word processing, social networking, and media creation
    More reliable than desktop storage
    The Horizon Report, 2009
  • 20. The Personal Web
    … computer users are assembling collections of tools, widgets, and services that make it easy to develop and organize dynamic online content. Armed with tools for tagging, aggregating, updating, and keeping track of content, today’s learners create and navigate a web that is increasingly tailored to their own needs and interests: this is the personal web.
    The Horizon Report, 2009
  • 21. A Technology to Watch:
    Google Wave!
  • 22. What is a wave?
    A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.
    A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.
    A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.
  • 23. Architectureof InteractionArchitecture of Participation(Web 2.0)
    allows a
    Pedagogyof Interaction
    (ePortfolio 2.0)
  • 24. A Reminder…
    … is the “Heart and Soul” of a Portfolio… NOT the Technology!
  • 25. Technology & Reflection
    Two Themes across the Lifespan with ePortfolio Development
  • 26. Digital Archive (for Life) Supports Lifelong & Life-wide Learning
  • 27. Early Childhood ePortfolio Emphasis
    Technologies: Digital images, audio and video plus parent (and grandparent!) involvement
    Reflection in Early Childhood: Finding Voice and the Language of Reflection
  • 28. Formal Education: Assessment Portfolio Systems
    Two approaches
  • Forms of Assessment
    Formative Assessments
    Provides insights for the teacher
    Assessment FOR Learning
    Provides insights for the learner
    Summative Assessments (Assessment OF Learning or Evaluation)
    Provides insights (and data) for the institution
    Nick Rate (2008) Assessment for Learning & ePortfolios, NZ Ministry of Ed
  • 30. Purposes for Assessment
    Assessment FOR Learning
    Formative (Classroom-based) Assessment
    Assessment OF Learning =
    Summative Assessment
  • 31. Middle Level (ages ~9~14)ePortfolio Emphasis
    Technologies: Blogs, Wikis, VoiceThread, GAMES!
    Reflection in Middle Grades: Learning to LearnPortfolio Model
  • 32. Learning to Learn Portfolio ModelIan Fox, New Zealand
  • 33. Personalizing & Goal Setting
  • 34. High School ePortfolio Emphasis
    Technologies: GoogleApps (Docs, Sites), Social Networking
    Reflection in High School: Construction of Self, Planning for the Future
  • 35. Social Learning
    How can we integrate ePortfolios with what we know about social learning and interactivity?
  • 36. How can you leveragethe technologies learners own?
    Accessibility from “net books” and home computers
    Connectivity with cell phones
    Audio (podcasts) and Video (digital stories)
  • 37. Formal Education: Assessment Portfolio Systems
    Two approaches
  • Portfolio Differences
    Assessment OF Learning
    Purpose prescribed
    Artifacts mandated - scoring for external use
    Organized by teacher
    Summative (Past to present)
    Requires extrinsic motivation
    Assessment FOR Learning
    Purpose negotiated
    Artifacts chosen - feedback to learner
    Organized by learner
    Formative (Present to future)
    Intrinsically motivating
  • 39. ePortfolio 1.0 - ePortfolio 2.0
    Hierarchical, Designed
    Metaphor: Portfolio as Test
    Focus on Standardization
    Feedback from Authority Figures
    Large, complex systems
    Networked, Emergent
    Metaphor: Portfolio as Story
    Focus on Individuality, Creativity
    Feedback from Community of Learners
    Small pieces, loosely joined - "Mash-ups"
  • 40. ePortfolio 1.0 - ePortfolio 2.0(continued)
    Web-based Form
    Digital Paper (text & images)
    Local Storage (hard drives, CD)
    Blog and Wiki
    Constructivist, Connectivist
    Open Standards
    Digital Story (multimedia)
    Network Storage (Lifetime Personal Web Space)
  • 41. College Student ePortfolio Emphasis
    Technologies: Social Technologies, Online Productivity Tools, Online Audio & Video
    Reflection in Higher Education: Demonstrating Competence, Personalizing Standards-Based Portfolios: Choice and Voice
  • 42. How is social networking impacting ePortfolio development?
    It is having a huge impact on our social and political world!
  • 43. Professional ePortfolio Emphasis
    Technologies: Social Networks, Productivity Tools, Micro-Blogging (Twitter) and Second Life
    Reflection on the Job: Sharing Experiences, Building a Community of Learners
  • 44. Life Portfolio – planning for an extended midlife transition (50-90)
    An intentional combination of passions and pursuits
    Envision new possibilities
    Plan ahead – visualize a new life
    Not “retirement” but “rewirement”
  • 45. Portfolio Way of Thinking
    Careers have a shelf life; portfolios can be timeless (p.x)
    … expands into a mindset that is ageless, in the broader sense of figuring out what really matters in life. (p.5)
    In the zone between total career mode and total retirement, many want to discover or rediscover their passion… create a legacy… turn careers into callings, success into significance… to make a difference…
    …portfolios become an ongoing, ageless framework for self-renewal
  • 46. Quote
    “ Portfolio responds to a calling that is knit into the fabric of our very being. It is about what our motivations are, what makes us feel most alive. Portfolio development is what our true work should be, for it’s where our deep gifts, and our gladness, meet the needs of the world.” p. 43
  • 47. Strategies for a Portfolio Life
    Tell the Story of Your Life: Narrative is a powerful tool for self-discovery
    Accomplishments Leave Clues… and increase self-esteem
    Connect with Others -- Networking
    Develop Your Goals: Goals Prepare us for Change… Goals Yield Purpose
    Revise, Reflect, Rebalance
  • 48. Over 50’sePortfolio Emphasis
    Technologies: Digital Stories, Reflective Journal (blog), Social Networks
    Reflection for Later Life: Building a Legacy, Generativity, Planning for a Meaningful Life beyond Work
  • 49. Balancing the 2 Faces of e-Portfolios
  • 50. Some Basic Concepts
    “ePortfoliois both process and product”
    Process: A series of events (time and effort) to produce a result- From Old French proces(“‘journey’”)
    Product: the outcome/results or “thinginess” of an activity/process- Destination
  • 51. Types of ePortfolio Implementation
    Working Portfolio
    The Collection
    The Digital Archive
    Repository of Artifacts
    Reflective Journal(eDOL)
    Collaboration Space
    Portfolio as Process-- Workspace (PLE)“shoebox”
    Presentation Portfolio(s)
    The “Story” or Narrative
    Multiple Views (public/private)
    Varied Audiences(varied permissions)
    Varied Purposes
    Portfolio as Product-- Showcase
  • 52.
  • 53. Structure of E-Portfolio Types
    Portfolio as Process/ Workspace
    Organization: Chronological – eDOL(Electronic Documentation of Learning – U. of Calgary) Documenting growth over time for both internal and external audiences
    Primary Purpose: Learning or Reflection
    Reflection: immediate focus on artifact or learning experience
    Portfolio as Product/ Showcase
    Organization: Thematic – Documenting achievement of Standards, Goals or Learning Outcomes for primarily external audiences
    Primary Purpose: Accountability or Employment
    Reflection: retrospective focus on Standards, Goals or Learning Outcomes (Themes)
  • 54. What is the best tool?
    Do you need an all-in-one system or multiple tools?
  • 55. Less abouttellingMore about talking!
    - Julie Hughes, University of Wolverhampton
    Take advantage of Web 2.0 strategies in ePortfolio development
  • 56.
    Web 2.0
  • 57. Why Web 2.0 for e-portfolios?
    Access from Anywhere!
    Lifelong Skills!
    Mostly FREE!
  • 58. Web 2.0 Technologies
    Free, often open-source tools on the WWW
    “Me Publishing (blog and wiki)
    Shared Writing (GoogleDocs)
    Web Publishing(Google Sites)
    May require higher technology competency
    Mostly not secure websites
    “Small Pieces, Loosely Joined”
  • 59.
  • 60. Process & Web 2.0 Tools
  • 61. All you need is… an <Embed> Code!
    Hall Davidson
  • 62. Blogs
    Quickly, easily create a learning journal, documenting growth over time with entries that are date-stamped.
    WordPress allows additional pages and sub-pages.
    Interactivity is maintained through RSS feeds and Comments that can be added.
    WordPress file limit 3 GB!
    WordPress blogs can be password-protected (as well as individual entries).
    Prescribed order (reverse-chronological) of entries.
    Does not allow organizing attached files into folders.
    Limited attachments in Blogger.
    Blogger does not allow passwords, often blocked in schools
  • 63. Wikis
    Free (for education) online system.
    Wikispaces allows 2 GB online storage (PBWiki limits 50 MB).
    Page can be edited by approved members.
    Discussion link on top of every page.
    Saves draft pages and keeps versions.
    Allows embedding media and building tables on pages.
    Set up own system for managing the feedback on student work.
    Does not allow organizing files into folders.
    Archived version does not save navigation menu.
  • 64. GoogleDocs
    Documents, presentations or spreadsheets can be edited
    Maintains a record of all revisions, with identity of author.
    Interactivity is maintained through comments and co-authoring.
    Easily embed presentations into blog.
    Convert all documents to Microsoft Office or OpenOffice or PDF.
    Set up own system for managing the feedback on student work.
    Requires full time high speed Internet access.
    No attachments, only hyperlinks to documents.
  • 65. Google Pages NOW Google Sites
    Free website builder
    Flexibility and creativity in portfolio authoring.
    Helps students build technology skills.
    Automatically store pages online.
    100 MB limit on uploaded attachments
    No Interactivity
    Set up own system for managing the feedback on student work.
    More of a web page builder than a portfolio program.
  • 66. Public Google Tools vs. GoogleApps for Education?
    Public Google Tools (Gmail account)
    Student owns the account for life (must be over 13)
    Student has complete control of access
    FREE for anyone
    No uploading to Google Video (must use YouTube to embed videos)
    Start immediately
    Google Apps for Education
    Protected environment (school assigns account)
    School can control access (limit to members)
    FREE for education
    Limited use of Google Video (2 GB)
    Need some advanced set-up time
  • 67. Move beyond text-only artifacts
    Encourage development of multimedia artifacts
    Introduce alternative strategies for reflection
    Digital storytelling (audio & video)
    Blogging (including Twitter)
  • 68. Do Your e-Portfolios have VOICE?
    Individual Identity
    Meaning Making
    21st Century Literacy
    “When words are infused by the human voice, they come alive.”
    - Maya Angelou
  • 69.
    This following Word Cloud was created collaboratively by educators around the world, who contributed keywords that came to their mind when thinking about Digital Storytelling. Words that appear larger were used by more contributors.
  • 70. New Google Sitesinvitation for collaborators
    Reflection for Learning
    ePortfolio Survey Instruments
    Assessment for Learning
    CIC Websites due in the fall: Multimedia Records of Practice, Electronic Portfolios & Digital Storytelling
  • 71. Google Groups to Join
    Researching Web2.0 Portfolios
    Using Google Apps for ePortfolios in K-12 Education
    What is Web 2.0? (online course)
  • 72. Invitation to Collaborate
    Help me write a book for ISTE on Interactive Portfolios for Learning
    Need K-12 teachers familiar with portfolios and comfortable with technology
    Use primarily Web 2.0 tools (blog, wiki, GoogleApps)
    Send me an email
  • 73. My Final Wish…
    May all yourelectronic portfoliosbecome dynamic celebrationsandstories of deep learningacross the lifespan.
  • 74. Dr. Helen Barrett
    Researcher & ConsultantElectronic Portfolios & Digital Storytelling for Lifelong and Life Wide Learning