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Powerpoint presentation given at the NJMEA/TI:ME Conference in East Brunswick, NJ, February 20, 2010

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  • Student Portfolio Creation
    Using iWeb
    Susan Thomas, Presenter
    New Jersey Music Educators Association
    State Conference
    And
    TI:ME National Conference
    East Brunswick, New Jersey
    February 20, 2010
  • Background…
    • URI Music Department has been requiring Digital Portfolios for all majors for about 10 years.
    • Students have created websites based on a template using Dreamweaver.
    • Students work on their portfolios throughout their college careers, with instruction at three levels - freshman, sophomore and senior.
    • Artifacts include audio, video, Praxis test scores, Best Work in music and non-music courses, etc.
  • But…
    • Dreamweaver is difficult to use for a student with no prior web-authoring experience.
    • Students get very frustrated with the mistakes they make, no matter how thorough the explanations.
    • Because of the difficulty, students work from a template with very limited customization.
    • Students graduate with portfolios that all look basically the same.
  • New Approach….
    • In Summer, 2009, our computer lab was completely redone, courtesy of a grant from the Champlin Foundation.
    • With new Apple computers, we could switch our portfolio development to iWeb ‘09.
    • All students (except a few seniors who felt they understood Dreamweaver and were loath to switch so late in their college career) now use iWeb to develop their digital portfolios.
  • Benefits….
    • Students exhibit creativity in their portfolios - a true expression of themselves.
    • There are few technical problems – iWeb is exceedingly user friendly.
    • Many of our students own Mac laptops with iWeb installed. They are able to work on their digital portfolio on their own time without being tethered to the computer lab.
  • Instruction….
    • In MUS 119, a freshman level course, students download a template from Sakai (course management system) which gives them a basis from which to work.
    • Students add artifacts to a MUS 119 page in their digital portfolio from their class work. They begin to customize the “look” of their portfolio.
  • Instruction….
    • In MUS 280, a sophomore level course, students add audio and more artifacts to a MUS 280 page in their digital portfolio.
    • Artifacts include jury sheets, transcript, databases of repertoire and concerts performed, article reviews, lesson plans, etc.
  • Instruction….
    • In MUS 480, a senior level course, students add video and more artifacts to their digital portfolio.
    • Categories align to the Graduation Portfolio Evaluation form which the faculty complete online. Data is collected through submission of the evaluation form.
    • Artifacts include a biography suitable for a printed program, press kit (performance majors), cooperating teacher evaluations, University supervisor evaluations, unit plans, lesson plans (music education majors), etc.
  • Instructional Resources….
    • Take Control of iWeb ’09 by Steve Sande. TidBITS, Inc, 2009.
    • Instructional screenshot movies posted on the class Sakai site.
  • Summary….
    Students love the creativity and flexibility iWeb allows them. When I asked seniors this semester to email me with their preference for switching to iWeb or sticking with Dreamweaver, these are some of the responses I received:
  • Student Portfolio Creation
    Using iWeb
    Susan Thomas, Presenter
    New Jersey Music Educators Association
    State Conference
    And
    TI:ME National Conference
    East Brunswick, New Jersey
    February 20, 2010