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This presentation was my keynote address at the EIFEL ePortfolio 2009 conference

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    A lifelong portfolio in digital format can definitely contribute to connect and communicate with others' (identities) in unknown ways in formal education, informal learning and above all ... in the classical quest for self-knowledge.
    Exciting times coming with each new tool that opens up new possibilities. Thanks for sharing!
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  1. 1. Lifelong ePortfolios: Creating your Digital Self Dr. Helen Barrett Keynote Address ePortfolio 2009, London
  2. 2. Your Digital “Self” <ul><li>Self : An individual's awareness of what constitutes his or her essential nature and distinguishes him or her from all others. </li></ul><ul><li>Past (Memories/Stories) </li></ul><ul><li> Present (Competencies/Character*) </li></ul><ul><li> Future (Goals/Vision/Direction) </li></ul><ul><li>Identity : The set of behavioral or personal characteristics by which an individual is recognizable. </li></ul> * The combination of emotional, intellectual, and moral qualities that distinguishes an individual.
  3. 3. “ Self” terms as learning goals <ul><li>Self efficacy </li></ul><ul><li>Self knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Self awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Self-directed </li></ul><ul><li>Self evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Self-regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Self-educated </li></ul><ul><li>Self-improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Self defense </li></ul><ul><li>Self-sustaining </li></ul><ul><li>Self esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Self confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Self care </li></ul><ul><li>Self portrait </li></ul><ul><li>Self guided </li></ul><ul><li>Self expression </li></ul><ul><li>Self help </li></ul><ul><li>Self reliance </li></ul>
  4. 4. “ Know Thyself”
  5. 5. Trends in ePortfolio Development <ul><li>Personalized Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Choice’ and ‘Voice’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self-Directed Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Constructing Deep Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Interactivity!!! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Technology & Reflection <ul><li>Two Themes across the Lifespan with ePortfolio Development </li></ul>
  7. 7. Technologies to Watch <ul><li>One year or less </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobiles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cloud Computing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Two to Three Years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Geo-Everything </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Personal Web </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Four to Five Years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Semantic-Aware Applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart Objects </li></ul></ul>New Media Centers
  8. 8. Six technologies with the power to transform K-12 teaching and learning <ul><li>One year or less: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborative environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>online communication tools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Two to three years: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>mobile devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>cloud computing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Four to five years: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>smart objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the personal web </li></ul></ul>New Media Centers
  9. 9. Cloud Computing <ul><li>“ The cloud is the term for networked computers that distribute processing power, applications, and large systems among many machines.” </li></ul><ul><li>disk storage and processing cycles a readily available, cheap commodity </li></ul><ul><li>thin-client, web-based applications for image editing, word processing, social networking, and media creation </li></ul><ul><li>More reliable than desktop storage </li></ul>The Horizon Report, 2009
  10. 10. The Personal Web <ul><li>… 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 . </li></ul>The Horizon Report, 2009
  11. 11. A Technology to Watch: <ul><li>Google Wave! </li></ul>
  12. 12. What is a wave? <ul><li>A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Architecture of Interaction Architecture of Participation (Web 2.0) <ul><li>allows a </li></ul><ul><li>Pedagogy of Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>(ePortfolio 2.0) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Reflection … is the “Heart and Soul” of a Portfolio… A Reminder…
  15. 15. Lifelong Life-Wide Scenario <ul><li>Lifelong, life-wide approach to: </li></ul><ul><li>Lifetime personal web space </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Online Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Stories </li></ul>Scenario
  16. 16. Digital Archive (for Life) Supports Lifelong & Life-wide Learning
  17. 17. Informal Learning Scenario
  18. 18. Families are the Centerpiece Scenario
  19. 19. Early Childhood Portfolios Scenario
  20. 20. Cartoon Scenario “ Your life may be monitored and recorded for quality-control purposes.”
  21. 21. Early Childhood ePortfolio Emphasis <ul><li>Technologies : Digital images, audio and video plus parent (and grandparent!) involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection in Early Childhood: Finding Voice and the Language of Reflection </li></ul>
  22. 22. Formal Education: Assessment Portfolio Systems <ul><li>Two approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Formative </li></ul><ul><li>Summative </li></ul>Scenario
  23. 23. Children enter school Scenario
  24. 24. Interview Format (Kindergarten)
  25. 25. Example - Victoria 2nd Grade Scenario
  26. 26. Tori’s Poem
  27. 27. Learning to Learn Portfolio Model Ian Fox, New Zealand
  28. 28. Middle Level (ages ~9~14) ePortfolio Emphasis <ul><li>Technologies : Blogs, Wikis, VoiceThread, GAMES! </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection in Middle Grades: Learning to Learn Portfolio Model </li></ul>
  29. 29. Social Learning How can we integrate ePortfolios with what we know about social learning and interactivity?
  30. 30. How can you leverage the technologies learners own? Accessibility from “net books” and home computers Connectivity with cell phones Audio (podcasts) and Video (digital stories)
  31. 31. Personalizing & Goal Setting Scenario
  32. 32. High School ePortfolio Emphasis <ul><li>Technologies : GoogleApps (Docs, Sites), Social Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection in High School: Construction of Self, Planning for the Future </li></ul>
  33. 33. Formal Education: Assessment Portfolio Systems <ul><li>Two approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Formative </li></ul><ul><li>Summative </li></ul>Scenario
  34. 34. Multiple Purposes from Hidden Assumptions <ul><li>Showcase? </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment? </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection? </li></ul>
  35. 35. Balancing the 2 Faces of e-Portfolios
  36. 37. Less about telling More about talking ! <ul><li>- Julie Hughes, University of Wolverhampton </li></ul>Take advantage of Web 2.0 strategies in ePortfolio development
  37. 38. College Student ePortfolio Emphasis <ul><li>Technologies : Social Technologies, Online Productivity Tools, Online Audio & Video </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection in Higher Education: Demonstrating Competence, Personalizing Standards-Based Portfolios: Choice and Voice </li></ul>
  38. 39. Portfolios in the Work Place <ul><li>Lifelong Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Career Change </li></ul><ul><li>Accreditation of prior learning </li></ul><ul><li>Personnel Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate & Community Portfolios </li></ul>Scenario for Professional Development
  39. 40. How is social networking impacting ePortfolio development? <ul><li>It is having a huge impact on our social and political world! </li></ul>
  40. 41. A New Cultural Wedge <ul><li>“ less calls, more web” mobile phones from 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Online versions of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Novels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portfolios? </li></ul></ul>
  41. 42. Professional ePortfolio Emphasis <ul><li>Technologies : Social Networks, Productivity Tools, Micro-Blogging (Twitter) and Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection on the Job: Sharing Experiences, Building a Community of Learners </li></ul>
  42. 43. Life Portfolio – planning for an extended midlife transition (50-90) <ul><li>An intentional combination of passions and pursuits </li></ul><ul><li>Envision new possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Plan ahead – visualize a new life </li></ul><ul><li>Not “retirement” but “rewirement” </li></ul>Scenario
  43. 44. Portfolio Way of Thinking <ul><li>Careers have a shelf life; portfolios can be timeless (p.x) </li></ul><ul><li>… expands into a mindset that is ageless, in the broader sense of figuring out what really matters in life. (p.5) </li></ul><ul><li>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… </li></ul><ul><li>… portfolios become an ongoing, ageless framework for self-renewal </li></ul>
  44. 45. Quote <ul><li>“ 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 </li></ul>
  45. 46. Strategies for a Portfolio Life <ul><li>Tell the Story of Your Life: Narrative is a powerful tool for self-discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Accomplishments Leave Clues… and increase slf-esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with Others -- Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Your Goals: Goals Prepare us for Change… Goals Yield Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Revise, Reflect, Rebalance </li></ul>
  46. 47. Over 50’s ePortfolio Emphasis <ul><li>Technologies : Digital Stories, Reflective Journal (blog), Social Networks </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection for Later Life: Building a Legacy, Generativity, Planning for a Meaningful Life beyond Work </li></ul>
  47. 48. Digital Stories - Legacies Scenario
  48. 49. “ Memex” – Memory Extender <ul><li>Cognitive Prosthesis </li></ul><ul><li>Memory Enhancement Research </li></ul><ul><li>Autobiographies (Family Legacy) </li></ul>Scenario
  49. 50. Personal digital equivalent of these movies: Scenario
  50. 51. Do Your e-Portfolios have VOICE? <ul><li>Individual Identity </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning Making </li></ul><ul><li>21 st Century Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>“ When words are infused by the human voice, they come alive.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Maya Angelou </li></ul>
  51. 52. Move beyond text-only artifacts <ul><li>Encourage development of multimedia artifacts </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce alternative strategies for reflection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital storytelling (audio & video) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging (including Twitter) </li></ul></ul>
  52. 53. 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.
  53. 54. Nametags
  54. 55. New Google Sites invitation for collaborators <ul><li>Reflection for Learning </li></ul><ul><li>e Portfolio Survey Instruments </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment for Learning </li></ul><ul><li>CIC Websites due in the fall: Multimedia Records of Practice, Electronic Portfolios & Digital Storytelling </li></ul>
  55. 56. Google Groups to Join <ul><li>Researching Web2.0 Portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Using Google Apps for ePortfolios in K-12 Education </li></ul><ul><li>What is Web 2.0? (online course) </li></ul>
  56. 57. My Final Wish… <ul><li>May all your electronic portfolios become dynamic celebrations and stories of deep learning across the lifespan. </li></ul>
  57. 58. Dr. Helen Barrett <ul><li>Researcher & Consultant Electronic Portfolios & Digital Storytelling for Lifelong and Life Wide Learning </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>