THINGS TO DO NOW
Look at ePortfolio Examples: If you are unfamiliar with what an EDTECH ePortfolio looks like then you may wish to browse the examples found at the bottom of this page: http://edtech.boisestate.edu/snelsonc/eportfolio.html
Also, Review the Information on the EDTECH Website: http://edtech.boisestate.edu/web/final-activity.htm
Watch the Video: There is a video presentation that provides an overview of portfolio and how to prepare now. It is found here: http://edtech.boisestate.edu/snelsonc/videos/edtechportfolio/edtechportfolio.htm
Collect, Document, and Reflect
When you take the portfolio course (EDTECH 592) you will be expected to develop a showcase of your work across your entire M.E.T. program. That could mean two or three years of work and possibly more. You should be actively working toward this culminating activity right now while completing your course work. There are three things to do during each course: Collect, Document, and Reflect.
Collect: Please collect and save your work.
- Save copies of course syllabi.
- Save all (or most) of your coursework.
- Make backup copies of your work. Use a portable hard drive to save copies of all of your files.
Document: In some cases it is hard to save a copy of your work. For example, activities done in Second Life or within a Moodle course site may not be in a form that can be readily saved. You might consider creating a set of screenshots with text descriptions of the work to document what you did. Alternatively, you could use screen recording software (e.g. Jing, Camtasia, etc.) to create a documentary movie of your work. This could be most beneficial in a course where you create something complex such as a Moodle course site that will not be accessible for your public ePortfolio.
If you used Adobe Connect to record presentations make sure to export that work and copy it over to your EDTECH2 server space or any other web-hosting service. This will give you a backup copy that can be posted online for public access within the ePortfolio. I strongly recommend that you do this right away.
All of the artifacts in your final ePortfolio must be online and accessible to the public (no login required). The artifacts should be free of personal information such as login credentials, home addresses, student ID numbers, and so forth. Please be careful about what you post online about yourself or others. We have all heard horrible stories about identity theft or worse.
Reflect: Maintain a learning log where you write reflective journal entries to document your own learning. An example is available here: http://edtechbsu.wordpress.com/ It is highly advised that you take the time to write down (A) what you have learned, (B) how your course work demonstrates mastery of the AECT standards, (C) how you have grown professionally, (D) how your own teaching practice or thoughts about teaching have been impacted by what you have learned or accomplished in your EDTECH courses, and (E) how theory guided development of the projects and assignments you created. Keep a running bibliography of course textbooks and articles to cite in your paper. Use APA style: http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/index.aspx
It is best to write reflections along the way. At the very least, write a reflective journal at at the end of each semester while the information about what you have learned is fresh in your mind. You will be glad when it is time to write the rationale paper for the portfolio and have to talk about two or more years worth of work.
Make sure to download the AECT standards: http://www.aect.org/standards/initstand.html
Best wishes on a successful ePortfolio.