When I came into this class (Applying Edtech Portfolio), I had my portfolio in Google Sites. I had two opportunities to learn a lot about Google Sites last April at school and then for summer training. I found out some great ways to use the site while I was building the portfolio in my last class. I knew that it would not be a good option to build my actual portfolio for the rest of my classes. Also, it would not be a great way to organize my blog posts.
I can't believe that this is the last week of the class- Applying Edtech Portfolio. The assignment this week was to look at each other's ePortfolio in our class and comment about them. I loved looking at them and even got ideas of how I could try to make my portfolio better. It gets addicting and I made myself stop at 10:45 PM.
Here are some of the portfolios from my class:
It makes me excited to continue my journey with these classmates. Since we started in July, we have a smaller class, but I think that will make us support each other even more!
Sometimes I am scared to share things that I am so passionate about. I have put my heart and soul into things and I usually am the most critical about my own work.
A week and a half ago, I had not actually published my Weebly portfolio (I had used Google Sites for my first portfolio.) It had been decided by my group that we would participate in a Google Hangout on Sunday. I knew that I had a lot of work ahead of me. I pulled everything together and even put pictures that showed me growing up. I learned a lot in putting this together and that I was probably would be the hardest evaluator myself.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “owns” as ‘to have (something) as property: to legally possess (something)’ and also ‘to admit that something is true.’ These definitions are two completely different meanings in my opinion. I am really think that in the case of myself owning my ePortfolio, I want to talk about the second definition.
I believe that I own my portfolio, because it is my thoughts and beliefs about what I am learning. I do get ideas from other places, but I do make them mine. I believe that the reflections need to be mine and not try to write to impress somebody else.
Wordset.org defines a portfolio as a set of pieces or creative work collected to be shown to potential customers or employers. Fresno State defines an ePortfolio as a digital collection of work that documents and showcases knowledge, skills, and abilities, and their growth over time. Even though we might be showing our future or even current employers our portfolio, we do want it to be for ourselves because it will be more meaningful to us.
When I made my ePortfolio a couple of weeks, I realized that this would help me in my teaching and in learning. In the past, after I did a major lesson or had my evaluation, I would think about it a lot. This is reflection, but I never wrote what I thought about down. I know that this ePortfolio will incorporate a blog that will let me reflect over what I do in my master's class and in my school job.
As I write this reflection, I am thinking that I should of written it last week when I watched and read different websites. I had time, but I thought that I would remember all what I learned about. I procrastinated and now I feel a little stressed. I will work harder on just doing it and not just waiting to do assignments.
The ePortfolio will house my work that I will put together in all of the classes and as I use those assignment, I can reflect how I have grown as a teacher. Reflection is something that takes time, but it really helps you grow as a student and a person. John Dewey has stated (as cited in Barrett, n.d.), “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.” We put so much on as a teacher to give information to students that we sometimes forget to let the children stop and just think about what they are learning. As a first grade teacher, I use Seesaw and I have the students "read" their work in this digital portfolio. I am going to let the students not only start to reflect about their own work, but other work from their peers. (I also have to remember that this will not happen next week, but they will build up to this- no instant gratification.)
Barrett, H. Why Reflect? - Reflection4Learning. (n.d.). Retrieved from