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 know that I needed to spread my wings and find website creator that I would feel comfortable, but I also would be able to stretch my mind. At the beginning, I got frustrated with a resizing issue of a picture. I did not really touch the site until I found out that my master's small group was going to be looking at it. Then something happened and I got the push (and energy) to start putting the site together. When we met on Google Hangout, I felt like I had put my best foot forward. I have said this before, but having small groups in this class is a great idea.
Even though this blog post was very hard for me to write, I like the idea of the reflection piece for this course. I went back to Barrett's article that I read the first week of class. He mentioned "The Learning Cycle, (which was developed by David Kolb, based Dewey, Piaget, and Lewin,) to be based on the belief that deep learning (learning for real comprehension) comes from a sequence of experience, reflection, abstraction, and active testing." I think this is what happened these last five weeks. In some of my reflecting, I was taking my time to think about all the things I was planning to do for my portfolio. This makes me realize that when I felt like I was procrastinating, I was just reflecting, so I could put my ePortfolio together the way it is today.
Barrett, H. Why Reflect? - Reflection4Learning. (n.d.). Retrieved from