Hello! I searched the discussion archives and did not find this topic as it applies to teachers so I am hoping someone can help.
I have been asked by our Academic Dean to explore the idea of electronic professional development portfolios for teachers. We will implement a new PD cycle in the fall of 2012 and would like for teachers to have a way to enter their goals and track their own progress via a calendar and reflection or blog component and with the option to add documents and observation notes by peers and supervisors. Are any of you using e-portfolios? Did you make your own or are you using a commercial service? I couldn't find a suitable one via search engine. Thanks for any feedback.
Thanks, Barb Jansen
another point to consider...administrative leadership modeling of this process is critical to building out a culture of reflective teaching and learning using portfolios.
So often times in our school communities it's "Do as I say, not as I do." If administrative and teacher leaders can't model the process first or at least alongside the teaching faculty, I will venture to say that success will be limited to the edges.
It seems to obvious, but modeling is often times not even considered.
This has been my predominant passion for the last 7 years! Firstly, I would suggest that it is essential that you adopt an ePortfolio system that not only meets the professional needs of teachers, but is equally user-friendly for pupils/students of all ages. I see nothing more frustrating than trainee teachers and HE students learning to get familiar with any one of the 'adult' ePortfolio systems and then finding that they cannot use/introduce it into schools.
I would strongly suggest that you investigate eFolio - which has the ability of being totally Lifelong and Lifewide. Here in the UK I provide it as an externally hosted system so that it is completely portable from school to school and on to higher education or employment.
see some of my examples at: www.maximise-ict.co.uk/eFolio-01.htm
or my blog at: www.efoliointheuk.blogspot.com
you can contact me at email@example.com
or contact Lynne Groves at eFolioWorld at: Lynne.Groves@so.mnscu.edu
At this time, we are not exploring using portfolios with students, but thanks for your feedback. I'll take it into consideration as we make our decision.