Professional Online Portfolio

(See also material to do with Student Portfolio development)

An online portfolio has become a professional requirement. It is a way of collecting and managing your digital footprint as well as sharing what you are doing and thinking. It can take a variety of forms depending on software chosen and how you frame it.

REMEMBER: Portfolio as a process – as well as a product.

Teacher Guide to Professional Portfolios


An article by Helen Barrett: Balancing the Two Faces of ePortfolios
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From Helen Barrett's slidshow: http://www.slideshare.net/eportfolios/sotf-mportfolios

The conceptual model of an online portfolio - multiple purposes:
1) learning & reflection – main activity around learning and collaboration
2) showcase achievement/accountability
Link to image and explanation about this

A professional educator's portfolio could contain the following:
  • Personal information: name, address, employment details
  • Professional information: record of study, record of employment
  • More about you and your life: hobbies, travel, special interests
  • Regular documentation accompanied by reflections to do with your teaching

A professional educator's portfolio should be:
  • Dynamic not static - (use of social media and RSS to feed in latest happenings/writings/thoughts)
  • A Personal brand via sharing your ideas and involvement, particularly through the use of social media, as an educator
  • Global and available to a wider audience to interact with

Some examples:

Essential questions:

  • What is the difference between a blog and a portfolio?
  • Will the portfolio be used for teacher evaluation and accountability?
  • How do I keep my professional online life separate to my personal online life?

Personal Branding

Personal branding is about the brand of "Me" as a professional educator. Establishing a BRAND goes beyond resume building or CV compilation.
Three sections:
  • WHO
    • Brainstorm keywords that identify the roles you play in your life e.g. Mentor, Friend, Engineer, Leader, Teacher, Storyteller, Colleague
    • Review and select the TOP THREE roles that define you as a professional educator
    • Seek objectivity by sharing these with other people and colleagues
  • WHAT
    • Reflect oneach role and evaluate your:
      • Values
      • Mission
      • Passion
      • Purpose
    • Brainstorm and free-write ideas for the THREE roles
    • Frame it through a medium that you are comfortable with eg a personal story, value statement, poem, song?
    • Fix it by saying it out loud, is it clear? concise? current? What's missing?
    • Practice it by recording, videoing, saying to other people
  • WHERE
    • The WHERE of the YOU brand is anywhere you show up
    • Websites (yours and others eg your school website),
    • Social media eg Facebook, Twitter
    • Professional sites and organisations

Some examples of educators and branding






Resources for portfolio development

Linkedin.com
Wordpress
Wikispaces (Julie on Wikispaces)
Zerply.com (Julie on Zerply)
about.me
Posterous
Weebly
PortfolioGen
Electronic Portfolios by Dr Helen Barrett
K-12 ePortfolios with Google Apps - Dr Helen Barrett
Learn.Reflect - BISS portfolio pilot blog
International Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research
Twitter hashtag: #eportfolios