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:

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
    • 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
Wikispaces (Julie on Wikispaces) (Julie on Zerply)
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