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Digital Portfolios
Powerful Tools for Promoting Professional Growth and Reflection

Second Edition


December 2006 | 128 pages | Corwin
'Teaches you how to build a portfolio and shows the potential benefits of the portfolio process. Qualitative research, which is essentially what portfolios lead to, is beneficial for teachers because it forces them to reflect on what actually happens in their classrooms. I can't think of a more powerful tool for learning and growth' - Erin Powers, English Teacher, Paul Revere Charter Middle School, Los Angeles, CA

Create a digital portfolio that effectively communicates your professional values, goals, and achievements!

Digital technology offers powerful tools to educators who wish to develop electronic portfolios to foster and enrich their professional development. Digital Portfolios, Second Edition, written by experts in the field, shows how you can use digital portfolios as a key component of your continuous professional learning and development.

In this revised edition, Elizabeth Hartnell–Young and Maureen Morriss demonstrate how teachers, principals, and professors of education can develop high–quality portfolios that reflect personal vision, record professional growth, and celebrate achievements.

The authors present a comprehensive framework for portfolio development, from determining the audience and selecting material from a personal archive, to defining, producing, and sharing your digital portfolio. This timely resource offers ten easy–to–follow steps and:

· Provides the "why" for creating digital portfolios

· Emphasizes the importance of reflection as part of the process

· Presents tips and strategies for using digital technology

· Includes guidelines for evaluating portfolios

Whether you are a novice teacher or a veteran educator, this practical handbook provides a comprehensive guide to the latest methods and techniques in professional portfolio development.

 
Foreword: Connecting Ideas to Spur Thinking
 
Preface to the Second Edition
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Professional Learning, Portfolios, and Today’s Technology
 
2. Why Go Digital?
 
3. Looking Forward, Looking Back: Integrating Personal Vision Into Your Portfolio
 
4. Ten Steps to Producing a Digital Portfolio
 
5. Understanding the Technology: Keeping the Portfolio Alive!
 
6. Presenting a Digital Portfolio
 
7. Evaluating a Digital Portfolio
 
8. Sharing the Knowledge: Global Networking
 
9. Enhancing Change Through Digital Portfolio Development
 
Glossary
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"Teaches you how to build a portfolio and shows the potential benefits of the portfolio process. Qualitative research, which is essentially what portfolios lead to, is beneficial for teachers because it forces them to reflect on what actually happens in their classrooms. I can't think of a more powerful tool for learning and growth."

Erin Powers, English Teacher
Paul Revere Charter Middle School, Los Angeles, CA

"Novices are introduced to the wide scope of considerations regarding adoption of digital portfolios. For experienced practitioners, frames and matrices help to identify their own practices in relation to those of others."

From the Foreword by Barbara Cambridge

"The chapters are crafted for the inexperienced person confronted with keeping and maintaining a digital portfolio, but there are plenty of recommendations for the reader who has some experience but who needs fresh ideas to spice up the portfolio in preparation for an accreditation visit or in searching for new employment."

Teacher Librarian, April 2007

"Experts in the field provide educators and libraries catering to both education professionals and businesspeople with an excellent survey to creating a digital portfolio that accurately communicates professional goals and achievements."

The Bookwatch, October 2007

Great theory, but a lack of practical methods for initiating a digital portfolio model in the classroom.

Mr Jack Phelan
Kinesiology, California Polytechnic State University
August 2, 2011

Elizabeth Hartnell-Young

Elizabeth Hartnell-Young is a research fellow in the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Nottingham, UK. Her interests include teacher roles and professional development, ePortfolios, and using mobile technologies for learning in schools. Her recent experience in developing and managing innovative projects in Australian schools includes the Boys’ Education Lighthouse Schools Project in over 350 schools. Formerly a secondary school principal, Elizabeth has also developed and presented leadership and career development programs for the Australian Principals Centre, universities, and government departments. She is a... More About Author

Maureen P. Morriss

Maureen Morriss is a 30-year teaching veteran and an author who has held leadership positions in the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association and the Australian Literacy Federation. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in 1977, and later served as a principal, curriculum consultant, and staff developer. Maureen has also worked as a tenured lecturer in Australian universities. In 2000, she joined A.U.S.S.I.E. Inc., a leading provider of customized professional development services for K-12 schools in the U.S. and abroad. She has worked extensively providing instructional literacy leadership support to teachers, coaches,... More About Author

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