Planning a Digital Portfolio

blackwixlogoassetsLast week I took a look into creating my digital portfolio in Wix, and a week later I have officially decided to go ahead using Wix as my digital portfolio provider. It offers a sleek and customizable design, with an aesthetically pleasing and easy to follow display for visitors. It is also extremely user-friendly as it affords the owner to drag and drop content into place. Wix offers everything I am looking for in a site to host my digital portfolio: a sleek look with an easy-to-follow interface.

Over the past week I also had the chance to review the constructive feedback on the site map created for my digital portfolio. After reading through the feedback, I made significant changes to my site map. I made these changes with the goal in mind that I wanted my digital portfolio to serve as a resource for teachers, as well as a final product to curate my experience in the program and possibly use in future job opportunities.

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My Site Map

My initial site map was quite cumbersome and clustered; the revised version now has an organized format for the Artifacts to offer a particular topic for each. For example, in Artifacts I have created a sub-category named Educational Technology Theory that consists of several sub-groups of major theories discussed in the program (if I am missing any please let me know). I thought this would offer an organized way of showcasing the work I have completed in the program, and an easy way for educators to find information and ideas for professional development.

Creating this digital portfolio will be an interesting and challenging process, as I have never used Wix in the past. However, I am looking forward to this new challenge in curating all the work created in the IT&DML program and making something that I will be proud of. Stay tuned!
-John V


Digital Portfolio Site Map

As I brainstorm and outline the content to include in my digital portfolio, I realize how much I have learned from the IT&DML program at the University of New Haven. I have created so much work, that it is difficult to pick and choose which work will make the final digital portfolio and which will not. Below are some of the notes I took of major work completed for each class in the program.

Digital Portfolio Outline

As I was creating my site map for the digital portfolio, I realized that some work might not make it into the final product. I included a section called “Artifacts,” but feel there is too much in there and need to break it down some. I am considering creating another section on IT&DML theories (I am open to suggestions for a better name for this) where I can include work on concepts such as SAMR, Formative Assessment, TPACK, and others. Any constructive feedback is more than welcome!

Below you can find my site map for the digital portfolio. I made this site map using MindMeister, which I found much easier to use than other sites previously used.

Digital Portfolio Site Map


-John V


Digital Portfolio Site Considerations

portfolio-628A year ago at the beginning of the IT&DML program at the University of New Haven, all participants in the program had to choose a site to host their blog for the program. The blog would serve as a place to post reflections and projects from each class in the program. Later in the program, we also had to create a digital learning hub to house specific materials created from the program as means to provide information to our audience, whether to students, parents, other teachers, or anyone. I used WordPress for my blog and digital learning hub as it was very easy to use, yet still gave the viewers an interactive and aesthetically pleasing experience. The templates were very attractive and offered  very professional look.

Now, in the final semester of the program, we are asked to create a digital portfolio to publish the work created in the program and give viewers a look into who we are as educators and insights we can provide as technology specialists. Viewers will be able to engage with the content we include in our portfolio and get a glimpse of what it is like to be in our classroom.



I am going to use my digital portfolio as a display for all the work I have completed in the IT&DML program so that visitors can use the resources and reflections I provide for their own research or professional development. I am very interested in using Wix to house my digital portfolio, as it offers an easy to create and follow design for both the creator and visitor. My goal for this digital portfolio is to offer an easy to follow and professional look to represent myself as an educator, and my philosophy of instructional technology and best practice in the 21st century classroom. If Wix proves to be too cumbersome, I will strongly consider Google Sites for my digital portfolio, as most of my work has been created using Google Apps, and will play nice with the Google Sites templates. I see a little learning curve involved using Wix, but my goal for this process is to reflect on all that has been accomplished in this program, using a new site to display my learning and reflections.

-John V

Technology Integration and the Digital Portfolio

edtech-featuredAs I sit here and reflect on all that the IT&DML program at the University of New Haven has taught me about technology integration, I just can’t help to think about how fast time has gone. A year later and I am now in the process of curating the content I have created throughout this program to present in in my digital portfolio.

This program has taught me so much about best practice in technology integration and how to promote digital literacy in my classroom. In Where Edtech Can Help: 10 Most Powerful Uses of Technology for Learning, Saga Briggs highlights ten best practice in technology integration for teachers to use in their classroom.

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Mobile Learning
  3. Access to Education
  4. Deeper Learning
  5. Continuous Feedback
  6. Unlimited and Immediate Learning
  7. Creation and Contribution
  8. Social Connectedness
  9. Global Awareness
  10. Understanding Learning

While reading her article, I was able to reflect on my own personal experiences with several of the most powerful uses Briggs highlights, and which technology uses I should do more of in my future classes. Two powerful uses of technology I use in my classroom that Briggs explains are Mobile Learning and Unlimited and Immediate Learning. A year into the IT&DML program has taught me the importance of student-centered learning and how this blended learning approach to education positively impacts student achievement. An area that continues to reach new heights and capabilities is the practice of Continuous Feedback. This can be done using the Learning Management System of choice, or some of the many formative assessment tools such as Google Forms, Padlet, or Kahoot!

67100560In EDUC 7730, we are tasked with the opportunity to curate what we have created in the IT&DML program at UNH into a digital portfolio to exemplify what we have learned throughout our time in the program. Vicki Davis provides excellent information and tips on creating digital portfolios in her Edutopia article 11 Essentials for Excellent ePortfolios. According to Vicki Davis, there are eleven essential decisions I will have to make when creating my digital portfolio for this class, and they are as follows:

  1. Know Your Purpose
  2. Select Tools to Empower Students
  3. Select a Variety of Content
  4. Empower Portfolio Review and Publish to an Audience
  5. Know Your Timeline
  6. Empower Metacognition
  7. Relate Portfolios to the Entire Coursework
  8. Don’t overwhelm Students
  9. Link Paper and Electronic Portfolios
  10. Consider the Portfolio’s Longevity
  11. Engage Teachers in Effective Portfolio Use

When creating my digital portfolio and curating the content from this program, I will take strong consideration of this list when synthesizing the materials I will include in my portfolio. As I create my portfolio, I will note the steps needed along the way and document my progress. I feel this would be a good final project to have my Computer Applications students produce at the end of the semester. This will allow them to curate their work and take ownership of what they have created, using this as evidence of their learning and capabilities for future job opportunities.

-John V