As 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.
- Critical thinking
- Mobile Learning
- Access to Education
- Deeper Learning
- Continuous Feedback
- Unlimited and Immediate Learning
- Creation and Contribution
- Social Connectedness
- Global Awareness
- 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!
In 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:
- Know Your Purpose
- Select Tools to Empower Students
- Select a Variety of Content
- Empower Portfolio Review and Publish to an Audience
- Know Your Timeline
- Empower Metacognition
- Relate Portfolios to the Entire Coursework
- Don’t overwhelm Students
- Link Paper and Electronic Portfolios
- Consider the Portfolio’s Longevity
- 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.