For this week, I reviewed the following posts and articles to reflect upon the reason why I should or shouldn’t use an eportfolio.
Why use an eportfolio http://www.harapnuik.org/?page_id=6063
41 Benefits of an eportfolio https://kbarnstable.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/41-benefits-of-an-eportfolio/
E-portfolios are built on platforms with digital resources. They allow greater versatility, scope, access and the use of a multiplicity of formats in the presentation of documents. They can store “visual or auditory content, including text, images, video and sound. I believe that the author of an e-portfolio has a very clear basic purpose: to organize their work to share it with the world. What I want to achieve with my e-portfolio is to show the abilities, skills and capabilities I have as a teacher. One that is growing daily! The educational world, inspired by this practice, has implemented the use of e-portfolio for teaching and learning purposes. You could have several educational purposes, both for students and teachers. In the field of education, the e-portfolio is a collection of evidence about teaching or learning, selected by its author, to show the work done and the fruits of an educational process. This is where I am struggling a bit when designing my portfolio. I am currently a Spanish teacher who needs to create tons of materials for the 7 different classes I have. As a foreign language teacher, I struggle finding information or activities that are relevant to the population I serve. That is one of the goals I have with my portfolio. However, I also want to reflect upon my own practice and showcase the struggles I have when teaching and learning. John Dewey has stated, “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.” (Why Reflect?). As a new teacher, I am trying to know myself in this role that has led me to learn about others and myself. Getting to this process took me some time. I have designed the layout of the portfolio three times and every time I feel I need to go back to the drawing board. This week I realized I need to be more purposeful and decided to reflect upon what I want this e-portfolio to be in a couple of years from now. I came to discover that I want to focus on reflecting upon teaching and learning first so that I can share such experiences with my classmates. By doing so, I will also focus on growth. I feel I am a new teacher who is trying to figure out how to engage students in a time where engagement is lacking due to factors I cannot control. It is my goal to continue asking myself questions and reflecting upon them so that I can share my experiences with the world.