OUTLINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION
The ePortfolio has proved to be a powerful learning tool for all learners and it is my goal is to have everyone in Division III utilizing the ePortfolio by August of 2017. This means that the 2016-2017 school year is critical time for us to begin the implementation process. I have devised a plan for implementation that will take place in three phases and that go hand in hand with our “THINK-MAKE-TALK” concept.
Phase I- THINK: During the Summer leading up to the 2016-2017 school year, myself along with the Director of Communications and the Covenant team will decide on which platform we will be utilizing for the digital portfolios. Consider which is the most versatile, user friendly and cost effective. Will we create a separate, student-shared Google Drive account and in turn utilize Google Sites? Other options to consider include WordPress and Blogster. Next, myself and our Director of Fine Arts will review our currently offered Fine Art electives and carefully work in an “ePortfolio Building” course for 8th Graders. An ePortfolio training course will also be set up for all Division III teachers so that middle school teachers can be educated on the expectations and goals in utilizing digital portfolios for our students. Covenant will be on sight to walk us through the creation process specific to the platform we decide to use.
Phase II- MAKE: The “ePorftolio Building” course will start in Quarters 1 & 2 of the 2016-2017 school year for 8th grade. In this course, we will review the ePortfolio concept. How is it meant to be used? What sort of content will be posted in it? How can it be personalized? We will introduce the ePortfolio to 7th graders in Quarters 2 & 3, and at the conclusion of the school year we will review what worked well and what didn’t, so that at the start of the 2017-2018 school year, everyone is grades 5-8 will be in the process of creating their own ePortfolios.
Phase III- TALK: By August of 2017, all Division III students will be creating their own digital Portfolios. Aside from posting valuable content in the portfolios, students will be actively reflecting on their learning through blog postings and commenting. These portfolios will become their voices, so to speak, and by the time they are in the high school and college application process, they will have a strong educational resume to forward to higher education institutions.