As Ryan, Erin, and I are implementing and developing our learning ePortfolio initiative at Owen J. Roberts High School, we continue to visit and revisit every step of the way. These past two courses specifically have opened our eyes to effective professional learning and research across the globe that can help guide us toward success. As a result of these two courses, we have realized something very important that has significantly changed our implementation plan: all those participating must understand and agree on shared goals and a shared vision. We decided to adjust our plan and proposal appropriately so that it now includes all teachers implementing learning ePortfolios in their classrooms instead of running an ePortfolio course in which only a few teachers would participate.
Despite this major adjustment, much of our plan is still applicable. The promotional video we created will still help teachers and administration see the purpose behind our plan. Our first literature review then provides our audience with current technology trends and how they support ePortfolio use, while the 4DX Strategy Plan will help us jump-start the initiative and follow the newly updated ePortfolio Timeline.
We made some major timeline changes to how we plan to properly train teachers based on a more effective kind of professional learning we were introduced to recently. This will help us not only prepare teachers to use ePortfolios with their students, but also provide them with opportunities to collaborate and build off of one another’s successes and struggles. Using this concept, we mapped out professional learning sessions that will help to train lead teachers in each department so the plan can confidently move forward to full implementation.
Most recently, with the use of various resources documenting case studies from across the world, we created a presentation that highlights what worked, what did not work, and how that information applies to our initiative. We also compiled that information with additional sources to create our second literature review, which delves deeper into the reasoning behind the new initiative and implementation plan we have chosen. Both of these newly developed assets strengthen our purpose and the importance of including learning ePortfolios at Owen J. Roberts High School. These new resources will be used throughout our implementation, and these adjustments were made based on what we have recently learned, which has helped us develop the following areas of focus for future goals:
- Clear vision and support from stakeholders for the ePortfolio initiative
- Blended learning and redesigned learning spaces
- Student skills in using multiple devices in and out of school
- Strong IT infrastructure and support
- Adequate resources for ALL students
- Proper teacher training and pedagogical shifts
- Continual support from new research
All of this information has helped us redesign our original plan so that it is justified and will lead to more success for teachers and students. Our ultimate goal of empowering students to become life-long, independent learners remains intact, and our chances of achieving that goal are that much better with these new developments.