CEP 813: Electronic Portfolios in Teaching and Learning
Professor Patrick Dickson

Important Links
    Blackboard for CEP813 .  We will use this primarily for Discussion Groups.
    Children's Work Ideas Pages .  Study Group Ideas links and Individual Portfolio Links.

    GraduationCeremony .

    Netscape 4.78 .  A good free choice for designing web pages.

Fourth On-Campus Meeting: March 22, 2003.

Announcements?
    Babies?  Weddings?

What have we been up to?
    Reports from MACUL. 

Notes from discussion: Wide ranging discussion of technology versus literacy or 
technology and literacy, impact of MEAPlike tests, software for learning, examples of authentic work by students on community and non-profit projects, new VHS resource MEAP Smart curriculum, device for studying eye movements, timely versus timeless, students as workers, learning at home as well as at school, LON-CAPA problem sets in physics, value of authentic work shared with significant audience and preserved over time.


       Dinner with Don Knezek, ISTE.  (NECC/ISTE: Seattle, July 1st)
    Standards: Status on seeking endorsement in educational technology.

Staying "alive":
    Chicago Botanical Garden (February 28th) and Haworth (March 21).

Themes for today:

    Spring is coming!

    Today is not the end of this course: Still have six weeks to go. The best is yet to come.

    Specific Assignments:
        Some specific assignments before the completion of this course:
            Your group's "Ideas Page".  A polished product, elegantly designed with usability in mind.  (50 points)
            Your individual "Children's Work" page. A polished product, elegantly designed with audience in mind. (50 points)
            Your individual "Lesson Plan" page that led to the artifacts presented on the "Children's Work" page. (50 points)
            Your " Online Exhibition" page: A one-pager that gives the visitor a tour of the three pages above.  (50 points)
            Your personal "Creative Expression" page:  A poem, photo, drawing, weaving, song...aesthetically presented. (50 points)

    Looking toward your future.
        CEP 807 Capstone: May 10, May 31, June 21, and June 26th Exhibition.
        COATT Portfolio?  A challenge but a good professional opportunity.

Today's Lecture, Pop Test, Video Presentation, Hands On Performance Examination:
        Creativity, Design, Education, and Life:
            What Do We Cultivate in School?
            How Balanced Is Your Portfolio (Life)?

    Gardens: Chicago Botanical Garden Exhibit: Reflections and Photos.  Landscape Architecture.
    Design: Charles and Ray Eames .
    Pop Test: On precision in expression.
    Video by the Eames
    Performance Assessment: You as budding architects: Toothpicks and Peas.
    Buckminster Fuller: Visually Handicapped.
        Important point: Seeing. Seeing from different perspectives. Seeing from different scales.
    Frank Lloyd Wright: quote: (approximate):
            "One should never design a house until one has seen...really seen...the site where it will be built."
    Dickson: "I can't tell teachers exactly how to design their classrooms or websites...only they really know their site."

    Designing School Buildings, Classrooms, Educational Materials, and Software.
    Froebel's Gifts .
    Montessori's Educational "Toys".   Design!   Design!
        Coherence, elegance, beauty, simplicity, texture, color...
 
 

On-Campus Meeting: February 22, 2003.

Music from Ken Burns' PBS special: Jazz .
    Riff on television, the Web, music and moods.

Announcements... babies? wife in labor?

From: "Andrew Cox" <coxandy@msu.edu>=
Subject: cep813coxbabytime

Hi Patrick,
I will not be able to be in class on Saturday because the doctor is going to induce labor in the morning of the 22nd.  I will inform my "study buddy" so she can relay any readings, assignments, etc.  For your information, I have put some student work on my website in a very crude format and I haven't figured out how to limit the size and download time yet.  Please feel free to look at yet and provide some ideas if you have time.  Thanks for your support!
Andy

Themes for this morning:
   Professional organizations, lifelong learning, professional development.
   Standards and accountability.
   Between today and completion of your masters degrees:
        CEP 813 and CEP 807 and the Exhibition

Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning .
March 13-14, Detroit.

International Society for Technology in Education .

   Standards Projects .

NETS .
The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) Project is an ongoinginitiative of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)and a consortium of distinguished partners and co-sponsors .
Michigan
   Overview  of Technology Content Standards .

    Michigan's new endorsement in educational technology . Update.

MSU's masters for K-12 administrators adopting web portfolio requirement.
    ISTE also has standards for administrators.
 

Questions for you:
   What are your career goals with respect to technology?
       Use in your classroom.
       Respected teacher/leader in your building.
       Technology coordinator in your district.
       Or?

   How valuable would it be to you to have the educational technology endorsement,
   given that you will have a masters degree in educational technology?

Looking to CEP 807: Capstone Course.
   Saturdays: May 10, May 31, June 21.
   Thursday: June 26th: Exhibitions: 9:00-2:00.
   May need to add some class sessions for those wanting endorsement.

Today's Agenda:
(If snow starts falling, we may end early.)

Where we are:
   Approximately halfway through the semester.
   We have ten weeks remaining, counting exam week (April 28).
 

Major Expectations: Focus is on your students' work. [CEP 807 will focus on your work.]

  I have two major expectations of each of you for this course for this semester.
   For both, the focus is on developing a vision and examples of publishing student work.
       1.  Collaboration with your group.
       2.  Work on your own classroom and additions to your portfolio.

Two dimensions:
   Group Work ----  Individual Work
   Process     -----     Product

Example of Steve Weiland's "self-paced" VU course versus other models.

This course is heavily weighted toward the product end of the second continuum,
   and the group work aspect of the class is to do two things:
       support each of you as individuals in developing your exemplary product
       build a shared resource for other teachers that contains:
           your ideas
           websites on portfolios valuable for your group
           issues and questions you considered important to discuss.

   As we move to the second half of the course, you should focus on the goal of ending the semester with an "exemplary product" involving student work that is:

   authentically valuable to you
   worthy in your eyes of showing to students, their parents and other teachers.
   congruent with your teaching goals and philosophy
   consistent with your grade level and subject matter responsibilities
   accompanied by a statement of what it is and why you as a teacher think it important
   with a link to a "rubric" understandable by the students and their parents.

Conceptually, by way of review:
   Imagine an examination question:
   Define and distinguish:
       teaching portfolio
       student portfolio
       classroom portfolio
       school portfolio

Why publishing student work is important (in my opinion, at least):
   for individual students: to signify that their work is important, their voice worth hearing.
   for you: to communicate to present and future students and their parents your goals.
   for your fellow teachers: to share your integration of technology via your students' work.
   for schools and education: to make visible the wonderful work that goes on in schools,
       in a time when political support for investing in education is being undermined.

A few links I found recently...
 

ClassroomWeb sites: Renovating the Classroom
Technology and Learning Magazine, December 1, 2002
Ms. Lowe's Classroom Website .

Missouri's eMints project .

Assessment,Assessment Rubrics and Evaluation Guidelines
By Carol Holzberg, November 1, 2002
Teachers make judgments about students every day, based on informaland formal appraisals of classroom work, homework assignments, and performanceon quizzes and tests. Assessment rubrics listing benchmarks for studentachievement assist in this evaluation by providing objective guidelinesto measure and evaluate learning.

Student Web Page/Multimedia Project Rubric
Adapted from the Official Multimedia Mania Rubric for Use by RegisteredContestants.

MidLink Magazine The Digital Magazine .
by Students, for Students - Ages 8 - 18
 

Assignment to start the day:

Meet in your groups:
   Appoint today's recording secretary.
   Open your group's notes.
   Edit page. At bottom of current notes:
   Type: February 22, 2003: Further discussions.

   Discuss what you each have done and thought about publishing students' work since last class.
   [Secretary: capture these in succinct notes.]
   If students' work is now on any portfolios, describe that and make link to it.
   Discuss what you most need to go further.
   Identify any websites you have found that you consider useful on this theme.

   Publish these revised notes.

We will then convene the whole group and bring the revised notes up as each group presents.

   Livingston County Press!
Maria Stuart is managing editor of The Livingston County Press. You can reach her by telephone at (517) 552-2856, or by sending e-mail to mstuart@ht.homecomm.net .

The power of voice: Frank McCourt reading from Tiz .  (Didn't get to this... it will appear in the capstone course.)

Second On-Campus Meeting: January 11, 2003.

Welcome back and Happy New Year!
Announcements and News: babies, weddings, new jobs?

Review of Themes of First Meeting
Working Groups:
Creating Examples of "Best" Practice for Publishing Students' Work.

Most Fundamental Idea:
Valuing Good Work, Collected Over Time, Shared with Authentic Audience.


What and where is this?

You, your students, your writing, your writing space, and "600 goodwords".
Reflections in Key West...New Years Day, 2003.

Administrative things
    Walk at Graduation: Friday and/or Saturday: May2-3.
    Dates for Capstone Course:  Saturdays: May10,May 31, June 21.
        Exhibition: Thursday, June26th.

Further ruminations on online learning: hybrid model (this class?)

Breakout sessions with study groups.  (10:00-11:00)
Report on plans for student work from groups. (11:00-11:30)

Work on page summarizing group ideas. (11:30-1:00)

    At top write "Publishing Children's Work in K-5."
    Put your names beneath.
    Have one person save this page to their Web folderand
    tell me the URL.  Give page a title: "k5group.htm"  etc.

(Take time for lunch.)

Work on personal page of your own to capture your ideas.
Include technical questions, concerns, etc.
Save this to your Web folder as "childrensworkideas1.htm"
Check your AFS space:
    http://pilot.msu.edu/twig   Click onUsage Statistics

First On-Campus Meeting: October 12, 2002.

Introduction.

Your Masters Program: Three Years of Change.
    100% Completion for First Two Cohorts!
    Graduation: Sign Up to "Walk" in May.

Portfolio Concept.  See my AERA2002 paper.  Handout.
    Teaching Portfolio (job search)
    Professional Portfolio
        Audience?  Parents,Students, Other Teachers.
    Classroom Portfolio
    Student Portfolios

My passion for portfolios.
    My "stories":
        TE 150: email essays, bestpaper.
        Capstone Portfolios in Valbonne.
        "As you know, we are nowrequired by law...."
    My vision:
    Schools where every child is a published artist,poet,writer, scientist, photographer.

Major Goal for This Class in CEP 813:
    Focus on Student Work:
        Adding Examples of StudentWork to Your Portfolio
        Creating a Classroom Portfolio or Set of Student Portfolios

    Essential for this goal:
        Your SchoolPolicies on Putting Student Work on the Web.
        Your schoolcontext : Helping your school harness the Web.

Relationship between CEP 813 and CEP 807: The Capstone Course
    Many of you have begun creating a professional portfolio,
        but how many of you have studentwork in your portfolio.

Portfolio Examples
ClassroomPortfolioExamples : Introduction
ClassroomPortfolioExamples : More
SchoolWebsites : Where's the good stuff (student work)?

    In the capstone course next summer, you will "complete"your portfolio.
    And your portfolio will include the work focusingonchildren's portfolios.

Activity One.
    On a sticky note, write your name.

    yellow = K-3
    green = 4-6
    blue = 7-9
    red = 10-12, cc
    other =  write name on chalk board

  Write the grade level or levels you are teaching.
    Write the subject matter you teach, if there areoneor two.
    Stick it on the white board under your grade level.

Discussion of a "lifespan perspective" on the portfolio concept.

Readings .  Electronic readings online.

Concepts and Plans for Online Portions of CEP 813.
    Study Buddies, Study Groups Concepts.
    Collaborating, Discussing, and Individual Work.
    Process and Product.
    This course will be more individual and productoriented than some.
 

Technical Matters: And Major Goal for Course.

Can you publish to the Web from your home?  How often do you dothis?
Can you publish to the Web from classroom?   How often doyoudo this?
What Webpublishing software do you use at home?  At school?
 

Activity Two.
LookingatOther Teachers' Portfolios .
    Look specifically for children's work.
 http://www.msu.edu/~pdickson/cep813/lookingatotherportfolios.htm

http://cep813.vu.msu.edu/web/riggs.htm

Teachers who changed my daughter's life.
COATT: Go for it!   http://cep813.vu.msu.edu/web/coattblagborne.htm

Email me:
web address for your school
web address for your school's policies on publishing students' workonthe web.
web address or addresses for your portfolio if it is not in your MSUAFSspace.