The best way to lead is through actions. EPortfolios' are a profound way to show how you are keeping up with innovations in education and technology. To keep my ePortfolio relevant there are a few things I would like to add and continue to build on. I would like to include relevant articles that allow for others visiting the site, to learn not just about my thoughts but others too. I think it is important to keep up with the educational trends and not only blog about it, but include links to other website articles.
I want to include a type of resume or vita showing how I am continuing to be a life-long learner. I think it is important especially now with the exponential growth that technology has in our lives, to keep up with the new ideas, apps, and continue certifications.
These items set the tone for being a digital leader. It is showing that you are not just interested in showing your own content but what other options and teacher ideas are available.
Creating an eportfolio has been quite a challenge. It’s like the nursery song from Lamb Chop “This is the song that never ends, it goes on and on my friends.” (Martin, 1988) Once you start your eportofilo there is no official end. Your projects never seem quite finished or complete. This is how all education and learning environments should be, a living document that will constantly be updated and improved. This is hard to wrap my head around when my natural personality is task completion. Eportfolios would have been beneficial for me to create 10 years ago when I was first started my career in education. It would have been insightful to see my growth and the technology advancements I have used in the classroom.
Reviewing different eportfolios has been an opportunity to look at the progress of other students of creativity and design. (Harapnuik) The eportfolio is a modern way to display and show others what you have accomplished, current projects, and learning opportunities. The idea of having a representation of yourself that will constantly be growing and changing is exciting. I enjoyed reading about the progress of students of their eportfolio after one year because it was encouraging. (Flexon, 2017) Throughout this program, I have had to stop and focus on small tasks instead of looking at the program as a whole. Sometimes the idea of current goals can be overwhelming, but just to be reminded that these portfolios have been worked and reworked through years has been a relief.
When you have ownership of something you naturally want the project to represent who you are. I think this promotes you to work harder than you would if it was not reflecting yourself. At the same time, it does add a layer of complexity. It adds a sense of pride and caution. The pride is the positive part that pushes me to want the eportfolio to look professional and the highest level that I can produce. The caution leads me to be careful of what content I create, because everyone will have access to view the information, forever.
I believe the advantages of the eportfolio outweigh the disadvantages. First hand I have grown and learned much more creating an eportfolio than writing a traditional paper and submitting it to one professor. The eportfolio has provided me with immediate feedback, deeper understanding of technology and learning at an accelerated rate.