Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Frameworks for ICT & ePortfolios

THE UNESCO ICT COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHERS - Version 2.0 has just been released.

Policy awareness
Policy understanding
Policy innovation
Basic knowledge
Knowledge application
Knowledge society skills
Integrate technology
Complex problem solving
Self management
Basic tools
Complex tools
Pervasive tools
Standard classroom
Collaborative groups
Learning organizations
Digital literacy
Manage and guide
Teacher as model learner

This new matrix provides another framework for training teachers. I have been working with a university in Vietnam to develop a proposal under the State Department's English Language Specialist Program. We have developed a project for me to work with English teachers in Vietnam to use ePortfolios to demonstrate English Language Learning. (I am keeping my fingers crossed, that I can spend the month of March in Vietnam!)

I just read an interesting post in the ePortfolio Conversations Google Group (Australia), on how to "help those students who feel they need some preparation before the bigger tasks ... a set of intro skills could help them feel better prepared and equipped to tackle e-learning and having a presence online":
  • Step 1 without a doubt - Email and how to use it effectively as a communication tool and an organisational tool
  • Step 2 - Social Networking in SOME form (Forums / blogging / Facebook / Twitter - establishing themselves as a resident - or at least a regular visitor SOMEWHERE online)
  • Step 3 - blogging - the why, where, how and when (also what a learner can expect to receive in return for their investment of learning how to blog)
  • Step 4 - Eportfolios.
Coach Carole responded with a more elaborated version in a follow-up post:
  1. Communicate and Network online (include gmail and how to make that work for you smartly) (include skype and BbC for real time communication) (include disussion forums for anytime discussions)
  2. Learn and collaborate online (include access and share learning resources in cloud based learning spaces, accessing and navigating learning spaces online, learning to be self-directed/self-managed learners)
  3. Reflect and Connect online (include blogging and other online writing skills, curating and researching online, reflecting on learning, connecting with wider cohorts of online learners)
    Then after 3 short courses like these (maybe a month each) - engage learners in something like the epcop mooc over 2 months. 
  4. Collect and Present online (focussing on e-portfolio approach to learning)
This looks like a logical progression, although I have been writing about the role of blogging in ePortfolio development. As I am putting together my book, I am incorporating some great examples of K-12 educators using blogs as portfolios.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Wes Fryer interviews Kern Kelley

This is Wes Fryer's interview with Maine educator Kern Kelley about how students in his school district use iPod Touches, email, and Picassa Web albums to digitize content for their digital portfolios on Google Sites. Kern Kelley's school also gives students their own domain names when they graduate.

Earlier this year, Wes also posted a great article on how his 5th grade daughter digitized her writing folder with a microphone, iPad2 and Audioboo.