• George you have shared Superb post . I like your point
      about being where the future will be. We must think about it. It’s a good point which have raised. I am always left
      wondering whether I should be publishing critiques and reflections on my
      blog. At the end I must say again that you have always done good job. Keep it up.


  1. Great post George. Definitely left me thinking. Really like your point about being where the future will be. I am just interested in what you include in your blog if it is your organic portfolio? I am always left wondering whether I should be publishing critiques and reflections on my blog or because it is a portfolio I should simply share work that I have done. I know that some people have different blogs for different purposes, one for personal reflection, another celebrating the classroom, but a part of me feels that this is counter-productive.

  2. Stasia E. Peters

    Great post! I am looking for 4-5 secondary schools to participate in a case study for my disseration “The ePortfolio as Authentic Assessment of Student Competency” – any leads to potential participants would be tremendously appreciated.

  3. Joseph Tramontana

    This is an excellent post. In our competitive world if you do not promote yourself digitially you will fall behind. In fact if teaching candidates started this in their sophmore year they would be light years ahead.


  4. Tamritz

    I couldn’t agree more with your perspective. I especially like the idea of continuous learning where we are reflective practitioners. This piece reminds me of how PWC encourages college students and high school seniors to build a personal brand: http://pwc.to/1bIP7pV . With the growth of an Open Badges global ecosystem, the digital resume and portfolio will be more and more the norm. The tech industry is already relying on this format, where you build your knowledge and professional reputation within a community, like Stack Overflow. Thanks for sharing this!

  5. Kyle Timms

    Gotta disagree George.
    Online portfolios are not a good idea for teachers. They should be required. When I hire a new teacher, the one with the impressive eportfolio definitely has the leg up because they have shown more evidence of their success as a teacher.

    I would take it a step further with online portfolios for students. At kindergarten we should create an eportfolio for a students and share their learning journey through it. As students progress from K-12 we should gradually release the responsibility of maintaining the eportfolio. In our district we are experimenting with this at elementary schools with great success.

    If we want kids to skate where the puck is going to be, we need to teach them how to curate their own learning from the beginning.

  6. Kelly Christopherson

    Interesting discussions and an interesting perspective. As someone who went through a serious job search recently, I wish that my online work and blog would have been referenced by potential employers. For all the positions that I applied, all central office positions in education in three provinces, I included references to my online blog and portfolio and included my LinkedIn profile. In all cases, when I referenced my online information, not one had bothered to look at my material and, when I was asked to make a presentation, it was to be without the use of technology. I agree that building an online portfolio is crucial today and more effort needs to be put into helping new and prospective educators develop their online presence. However, there is still a huge gap between what happens in central office and what is happening in the field. As an administrator, I used online information regularly and would ask potential candidates if they had an online portfolio. Some sent me a file with a link to dropbox or something similar. This was a regular part of my interview process for over 5 years.

    I agree, for someone who is doing presentations and consulting as well as teaching, having an online portfolio and an online presence is a must, especially since branding and the concept of “teacherpreneur” are growing within the educational field. One just has to look at the number of people within education that are not only teaching but also presenting and consulting to know that, if one wants to expand and branch out, an online presence is an absolute necessity given that this market growing in so many different areas and there are many people who are beginning to work in this area.

    As for students, as many of the other respondents have mentioned, our K – 12 students are building ePortfolios which show growth over time. There are many options for tools and it should no longer be an option given that many school division are moving to online reporting that parents can access 24/7. The biggest difficulty is the lack of any type of consistency of the portfolios and their content. Combine this with the fact that many schools still require paper formats to be created which increase the workload of both students and teacher and this is an area that, although vital as part of developing students digital citizenship and digital literacy, requires some focus on the part of educational leaders, administrators and teachers . Transition is tough but it’s time to make the move to digital for students, teachers, schools and, if possible, parents.

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