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Sunday, December 28, 2008 Tidbits: ePortfolio

Here is the weekly sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "ePortfolio." Here is what I found I have:

Implementing Electronic Portfolios: Benefits, Challenges, and Suggestions: An article from Educause Quarterly describing research findings on the lessons learned during initial implementation of e-folios at four teacher education programs.

Using to Create an Easy, Always Updated Online Portfolio: From The Bamboo Project blog, a how-to post on using a account as an ePortfolio platform.

Guide to Using Free Tools to Create an Online Portfolio: Another great post from Michelle Martin's The Bamboo Project blog. It includes 6 steps to building an ePortfolio, examples, resources and further reading.

FreeFolio: Freefolio is an e-Portfolio and social knowledge management system. Based on the Wordpress system it is scalable and modular in design. It is designed to be easily customisable to meet different specific needs.

ePortfolio class notes: A guiding document to discussion about ePortfolios and the use of Blackboard's ePortfolio tool as implemented at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mahara: Mahara is an open source e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework. Mahara also features a weblog, resume builder and social networking system, connecting users and creating online learner communities.

Out of the classroom and beyond: A white paper in .pdf format by Microsoft that identifies the
challenges and discuss some lessons learned in the Washington State University effort to adopt an eportfolio program based on Microsoft® Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Friday, December 19, 2008 Tidbits: Coaching

Here is the weekly sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Coaching." There wasn't much this time, but I do have a couple interesting resources:

Coaching for Team Performance: From the Mind Tools website, a how-to article on team coaching, including information on team dynamics and how to also support individual development within the team coaching framework.

A visit to NW Coaches Association: From the Cascadia chapter of ASTD, this article is officially about fielding questions from the media on the profession of coaching, but it contains a great overview of the coaching process.

Friday, December 12, 2008 Tidbits: Participatory Media

Here is the weekly sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "ParticipatoryMedia." Here's what I found I have:

Tips for Making Virtual Classroom Sessions More Interactive: A blog post by Sue Waters at "Mobile Technology in TAFE" that is a summary of tips from a presentation by Jo Hart.

Classroom2.0: Twitter, and participatory learning: From the "Melanie McBride Online' blog, a post on using Web2.0 tools in lieu of textbooks to enhance relevance, timeliness, self-directed research and active knowledge creation in classroom settings.

Participatory Media Literacy: A wiki on SocialText discussing the impact of participatory media, forecasting trends, and discussing forms of participatory media.

Saturday, December 6, 2008 Tidbits: Reflective Practice

Here is the weekly sampling from my favorites list. This time I chose the tag "Reflective Practice." Here's what I found I have:

Reflective Practice: An Approach for Expanding Your Learning Frontiers: From "MIT Open Courseware", the syllabus page for this online course. All readings, videos of presentations, assignments, and other needed materials are available for self-directed study of this class.

Critical Reflection: A great resource from "Big Dog and Little Dog" on reflective thinking, including: the "essentials", how to encourage reflection; learner, environmental, and task characteristics; the four activities of critical reflection and more.

Blogs and educating the eflective practitioner: From Terry Carter's blog, "Coming about", a reflective post on the title presentation, given by Paul Lowe, director of the master’s degree program in Photo Journalism and Documentary Photography at University of the Arts, London, including the SlideShare version of the presentation itself.

Reflecting on Reflection: A post from the blog "Virtual Learning" by Niall Sclater on a great model for reflection.

Becoming a more Reflective Individual Practitioner: Michelle Martin of "The Bamboo Project" blog, writes often on topics related to reflective practice, and walks her talk. This is a nice, little "how-to" post where she distills it down beautifully.