May 2009


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I feel that I have thoroughly exercised all avenues in order to complete this ePortfolio. The following list sums up how I have continued to build and maintain my ePortfolio for the duration of the EDST441 unit:

  • Evidence and Reflection of ICT in the Classroom – Please click here to follow the link to view my page on Using ICT. Here you will find information on different ICT technologies which can be implemented within the classroom. There is also evidence of this concept on each of the workshop reflections. Please click here to follow the link to my Workshops mainpage.
  • Evidence to support the Professional Teaching Standards based on the “Professional eProtfolio Model” – In order to meet this requirement I have created a second ePortfolio which is known as my Professional ePortfolio. This portfolio outlines each of the elements. There were specific elements I have evidence for in order to demonstrate my understanding and completion of each. Please click here to follow the link to the page on my ePortfolio outlining the elements I have evidence for. Alternatively please click here to follow the link to view my Professional ePortfolio.
  • Evidence of Regular Posting and Updates – This requirement can be seen through three specific elements that I have referred to. Element 6.1.1, Element 6.1.2 and Element 6.1.6 refer to regular posting and commenting on other students ePortfolios and my own. Please click on each element to view this evidence.
  • Quality Multimedia, Design and Ease of Navigation – Each page on my ePortfolio demonstrates the use of these three aspects. Please feel free to browse through my ePortfolio for this evidence.
  • References and Resources – My ePortfolio contains a page for References. This page includes different website links that have been referred to throughout the creation of this ePortfolio and also websites that are beneficial for my future teaching career. Please click here to view my Reference page. My ePortfolio also contains a Resource page. This page includes different resources that I find useful being a future teacher and also references which I can refer back to, such as lesson plans. Please click here to view my Resources page.
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Today I have added a second Portfolio which will act as my Professional Portfolio detailing each of the Professional Standards and examples to demonstrate how I have  achieved these standards. The elements that have been achieved so far include:

Element 1.1.1 Demonstrate relevant knowledge of the central concepts, modes of enquiry and structure of the content/discipline(s).

Element 1.1.2 Demonstrate research-based knowledge of the pedagogies of the content/discipline(s) taught.

Element 1.1.3 Design and implement lesson sequences using knowledge of the NSW syllabus documents or other curriculum requirements of the Education Act.

Element 1.1.4 Demonstrate current knowledge and proficiency in the use of the following:

  • Basic operational skills
  • Information technology skills
  • Software evaluation skills
  • Effective use of the internet
  • Pedagogical skills for classroom management 

Element 3.1.1 Demonstrate the capacity to identify and articulate clear and appropriate learning goals in lesson preparation.

Element 3.1.4 Demonstrate knowledge of a range of appropriate and engaging resources and materials to support students’ learning.

Element 4.1.5 Use a range of teaching strategies and resources including ICT and other technologies to foster interest and support learning.

Element 6.1.1 Demonstrate a capacity to critically reflect on and improve teaching practice.

Element 6.1.2 Demonstrate knowledge of the professional standards framework and its impact on the professional life of a teacher.

Element 6.1.6 Prepare for and contribute to discussions about the teaching profession or subject/content.

Element 6.1.8 Recognise the range of policies and policy documents that teachers in NSW may need to comply with following employment in a school.

To view my evidence page please click here.

To go straight to my Professional ePortfolio please click here.

The final lecture for this semester was based on the topics of 21st Century Skills and Preparing for Practicum. To access the lecture notes on 21st Century Skills please click here.  The diagram below demonstrates exactly what these 21st century skills are.

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These skills are important for future teachers to be aware of as they will lead to student success and achievement throughout their schooling lives. Schools have to look to the future and ICT and technology is the way of the future. By having knowledge of these 21st Century skills us as future teachers will be prepared and lead our students through 21st century schooling.

The following two videos highlight this idea of 21st Century Skills in more detail:

The second topic for this lecture was Preparing for Practicum. These notes are of great importance as we are coming up to our first practicum which will be assessed with reference to the Professional Teaching Standards. One main thing I got from these lecture notes is to always remember to keep the lesson interesting and challenging and filled with ICT experiences for the students. To access these notes please click here.

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The NSW Institute of Teachers was established to support quality teaching in all NSW schools. It is set up to support the career long development of teachers. This website is very important to myself and other future teachers.

The Professional Teaching standards can be found on this website which describe what teachers need to know, understand and be able to do. These standards are the things that are examined by Univerity Supervisors whilst on our practicum experiences in schools.

A link to these Professional Teaching standards is provided here.

Graduate Teachers are teachers who have just completed their degree and are out in the workforce. There are specific Professional Teaching standards for these teachers which can be found at this link.

There are a number of important documents for Accreditation at Professional Competence that can be found at the following website.

To be accreditated a number of evidence has to be provided, for example worksamples or lesson plans from practicum experiences. Being a pre-graduate teacher we are classified as New Scheme Teachers. Information for New Scheme Teachers can be found by clicking here.

This weeks lecture was learning about the Computing Skills Assessment which is taken by students in Year 10 and is part of the School Certificate. IT education is important for students to take part in and in todays world computers are central to all jobs and careers.

I found this lecture important because as I am training to be a Computing Teacher it will be my job to teach the students enough to be competent with computing skills and to be able to complete this assessment easily.

A link to the lecture notes is provided here.

After looking at this website, Rate My Teachers, in workshop week 10 I found it very interesting. The site allows you to search for a specific school whether it be in Australia, America etc and then search for a specific teacher which teaches at that school. This then shows people who have actually rated that specific teacher from poor to strong (1-5). It was interesting to search schools I am familiar with to find teachers I know being rated!!!

To visit Rate My Teachers please click here.

The main focus over these past two weeks of lectures has been on ePortfolios in general and also to do with our Task B second submission.

ePortfolios are more than just an online resume. They are all about reflecting and connecting (deeper learning).

One thing I thought was important to remember from these lectures was the Portfolio Process which includes:

  • Collect, Reflect, Select, Present

I found the diagram below useful to see the clear benefits from ePortfolios. By teaching students to keep an ePortfolio is a way they can demonstrate their own learning style, represents a showcase of their work and also is a good reflective practise.

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To view the lecture notes on ePortfolios please click here