Using a Portfolio to Document Your Professional Learning
This web seminar took place on June 10, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern
daylight time. The presenters were Flavio Mendez,
Senior Director of the NSTA Learning Center, and Dorothy
Ginnett, a wildlife ecologist and science educator. In this seminar the
presenters described how to use the Learning Center’s free PD Plan & Portfolio Tool.
The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from
the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on
the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library,
neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.
Mr. Mendez began the presentation by asking participants to share their own plans
for professional learning. He then introduced them to the PD Plan & Portfolio Tool,
which offers educators a structured online space where they can record their goals,
reflect on their activities, and document their learning. Mr. Mendez provided step-by-step
instructions for using the PD Plan & Portfolio Tool and gave participants time to
get started on their own plan and portfolio. Dr. Ginnett talked about her experience
using the PD Plan & Portfolio Tool and shared a report she created with the tool
to showcase the work she did related to the NSTA support components for the edX
course 7.00x: Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life.
Seminar participants received a one-year subscription to the NSTA SciPackof their choice. A certificate of attendance
was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in
the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “Great seminar. I had my laptop up and was going through the Portfolio setup as
Flavio spoke. This one should be offered again - I don't think people know what
they are missing.”
- “It was nice to have a mixture of the system overview (tools, and sequence for setting
up and using tools) and an example of a well-developed portfolio accompanied by
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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Underwritten by the GE Foundation