Using a Portfolio to Document Your Professional Learning
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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 discussion.”

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