Portfolios will include:
This is where you set the stage. Introduce yourself to your audience. You can share something about your personal background, but develop use it to develop a foundation for the journey that you will conduct throughout your portfolio. Tell your reader what you were doing before beginning the program and then what lead you to make the decision to pursue your master's degree. At the end, your Comprehensive Reflection will bookend this introduction by looking back on what you have achieved.
Beyond just setting the stage, explain who you are professionally. What is your Philosophy of Education. Share your personal insights about learning and teaching. What are your teaching goals and what goals do you have for your students’ learning? Provide some examples that support these goals. Cite some authors to support these ideas.
Professional Resume/Curriculum Vita
If you are going to use this portfolio to share your professional achievements, it is best to package them up in a professional resume or vita. This will not be considered an artifact so it will not be included in the artifact matrix. It should, however, be accessible in the navigation bar for your website. This might be linked from the personal introduction page.
Personal Social Media (Digital Footprint)
If you desire to add to your personal learning network, you are encouraged to include links to your professional social media accounts (LinkedIn, twitter, etc.) on your personal introduction page as well.
Matrices will show alignment of artifacts with the ISTE Standards. All portfolios will be aligned with the ISTE Standards for Teachers (or Educators - your choice.)* You may extend the matrix (or create additional matrices) to include selections from the ISTE Standards for Coaches or ISTE Standards for Administrators.
*In 2017, ISTE updated the Teacher Standards to Educator Standards. If your cohort began your program using the ISTE Teacher Standards, you are welcome to continue using them.
Your artifacts need to be aligned with the standards that are most pertinent to your professional life. This program has been developed basing instruction on the ISTE Teacher/Educator Standards. Some of you, however, are technology coaches so the ISTE Coaches Standards would be more relevant to you. This means that the matrix should include the standards that relate to your professional interests.
Your matrix will be created aligning to all ISTE Teacher/Educator Standards (and benchmarks) or/and whatever other standards you want to include from the Coaches or Administration. This matrix will list the artifacts down the left column and then list the standards (and components) across the screen.
Here is an example of an artifact matrix using ISTE Standards for Teachers. (Use a similar format for other ISTE standards as needed.)
This is your opportunity to discuss your artifacts and how they relate to the standards. You will also reflect on the standards. See the Reflections page for more explanation.
Bring your journey to a close. You will review what you learned and how you grew. This section brings closure to your portfolio (see Reflections page for more explanation.)