I'm really eager to work on my Master's Program's capstone project. I have chosen to take my schoolwide portfolio project, just rolled out last year, and bring it to the next level. So far, we have taught students how to set-up and create pages in Weebly, as well as created clear guidelines for navigation for the website while allowing for flexibility and expansion of website pages, based on individual need.
But, following the TPACK model, that is only addressing the Technology piece of the puzzle and has not yet addressed how this will effect Pedagogy and Content Knowledge. I am excited to now address how students can best use their portfolio to explore three main goals, documenting work, personally reflecting, and providing teaching to others. I will be drilling down on technical skills, exploring how to best communicate to different audiences with different goals, how to use visual design to enhance the message and the learning, and how and why documentation can help students to think through their process, as well as get them connected to the adult world by showcasing their work and their learning processes.
I see that there is a HUGE amount of work to do this project, but I feel, that once complete, would be an invaluable resource that could be shared with other teachers throughout the district as well as throughout the New Tech Network.
The concept of creating a library of lessons around this subject matter that lives on google drive excites me, as how this information is delivered to the learner can be varied. The whole curriculum could be presented through a website, but it could also be presented as a poster that uses Augmented Reality to share the video content with smart devices that one can point to different icons on the poster. Or perhaps it comes in the form of a booklet with QR codes. Whatever delivery system I choose, the content still needs to live somewhere online and therefore, can be delivered in a multitude of ways, depending upon the needs to the learner. That's pretty cool in my book.
Lisa Gottfried is a CTE teacher with 20 years experience as CEO of her own Video and Motion Graphics Production house. She currently teaches Intro to Digital Media, Video Production and Game/3D Design. She loves her job and her students!