You'll develop a portfolio over a period of time. Review the suggested phases to help frame your very personalized process.
Before you begin to create your portfolio, review the Portfolio Requirements and Training Options to see what materials you need to gather for your portfolio. Depending on where you are in your technology skills and teaching, it could take several semesters to complete all the activities.
The phases below are meant to help you organize your examples, then post them on your Web site.
Like more traditional artistic or writing portfolios, a teaching portfolio allows an instructor to pull together the best examples of his or her teaching craft and provide reflection on the process and what was learned from the experience.
Here are some examples to help explain the concept.
Look at some web-based portfolios from different disciplined and different strategies. These examples will provide the concept and stimulate thoughts about a TWT portfolio.
As you write your philosophy for using technology with teaching, consider your professional goals, your content, and how they relate to your "teaching style."
Read suggestions for development of a teaching with technology philosophy for more ideas or review past TWT portfolios for additional ideas.
Use the category examples in the suggested rubric as a guide for tools to select.
There are a variety of technologies that can be incorporated into a classroom including message boards, links to online resources, quizzes, surveys, multimedia and course managment tools.
Once you have an idea of what content will be in your portfolio, it is recommended that you develop an outline, diagram or flowchart of how you wish to organize your online portfolio.
This is the stage where your create and post your Web Pages. Here are some guidelines for how to put a portfolio together. See the Web Skills page for a list of how to learn to create Web pages. Remember that portfolios are due Two weeks before the final written theses.
The next step is to determine what design and navigation you want your pages to have. Below are some guidelines for choosing color, fonts, and organizing links. Hint: Do your home page separately from other pages - it may be the most different.
Below are some links to pages on Web page design.
Make sure you activate your Penn State Personal Web Space or use another space and post your files online. For Penn State Personal Web Space, see A Guide for Penn State Web Developers for more details.
Before finalizing your portfolio make sure:
Contact your Departmental TWT Representative to have your portfolio formally reviewed for a certificate.