The coordinator of the IT&DML program, Ian O'Byrne has constantly stated that we are the experts now in the field by completing these courses. With that in mind, I think it would be more beneficial for me to demonstrate how I am an expert in the field by creating an e-portfolio that provides examples of my projects and work I completed in the area of instructional technology and digital media literacy. It would allow me to demonstrate what I can do, while promoting the IT&DML course at UNH.
To take it a step further, I can look at the different 21st century learning skills that I want my students to be proficient in prior to graduating high school. I could create an e-portfolio that has artifacts from each of the learning skills that I completed. In addition, I could use my e-portfolio as a example that my students could reference when they create their own e-portfolios. Modeling is an instructional strategy that many students benefit from and my e-portfolio could be used as a model.
As I begin to apply for position as digital integration and instructional technology specialist positions, I realize how beneficial it would be for me to have an e-portfolio to present to an interview board. I have answered many questions on application forms about projects and work I have completed in the field. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I wish there was one link I could send out that would provide all the information. My e-portfolio could be just that, a reference for future employers to see what I can do and what I can bring to their school district to teach the staff and the students.