Outlined below is our current tentative plan for ePortfolio implementation at Owen J. Roberts High School. We had to take many factors into consideration while planning this process, such as administrator buy-in, departmental support, and teacher interest. The outline shows the extensive timeline necessary to implement this course with a goal for full implementation by the 2018-2019 school year.
Detailed Outline for Learning ePortfolio Implementation
End of School Year 2016
- Propose idea to administration and plan to pilot it in 12th grade CP classes.
- Schedule time in the summer to plan and write curriculum for 16-17 FLEX hours.
2016-2017 Pilot Year with CP English 12
- August Professional Development- Introduce to department and get other teachers’ input.
- Early September- Have IT department discuss online behaviors, digital footprint, etiquette, etc. with all CP 12 classes.
- September- Introduce all CP 12 students to the ePortfolio platform and have them choose their themes.
- September-October- Designate Fridays as “ePortfolio days” during which CP12 students will design their sites, and upload and reflect on past English assignments. This takes the place of independent reading time, so no extra time in the curriculum is needed.
- October Professional Development- Check in with department and provide exemplars/samples of student work.
- November- Initiate weekly or monthly blog post requirements pertaining to current events. This takes the place of our current event unit, so no extra time in the curriculum is needed.
- January-June- Initiate student blog post requirements about their learning outside of the English classroom. We can have them do a required weekly or bi-weekly post and a minimum of 2-4 comments on others’ posts.
- May-June- Designate Fridays as “ePortfolio organization days” during which students will work towards final organizational tasks in their ePortfolios. They will adjust its design to work for them post high school.
- January Professional Development (Wednesday meeting)- Meet with department heads to ask them to help generate interest.
- May Professional Development (Wednesday meeting)- Open session for interested teachers from different departments (at least 2 from each core subject).
- Summer 2017- Continue course development with all interested teachers for 17-18 FLEX hours.
2017-2018 School Year
- Begin ePortfolio implementation in all departments. At least two teachers from each department begin applying the ePortfolio in at least one of their courses at this time.
- October Professional Development- Schedule time for ePortfolio teachers to check in with their departments and provide exemplars/samples.
- November- Request school board approval for new course for the 2018-2019 school year. Provide previous year’s exemplars, research models, and student and faculty feedback to seek approval.
- January Professional Development (Wednesday meeting)- Schedule ePortfolio check in for teachers who have implemented them.
- March- Finalize teacher schedules/class sections. Identify who will be teaching the course, how many students will be in each class, etc.
- May Professional Development (Wednesday meeting)- Schedule ePortfolio check in for teachers who have implemented them.
- Summer 2018- Finalize curriculum and plan for freshman class of 2022.
2018-2019 School Year
- Implement course with all freshmen during which students will
- categorize their learning.
- upload written assignments from all classes to their ePortfolios.
- comment, edit, provide feedback on each other’s’ written assignments.
- reflect on and revise assignments in ePortfolio.
- learn to make connections through interdisciplinary discussions.
- personalize their ePortfolios.
- make connections between their personal, social, and academic worlds.
2019-2020 School Year
- Build on ePortfolio throughout sophomore English class.
- Implement course with all freshmen.
2020-2021 School Year
- Build on ePortfolio throughout junior English class.
- Implement course with all freshmen.
2021-2022 School Year
- Initiate capstone course during which seniors will
- reflect on all of high school learning experiences.
- create resumes and cover letters.
- prepare their portfolios for post high school use.