During my undergraduate experience at Kent State University, studying Integrated Language Arts, I was given the opportunity to take a number of elective courses related to the study of education. Towards the end of my studies, I elected to take a number of technology related courses, using the internet, digital recorders, still cameras, and audio equipment. These electives greatly impacted my own teaching style as I entered the workforce a number of years ago. I have always tried to incorporate various technology mediums into my own teaching and required that my students do the same. Those that had no experience with technology or simply didn’t have access to it, where given new opportunities to engage in the use of digital tools in conjunction with their education. When I was ready to begin my graduate studies, I had considered a number of different programs but it was really no surprise that I pursued instructional technology. I kept thinking back to how much fun I had taking the technology courses as an undergrad and wanted to learn about new tools that I could incorporate into the classroom. I knew the program would be challenging as new technologies are introduced into the world daily. However, the benefits of acquiring new knowledge and skills in this area would make me a stronger teacher and better leader. I couldn’t be happier with all that I have gained from this program and am already looking at what courses I can take next to continue my education in the evolving field of technology.

This E-Portfolio includes a copy of my resume, highlighting academic achievements and work experiences, and is followed by links to each of the eight Technology Leadership Standards developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Within each standard’s link, two to three artifacts with a brief overview and reflection have been included to demonstrate my mastery of the skills outlined by ISTE. The E-Portfolio closes out with my overall reflection of the program and plans for the future.