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ISTE 2011

The following workshop is scheduled at the ISTE Conference on June 25, 2011, 12:30-3:30 PM in Philadelphia. Register through ISTE Website.  Description below.

Questionnaire for Participants

Apps that may be explored
(and installed before workshop):
  • Blogging tool (WordPress, Tumblr)
  • StoryRobe (for digital narratives)
  • Audioboo (for audio recording)
  • Dropbox (for document storage) + DropVox (audio recording) + PlainText (text editor)
  • Dragon Dictation (for voice recognition)
  • EverNote (for note taking, capturing websites)
  • Edmodo (school-based social networking and sharing)
  • Office2 Plus (free version for editing GoogleDocs and other Office docs) (there are different versions for different tools)
  • Image editing tool (Instagram, PS Express, Adobe Ideas)
  • Web page creation (Zapd)
Optional apps (not free)
  • Office2HD for iPad ($7.99) (or any tool that will edit GoogleDocs)
  • video editor (optional: iMovie, ReelDirector, Splice)... we will talk about these tools, but will not use them
  • Camera+ ($.99)
Online accounts to establish prior to workshop:

Title: Hands-on mPortfolio Development with iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)


Bring your mobile device (iOS or Android) to explore mPortfolio development. Create/upload artifacts (text, images, audio, video). Download free apps for blogging, GoogleApps, Mahara, others.


- Participants will be introduced to developmental levels of ePortfolio development:

Level 1. portfolio as storage (collection of artifacts)

Level 2. portfolio as workspace (collection plus reflection/metacognition, organized chronologically)

Level 3. portfolio as showcase (selection, summative reflection and presentation, organized thematically--by outcomes/goals/standards)

- Participants will see how mobile devices can be used at different levels:

Level 1. Create and upload text, images, audio, video

Level 2. Use blogging apps for reflection and feedback (formative assessment)

Level 3. Edit online portfolio for showcase/summative assessment


A Google Site has been established that will be used to share links to specific apps that can be downloaded.

Introduction to three developmental levels of ePortfolio Development and balancing the two faces of ePortfolios (process/product, workspace/showcase, conversation/presentation)(30 minutes)

Introduction the benefits of using mobile devices for ePortfolio development (10 minutes)

Creating and Editing GoogleDocs with your mobile device (20 minutes)

Creating/uploading images/audio/video with your mobile device (60 minutes)

Blogging with your mobile device (30 minutes)

ePortfolio-specific apps available (Mahara, GoogleApps, PebblePad, etc.) (20 minutes)

Q & A (10 minutes)

There is a lot of discussion focused on the use of mobile devices to develop ePortfolios. Mobile devices allow immediacy of access, which may let students slow down to reflect within the context and time of a learning experience... Not at a time removed when memory is less fresh. In the near future we may have opportunities to implement these strategies with emerging tools, such as iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone devices, Android tablets, including the XO-3, become affordable and available in schools.

But not all educators have access to smart phones or direct access to the Internet. ..we heard a woman from Guatemala lamenting that few kids have Internet access but "everyone has cell phones."  Not smart phones, yet, but at least that's doable for places like Guatemala.

I've also been communicating with educators from Egypt to Brazil, and because of the lack of connectivity, I often write to them about implementing ePortfolios with tools we were using in the late 90s. (I read a recent report about the high cost of Internet access in developing countries compared to average monthly income.) But worldwide, the universal connectivity tool is the cell phone. My granddaughter updates her Facebook status here in the U.S. from her cell phone (not a smart phone). In this workshop, We will explore connectivity from cell phones with online generic tools used to develop ePortfolios, such as GoogleApps and WordPress. I know it is possible with smartphone apps, but most of the developing world is using SMS. I have been collecting iPhone Portfolio apps. So, I will demonstrate the application of mobile devices and their integration across the ePortfolio process.

Keep in mind that there are two major “faces” of ePortfolios:

  • Workspace to document day-to-day learning: collect evidence and reflect on learning
  • Showcase to present the results of learning at specific points in the learning process: select and organize learning at specific points of time

I believe we can best use mobile devices in the Workspace portfolio, to capture learning and reflect contemporaneously (in the middle of the learning process). Depending on the authoring tools used to construct the presentation, the user may need a regular computer.

What functions are needed for each of these processes? (to be developed)

  • Capturing & storing evidence - this evidence of learning can be in the form of text, images, audio or video -
  • Reflecting - “the heart and soul of a portfolio” - this reflection could be captured in real time in different formats: writing, voice capture (and voice-to-text conversion), video capture and digital stories
  • Giving & receiving feedback - one of the most effective uses of a portfolio is to review a learner’s work and providing feedback for improvement
  • Planning & setting goals - a very important part of the portfolio process is personal development planning and setting goals for achievement
  • Collaborating - learning is a social activity - technology provides new forms of collaboration
  • Presenting to an audience - at specific points in the learning process, a learner may put together a presentation of their learning outcomes for an audience, either real or virtual

The accompanying website will focus on research being conducted in the U.S. and the U.K. on using iOS, Android and cell phones to implement mPortfolios:

Websites and Apps to support Workspace functions of ePortfolio Development

iOS Dedicated Portfolio Apps to support Workspace functions of ePortfolio Development

Apps and/or websites to Create/Edit Text Documents

Apps and/or websites for Audio recording/editing:

Apps and/or websites for Creating/Editing Videos

Editing Web 2.0 Websites with Mobile Devices-iOS

Example of using a Mobile Device to develop a Showcase/Presentation Portfolio

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