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ePortfolios - Impressive or Wasteful?

ePortfolios - Impressive or Wasteful?

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Hello all, After a very difficult first year of teaching as a long-term substitute for two different grade levels, I am currently a day-to-day substitute in hopes, more than ever, of landing a full time teaching job for the upcoming school year. In my continually expanding job search, I have recently been considering the idea of re-creating an online/electronic portfolio. I had a very detailed and extensive ePortfolio while in college, per a requirement of a course; however, the site has since been deleted after having graduated close to two years ago. I have a great interest in web design and consider it one of my strengths. I have recently designed, and currently maintain, a web site for a small insurance agency that my mom works for. I also have a personal site that I created to sell jewelry that I make - all in all, I would thoroughly enjoy creating an online portfolio ... But is it really worth it? I have a very nice and professional portfolio in a binder that I keep up to date and have taken with me on several interviews, but it's a 50/50 chance as to whether or not it gets looked at. What are your opinions on an ePortfolio? Is it worth the effort? With technology on the rise, would it make more sense to create one, instead of lugging around a "hard copy" so to speak. I look forward to your opinions!

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Erika Saunders's picture
Erika Saunders
6th-8th Special Ed, LS & Mentally Gifted teacher

I'm really not up on this but I can't imagine that it would be a waste of time to gather information and materials that showcase your teaching. Especially since it's something you really like to do and can do easily.

I'd say go for it!

biszeemom's picture

I am in the process of creating an online portfolio and I wondered how your attempt worked out. Did you end up taking the plunge? Did it get any traffic? Anything you would do differently?

Thanks in advance!

Whitney Hoffman's picture
Whitney Hoffman
Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

Consider that today, everyone has a virtual resume whether they know it or not online. Add a profile to LinkedIn with your professional qualifications and details, along with recommendations if you can get them. Take a peek at your Facebook page and privacy settings, and make sure there's nothing there that you wouldn't want an employer to see. Start a free blog (or set up a self-hosted one) through Blogger or Wordpress, and being talking about your passions, your teaching, etc. This will act like an e-portfolio and virtual resume for you, now and in the future.

Also, set up a google alert with your name, so you will get emails wheneveer someone mentions you online. This way, you will know who is talking about you and when. Beyond ego surfing, it lets you know what others are (or are not) saying about you, and what potential employers might see.

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