The online portfolio will help me in several ways.
1. It has showed me two new technologies that I did not know before (LiveText and creating your own website using Google.)
2. It is required to obtain my certification! So, it has a huge impact on my professional career.
The portfolio is an opportunity to apply what you have learned - beyond being in the classroom. I think it is good to show that you are a knowledgeable and capable teacher - and that you are aware of certain standards and can exceed those. It also is great to have in the event that you wanted to change jobs. In times as these, it is important to have an up to date resume and portfolio. Time is of the essence for many. Also, to relate to my students, I stress portfolio development and require my seniors to have one upon "graduation" from my class. Each year I have been at Kell I have had at least 3 students get scholarships for their portfolios. It is a good way to relate to my students and say "see, I have to do it too!" This has also become a good way to share ideas or publish them for others to see. It also allows for us to think about why we do things, how it affects students, etc through the rationale statements.
What a day.