Dr. Barrett's Conference Presentations, Spring/Summer 2005

AACTE- Washington, D.C.
SITE - Phoenix - March
NCCE - Seattle - March
ePortfolio & BC Online Learning Conference - Vancouver - April
International Reading Association Conference - San Antonio - May
Digital Storytelling - Kean Univ - June
National Educational Computing Conference - Philadelphia - June
uLearn 05 - Auckland, NZ - July

AACTE, Washington, D.C., February 19-23, 2005

Opening Keynote for TaskStream workshop - Saturday, February 19, 2005

A New Taxonomy for Electronic Portfolios

Interactive Session - Monday, February 21, 5:00 - 6:15 PM

Competing Paradigms in Electronic Portfolios: Balancing High-Stakes “Tests” with “Stories” of Deep Learning - presented with Judy Wilkerson and Steve Lang

SITE, Phoenix, March 1-5, 2005

Preconference workshop: Planning for Electronic Portfolios in Teacher Education - Tuesday, March 1, 1:30-5:00 PM

This tutorial will present the various decisions and issues that Teacher Education programs face as they implement electronic portfolios. Based on the experience of many PT3 programs, these decisions and planning alternatives will be outlined. This workshop will cover both generic tools and online systems, including a rubric developed by the presenters and several rubrics for evaluating e-portfolio systems and their implementation. Participants will also be provided with a framework for making their decisions and the outline of a planning process. At the end of the workshop, participants will be more aware of the electronic portfolio development process and the technology options, both commercial and open source or free tools available.

Symposium on Electronic Portfolio Research - Wednesday, March 2, 1:30 - 3:45 PM

This symposium will draw together the current research activities of several teacher education programs implementing electronic portfolios to address some key questions around implementation. For the last three years, ISTE’s PT3 Catalyst Grant has been providing training and technical assistance to Teacher Education programs, to help them implement electronic portfolios. The invited participants will discuss the electronic portfolio implementation process, the kind of Electronic Portfolio Research we need, factors influencing the implementation of electronic portfolios, and an evaluation of available commercial systems and open source or free services available. Several of the papers will present rubrics for evaluating approaches to developing e-portfolios, informed by work products of national meetings on electronic portfolios sponsored by Educause/NLII and AAHE in 2002 and the first international conferences on the ePortfolio in 2003 and 2004.

Roundtable: Storytelling in Higher Education: a Theory of Reflection on Practice to support Deep Learning - Thursday, March 3, 11:15 AM-12:15

This roundtable will discuss the concepts of "Electronic Portfolios as Digital Stories of Deep Learning" and "Digital Storytelling as Reflective Portfolio" by linking two dynamic processes to promote deep learning: Portfolio Development and Digital Storytelling. A major challenge today with electronic portfolios is to maintain learner intrinsic motivation to willingly engage in the portfolio process. The use of multimedia tools is one strategy that involves and engages learners; another technology that is engaging young people today is the web log or "blogs" and "wikis." An emerging theory of storytelling as learning and reflection on practice will be discussed, as well as the role of digital storytelling in teacher education.


NCCE, Seattle, March 16-17, 2005

Workshop: Digital Storytelling for Reflection and Deep Learning (Macintosh) - Wednesday, March 15 - 8:30-11:30 AM

Learn basic strategies for digital storytelling with easy-to-learn tools. Beginning with a pre-recorded audio clip, participants will illustrate a very short digital story with digital still images, transitions, titles and special effects. Following the hands-on activities, discuss simple strategies to begin creating digital stories for yourself or with your students.

Competing Paradigms in Electronic Portfolios: Balancing “Portfolio-as-Test” with “Portfolio-as-Story” - Thursday, March 17, 2:00-3:00 PM

What differentiates electronic portfolios and online assessment management systems? Balance institutional need for assessment and accreditation data with learners’ needs for storytelling: using reflection on experience to improve learning. Review the differences between assessment OF learning and assessment FOR learning, including the characteristics of portfolios implemented for each purpose.

Digital Storytelling in e-Portfolios for Reflection and Deep Learning - Thursday, March 17, 3:30-4:30 PM

The ancient art of storytelling is a powerful tool for deep learning and reflection, Add today’s multimedia technology and you have a highly motivating project-based learning activity as well as a powerful reflective artifact in an electronic portfolio. See examples of digital stories created by learners of all ages, K-adult.


ePortfolio & BC Online Learning Conference - Vancouver - April 18-22, 2005

Keynote Address at BC Online Learning Conference, April 20


International Reading Association Conference - San Antonio - May 1-5, 2005

Preconference Technology Institute: Afternoon Keynote and Breakout Session- Digital Storytelling for Reflection and Deep Learning - Sunday, May 1

Description of keynote: The ancient art of storytelling can be a powerful tool for deep learning and reflection, Add today’s multimedia technology and you have a highly motivating project-based learning activity. A digital story is a short digital video clip, usually told in first person narrative with the learner’s own voice, illustrated primarily with still images, and often with an added music track. In this presentation, participants will see examples of digital stories created by learners of all ages, learn about the principles of Digital Storytelling, and the variety of strategies that can be used with diverse learners, from kindergarten through graduate school and into retirement.

Description of hands-on session: In this hands-on session, participants will learn basic strategies for digital storytelling using a low-end digital video editing program for Macintosh or Windows XP. Beginning with a pre-recorded audio clip, participants will illustrate a very short digital story with digital still images, transitions, titles and special effects. The resulting short digital video clip can be posted to the Internet, pressed to a CD-ROM or DVD, transferred to videotape, or sent as an e-mail attachment. Following the hands-on activities, participants will discuss simple strategies to begin creating digital stories for themselves or with their students.

Breakout session: Digital Storytelling in Electronic Portfolios: Using Reflection on Experience to Improve Learning for K-12 students and Teacher Professional Development.- Tuesday, May 3 - 10:45 - 11:45 AM

Digital stories are short video clips, with the learner’s voice, illustrated with still images. This highly motivating strategy uses multimedia technology to engage learners in reflection.


Digital Storytelling Conference - Kean University, New Jersey - June 23-24, 2005

Participation on opening panel and breakout sessions on digital storytelling in electronic portfolios:

Digital Storytelling in e-Portfolios for Reflection and Deep Learning

The ancient art of storytelling can be a powerful tool for deep learning and reflection; add today’s multimedia technology and you have a highly motivating project-based learning activity as well as a powerful artifact in an electronic portfolio. This presentation will focus on the role of reflection in electronic portfolios and tools for scaffolding reflection: blogging and digital storytelling. After a brief overview of the literature on reflection and learning (Schon, Dewey, Moon), some new perspectives will be shared on storytelling as reflection on experience to improve learning (McDrury & Alterio), and on the role of reflection in brain-based learning (Zull). This presentation will provide some of the pedagogical and theoretical justification for integrating digital storytelling into the curriculum.


National Educational Computing Conference - Philadelphia - June 26-30, 2005

Preconference session - Create online portfolios using common tools and open source software - Sunday, June 26 - 9 AM-4 PM

Get hands-on experience with online tools to construct e-portfolios, including blogs, content management systems, and open source software. Also, review commercial e-portfolio systems available. [handout] [Elgg communication from Tosh]

Breakout Session - Enhancing Student Voices in ePortfolios through Blogging and Digital Storytelling - Tuesday, June 28, 12:30-1:30 PM

Are your e-portfolios standardized checklists of skills or constructivist stories of learning? Learn about open-source or free strategies that increase student voice in learner-centered e-portfolios.


uLearn 05 - Auckland, NZ - July 11-13, 2005

Keynote address - July 13 - Digital Storytelling for Reflection and Deep Learning in ePortfolios

The ancient art of storytelling can be a powerful tool for deep learning and reflection in electronic portfolios. Add today’s multimedia technology and you have a highly motivating project-based learning activity. A digital story is a short digital video clip, usually told in first person narrative with the learner’s own voice, illustrated primarily with still images, and often with an added music track. In this presentation, participants will see examples of digital stories created by learners of all ages, learn about the principles of Digital Storytelling, and the variety of strategies that can be used with diverse learners, from kindergarten through graduate school and into retirement.

Creating Electronic Portfolios

Get hands-on experience with tools to construct e-portfolios, including Microsoft Office, blogs, content management systems, and open source software. Participants will learn how to create a structured electronic portfolio, choosing from five levels of complexity (word processing; hypermedia/presentation software; Acrobat; HTML; or multimedia authoring). Walk through five stages of developing an electronic portfolio: determine purpose, develop digital archive (collection), selection/reflection, construction/hyperlinking, and presentation/publishing.

Digital Storytelling in ePortfolios

In this hands-on session, participants will learn basic strategies for digital storytelling using iMovie. Beginning with a pre-recorded audio clip, participants will illustrate a very short digital story with digital still images, transitions, titles and special effects. The resulting short digital video clip can be posted to the Internet, pressed to a CD-ROM or DVD, transferred to videotape, or sent as an e-mail attachment. Following the hands-on activities, participants will discuss simple strategies to begin creating digital stories to add to their own ePortfolio or their students' ePortfolios.


updated June 26, 2005