Tony Bates: Resources on e-portfolios

Tony Bates:

“In education, a ‘portfolio’ refers to a personal collection of information describing, documenting and recording a person’s achievements and learning. Portfolios are used for many different purposes such as a tool for evaluating leaning, for accreditation of prior experience, for continuing professional development, to assist a job application, or for a certification of competences acquired through a course or from work experience . An educational portfolio is mainly used to encourage personal reflection and involves the exchange of ideas and feedback. Many people have already used some kind of portfolio. Most of them have built a portfolio to collect evidence required to get certificates or to show what they have learned in a concrete situation or training. The development of information and learning technologies has led to the development of digital portfolios or electronic portfolios, commonly referred as e-Portfolios.”


Bates has filtered the Internet for e-portfolio resources and panned out some pure gold. 

The 23 Best Game-Based Education Resources for 2014 | Edudemic

Edudemic has covered game-based learning and gamification in the classroom on numerous occasions in the past. When learning becomes a game, it’s an enjoyable, effective experience for students and teachers alike. We’ve curated 23 of the best game-based education resources for 2014. If your class hasn’t gotten its game on yet, then now is the time.


Shall we play a game?  We all know in our guts that the engagement and learning that takes place in a game is a power force.  How can we connect our content with that itch to play. How can we create an itch to learn?

E-Jobs: Adjunct Online Education Faculty

Desired Attributes/Qualifications:

1. Ph.D./Ed.D. in the appropriate discipline or related field.
2. Experience working in the education field as a practitioner in any grades, Preschool through 12 preferred.
3. Qualified experience teaching online and working with adult learners required.
4. Previous college or university-level teaching experience preferred.
5. Commitment to support the mission of St. Thomas University.
6. Commitment to culturally-responsive teaching practices and experience with diverse student populations.
7. Official transcripts for all degrees must be received by the university prior to employment.


Combine your lifetime expertise, advanced degrees, online teaching experience and initiative together and go get this job.  

6 Traits of Writing | 6-Traits Songs Upgrade

Elizabeth Werner, 4th grade teacher at Reagan Elementary (Brownsburg, IN), initially used Ruth Culham’s 6-Traits songs to introduce the writing traits to her students. But her students wanted something more modern. Being a musical learner herself, Elizabeth saw the value in meeting her students’ learning needs. She began listening to some popular songs that she knew her students were familiar with. She listened to the choruses and began to consider how she could rewrite the trait songs to fit these new tunes.


It’s been many years since I taught Elementary school, but I can still recognize kids having fun and learning. Singing about the Traits? Why not.  Here’s a link to the YouTube Playlist as well!