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Education Grads Prepared With E-Folios
By Charlotte Muenzenberger
UW-RF News Bureau
APRIL 29, 2005--This spring the UW-River Falls College of Education and
Professional Development will graduate the first group of aspiring educators
who will have developed electronic portfolios, or e-folios, as part of
a new state graduation requirement. The new technological requirement
and UW-RF students and educators are featured on Wisconsin Public Television's
"Teaching Through Technology" on May 17.
Mary Manke, associate dean of the College of Education and Professional
Studies, believes that technological skills provide a real asset to students
in a tight job market. "River Falls has familiarized students with
classroom technology making them well-known to employers when arriving
on the teaching site," said Manke.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires education majors
to maintain a teacher certification portfolio of their work. In order
to be licensed, students must submit this portfolio to DPI, complete all
relevant coursework including student teaching, and receive a qualifying
score on the Praxis II assessment.
Manke and Mike Martin, academic advisor in the College, reviewed the first
wave of graduates' e-folios. Both were impressed with the hard work put
into these new showplaces for students' skills. "These are the most
effective way to ensure students know hot to use technology," Manke
Students may either publish their e-folio via Internet or on a CD. The
portfolio requires students to use artifacts to demonstrate 10 teaching
standards specified by DPI's PI-34 law.
Students must also include a reflection on each artifact. The College's
Technology Leadership Cadre, a group of students who serve as technical
consultants to students and staff, provides access to the technical support
students need in order to complete these portfolios.
In March, the award-winning public television series "Teaching through
Technology" produced by the Wisconsin Educational Communications
Board came to campus to film the TLC helping students develop their e-folios.
"We're one of three campuses in Wisconsin that will be included in
the documentary," said Karen Ryan, director of the UW-RF Educational
Technology Center. The program airs on Wisconsin Public Television May
17 and nationwide on public television stations throughout the year.
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