Building Your Education Digital Footprint

Some thoughts for education grads (but with a wider relevance to educators at all levels) reblogged from Chris Kennedy, a BC Superintendent of Schools who has graciously allowed us to share his postings here in the past. Also thanks to Ian Landy (@technolandy). I might have missed this if he hadn’t reblogged it as well 🙂


I had the chance to speak with education students at the University of British Columbia earlier this week about the power of networks.  I wrote earlier this year about my argument that being a networked teachers is one of the three key “must-do’s” for all new teachers.   Being a networked teachers is about connecting face-to-face and digitally.

As part of the conversation on networking I spent some time talking about their educational digital footprint.   For some very good reasons we have spent time in recent years telling teacher candidates about all the things they should not have as part of their digital footprint.  We remind them to lock-down their privacy on Facebook, to remove the photos on Instagram holding a glass of wine,  to take down the blog post they wrote about their wild trip to Europe and otherwise try to cleanse their digital presence.  And we…

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Sharing or stealing – digital images

Mentoring others in technology often leads to a conversation about finding and using images. Sharing is a wonderful thing and it’s not unusual to either become a bit over-enthusiastic about this which can lead to some usage that is not respectful to the original creator. The flip side is to feel so uncertain that you quit sharing altogether, missing some great opportunities.

A place to point to for Canadian-specific information on this topic is The Creative Commons Canada. They aim for a ‘fair “some rights reserved” approach to copyright.’ If you create works you want to share, the site helps you do what’s necessary to let the world know. If you want to share images you’ve found, the site explains the symbols to look for and how to interpret them.

Chris Wejr, school principal at James Hill Elementary School in Langley, BC., does a great job of explaining why it’s so important to give credit to the original creators of images you use. He has shared with ETMN before and I’m happy to reference his post here:


And yes, the rainbow image used above is one I photographed and edited myself and I am allowing it to be in the public domain!


To the extent possible under law,

Elizabeth Wellburn

has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to
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ePortfolio Framework

Guest blog posting by Tamara Malloff 

The landscape for eportfolio technologies has been vast and diverse over the years. Districts and individual schools and even classroom teachers have been considering, adopting, selecting or developing their tool of choice with regard to:

– Provincial direction (MyEdBC)
– Enterprise solutions already implemented (Scholantis)
– Open source philosophy (Mahara, ePearl)
– District developed platforms (WordPress multi-site CMS)
– Third Party Vendors (Freshgrade)

These are just some of the drivers for eportfolio adoption. Other considerations are: cost- effectiveness, IT Dept capacity for support, FOIPPA compliance, parent/guardian accessibility, mobile app availability, and alignment with current curricular directions. 
As the province moves forward with the new K-9 curriculum implementation and the Grad Program, competency-based learning will continue to be at the forefront of the conversation. Included in this dialogue will be the triangulation of assessment, communicating learning, and reporting. 
The EdTech Mentorship Network (ETMN) plays a key role regarding aligning curricular and programming directions with consideration for a technology eco-system that will be optimal in the collection, curation, and sharing of evidence of learning for students in the K to 12 trajectory.


Current challenges in adopting a provincial eportfolio platform have been as a result of district legacies, recent implementation of MyEdBC which promises to eventually house an eportfolio module, and the current availability of third party vendors providing software products that appear to address the need for real-time communication of learning. 
Combined with the sense of urgency to address the communication of learning, the divergent perspectives from district technology leaders across the province, and the timeline for implementation of an eportfolio module through the new provincial SIS, the challenge is not which eportfolio system to adopt, but rather how to approach the conundrum in doing so, and asking the right critical questions in the process.

Framework for Dialogue & Critical Questions
–  Why is a conversation regarding eportfolios coming to the forefront again?
– What is the state of the nation across our province when it comes to eportfolio 
– What are the current challenges in determining and adopting an eportfolio platform?
– What level of consistency is needed across the province when considering an eportfolio 
– What are the key considerations when determining a software platform for eportfolios?

The aspects below are starting points for a dialogue regarding eportfolio implementation for the ETMN:


Next steps may include a conversation at the ETMN Think Tank and the ETMN Info session at the Distributed Learning Pre-Conference and Conference proper in April 2015.

Thank you Tamara Malloff — District Vice-Principal, Innovative Learning Services, SD8 Kootenay Lake — for creating this and for allowing it to be shared as a blog posting here.

Developing as a Professional

We believe that sites like ETMN can be part of a vibrant Professional Learning Network (PLN) – linking BC educators to the ideas of their peers and opening doors for relationships to form.

Natalie Wai, a teacher in Vancouver, BC, who has been featured on ETMN before, writes about her Professional Learning Community in her blog “Lessons in developing as a professional”

Here’s how Natalie Wai describes her plan to proceed with professional development via her PLN:

My PLN Future
1. Involves more free learning from edchats which I will be more conscientious about previewing and participating in
2. Learning about and participating as an audience member or speaker at an ed camp, free webinars, and free MOOC’s .
3. More blogging about my learning, following and learning from other bloggers while adding to my learning list.
4. Growing my PLN with more educators and introducing the twitter PLN to educators who are receptive to it.

Read Natalie’s full posting here:


George Couros, Divison Principal from Stony Plain Alberta Canada, posted a few days ago with a great graphic created by another Canadian teacher, Sylvia Duckworth from Toronto.

The topic is “8 things to look for in today’s classroom”

Take a look and see how connected learning and innovation fit with critical thinking, reflection, voice, choice and more.

This led me to want to learn more about Sylvia’s technique and I found her posting here:
describing tools for iPads and other devices with lots of great examples.

So I tried one myself! It was fun and, like mind-mapping, it helped me extract some of the important points…

Empowering Children As Writers, Letting Their Voices be Heard

Writing for real purposes . . . including a view on technology, is featured in this thoughtful posting by Kelli Vogstad, Vice Principal at Cambridge Elementary in Surrey, BC. Sometimes we might be pushed outside of our comfort zones!

Teaching and Learning With Heart

I am a writer who still chooses to find my voice and craft my words with paper and pen in hand.  In today’s technology driven world, writers have so many choices and ways to share their ideas and communicate their messages for others to read, hear, view, and access.   To be honest, some days I am overwhelmed with the amount of tools I have to sort through and begin to explore if I am to help my students be prepared and to participate in an ever-increasing digital world.   IMG_4188I am pushed outside my comfort zone bringing new technologies, such as web-based writing tools, and digital and social media tools into my classroom. At the same time, I take comfort knowing that one goal remains constant; to help my students become good writers, who write with a strong and confident voice, with skill and creativity, and who both care and have a…

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