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February 18, 2006

Art Teacher's Guide to the Internet

Well, I'm officially in a book! How cool is that? It doesn't actually say my name, but it does talk about the Hyde ePortfolio site that Josh and I made. So, I guess that means we're in a book!

For those of you who don't know, I designed and implemented the ePortfolio site into my Visual Art curriculum at Hyde Middle School last year. I've still been developing, testing, and tweaking it (along with the help of my web-guru hubby Josh). I'm hoping to add some more features this year including differing options for different language levels that connect with Step Up to Writing.

The site has so far won the Rambus/KCI (Krause Center for Innovation) Award (2005) and has also been featured in classes at several colleges who are teaching about portfolios and online portfolios. I've especially enjoyed reading student comments about the site from the Foothill Honors Seminar. (The only thing that's goofy is that they keep refering to it as the Hyde Elementary School site, even though everything on the site says Hyde Middle School. Oh well.)

Anyway, here's the book:


Here's info on the book from the Davis Website:

The Art Teacherís Guide to the Internet, Grades Pre-K-12
By Craig Roland
This one-of-a-kind resource provides step-by-step support for using the Internet to enhance K-12 art education. Equally valuable for the teacher new to using the Internet in the classroom, and the most technologically savvy art teacher.

The part about Hyde's ePortfolio site is in Chapter 10. You can find that by looking in the index:


Then, there's a pic of the site (never mind that it's taken using Internet Explorer in OS9):


And on the next page there's a brief description of the site:


If you're interested in the book, there's info @ Davis' site about it. There is also a site Craig Roland maintains to accompany the book as well.

Overall, it's pretty cool to work so hard on something and have it be recognized. I know there is still more that needs to be done to the site before it fully reaches my vision. But, it's been a fun & informative process so far!

Posted by stephlewis at February 18, 2006 09:14 PM