October 30, 2000
Dear ILT Program Chair:
The process of developing
this portfolio has been a valuable reflection tool, clearly bringing
out the breadth and depth of my development over the last 3 ˝ years.
I began in the spring of 1997 with IT5110 learning about Job Aids
and Systems Development and am finishing with well developed web
skills, leadership skills, and extensive project experience. I
plan to continue developing these leadership responsibilities within
the district where I work, to be a mentor and supporter of the integration
of technology in curriculum, and to inspire students. The Information
and Learning Technologies Program has influenced my professional
goals in three areas:
and developed technical skills, broadened leadership role, and deepened
understanding of pedagogy.
Technical Skills – I have always had an affinity
towards technology. Before my teaching career I was employed as
a Systems Analyst, developing financial systems. Now I teach many
different computer related courses. Many of my UCD classmates
mistakenly believed that I already had all the skills I needed given
the courses that I teach. This was not the case. While I was familiar
with a lot of software, I was not skilled in applying it. ILT courses
facilitated by exploration of software and helped structure my time
to practice and apply my knowledge. The best example of this was
IT5600: Multimedia Web Authoring. I had no previous web experience,
but a semester later have been able to create substantial web sites
that are the primary communication delivery for the school and district
in which I am employed. (See 22.214.171.124 for an example.)
Leadership – Early in my career as an educator I
was content to stay within the four walls of my classroom and teach
‘my students’. Many of my teaching peers agreed that this approach
was the best way to survive long term in a large, urban high school.
The ILT program and Brent Wilson encouraged me to take a leadership
role within my school and district and to become a champion for
the meaningful use of technology in instruction. This led me to
volunteer to chair the DPS Federal Perkins Vocational Team, which
guides the dispersal of a yearly budget of $750,000. A significant
role of this team was to redesign all Business courses and curriculum
to reflect best practices for integrating technology with instruction.
At the school level, I coordinated the development of the technology
plan, organized the in-school technical training, off site workshop
training and conferences (such as TIE), and developed and provided
technical support for a new school web site that is setting new
standards for high school web communication delivery models.
Pedagogy – The ILT program has also guided me through
the process of re-evaluating my philosophy of education. Specifically,
the IT 5160 course exposed me to new ideas regarding change models
(The Principle of Leverage, Shared Vision, and Mental Models) that
I have applied and fine-tuned with success over the last two years.
The success of both the web site and the school technology plan
is directly related to the implementation of these models. The
basis and rationale for the instructional design and delivery of
my courses reflect the pedagogical models discussed in ILT courses.
Two examples of this include the units I teach on project management
and the use of project-based learning.
I feel the ILT program
has provided me with a solid base of skills and opportunities for
reflection necessary to be successful. I am now equipped with the
skills to challenge others and myself in these areas.
Computer Magnet Director
Career and Technology Department Head