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Helping Teachers Use Multimedia Portfolios for Professional Development


American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,


This paper is a preliminary report on a grant-funded project to use multimedia technology to create teacher portfolios. The workshop was the first step for testing the feasibility of multimedia for portfolio development for preservice and inservice professional development. The goals for the participants in the workshop were to begin learning multimedia tools in the Macintosh and Microsoft Works environments and to increase their awareness of the issues related to portfolios. As preparation for the workshop, potential participants from one urban and two rural elementary schools were given instruction in Macintosh basics and Microsoft Works. Nine teachers and five student teachers were selected to participate. The workshop was conducted in two 5-day sessions, 3 weeks apart. Data were collected by participant computer journal, specific writing assignments, evaluations, interviews, and observation. Overall, the participants were excited and motivated to work and to learn about multimedia technology. Results in five areas of the project are discussed: (1) access to computers; (2) access to experts; (3) explanation/work choices; (4) concerns/complications; and (5) professional growth. (Contains 8 references.) (ND)


Hale, M.E. & Kieffer, R.D. (1995). Helping Teachers Use Multimedia Portfolios for Professional Development. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 1995. Retrieved November 15, 2019 from .

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