Victor A. Montemurro
Comprehensive Digital Portfolio
St. John's University School of Education
EDU 5665: Computers: Programming and Applications in Management and
Professor Frank L. Smith, Jr., Ed.D.
Professor Jonathan T. Hughes, Ph.D.
SJU Graduate Bulletin 2000-2002
Throughout this course and throughout the entire program of doctoral study special emphasis was placed on the importance of use of computer technology by administrators and educational leaders to evaluate information and data for the purpose of knowledge development and the purpose of public presentation. Future thinking leaders in education must not only be able to write and speak well but must also be able to present and organize the information and data available to them to control the image and story of the educational system as it develops, grows and changes.
During this course, the digital portfolio requirements were presented. The digital portfolio is a comprehensive examination of the doctoral program of study and as such represents the final step towards doctoral candidacy and dissertation writing readiness. The Saint John's University educational leadership program integrates technology throughout the various courses of study. Software specifically used throughout the program includes the following:
Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Front Page, PowerPoint
Astound presentation software
Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)
Inspiration (graphic organization)
Explanation was offered on the importance of clear and logical navigation within the web site and the use of helpful hyperlinks to guide the viewer. The digital portfolio must be user friendly and must include appropriate content. The digital portfolio must be a comprehensive application and synthesis of knowledge gained throughout the program presented electronically.
Professor Smith offered critique of various portfolios in terms of clear, concise writing and logical electronic presentation. As members of the cohort presented portfolios, examined each portfolio individually and encourage supportive criticism.
Members of the cohort assisted each with the individual development of technology skills meeting at special times and requesting additional workshops with Professor Hughes as necessary. Cohort members also wrote "technology cheat sheets" to assist each other with the steps necessary to complete an operation with a particular application. A sample cheat sheet called "Harvard Graphics Gap Analysis" is hyperlinked. This worksheet demonstrates how to use Harvard Graphics with MS Excel to perform and present gap analysis.
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