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Victor A. Montemurro
Comprehensive Digital Portfolio
St. John's University School of Education

EDU 5665: Computers: Programming and Applications in Management and Administration
Professor Frank L. Smith, Jr., Ed.D.
Professor Jonathan T. Hughes, Ph.D.
June 2003

SJU Graduate Bulletin 2000-2002

An overview of administrative and instructional uses of the computer in educational settings. This course is designed to help school personnel (teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists and school board members) make decisions about the future use of computers in education. The course provides a systematic way of mapping curriculum usage in technology: selecting software, selecting hardware, developing materials and then implementing the material chosen. The course provides the use of state of the art technology in education and serves as guide for making informed and logical computer decisions. Practical exposure to and literacy in computer use are provided.











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:

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.

[EDU 5415: Introduction to Administration] [EDU 9401: Introduction to Educational Research] [EDU 5655: Data Analysis for Administration] [EDU 5571: Administrative Leadership in Schools] [EDU 5420: Politics in Education] [EDU 5743: Educational Planning] [EDU 5419: Advanced Study in Organizational Theory] [EDU 9211: Statistics II] [EDU 7701: Research and Development in Innovative Instructional Strategies] [EDU 5741: Economics & Financing of Education] [EDU 5665: Computer Applications in Administration] [EDU 7900: Qualitative Research: Methodology and Analysis] [EDU 5721: Collective Negotiations in Education] [EDU 7801: Creating a Digital Portfolio] [EDU 5990: Doctoral Research Seminar]

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