Touro TESOL Candidate Jaclyn Esposito’s Digital Portfolio for EDDN 680

As the TESOL Practicum Coordinator it is always exciting to showcase Digital Portfolios for EDDN 680.

The learning theory behind ePortfolios

According to Basken (2008), ePortfolios “are a way to generate learning as well as document learning”. Both generating learning and documenting or recording learning are important, but the process of generating learning sometimes gets overlooked. ePortfolios generate learning because they provide an opportunity and virtual space for students to critically assess their academic work, to reflect on that work, and make connections among different courses, assignments, and other activities, such as work experience, extracurricular pursuits, volunteering opportunities, and more. ePortfolios are effective learning tools because they support students’ own knowledge construction, make otherwise invisible aspects of the learning process visible, and place agency in the hands of students, which fosters learners’ motivation. (Basken, P. (2008, April). Electronic portfolios may answer calls for more accountability. (Links to an external site.) The Chronicle of Higher Education.)

Project Description

The purpose of creating and maintaining an electronic portfolio is for Touro TESOL/Bilingual teacher candidates to reflect on their course of study at Touro College and create a digital repository of their work done during the program.  The portfolio includes a statement of the teacher candidates’ goals, philosophy of education, and files which showcase the candidates best work.

Touro College TESOL faculty Arlene Suarez Caporaso

Bilingual (Spanish/English) Touro TESOL faculty Arlene Suarez Caporaso, an experienced educator with Departmental Supervision IEP’s, ENL Part 15 and school leadership experience was the facilitator and course lead.

Jaclyn Esposito

Jaclyn Esposito wrote: “I wanted to be a teacher for as long as I could remember. I always wanted to follow in my grandpa’s footsteps and help students the same way he did.”

She further elaborated on her teaching philosophy: “As a teacher my desire to grow is because of my students. I want to make sure that I am doing everything I can to be the best teacher for my students. Depending on the students in my class, I might have to learn new ways or styles of teaching. As my years of teaching increase, there will be different standards to follow or how teaching is conducted. After this past year, my goal is to become more familiar with digital ways of teaching and how we can include technology into our every day of teaching. Technology can be a way that I can connect with my students and can be a way that they are able to understand with the world they are growing up in now. Another goal I would like to have as a teacher is to make sure I give every student a chance no matter what is said about them from the previous years.”

Jaclyn Esposito’s Digital Portfolio

Author: drcowinj

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs only to the people who prepare for it today,” determined Malcolm X at the O.A.A.U.’s [Organization of Afro-American Unity] founding forum at the Audubon Ballroom. (June 28, 1964). (X, n.d.) Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin a Fulbright Scholar, SIT Graduate, completed the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP™) at Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Cowin served as the President of the Rotary Club of New York and Assistant Governor for New York State; long-term Chair of the Rotary United Nations International Breakfast meetings; and works as an Assistant Professor at Touro College, Graduate School of Education. Dr. Cowin has over twenty-five years of experience as an educator, tech innovator, entrepreneur, and institutional leader with a focus on equity and access to digital literacy and education in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Her extensive background in education, administration, not-for-profit leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and technology innovation provide her with unique skills and vertical networks locally and globally. Dr. Cowin participates fully in the larger world of TESOL academic discipline as elected Vice President and Chair-Elect for the New York State, NYS TESOL organization, for the 2021 conference. Ongoing research, expressed in scholarly contributions to the advancement of knowledge is demonstrated through publications, presentations, and participation in academic conferences, blogging, and other scholarly activities, including public performances and exhibitions at conferences and workshops. Of particular interest to her are The Blockchain of Things and its implications for Higher Education; Current Global Trends in TESOL; Developing Materials and Resources in Teaching English; E-learning; Micro and Macro-Methodologies in TESOL; E-Resources Discovery and Analysis; and Language Acquisition and the Oculus Rift in VR.

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