Touro TESOL Candidate John Bacci’s Digital Portfolio for EDDN 680

Touro College has taught me a variety of effective and reliable practices when it comes to assisting students in learning English as well as mastering their content areas while growing on their linguistic modalities.

John Bacci

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.

“Through my time at Touro College, my eyes were opened to where I limited my students as learners and growing minds. Touro College has introduced me to the necessity of equitable, authentic, and appropriate instruction for students of the most diverse populations this world has ever seen. Touro College has taught me a variety of effective and reliable practices when it comes to assisting students in learning English as well as mastering their content areas while growing on their linguistic modalities. The program at Touro College has also taught me the importance of opening my educational doors to incorporate all cultures and represent and appreciate all cultures and backgrounds that can be experienced, learned through, and understood as an important part of our interconnected society and world. Touro College has assisted me in understanding what classrooms need to look like and function nowadays in order to assure all students have an equal opportunity at a fair, effective, and authentic education.”

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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