Why? e-Portfolios in Art

Change is hard, creating change is even harder, and accepting change is the hardest. We do not like to accept change if we feel like what we are doing is working. I think that is human nature. If it isn’t broke don’t fix it. That is the attitude of most people.education-1580143_960_720 This attitude does not allow us to advance, our education system needs positive change. It is broke, we are not teaching to our students in a way that they desire or learn to their fullest potential. They are bored with lecture, our students need hands-on learning experiences where they can personalize their education. We should be educating  our students so they will have the knowledge and skills to gain employment or get acceptance into college if that is what they choose. We should be preparing our students now for jobs that do not even exist yet. One way we can do this is by incorporating technology into our classroom. Kids are very technology oriented, they yearn to use technology and push the limits to see what they can do with it. We as educators cannot hold them back, we have to learn how to teach to them in a way that they will thrive and advance into the future as successful, productive, and educated individuals.

Some educators are complacent, this leads to being stagnant. A stagnant teacher cannot give students what they need to achieve or reach their greatest learning potential. Kotter globe-32212_960_720(2013) says that if an education system or teacher is complacent then they will not understand why you are trying to make a change. They think everything is good the way it is. In reality we must create a change in our learning and teaching paradigms. We cannot simply do what we have always done in the past and expect our students to flourish. We have to continue to learn and push ourselves just as we expect our students to continue to learn. We cannot teach the same way today that we were taught 20 years ago. Our students do not respond to those teaching methods. The students today are active learners. We have to create learning environments that accommodate this style of learning.

I have created a Why, How, and What statement that condenses my Innovation Plan down to a few sentences to share with my staff and students so they can easily understand what my goal is and see the urgency to make this happen. Kotter (2013) says that urgency should be the foundation of any movement or change. In order for people to accept and utilize my plan I have to make them understand the urgency of it. It needs to begin now. We do not need talk, we need action. I want to speak to the hearts of my students and co-workers, not just the minds (Kotter, 2011). If I do not implement this change now, it may never be done and my students will be missing a great opportunity to advance in their art future.

WHY: I believe my students are great at creating artwork and deserve to have a platform to dispaly their artwork digitally for the world to view immediatley. 

HOW: I will have students create personalized e-Portfolios that will include an artist statement, a blog, and a gallery to display their artwork.                

WHAT: Students will create an e-Portfolio to share their work, ideas, and beliefs that they can add to at anytime and share with others for college acceptance or job placement.    

I want to implement my Innovation Plan to give my students an opportunity to share their artwork with the world. This will be a personalized way to share their work with others digitally. They are currently limited to showing their work locally at competitions or shows. Having them create a digital portfolio is going to help them in many ways. They will be able to continually add their work, goals, and ideas to it for others to see. They will build this portfolio as an Art I student and if they continue to take Art throughout high school they will have 3-4 years worth of work readily available for potential colleges or employers to see. They will be able to continue to add to their e-Portfolio throughout their career if they so desire.


All images courtesy of Pixabay.com

Kotter, J. (2011, March 23). John Kotter – The Heart of Change. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NKti9MyAAw&feature=youtu.be

Kotter, J. (2013, August 15). Leading Change: Establish a Sense of Urgency. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Yfrj2Y9IlI&feature=youtu.be


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