One of the key aims of Edufolios is to empower you to focus on your learning. We want to make the process of gathering and reporting your evidence as quick and easy as possible so that you can reflect on what the evidence you’re gathering shows you about your practice. In this blog post we going to look at how you can use your Edufolio to keep track of your PD hours, to speed up note taking and curate evidence (when and if it’s called for by auditors), all whilst also meeting the AITSL standards too! If you’re unsure what your PD requirements are, we’ve even provided an overview for each state on this page.
Top Tips for Evidencing PD Easily
1. Make your notes in a post:
Whilst your participating in your professional development where do you keep your notes? Pen and paper? An online/ on screen document? Have you considered typing them directly into a post? You don’t have to publish anything until you’re ready so no one else can see what you write.
This is a screen shot of my list of posts as it stands right now. Can you see how many in that list have the word “draft” next to them? That’s because I haven’t actually finished writing them. I’ve sat and participated in PD and whilst I’ve been there I’ve made notes. There’s even one there about a TED talk. I made notes whilst I was watching and I am yet to tidy them up.
Why keep your notes in Edufolios?
When I have time, I can come back and edit these notes into sentences and paragraphs. I’ve done half the work for myself already! If I don’t find the time for a little while it doesn’t matter, once I’m ready it’s all ready to go too!
2. Take lots of pictures on your phone or tablet
Have you spotted people using their devices to take pictures of key slides, great moments or the activities they’re completing? Have you tried it? Some of them might even be tweeting out these pictures and having a whole learning conversation on a back channel at the same time. Either way, those pictures could form part of your evidence and you can easily upload them to your media library.
I use my camera roll (pictured to the left) to remind me about key ideas or points I want to discuss or reflect on later. They can also be used to save time… Why type out the key ideas someone placed on the PowerPoint if you can just add a photo? That photograph is going to free you up to write about your thoughts about those dot points instead. Remember, its those reflections that help you grow your practice whilst meeting the career stage requirements too.
3. Share those photos to a cloud storage space
Forgive me if this one feels a bit ‘techy’ but this really does save me heaps of time. You’ve taken some great photographs, maybe you’ve even videod a few bits too, how do you get them from your device to your Edufolio quickly? Have you considered setting up your photographs so that they sync with a cloud based service like, Google Photos, Dropbox or OneDrive? All of these pieces of software have the advantage of being able to be installed on multiple devices of any kind. Got an Andriod phone but a mac laptop? A windows PC and an iphone? By installing and setting up one of these apps on all your devices, the photos you take on your phone will be available, almost instantly, on any device that you’re using to make your notes about your PD.
4. No certificate? Use your Standards Guide to select the standards
Not every piece of PD you record is going to have a certificate. What if you’re writing about a book you’ve read, making a reflection on a conversation you had with another staff member, or sharing thoughts on some research you’re doing? Don’t forget that the standards guide is always there waiting for you. Use it as you listen, read and discuss. It might even start a line of questioning that you hadn’t otherwise considered.
5. Write down a call to action
Before you leave the PD or move away from your post, write down one (or maybe two) key thoughts or questions that you’d like to consider in more detail. Use these questions as “calls to action” for yourself. When you come back to finalise your piece you’ll have some prompts to remind you of the interesting questions, thoughts and actions you’d been contemplating. This will make it easier to write something reflective rather than a simple recount of what happened or what you read.
Of course, these calls to actions might also be things that you’re going to try when you get back to your classroom. Don’t forget that the most important thing is how the professional learning you’ve undertaken has helped you to grow your practice. You can use the calls to action as reflection points, questions to address in the next post you write about how what you’ve put into place and how its working.
Don’t forget to record your PD hours in the widget!
Have you spotted the professional development widget? It sits on your dashboard and keeps a log of how many hours you’ve completed and in what period. It’s easy to set up. Have a look at this video for more information.
Do you have any tips to share?
I’m certain I haven’t covered everything in these 5 tips. How do you use Edufolios to help reflect on your professional development opportunities? Let us know in the comments below.