ePortfolio Day – 2010

October 4th, 2010 by Michael

“NH Focus on ePortfolio Day” will take place October 4th at Plymouth State University. We hope you will join us, as educators from across the state gather for a day of in-depth discussions and presentations on ePortfolios. These discussions will include current ePortfolio uses, as well as future trends for NH’s schools. See below for registration and event details.

Video Presentations

Opening Remarks – Ellen Murphy, Plymouth State University:

Mahara (Elementary) – Danielle Bolduc and Sonja Gonzalez, ORCSD:

Mahara (Middle School) – Carol Liss and Sherry Hegstrom, Timberlane Regional Middle School:

Sakai (K-12) – Deb Boisvert, Deerfield Community School, and Theresa Schneiderheinze, Three Rivers Middle School:

Mahara (High School) – Kathy Weise, Windham High School:



Monday, October 4th, 2010

8:30 am – 3:00 pm


Heritage Commons (in Samuel Read Hall)

Plymouth State University

Plymouth, NH 03264

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Time Presentation Files
8:30 – 9:00 am Registration and coffee
9:00 – 9:15 am Opening Remarks from Cathy Higgins, NH Department of Education
9:15 – 9:35 am Mahara (Elementary) – Danielle Bolduc and Sonja Gonzalez, ORCSD
9:40 – 10:00 am Mahara (Middle School) – Timberlane Regional Middle School
10:00 – 10:15 am Break
10:15 – 11:45 am Sakai (K-12) – Deb Boisvert, Deerfield Community School and Theresa Schneiderheinze, Three Rivers Middle School
11:50 – 12:10 pm Mahara (High School) – Kathy Weise, Windham High School
12:10 – 1:10 pm Lunch and Campus Tours
1:10 – 2:00 pm The Admissions Process – Gene Fahey, Plymouth State University
2:15 – 3:00 pm Breakout (Heritage Commons) – Panel Discussion, facilitated by Judy Ciesielski, Plymouth State University
2:15 – 3:00 pm Breakout (HUB MPR) – Managing Backend Issues, facilitated by ITS staff, Plymouth State University

Presentation Descriptions:

Mahara (Elementary) – Danielle Bolduc and Sonja Gonzalez, ORCSD:

  • Oyster River Cooperative School District, ORCSD, has used Mahara in conjunction with Moodle in their K-12 environment. The use of Mahara at the elementary level is to gather artifacts by uploading them into folders. We will review who is actually pressing the keys at these early learner levels, how the artifacts are organized, and what the plan for the artifacts is.

Mahara (Middle School) – Carol Liss, Sherry Hegstrom, and Jim Smith, Timberlane Regional Middle School:

  • The Technology Teachers from Timberlane Regional School District will present how their students use Mahara to create ePortfolios. Their presentation will include how the students have set up profiles, uploaded artifacts, created views, and reflected on their artifacts.

Sakai (K-12) – Deb Boisvert, Deerfield Community School, and Theresa Schneiderheinze, Three Rivers Middle School:

  • The Sakai Collaborative consists of 12 + districts across the state of New Hampshire who support each other in the use of Sakai for portfolios and course management. Portfolios are used at different sites to meet local needs, with focuses on ICT Digital Portfolio needs k-12, HS competencies and graduation portfolios and Professional Staff Portfolios. Portfolios are used as formative and summative assessment in both dynamic working and showcase formats.

Mahara (High School) – Kathy Weise, Windham High School:

  • Windham High School is a new (opened September 2009) NH high school with one-to-one laptops and high technology use throughout the curriculum. Windham teachers use Moodle extensively to enrich their classrooms. Mahara was implemented as an online portfolio solution for all students to fulfill the portfolio graduation requirement. Kathy will describe last year’s portfolio requirements and share her stories of the first year of student ePortfolio creation in a high school.

Panel Discussion (Breakout) – Judy Ciesielski, Plymouth State University:

  • Panel discussion on the future of ePortfolios in teacher education

Managing Backend Issues (Breakout) – ITS Staff, Plymouth State University:

  • Tech-coordinators will meet with ITS Staff to discuss backend issues with supporting LMS and ePortfolio systems

Presenter Bios:

Cathy Higgins, State Educational Technology Director, New Hampshire Department of Education

  • Dr. Cathy Higgins works in the Office of Educational Technology at the New Hampshire Department of Education. In her position as State Educational Technology Director, she provides assistance to schools in planning and developing educational technology, information literacy, and online learning programs. Dr. Higgins facilitates the distribution of federal educational technology grant funds to schools to support learning powered with technology and serves as the New Hampshire Project Director for a multi-state E-Learning for Educators online professional development program. Cathy has a B.A. from North Park University, M.Ed. from University of Massachusetts Amherst, C.A.G.S. from Plymouth State University, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.

Danielle Bolduc, Director of Learning, ORCSD, and Sonja Gonzalez, Director of IT, ORCSD

  • Danielle Bolduc worked at ORCSD for over 10 years as a Technology Integration Specialist before being promoted to Director of Learning. In this role, one of her responsibilities is curriculum where she can work with teachers to integrate technology. Sonja Gonzalez is the Director of IT at ORCSD. She has worked in IT in schools for the past 10 years, and previously had been in sales, marketing, and engineering. Bolduc and Gonzalez work together to make sure the systems are functioning well, workflow is in place, and students and staff understand how to use the portfolio system.

Carol Liss, Technology Educator, Timberlane Regional Middle School

  • This is Carol’s 9th year at Timberlane, 3rd year as a teacher at the Middle School and 6 years of prior experience teaching students with special needs. Carol’s technical background stems from working at Hewlett-Packard Company for over 15 years, where her computer knowledge expanded along with the technology advances.

Sherry Hegstrom, Timberlane Regional Middle School

  • Sherry Hegstrom has her Masters in Computer Education from Plymouth State University. She is an active presenter and participant of classroom 2.0. She has been teaching for 5 years and has enjoyed working for TRMs.

Deb Boisvert, Technology Coordinator, Deerfield Community School, and Theresa Schneiderheinze, Technology Integrator, Three Rivers Middle School

  • Deb and Theresa have been active leaders of the Sakai implementation at SAU 53 which developed into the state wide collaborative. The collaborative provides sharing and support for Sakai users.

Kathy Weise, Technology Integration Specialist, Windham High School

  • Kathy Weise is Windham High’s Technology Integration Specialist who ensures that all teachers have the continual training and support to utilize the technologies available to them. Prior to Windham, Kathy worked in Exeter as the district webmaster and online learning specialist and at the Seacoast Professional Development Center teaching workshops on Moodle, Mahara and many aspects of technology integration.

Gene Fahey, Senior Associate Director, Plymouth State University

  • Gene Fahey, head of undergraduate admission, came to Plymouth State in 1975 from Mercyhurst College (PA), where he served as associate director of admission.

Judy Ciesielski, Graduate Programming and Assessment Coordinator, Plymouth State University

  • Judy Ciesielski has over a decade of experience in higher education, with the past six of those years working with teacher certification candidates in a variety of areas. One of those areas is the use of ePortfolios with pre-service teachers in the IHE setting; both piloting and implementing eportfolio usage. “At Plymouth State University, the conceptual vision of how ePortfolios will be used to support pre- service teachers both academically and developmentally is one that I whole heartedly support”. Judy is the graduate programming and assessment coordinator in the College of Graduate Studies at PSU, and holds an MS in Business Education, and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction.

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