Page Schaschwary, Business teacher at Huntley Community School District 158 and adjunct Marketing faculty at McHenry County College, recently presented a workshop on Creating an ePortfolio Using Google Sites at the 59th annual fall conference of the Illinois Business Education Association (IBEA): Adding Cultural Fluency to Your Briefcase. Over 100 business educators and other professionals from middle schools, high schools, community colleges, universities, and businesses across the state and beyond attended the annual event held virtually on November 4-5, where sessions were held to increase the knowledge and skills of school and district leaders and teachers.
Schaschwary provided a hands-on session in which Google Sites is used to create an ePortfolio. Participants learned how to create a personalized portfolio with multiple pages, photos, artifacts, and links. Resources and tips were provided so faculty can bring this activity to their classrooms. Those in attendance were especially impressed by Schaschwary’s knowledge and enthusiasm.
In addition to Schaschwary’s workshop, the two-day conference featured 5 attention grabbing Spotlight speakers, 29 additional breakout sessions, a number of hands-on opportunities for earning industry certifications, teacher round tables, an award ceremony, and more. Educators are able to earn Professional Development hours as they deepened their content knowledge and learned research-backed instructional strategies for enhancing student learning.
IBEA is a professional organization whose members represent educational institutions throughout Illinois. Since its formation in the mid-1930s, IBEA (originally known as Illinois Commercial Education Association) has promoted the study, development, and teaching of business and vocational education in all educational and business settings. Members meet at annual conferences to share information, to support research efforts, and to promote the practice and teaching of all areas of business, technology, and vocational education. The cooperative and engaging atmosphere also provides opportunities to share applied, theoretical, and strategic ideas. For further information about the IBEA, visit www.ibea.org.