Greetings eZone User,
The eEmpowerment Zone (eZone) is a comprehensive, web-based
eLearning and professional development center that was designed for a
of learners and contributors: preservice and inservice teachers, administrators,
media specialists, higher education faculty and students.
The eZone is
a dynamic, on-demand delivery platform, that was developed by Dr. Trina
Davis and Arlen Strader from the eEducation Group at Texas
A&M. The eZone enables cohorts or communities of educators to
access instructional modules, as well as integrated resources and
tools that support teaching and learning, collaboration, mentoring,
and coaching. By organizing instructional web-based modules, individualized
My eAssessment Centers, electronic portfolios (ePortfolios), resources
and tools into a single integrated system, graduate students or teaching
candidates can seamlessly complete online or field-components of
their courses or programs.
The My eAssessment Center, is the nucleus of the eZone. Each eZone
user has a personal My eAssessment Center which provides access to
key resources like ePortfolios. Accessed from the My eAssessment
Center, the eZone’s ePortfolio system allows educators to submit
various instructional artifacts to their interactive, web-based portfolios
that chronicle their work throughout a particular course, professional
development experience or entire teacher preparation program. The
eEmpowerment Zone includes extra features like the eZone Discussion
Boards, as well as a online Resource Media Center and Break Room
that allow the eZone’s communities of learners to review, nominate,
and share a broad range of instructional resources. Have fun and
enjoy the eZone!
Dr. Trina Davis
Director, eEmpowerment Zone
Description of eZone Features
||eZone Modules are self-paced and
include hands-on, interactive online instructional content
and project-based learning activities. Modules incorporate
pretests and posttests, formative Try This exercises, and
video segments. eZone Modules incorporate feedback prompts,
and are designed around ongoing needs sensing and state and
||The My eAssessment Center in the
eZone enables students, university supervisors, mentor teachers
and program staff to track student progress in real time.
University supervisors and mentor teachers also submit midpoint
and summative classroom observations as well as ePortfolio
reviews in the center. The My eAssessment Center includes
student progress data on module enrollment, completion and
assessment. Administration and Facilitator pages include
information on students, learning objects, overall cohort
module progress, student portfolios and customized news submissions.
From the My eAssessment Center students and other stakeholders
can also access all midpoint and summative classroom observation
results, and ePortfolio assessment results.
||The ePortfolio feature in the eZone allows
interns to submit various preservice instructional artifacts
and later classroom artifacts to their web-based portfolios.
These artifacts are automatically uploaded, without requiring
formal web development. Intern portfolios serve as a resource
for teaching interns to share their professional goals, interests,
and a wealth of classroom artifacts with supervisors, mentor
teachers and other interns in their cohort over the course
of their induction year.
||As an added bonus, an ePortfolio Center has
been set up in the eZone for future employers, university
supervisors and fellow students to search all ePortfolios
that are in the system. School district administrators can
search for teaching candidates' ePortfolios to explore their
body of work that was created during their teacher preparation
program. This site was designed to assist Accelerate Online
students in their job placement efforts.
||Discussion Boards were set up in the eZone
to facilitate ongoing support and communication among students
(or interns), supervisors, and program staff. All Options/Accelerate
students are subscribed to their cohort discussion board.
Whenever a new article appears, students receive a copy of
that article. Articles are compiled in digest format and
emailed daily. In addition, using their discussion boards
university supervisors offer just-in-time Online Seminars
for first year teachers on such topics as performance objectives,
effective lesson plans and closure, student motivation, reinforcement
theory, and learning styles.
|This feature highlights state and
some national educational news, professional development
and funding announcements and initiatives.
|This feature spotlights an educational
resource or application; many resources are nominated or
created by educators or educational technology leaders.
|This feature highlights best practices
including how model K-20 educators are using technology.
How are educational technologies impacting teaching and learning
in a wealth of situations? Exemplary curricula, diversity
responsive practice, and mentor programs are also highlighted.
||The Resource Media Center is designed
as a dynamic shared resource center for communities of learners
that include pre-service and in-service teachers, administrators,
library media specialists, higher education faculty, parents
and students. eZone community members are encouraged to nominate
and rate a wealth of resources.
||The eZone Break Room is designed to give users
a space to freely explore diverse web-resources, outside
of structured instructional activities. The eZone's community
of learners can take breaks, to freely experience the breadth,
depth and creative power of the Web.