Are You Ready?

If today is your first day in EDIT 2000, make sure you know the web address of our main course blog and read the blog post on Monday (click on Monday’s date on the calendar to the right).

PART I: FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT

We have gone through the syllabus on Monday.  I got some questions from you all.  So…let me try to help you understand a little bit better now.

  • Personalized Learning Contract– no worries.  That is a possible topic.  I’ve already changed that one into the SmartBoard lesson plan.  Therefore, there is no need to sign a contract unless most of you want to do that to replace the SmartBoard activity.  I apologize for the confusion.
  • Due Dates– As time goes by, we will figure out when the assignments are due.  I will let you all know when the due dates are when we move onto a new project.
  • How many projects in total?  If you count the assignments, then you will figure it out.  We have nine listed for now.
  • Freedom–  The topics are totally up to you. You can be consistent with one topic throughout the whole semester. you can change from project to project.  You just need my approval for some projects.
  • Video Editing– I try my best to eliminate the portion of video editing.  We have 2 major projects that are related to video editing.  As for other projects, we might still need to do short videos.
  • Late Pass– how can you earn late passes?  There are several ways…Birthday boy and girl can get one.  Good works will help you earn one.  How many can you earn? You can ear as many as possible.  Just need to remember that the last day to use your late pass is Nov. 16.

Any other questions?  If not, then we can move on…but I want to say one thing about email.  I will ask you all to provide your primary email account later this week or next week.  I use email as a channel to communicate with you; however, please email me before 10 PM if you need something for the class next day.  Thanks!

PART II: ADERHOLD SCAVENGER HUNT

Before we start to work on the e-portfolio, I want you all to know what kind of resources you can get in the college of education.  Therefore, we are going to do a scavenger hunt.

  1. Please get into a group of three or four people.  At least one of your teammates needs to have a smartphone.
  2. The person needs to go to the App store and download the App named “SCVNGR”.  It’s a free App.  Try to log in with your Facebook or Twitter account, because you may not want to create one account for this App.
  3. Once you log into the App, you can check the label of “Treks”.  You should be able to see a trek named “EDIT 2000 Resources”.  Click on that.
  4. Then you should be able to see the trek and a map where Aderhold is marked.  Click on the word “Aderhold Hall”.  Do NOT click the red pin on the map.
  5. You will see many challenges.  Find the challenges with the description of “Part of the EDIT 2000 Resources”.  There should be four challenges under that category.
  6. Click on each challenge and try to complete the challenges asap.
  7. The first group who complete the four challenges and come back to our classroom will earn a late pass.

Hint: Bottom-up

PART III: PHOTO BLOG EXPLORATION

In the blog post on Monday, I listed several blog host sites.  Hope you all have tried some of them.  I tried some of them and then I decided to delete the Fotoblog.  Please keep working on researching these host sites and find one that you like.  Create an account before coming to class this Friday.  You need to provide the blog site address to me this Friday.

PART IV: CREATE YOUR e-PORTFOLIO

Even if you don’t have a website, you probably already have an online presence – through Facebook, Twitter, etc. As a learner in the 21st century – it is important for you to know how to create your own website. We’ll be working on this project, the e-portfolio, throughout the semester. Today, we’ll build the structure of your site, create an introduction page, and write your autobiography page. You’ll be using your website throughout the semester to store, display, and reflect upon course projects and readings.

Google Sites is like a combination website, blog, and wiki all rolled into one. We’ll be using it for all three functions. You’re going to be really amazed at what you can create without knowing anything about HTML code!

Examples:

Justine’s Class Project Site

Thomas Lay After-School Program

K-12 Classroom Website

Sample EDIT 2000 e-Portfolio

Tasks:

We are going to use Google Site as the main tool to complete this project.  Therefore, you need to have the Gmail account.  If you have one, please go to http://sites.google.com to log in. If you haven’t got one yet, please go to http://gmail.com to create one.

 

  • Create the homepage for your e-portfolio
    • Insert an image
    • List several things that you want to learn this semester
  • Create an “About Me” page
    • Insert at least one image
    • Include several links to your favorite websites
    • Write 2-3 paragraphs about yourself

We’re just getting comfortable with the tool – so we’ll mess up a few times – but in a few weeks we won’t remember what is was like to not be able to create webpages. Here’s a link to the Help section for Google Sites if you have questions.

I know we are not able to finish this project today.  We will keep working on this next class.  If you don’t have any images that you want to share in your e-portfolio, please make sure that you have them (digital ones, no hard copies) this Friday.

FOR FRIDAY:

  1. Make sure that you complete the student information sheet.
  2. Please create your account for one blog host site and get your blog site address.
  3. Keep working on the two pages in your e-portfolio.
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