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Reflections on Creating an E-Portfolio

The final assignment in ETAD470 was to create an e-portfolio. During the creation of my e-portfolio I learned several things:

Man in "Creative Commons" glasses

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I learned about assigning copyright and creative commons licenses on my work through scribd.com. I made most of my documents, including lesson plans, available under the “Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike” license which allows others to “remix, tweak, and build upon my work non-commercially, as long as they credit me and license their new creations under the identical terms.”

Copyright Locked

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However, I did place “Traditional Copyright: All rights reserved” on two documents which were academic papers with ideas gathered and synthesized from other sources.  I felt that the ideas in those documents should be cited if used academically, as someone could stumble upon them and use them in their university work, and I support academic integrity as expected of universities. In addition, I also learned that on scribd.com I could disallow copy/paste abilities from my documents if I chose.Although I’ve learned a lot, I still have much to learn in the area of copyright/licensing of works.

html tattoo

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I learned, by experimentation, a bit of HTML coding, solely because I needed figure out how to change the font on some pages to unify them with the rest of the site. I also used HTML to link directly to my blog and from a title page on my e-portfolio, and vice versa. I created a screencast, (another something I learned to do) using Screencast-O-Matic, to share this info, as we were all struggling with it when working on our assignments in class.(I am still working on embedding the video here so please click on the above link titled “screencast.”)

I’m learning about topics, subjects, content and also practical technological and communication skills while working on this assignment. Although the actual time collecting and aggregating the documents was minimal, I spent hours and hours adding, changing, researching, discovering HTML and of course playing with themes and settings. Actually, it’s very addicting, although others may not agree. This is another assignment (in addition to this blog) from ETAD470 that I will never really be completed as I can add, review, reflect on and share my e-portfolio with family, friends and colleagues.

So, without further ado, here is the link to my e-portfolio, or you can click the page title “e-portfolio” above and it will take you directly to it. My screencast is for anyone who would like to do the same.

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Playing with Google Forms

**UPDATE: March 18. I learned that I would not share the responses from a paragraph-type question. Unfortunately, I had someone copy and paste an entire Wikipedia article as a joke, which made the results confusing to read and also happened to be offensive and therefore flagged – or whatever it’s called when something cannot be read by the public online anymore (I had a friend show me and we couldn’t view the results unless I logged onto Google Drive). However, this was a good experience because I learned both how to remove a question from a form and how to erase all the responses and start new (unfortunately I had to erase all or none so I lost the previous responses including some great stories). Future: only have the results publicly available if the answers are not typed in freely. I could post a message for those interested in the results to contact me if necessary.**

I wanted to do some playing with Google Forms as I missed this topic when it was presented in class. This is practice for when, not if, I use them in the future for:

suitcase covered with freeform knitting and crochet

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Organizing events, trips (professional or personal… like organizing family Christmas!)

Getting to know students and parents/organizing interviews

School-wide Surveys

Tests and Quizes

3D Bar Graph Meeting

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Math and Graphing

Student created surveys and research

Collecting opinions and preferences from those who are too busy and/or too shy to speak up.

Collecting feedback on anything.

Students’ record of readings/homework/optional work.

suggestion box

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Alternative to the  “suggestions box” or “questions, concerns, ideas box” (similar to our exit slips in ETAD 470)

Orders (i.e. lunch orders, clothing orders)

Creating essay or story outlines

Peer/Self Evaluation reports

Guided Reflection Document for Staff and Students

Voting System

**Some of my ideas came from here, and there are many, many more.  

Here’s my Google Form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18bzspof3AcGWNx-ZPVt7whGrHBF4gkNn085ltvPhNbk/viewform

Fill it out for some fun if you like and/or share it with anyone. There will be an option for you to review the results etc. after you finish. I’ve added my personal Facebook friends to complete it as well so I’m hoping for many creative answers!

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My First Podcast

For our blog assignment this week we were required to create a podcast.  This was my first so I’ll just explain how I recorded, edited, and published my podcast.

To record my voice I used the default voice recorder on my Galaxy S3 phone which I then uploaded to my brand new Evernote account. I also added the music file to Evernote by simple grabbing and dragging of the file from iTunes and dropping it on my open Evernote tab. Then I came to the school to do my podcast editing in the Mac Lab as the software is already on those computers. I used Garage Band to edit the audio tracks together, and also to edit out a few ums and ahhs, but mostly to get rid of long awkward pauses where I though about what to say next. This shortened the clip by about four minutes! One problem I encountered was that the downloaded audio track of my voice saved as a quicktime player that was only offering me to save it as a movie file. I eventually, after a brief Google session, tried importing the file into iTunes, which worked and I was from there able to import it into Garage Band. Finally, I uploaded my finished product to SoundCloud and pasted the widget code from SoundCloud into my post during HTML view (after a receiving a very timely email which helped me out!).

My podcast is on the topic of early literacy, specifically phonemic awareness in young children.

Music I used: E.T. The Bicycle Chase – of which I own the good old fashioned hard CD copy – and because I love it so much, here’s a link to the full CD by the Moscow Festival Orchestra. 

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