Creating Your Portfolio

Before we start,

  • If today is your first day of class – please view the blog post from Monday and Wednesday (click on Monday and Wednesday’s date on the calendar to the right.)
  • Any questions about the syllabus?
  • I shared an assignment checklist where you can check whether I got your submissions. Check your Google Drive.
  • Laptop Check-Out/In Procedure:
  1. Detach the laptop from the power cord. Use the VELCRO to secure the correct power cord for each laptop in the cart.
  2. Make sure you initial in the check-out binder.
  3. If you check out a PC, you need login ID/password (find them on the whiteboard next to the windows)
  4. The data in the laptop WILL NOT be wiped.  Therefore, please do not download personal data. Remember to LOG OUT for the websites you use.
  5. When you return the laptop to the cart, please make sure you PLUG it BACK in.
  6. Do not remove any power cords from the cart. If you need power cord for the laptop you checked out, please let the instructor know and you will get one from the power cord bag in the laptop cart.

Hopefully, you’re getting a better understanding of what our course is about.  We’re looking at ways teaching and learning can be supported with technology. Just remember, the more you find ways to personally apply what you learn in our class, the more you will reap the benefits of your new knowledge. Let’s look at a sample website from spring semester.  Not all of our projects will be the same, but it will help you to get an idea of what you’ll be doing this semester. Here’s an example of a Learning Adventure (the last project we do for the semester). And here’s some information about Slowmation videos. And I updated details about our first project.

PART I. Resources in Aderhold

Let’s finish up the scavenger hunt in order to learn the tools and resources available in this building. There are many resources available in this building and at this university generally. Students may go a whole semester never knowing about many valuable support staff, software, hardware and more. With your group members, complete the scavenger hunt (15 minutes).

Part Two: Start Building Your Google Portfolio Site

Even if you don’t have a website, you probably already have an online presence – through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, 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 throughout the semester.  You’ll be using your website throughout the semester to store, display, and reflect upon course projects.

The tool for this project is Google Sites. 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!

View a few sample websites created using Google Sites:

Your tasks:

  • Go to: and log in using your Gmail account.
  • Open your Google Site.
  • Create a Home Page and include:
    • Picture of you
    • Short description of what you would like to learn this semester
  • Create an “About Me” page and include:
    • Insert 2-3 pictures
    • Include 2-3 links to relevant websites
    • Write 2-3 paragraphs about yourself
  • Create a Blog Postings page and link to your home page.

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 web pages. Here’s a link to the Help section for Google Sites if you have questions.

For Monday:

Continue working on your Home and About Me pages. We will share these on Monday. If you come to class Monday with your site incomplete, no worries. I still want you to try and complete as much as you can on your own so that you can receive focused help on Monday. Completing these pages is due next Wednesday, January 16.

For Wednesday:

1. Read Chapter One from Howland,  J.L., Jonassen,D., & Marra, R.M. (2011). Meaningful learning with technology. (Fourth ed.). Boston, M.A. : Allyn. You can access it from our Readings folder. We are using Dropbox to organize our readings for this semester. You do not have to have a dropbox account to view files in the folder or to download files.

2. Select one of the following documents from our Readings folder to review. This might mean reading it from cover to cover or just becoming very familiar with the contents. You’ll be the “spokesperson” for the document you choose. So choose wisely (and shorter does not necessarily mean easier!). Everyone should be able to access all 3 documents – but you need only choose one to “know”: 2010 National Education Technology Plan (NETP), The 2012 Horizon Report, or the Educational Technology Roadmap.

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