Start your Learning Log

 

Week 2: Tuesday -Thursday | Start Your Learning Log

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Learning Objectives

  • Rate student Introduction Videos
  • Create Learning Log using WordPress.com

Purpose of your Learning Log

You are required to begin organizing your artifacts, work samples, reflections, and other examples of learning for courses you are taking in the EDTECH program, creating an Learning Log. We recommend you use an easy, full-featured blogging program, such as WordPress (http://wordpress.com) to organize and present your work.

Workspace versus Showcase: Your Learning Log will initially be a workspace for reflection and collection. However, as you continue to work with WordPress, you might decide to use it for your final ePortfolio showcase. I encourage you to read through and find out more about ePortfolios on Helen Barrett’s excellent resource: http://electronicportfolios.org/balance/index.html.

Our example WordPress blog (http://edtechbsu.wordpress.com) provides just one example of how to organize and present your learning. However, the design is up to you and should reflect your own personality and goals. Remember, your blog will be a work in progress, but can provide a significant jump-start in organizing your work and providing time to reflect (formative evaluation) throughout the program.

Remember, you can also download any file from Google docs to your computer, in various file formats. Get in the habit of saving your work this way, too, and insert these files on your Learning Log posts.


Your TO DO List

1. Review and Rate Videos

  1. If you have not already done so, please return to the Introduce Yourself Video discussion forum and review/rate your classmates’ videos, using the rubric provided on the forum.
  2. Comment as needed.

2. Set up your Learning Log in WordPress.com

NEW!!! You can easily import our EDTECH Boise State Learning Log Template File. Follow the instructions included in this resource and you will quickly be on your way to working with WordPress. Use the Enterprise theme to start.

  1. If you’ve never created a blog before, take some time and look over the tools you have in WordPress (http://wordpress.com). If you need additional help, refer to the online resources at WordPress Support: http://en.support.wordpress.com/
  2. First time users: Go to http://wordpress.com and click the “Get Started Here” button to create an account and blog.
  3. Already have a WordPress.com account? Go to http://wordpress.com and login at the top left. Then, click “Create another blog.”
  4. Create a blog and name it the first part of your Boise State email address (this will be your default blog title at first, which you can later change in the Dashboard settings) if that is available or your first and last name.
  5. Explore and adjust your WordPress Settings (You will need to be in your WordPress Dashboard): Click and expand the Settings and go through each of the items, adjusting your settings as needed. You will also notice you can enable a mobile rendering of your Learning Log in WordPress.

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3. Start Writing!

  1. Add your first post, titled “Introduction Video.” (If you have imported our template file, then you can either edit this sample post or delete it and start over.
  2. Embed your Introduction Videoand include a short description about it and how it aligns with the AECT Standard as listed in your course syllabus. The video below shows you how to embed a YouTube video on a WordPress.com post:

  3. Assign AECT Standard (category) (NOTE: If you have not imported the template, you will first need to add your categories.)
    1. Assign the AECT Standards 2.4 and 3.1 to this post and either save or publish if you are ready.
    2. See how your category widget now will have a link to your post!

4. How to add/edit categories

To create categories, go to your Administration dashboard and hold your mouse over the Posts link:

Click “Categories” and begin to add parent categories (AECT Standards).

The screen shot above shows parent categories with the subheadings. You don’t have to do this all at once, but should get started adding the AECT Standards.

5. How to Add a Category Widget

Add a category widget to your Learning Log and rename the title to “AECT Standards.”Hold your mouse over “Appearance” and you will see “Widgets.”

Click “Widgets” and add a category widget to your Learning Log.Change the title to AECT Standards.(Note: Depending upon your WordPress theme, you will have various areas to place this widget.)

Make sure you click “Save.”

Important: NO categories will show up on your widget until you assign a category to a post. Need help with adding categories? View this video tutorial:

6. How to add a Tag Cloud Widget

You can also tag your posts. You might want to use any number of tags, but an easy way to keep track of artifacts created for individual classes is to tag each post with the course number.

tag cloud

To add a tag widget, go to your Dashboard>Widgets and drag the Tag Cloud widget to the sidebar. Click Save and then see how your widget appears. As you tag posts, the tag size increases.

AECT Standards as Blog Categories

Blogs allow you to create Categories, which we suggest assigning to the AECT Standards. You can also create subcategories, if you want to include the subsections of the 5 main AECT Standards. You will want to add a Category widget to your Learning Log so you can easily index artifacts that apply to specific categories.

Blog Tags

Tags are another way to organize and index content on your blog. We suggest you include the course number of the artifact as a tag and other tags to your posts as desired and add a tag cloud widget to your Learning Log. You can then click the tags to organize and sort posts according to tags.

Blog Pages
You can create pages in a WordPress blog, which makes it more like a traditional website. You could create a more professional page that includes your vitae, and any other pages that would strengthen and support your Learning Log.

More WordPress Help
Essential WordPress resources and tutorials, along with annotations can be found at the WordPress.com support site: http://support.wordpress.com.

Last modified: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 01:21 PM
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