Get Ready for the Semester

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PART I: GROUPING

I am going to give you a sticky note.  People who get the same color are in the same group for the classroom activity today.  Please sit with your partners.  The only requirement is that at least one of you need to have a smartphone.  The person who has the smartphone please download a free App named “SCVNGR”.  Thanks!

PART II: SYLLABUS AGREEMENT

At this moment, I want to check with you whether you are still confused with the syllabus or not.  Please let me know what questions you still have about the syllabus.  If you don’t, I will assume that we have reached the agreement to follow it this semester.

PART III: ADERHOLD SCAVENGER HUNT

This class is about technology, right?  So we are going to try some technology tools once in a while. The tool we are going to try today is a scavenger hunt app.  I will use the images to explain.

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OK. Are you all ready?  The first team that completed all the 4 challenges and come back to the classroom will earn a late pass.

PART IV: CREATING ABOUT.ME PAGE

Our first project is to help you create a professional online page where people can know better about you.  Who are you?  What do you do?  What do you like?  What group are you involved in?  What social networks do you use for people to make friends with you?

The tool we are going to use for this project is called ” About Me”.  Please go to their website–About.me and create your account.

You can see a few examples HERE.

After you created your account, they kind of guide you through the process.  Or you can simply click the “Edit Page” tab on the top of the page.  You can change the background, edit your information, add web links, add apps…etc.  You can choose to use your picture as the background to let people know you.  Or you can be like some people in the examples…choose to use a smaller picture of yourself to let people see your face. We will add more items as we move forward.

Now it’s your time to complete your page.  We will spent about 15-20 minutes on this. I want you to finish doing this in class today, so you don’t need to worry about this on the weekend.  We will do the self-intro page presentation in class next Monday.  So make sure you are here next Monday.  Don’t miss the presentation (one minute)!

PART V: CREATING YOUR PERSONAL BLOG

Have you seen the movie “Julie and Julia”?  One of the main characters is a blogger.  The reason why she is famous?  Because she keeps a blog by trying out the most famous French chef’s recipe.  Blogging is a new way to learn more about yourself and the world.  In EDIT 2000 this semester, you are required to keep a personal blog mainly in response to the readings, the projects, and ideas we share in this course.  You also can keep a journal there to record your learning process.  I don’t expect everyone to have blogging experiences in the past, but I am hoping that you will use this space to become a creator of media that others can learn from.  Anyone wants to share a blog you like?

Before we talk about the criteria for a well crafted blog posting, let’s take a few minutes and brainstorm the potential benefits of blogging for facilitating communication and collaboration among people.  What advantages do you see in blogging versus sending responses directly to the instructor? Who is your audience?

First of all, make sure that you go to wordpress.com instead of wordpress.org.  They have another site for business (I think).  After you create an account, it will ask you to confirm the account via your email.

Once you are in WordPress.com, you need to create a new blog.  Choose a name for your blog address– the URL.  Once you make the decision, they will ask you to customize your blog.  You can name your blog, change the theme, choose the widgets you like…etc.

CHECKLIST FOR BLOGGING IN WORDPRESS

  • Setting up site
  • Dashboard functions
  • Creating pages
  • Creating posts (choose the “new post” tab on the top right or use the dashboard mode)
    • Insert media (photos, video, files, etc.)
    • Creating a link
    • Select different fonts and headings
    • Adding tags to posts
  • Change your blog title (if you want to)
  • Customize your blog
  • Transfer your first reflection to your blog
  • Add your WordPress blog to your About Me page (either an App or a link)

** If you still have questions about WordPress blog, feel free to email me or watch this tutorial on YouTube.

COULD

  • Read the “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection on this article will be due on Jan. 28.

SHOULD

  • Work on your blog setting.

MUST

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