Scavenger Hunt and Starting Your Google Portfolio Site

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 at the bottom of the page.)

Aderhold Scavenger Hunt

Let’s start with a 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. In assigned groups, complete the scavenger hunt. Return to class within 15 minutes to discuss.

Starting Your Google Portfolio Site

Even if you don’t have a website, you probably already have an online presence – through Facebook, MySpace, 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, your 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.

The tool for this project is Google Sites. This tool works like a combination website, blog, and wiki all rolled into one, and 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!

Go to: http://sites.google.com and log in.

Let’s view a few sample websites created using Google Sites:

If you’d like some help with designing your site, check out Complementary Colors and Website Design Tips.

Our tasks for today:

  • Create a home page
    • Insert an image
    • Write a few sentences or list about what you hope to learn this semester
  • Create an “About Me” page
    • Insert 2-3 pictures
    • Include 2-3 links to relevant 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 web pages.

For Monday:

1. Finish your Home and About Me page. We will share these on Monday. (If you need a reminder, watch the YouTube video below demonstrating what we did in class today. If you can, change the setting to 720p HD for better quality. You can do this by choosing this option at the bottom right of the video.) *Note: Facebook is set up a little differently since I made this video. To download an image from Facebook, you open the photo and click download, found at the bottom-left part of the screen. I’ve included a screen shot below the video to help you.

2. Start thinking about what audience you’ll be creating activities for this semester. What grade level: PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12? Are you interested in science, speech therapy, special education, mathematics, history . . .?

3. Make sure you have your book by Monday.

4. If this is your first day of class, be sure to view the blog post from Monday and Wednesday.

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