Monthly Archives: December 2012

Cheat sheets

Edtech Cheat SheetThe Edtech cheat sheet published here prompted me to write a post sharing a number of useful cheat sheets I refer to at times.

 

 

Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers

Moodle Tool Guide for TeachersThe Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers was put together by Joyce Seitzinger and is now available in multiple languages (including but not limited to Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Norwegian, Portugese, Spanish, Slovene) and adaptations as she published it with an open license for modification.

Joyce herself created it after seeing the Social Media Cheat Sheet. Read about it here on her blog. Download her original here.

Joyce recently adapted her Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers to become a D2Learn Tool Guide for Teachers.

 

A recent share by Joyce is her infographic Social Content Curation for Learning Communities which is also worth checking out.

 

Unitec’s Mushtak Dawood was also working on a Moodle quick reference guide which he is hopefully publishing. Please contact him with any questions.

 

 

Technology Intergration Matrix from University of South Florida

Technology Integration Matrix USF imageThis is a Technology Integration Matrix. Whilst designed for use with teachers in primary and secondary schools, it is still useful for higher education. It takes five characteristics of the learning environment and then uses five levels of technology integration into the curriculum, from “entry” level where they are beginning to use technology tools to deliver curriculum content to students, to “transformation” level. This tool can be used to begin discussions on how curriculum design and teaching practice can be improved. This is an interactive tool so don’t just print out the front page! There are also videos that illustrate integration of technology taking into account the variety of technology available to students in different contexts. They do have some printable resources too.

 

Skype cheat sheet

Yes, emoticons are still alive and kicking.  This cheatsheet from Factoryjoe is a useful quick guide to finding that emoticon that really helps give your conversation meaning. During the Olympics it was useful to know how to create the flags for each country (flag:NZ) and sending that virtual birthday cake (cake) is always a nice gesture to loved ones overseas. In case anyone is interested, Moodle has emoticon codes too, there is even to create a little Martin! Martin

 

 

 

ePortfolios

If you’ve been wondering what ePortfolios are all about and whether it’s the right time for you to start your own portfolio, then this blog post is for you.

Many of us still visualise portfolios as large folders that an artist carries their drawings in.

An ePortfolio is an electronic collection of evidence that showcase an individual’s skills, qualities, achievements and capabilities. The pieces of evidence are often referred to as “artefacts” and can include documents, audio and video files, as well as images. The evidence collected might include assessments, activities and achievements, plans and goals, feedback, and reflections. Dare I say it, an ePortfolio could be used as a repository.

Where ePortfolios come into their own, is when they are used as a working space, with snapshots that help the individual, mentors, and relevant contributors of feedback. Using ePortfolios is now considered a valid approach to providing structured support to teaching and learning.

There are various ePortfolio tools available, paid and free. There is a current fashion for encouraging the establishment of ePortfolios for students to evidence learning, and in some cases this has lead institutes to either provide a portfolio website to students or to make recommendations on external websites to use.

ePortfolios can be collaborative, rather than an individual’s artefacts. Many ePortfolio tools provide methods for interaction and communication between contributors or assessors.

Some ePortfolio tools provide the user with the ability to create “views” for different audiences, allowing the user to have a public view, a mentor view, an assessment view, a potential employer view, etc. This creates safe environments for the user to utilise their ePortfolio as a reflective honest learning space, whilst not compromising the use of their ePortfolio for demonstration of current competency.

 

Teachers’ professional ePortfolios

Teachers should be encouraged to have a professional ePortfolio as a development and reflection tool. It gives teachers a framework to model good practice to the students. Unitec teachers can contact Te Puna Ako for assistance with starting an ePortfolio.

 

What happens in NZ?

The Ministry of Education in New Zealand is providing the MyPortfolio School website free to schools until at least 2013. Some tertiary institutes used the shared MyPortfolio Tertiary website for continuing student portfolios into higher education. Both of these websites use the open source Mahara portfolio software.

 

What about Unitec?

Good question.

Some staff in Unitec are embarking on the journey into ePortfolios, and the tools they are using are wide and varied and usually what works best for their specific requirements.

Some of the tools being used for ePortfolios at Unitec are:

 

If you have found this blog post sparking an interest in learning more about ePortfolios, you might want to read some of these articles and resources: