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Just Too Good To Pass Up Might help you create a meaningful project proposal CED0555 John Sklar, Instructor

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While reading one of your blogs I followed a link, then another and found this Australian blogger, Jenny Lucca, who blogged something worth talking about. She did this in August, 2012

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Jenny’s Blog post: 5 Reasons Why Our Students Are Writing Blogs and Creating ePortfolios I’d like to share it with you now…

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Students today have a digital footprint, but usually it is social and not what they wish prospective employers to see. It is a simple task for prospective employers to “Google” applicants. What will they find? Jenny Lucca say that… (students) “need to cultivate their personal brand…” Not only does this give them a real purpose, but it also gives us a chance to define and explain the digital footprint concept. This gives students the opportunity to craft the actual message that they want people to see, and to direct people, friends, families and employers to it. High school students might find this especially helpful when applying to institutions of higher learning. 1. Positive digital footprints

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As with our program, using collaborative tools and digital media, is a goal and a process. We encourage students to use these tools and create assignments and assessments that exercise these skills. The digital, online, portfolio is a real-time example of digital media that will stay with the student long after “third hour” is over. It becomes a long-term, personal project that can go with students and become a part of their persona on the web. 2. Communicating with digital tools

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Students and their parents are used to using the web. E-portfolios as assessment or culminating experiences in schools, is a simple extension of how they work, and play, today. Jenny Lucca talks about how this allows for a greater audience for student work. She says, “ When you see a grandparent leave a comment on a child’s blog, it brings a bit of a tear to one’s eye!” Mine too! The best part is that student-created artifacts get out of the shoe box and into a permanent digital locker that can be shared, expanded and refined as the young person matures. 3. Transparency for parents and family

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The student portfolio is a way to demonstrate that students have learned to employ digital tools. In the same way that you are doing that in this course. This whole process give a reason for using digital tools to create something that is useful and meaningful to the student and their families. Web based tools become more than interesting tech, they truly become the way in which students learn to communicate. Using the right one becomes essential to the creation of the project. 4. New ways of thinking about Web tools

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The e-portfolio with students gives us real lessons in digital citizenship. Discussions of copyright, fair use and appropriate online behavior takes on more significant when online portfolios may be eventually viewed by family and prospective employers. It is easy to show students how important the e-portfolio is to their future. In fact, digital citizens, your students, might be better equipped to understand that digital immigrants, YOU! 5. Effective digital citizenship

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Dr. Helen Barrett, a name you might remember from your research has done a lot of work in this field. She has her portfolio course online.

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She talks about different uses for e-portfolios in the K-12 environment. Level 1 - Storage Level 2 - Workspace Level 3 - Showcase

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Definition of Googlio posted Nov 7, 2009 2:24 PM by Alex Ambrose   [ updated Sep 7, 2010 3:33 AM ]

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Definition of Googlio posted Nov 7, 2009 2:24 PM by Alex Ambrose   [ updated Sep 7, 2010 3:33 AM ]

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And for us… As you work on your portfolio, keep in mind that there are a lot of possibilities now and in the future. Using digital, e-portfolios will be more and more common. People will expect to find it when they “Google” you. Keeping the digital persona, presence or whatever you want to call it, effective and appropriate might be a good idea. Keeping the information up-to-date and relevant to your current life and career might be important, even vital, to your success. When you google yourself, what do you find? Is it what you want? What can you do about it? You might want to look at:

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My Daughter is a Blogger She wanted her name to be at the top when googled. She’s been doing it for years, google her: Phyllis Sommer. Her main goal was to reach the top of a search on “Jewish Parenting.” Try that search. She’s near the top on both. So How does this all work: (From “How Stuff Works”) “Before a search engine can tell you where a file or document is, it must be found. To find information on the hundreds of millions of Web pages that exist, a search engine employs special software robots, called spiders, to build lists of the words found on Web sites. When a spider is building its lists, the process is called Web crawling. (There are some disadvantages to calling part of the Internet the World Wide Web -- a large set of arachnid-centric names for tools is one of them.) In order to build and maintain a useful list of words, a search engine's spiders have to look at a lot of pages.”

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