For this assignment you will set up and maintain a peer review blog and a portfolio that you will use throughout the ONID program. This is a requirement for all students enrolled in ED 431, not just for those pursuing the ONID M.Ed.
If you are taking ED 431 and do not intend to pursue the ONID M.Ed., you do not need to move your finished work to a portfolio as described below. However, you may want to do that for the experience and potential exposure.
Establishing your portfolio/blog
Your blog/portfolio site will be hosted on Reclaim Hosting and will be managed with WordPress. Owning and working in one’s own domain is an essential literacy skill for educators and others who need to maintain a positive web presence, and having your own domain presents some additional possibilities as you learn more. Hosting is $30/year. This includes the cost of domain name registration. You may cancel your hosting agreement at any time after the course ends.
Specific instruction on establishing and maintaining your blog/portfolio are available here. Some specific configuration options for ED 431 are available below.
A personal domain is your own web space, usually involving your name, your business, or your interests. The URL might look something like yourname.com, mymusic.net, or ServiceDog.org. Owning your own domain requires that you have a host for it. There are many commercial hosting companies that provide automatic installation of WordPress, but we have standardized on Reclaim Hosting because of competitive pricing, excellent support, and absence of long term contracts.
What if I already own a domain?
Your are welcome to use a domain that you already own. Sub-domains or directories of existing domains are also acceptable: e.g., onid.skipvia.com, or skipvia.com/onid.
See Instruction, below, for some additional information about configuring your blog for ED 431, including the need to make your blog/portfolio accessible to special needs populations.
As soon as you have a URL to your site, post it to Edmodo and email it to the instructor.
Remember that this is a portfolio. You are encouraged–but not required–to add elements to your portfolio that tell the world more about your interests and talents. Are you a photographer, a writer, a designer, an artist, or a collector? Do have passions or hobbies that you’d like to share? Feel free to add items of interest to your portfolio at any time–and note that this is a requirement for the Exceeding Expectations level of the scoring rubric, below.
General instructions on how to choose a domain name, set up hosting with Reclaim Hosting, and installing WordPress are available here. The videos below demonstrate things you’ll need to know and do specifically for ED 431 and the ONID M.Ed. The WordPress example site used in these video may be found here: http://skipvia.com/onid. This site is also linked from the Portfolio Overview site.
- Configuring the Akismet plugin (YouTube | iTunes U)
- Configuring the WordPress sidebar, including installing the required widgets (YouTube | iTunes U)
- Creating a static ONID landing page (YouTube | iTunes U)
- Adding child pages to your WordPress menus (Youtube | iTunes U)
- Using ONID categories for your peer review blog (YouTube | iTunes U)
Portfolios created for ED 431 must be as accessible as possible to special needs populations. For most websites, this generally means making the portfolio readable by non-sighted or visually impaired visitors who use a screen reader to have the page read aloud. The simplest way to accomplish this is to use the ALT tag any time you insert an image onto a page in your portfolio.
WordPress and most other site editors allow easy insertion of ALT text into your images. View the video below to see how to incorporate ALT text in your images.
- Using ALT Image Tags (YouTube)
For more information about screen readers and accessibility, refer to the following:
- Using ALT tags (Wikipedia)
- An audio example of a screen reader with explanatory narration (YouTube)
- Screen Readers and Talking Browsers links (SNOW Resources)
You will be expected to include ALT tags for all images used in your portfolio.
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||Developing|| Meeting Expectations
|| Exceeding Expectations
||Many spelling, style, or usage errors are present; APA styles for references and citations are not followed||Some spelling, style, or usage errors are present; APA styles for references and citations are not consistently followed||No spelling or usage errors are present; APA styles for references and citations are followed||No spelling or usage errors are present; APA styles for references and citations are followed|
|Elements||ALT tags are not used for images; required sections are omitted; topics have not been addressed in adequate depth||Some required elements are missing or are named incorrectly; ALT tags are not used for all images; topics have not been addressed in adequate depth||All elements are present; all ED 431 assignments are linked; all links work correctly; ALT tags are used for all images||All required elements are present; all ED 431 assignments are linked; all links work correctly; ALT tags are used for all images; additional links (e.g., photos, areas of interest) are included|
|Design||Links do not work properly; navigation is confusing; figure-ground issues abound||Navigation is inconsistent and difficult to follow; text is difficult to read due to color or figure-ground issues; some links do not work properly||Design is clean; navigation is consistent, clear, and works reliably||Design is clean; navigation is consistent, clear, and works reliably|