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Gearing up!

2 Dec

*clears cob webs*

Finally back to blogging! Tight deadlines and large volume of projects took a toll on me. Sooo much to share in this space so I am going to do this bit by bit ūüôā

First and foremost it’s December and as we’re getting ready to let out hair down and party (that very much explains the Christmas-y¬†ambiance¬†via the “snow flakes” in here), there are some hurdles to clear *gulps*

A recent project pave a path for me to discover and explore Edmodo. For those of you who’ve yet to discover Edmodo, think of it as a FB-style secured social networking + micro-blogging tool for education. For me, in short, it’s simply one of the most easy to use LMS-replacement.

What?

An online classroom communications tool for teachers and students to share Notes, Files, links, and assignments similar to Twitter or Facebook.

Why?

  • Simple for teacher to create account and set up page
  • Easy student/parent registration
  • Allows you to upload documents for students/parents
  • Allows students to hand in assignments electronically
  • Allows you to grade online
  • Teacher can message students individually
  • Has ability for ‚Äúforum‚ÄĚ type online discussions
  • Allows teachers to make groups easily for each class
  • Can send mass messages across groups
  • Calendar will show assignments with links to document
  • And…. easily embed artifacts created using many other Web 2.0 tools within Edmodo!

Embedded Prezi

Embedded VoiceThread

How?

http://blog.edmodo.com/2010/11/17/7-brilliant-ways-to-use-edmodo-that-will-blow-your-mind/

Interested? Here’s a video link on how to get started:

Currently, I’m exploring the possibility of using Edmodo for my personal ePortfolio – showcasing projects I’ve worked on for mid-term appraisal review. Hopefully, in time to come,¬†I do not get succumbed to using other platforms and am able to share my experience on using Edmodo for my ePortfolio.

Looking forward to a fruitful Edmodo journey…

Saying Hello to ePortfolio

25 Oct

Since March this year, I have been working on ePortfolios at work. In my previous employment, ePortfolio was a big project but I was not part of it simply because it was not my area of specialization. But I am glad I got my hands dirty now as the experience helps in developing my own ePortfolio.

I’ve got stuff up and about everywhere in WWW so got to stitch up the various patches into a beautiful piece of quilt that I can use when the need arises.

In quilt making, there are no absolute rules to follow and quilters are constantly changing the rules by developing new, and time-saving, ways to accomplish the same tasks. Likewise, in ePortfolio creation, there are no hard and fast rules. Basically, whatever that works for you!

So what works for me?

It wasn’t too many years ago that quilters marked fabric using¬†templates and cut out every patch with a pair of scissors and that’s exactly what I am going for – a flexible and open platform that uses templates to help me determine how my ePortfolio is going to be presented.

Some other platforms I am considering…

  • Facebook
  • Google Apps
  • Posterous

So what’s your choice?