Practical Theology Pizazz with ePortfolio Journals in kiwiconnexion

Posted By on October 10, 2019

Hi I’m David Bell. Welcome to episode 5 of 10 on putting pizazz
into your ePortfolio. I’ve said before that an ePortfolio can be
very boring. That’s true. But one of the easiest and maybe the best
way to turn it from boring to brilliant is to start using journals. Now, how does using journals change anything? The answer is very, very simple. Your Mahara journal can act as a blog and
transmit to a multitude of places far beyond #kiwiconnexion And if like most of the kiwiconnexion #TallTrueTales
contributors you are happy to create and distribute great Christian content
and resources as a hobby or as a ministry, that certainly fulfils our aims and objectives. Let’s get started. I am open at the dashboard for demostudent2 There are 3 tabs running along the top. Portfolios is about creating pages and collecting
them, the display of your work, we look at that next week Groups we’ve already looked at, they’re about the topics you want to explore and the friends who will be your companions
on the journey. The first tab, Content, is about what you create, what you
want to put into your ePortfolio. We want to get a feel for journals which are
often called blogs. Everyone starts with one blog which is auto
created for you when you register. It’s called by your name, John Smith’s journal. You can make a new journal just click create
and give it a name You can make as many journals as you want, although I think 3 or 4 will keep most folk
occupied for a few years. It’s your call. First up, think of the journal as a diary. You can create an entry, or create a new journal. I’m going to create a new journal. The title will be Adventures with Polar Bears The description is going to be the Extinction of Species
and Other Climate Change Effects. I want add tags to this – I want to add the tags polar bear and ecology. save and then text editor appears. Some people write daily, others once a week,
others just on the odd occasion. I’m going to copy and paste the first entry
in, but you can just as easily sit and write at
the keyboard. But because I want all my entries to look
the same – a clean uniform style – I will just twirl open the text editor and
click the plain text button. That removes external formatting. But if you want to preserve any prior formatting
you did in Word or whatever editor you use just Control CTRL V for paste. The point is always be consistent. A variety of fonts and styles isn’t such a
great look across multiple journal entires. There we are. Now if I want to format I do it with the text
editor commands like so. Heading 1 for the title Heading 2 for major sections, heading 3 for sub sections, and so on. If it’s a short blog I would use just heading
3. All done, and scroll to to the bottom and
Save. Demo has created a journal and made a first
entry. Then he remembers he wants to add a couple
of photos. To do that he’s got two options. He can embed photos from elsewhere on the
web. That’s for later in the series. The other option which is very direct. Demo uploads the photos to his own Files area and from Files inserts them into the journal. Files are found in the same tab as journals,
but a word about file size. Before you upload photos resize them to a
maximum of 1024 pixels wide. That’s iPad size. And make sure they are a medium quality. It reduces the file size because we do have
quotas in place, currently set to 100 Mb maximum for your personal
files. Most of the graphics you see in kiwiconnexion, that I’ve created,
are not large files. So let’s upload a couple of files for Demo. He could create some subfolders under the
parent folder. This would ensure better organization if he’s
have a lot of files, images, PDFs, Word docs etc to upload and
share. Note he is asked to say whether the images
are his: does he have the right to use them? He hasn’t purloined them from somewhere? That’s an important copyright safeguard for
both Demo and kiwiconnexion …All done. How to get those images showing in the journal? Go to journals and we want to edit an existing
entry. To add the photo click the image icon. Up comes a dialogue asking where the file
is: we know it’s in Demo’s own files but in some cases he could use certain site files
and group files. Open up and let’s choose one image. We are now asked to format it. Keep the same size. And position it at the top of the page and
maybe a vertical space of 5 pixels, just to push the text down a little and give
text and image some space to breathe. Save. All done. But let’s run over that a second time, just to make sure we’ve got it. Let’s make a second journal entry in Adventures
with Polar Bears. This time I want a single line of text. And I want the image in the same place top
of the page. Format with vertical space of 5 pixels. All done.
Demo is well on the way with this journal. As he has further reflections, ideas and images he creates new journal entries to produce
a very smart blog. But who sees it? At present absolutely no one sees it but Demo. And is he wants it to remain private then he doesn’t need to take any further action. There are lots of private journals in kiwiconnexion because until you activate your auto-created
journal it remains visible only to you. Demo doesn’t want to hid his light, however. To activate his journal and make it public
he needs to put it onto a page. The best place to put it is on his profile
page, well, at this stage anyway. So, remember look for own name at the top
of the page and click it and you are always taken to your
profile page. Click edit page and look at the list of menu
items and you will see journals. Let’s add the whole of the journal. � and now the journal is showing. It has an RSS feed, the little orange icon, which means your blog is transmitting. Anyone that’s got that feed can now embed your blog
on their website. Very cool indeed. See you next week when we explore the implications of RSS along
with creating pages and collections. Thanks for watching.

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