iTeach 808 Feb '14 Session - Q&A Spreadsheet
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Aloha iTeach808 Workshop Attendees! This quick Google Spreadsheet has been created to help you all get access to the feedback I've presented to the questions on in our "Today's Meet" space, recieved through email or collected from the post-session feedback survey. I've set this up so that we can benefit from the questions others ask. Additionally, i'm linking in the far right column to resources that help me to answer your question or at least point you in the right direction when I don't know! Feel free to add your own questions to the far left hand side (at the bottom) in this document directly and I'll answer them as soon as possible! Thank you again for such great questions! - Sean
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Questions from the sessionResponsesResources
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Does a school have to be an official Google Apps for Education school to make full use of these tools?The Blogger tool is free for anyone with a Google Account to use. You're school doesn't need to have the GAFE program, but it does make it much easier. As we know now, schools (students or teachers) won't be able to use Blogger with their school account until the GAFE Administer enables it in the system.Here's a link to the GAFE program information and sign-up if you'd like to talk it over with your team.
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You can put photos and videos in Google Drive!?Yes! Google Drive is like a virtual "flash or thumbdrive" in the cloud. It will hold any file type and play most common file types directly in the browser. Laurel and I use the Google Drive app on the iPad to take pictures and save them directly in a Google Drive folder.Here's a link to Google's help page on working with images, videos and other file types.
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What is the connection from the blog to the google portfolio?Simply that I'm shaing how the Blog platform (specifically Blogger.com) can be used as as a digital portfolio. While there are other types of ePortfolio options... I use the blog format becuase it's easy, flexible and saves me time and energy.
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Is the blogger just for interactivity of portfolio or actual "portfolio" ?Blogger isn't a dedicated "portfolio" site. It's just that some people (including myself) see how the blogging fomat can be easily used for the "learning journey" ePortfolio format.
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I think he is suggesting the Google App Blogger is the tool that can be used to create a digital portfolio for the learning, assessment and achievement purposes.Yes I was! (See the question above.)
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so it could be a class blog/multiple portfolio?You can use the Blogger website for a number of things. I use it as a class blog, a professional "learning journey" portfolio. You could use it it to create a class blog and link the students blogs on it like I do or showcase student work and tag each entry with the name of the student who's work is being displayed. By creating a set of links on the side with each student's name, you would then be able to "filter" all the blog post entries to find only the work done by that selected individual. It could work!
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Sean - curious, how often do you see your middle school classes in a week?I teach 6 total sections (20 students each) of 6th and 7th grade design technology. I get them twice for 90 mins in our 6 day cycle.
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Yes, we'd love to see your class blogs (e.g. 6th grade).I'd love for you to see them too! Please take a look at my 6th grade blog at the resources link on the right. Also, feel free to read through any of the students blogs. You'll find their sites linked on the "Students" page!This is the site for my 6th grade blog...
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Do you make your class blogs available to public or select few?My class blogs are open and available for anyone to see on the web. I've been fortunate to have a couple of people contact me through the blog to ask questions, suggest and share resources, etc. To protect my students, they're all following "blogging guildlines" we've agreed to, they moderate all they're comments and they're never allowed to use their last name on the blog or when writing comments to each other.
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If your school has Gmail accounts for the students, does that make you a GAFE school?Most likely you are. I would assume that your IT department set it up that way. I certainly hope that if they set up emails for your students with Google that the did the same (or are planning to do the same) with the faculty and staff. Technically there's no designation that happens to be called a GAFE school... it's just something schools running GAFE call themselves.
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Can you create multiple blogger blogs linked to same email?According to Google's Help site, you can have up to 100 blogs attached to your account and you can add up to 100 contributors (authors) per blog site. Wow! So you could create the blogs for each of your students and then later add on the next teacher the student would have and transfer ownership of the blog to them or eventually the student. Here's a link to the help page on Blogger's account limitations.
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Can you add files to a blog from the iPad app? Or just from the camera roll?Unfortunatly, for now, you can only attach and upload pictues from your blog roll and/or directly from the camera. My hope is that some day, they'll enable other types of file attachments (vidoes, docs) and allow for each hyperlinking within the post. While it's not perfect yet, I know Google/Blogger are working on it as the app has been update a few times since its initial release.
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How can we use Blogger with young children? There are a number of ways to use the Blogger Platform with young children, however, the most popular ways brea down into two types of scenarios: a teacher blog where class contenet is posted (pictures/videos/etc.) or individual student blogs. In most cases, very young students won't be able to post things themselves beyond images that might be on the iPad if they're using the Blogger App. In the next column is a link to the blog post with many examples of blogs being created by teachers of pre-k and kindergarten students.Here's a link to my blog post that has a number of resoruces on this topic.
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Can you customize a blog from an iPad?The iPad is such a remarkable tool. Using the "Safari" app on your iPad, you can do all the same things you can do using a traaditional computer.... change backgrounds, add widgets, everything.
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Can you limit the gadgets a student can add?Unfortunatly, you cannot control the gadget students have access to. One way to ensure that students don't add inappropriate or "ad-filled" gadgets is to also be an author of the site... that way you have the ability to edit the layout and gadgets installed. Fortunatly, there's not many inappropriate ones to choose.
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If you make a blog publicly visible, can you add links to Google Docs & have it accessible to all viewers without allowing them to edit it?If your blog is publically visable, readers will be able to view your links, however, the link behavior is determined by the sharing settings on the document itself. These settings can be changed in the sharing setting in Google Drive. A document can be set to "Anyone With the Link" so that anyone with the link (from your blog) can view - but not edit a document.
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So if you keep adding year after year of students to your blog, is there a memory limit that you run up against at some point?Each Google/Blogger account can have up to 100 blogs. Each blog can have up to 100 "team memebers." When students pass beyond me each year, I try to transfer the students to the next teacher by adding that instructor on as an "Author" and then switching their accounts to "Admin." Eventually I can be removed as an Admin and then an Author... transfering ownership.https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/42348?hl=en
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Do all the teachers at LJA use the e-portfolio system?Not all teachers use Blogger as their students or personal e-portfolio at LJA. We're working with Adminsitration to begin standardizing the process for everyone.
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Can we see how you manage a class of 25 student blogs/digital portfolios?You can visit my 6th grade class blog to get a sense of how I use it as a portal for my class and a place to share access to each student's individual blog. While I don't ask my students to make me an Author or Admin, it would be simple to ask your students to do so by inviting you to be a team member for your blog. You can visit my class site via the link in the resources column:www.ljadtmyp1.blogspot.com
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How do you transfer ownership of the blog from the teacher to the student?In the Blogger Dashboard under "Settings --> Basic" you'll find the Permissions area. You can invite students, parents or others to be viewers or authors by adding their email address. Once a user has accepted the invitation to be an author, you can then change the status of their account to Admin giving them access rights to make changes to the blog beyond just posting to the blog.
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Someone asked a good question. What are the benefits of using Blogger over Edmodo?Similar to Edline, Moodle, or other Learning Management Systems (LMS) - They're purpose isn't directly for sharing learning with larger groups outside of a class or school. Also, often there are structural restrictions that can make it difficult for students to customize to better showcase their content.
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How do you create static pages? Is there a tutorial on your YouTube channel?
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Do you have to create a new spreadsheet every time you use doctopus?
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Is there a way to copy and paste or export my group contact list email addresses into a spread sheet for doctopus?
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Do I make the Doctopus spreadsheet once for the folder, or do I need an individual spreadsheet for each worksheet that I want to use with Doctopus?
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