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A2: ePortfolio


A2: ePortfolio ● ●

This is assignment will guide you through the process of setting-up and managing a ‘blog’ which will be used as your ePortfolio. Think of your ePortfolio as a kind of online sketchbook. Your ePortfolio will be used throughout the year to present your work created on the iArt course and also Textiles and Art & Design outcomes. As well as serving as an ePortfolio, your blog will also provide you with a platform to explain your work, a bit like a diary. There 1. 2. 3. 4.

are 4 main outcomes required from you to complete this assignment: Sign-Up Setting up Customise Post

Guidance: ●

Throughout the iArt course it is important that you learn how to use the Apple Mac computer. As such refrain from choosing 'Windows' as your preferred OS (Operating System).

Ensure you have organised a set of storage folders on your network home area/ space to allow you to save and access your work throughout the course. You will not be given a sketchbook for this course, instead all work produced should be of a 'digital' format.

If you miss a lesson, ensure that you catch-up using Art Club (every Wednesday 3-4pm) and/or by visiting the VLE eLearning pages for the iArt course where you can access resources and learning content to help you throughout the course.


A2: ePortfolio Task 1: Sign-up to WordPress.com ● During this task you are to sign-up to a popular online blog service called: WordPress. ● Read and follow the step by step instructions carefully below: Step

Instructions

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Open a web browser like safari or chrome and navigate to www.wordpress.com

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Locate the SignUp button and click the ‘Sign up Now’ link it to go to the signing-up screen.

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Blog and Username: You need to assign a unique name and username for your blog. ● In the first cell (name of your blog) type: wava followed by your full name (no spaces, all lower case). ● Click the link:

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No thanks, I’ll use the free address. ● Ensure that your username is the same as the name of your blog. ● Got to step 4. 4

Password: You will need to enter a password for your account. ● IMPORTANT: Use the same password that you use for your school accounts. Jot it down somewhere into your planner for future reference. ● Enter your password into the cell(s) ● VERY IMPORTANT: You will need to activate your blog account via email. Be sure that you use your ACADEMY email address! ● Click on the SIGN-UP button when done.

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When the next screen loads it will explain that an email has been sent to the email account used to sign-up. Before heading off to open your email.


Check the email address. If it is wrong, you can change it on this page, and another email will be sent to your account.

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Go and check your email account. Navigate to the academy website: www.thewellingtonacad emy.org.uk Click on the Frog/VLE icon (top right corner)

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Log into theVLE

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Navigate to, and open your email account.

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Within the email message will be a link. Click this link to ACTIVATE your blog. As well as activating your new blog/ ePortfolio, the link will also take you to the ‘Dashboard’ of your blog. You will use your ‘Dashboard’ to


set-up your blog in the next task.

A2: ePortfolio Task 2: Setting up your ePortfolio/Blog If you have successfully followed the previous task, you now have your own blog. Well done! Before you begin using your blog as an ePorfolio, you will need to set up a few things...

The picture above shows an example of the ‘Dashboard’ as seen when you first sign up. Before you ‘set-up’ your blog, find the link called: Remind me later (highlighted in yellow) and click it to remove the welcome page. Go to the next page....


A2: ePortfolio Task 2: Setting up your ePortfolio/Blog You have many ways to set-up and personalise your blog. This can be great fun, and rewarding too. But, it can get complicated if you try to do too much too soon. Before we begin setting-up your blog. You need to be familiar with the main menu that sits across the top of the screen: If you get lost and need to return to your dashboard, use the My Blog menu > Dashboard path to return to the settings page/ screen:

If after making changes to your blog, you need to see what they look like, but can’t seem to find a way to your blog page, using the same My Blog menu, click the link called: READ BLOG

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With the welcome screen out of the way, the first thing for you to do is to change to ‘theme’ of your blog. Click the link (highlighted in yellow right) to go to the Theme options page.

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On this page you will see your current theme at the top of the screen. If you like this theme ‘keep it’, but you may like to see what other themes are available. Below the current theme there are other examples that you may like to use.

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If/when you find an alternative theme that you would like to use for your blog. Click the link called: PREVIEW to view your blog as it would look using this theme.

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If you don’t like what you see simply click on the ‘X’ located in the top left corner of the Preview screen.

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If you find a theme that you would like to use, then click the ACTIVATE link located in the top right corner of the preview screen.

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With you new theme in place you can customise it further. To do this use the CUSTOM DESIGN link.

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Changing your blog message/ title: By default all Wordpress blogs begin life with the same title and message. Change the title of you blog by going to the APPEARANCE menu (bottom left of the dashboard page) and click the GENERAL link


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In the GENERAL settings you can change the name/ title of your blog and the Tag line. These will appear at the top of your blog on all pages.

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After making your changes, click the SAVE CHANGES button, which is located near the bottom of the screen/page.

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To view your changes, simply go back to the My Blog menu and click READ BLOG

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Here (right) you can see how the above changes affect the appearance of my blog.

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A2: ePortfolio Task 2: Setting up your ePortfolio/Blog With your blog set up as you would like it look (theme/style), the next thing for you to do is to ensure that your blog has some ‘Widgets’. Widgets are a set of tools that will live on your blog pages along-side your posts/ work. This can provide useful ways to navigate through your blog and access/ read your work. Step

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Return to the ‘Dashboard’ of your blog.

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Navigate to the APPEARANCE menu (bottom left) and click on the WIDGETS link

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You will see a number of available widgets on the main menu. Click and drag as many widgets onto your SIDEBAR as you like, although it is important that your blog has at least the following widgets: ● Meta ● Calendar ● Tag Cloud ● Categories ● Most Recent ● Search ● Archives When done, click the READ BLOG link to see your changes.

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A2: ePortfolio Task 3: Customise your blog In the previous tasks, your will already have gone some way customising your blog. During this task you will add your own banner. You were asked to created your own banner in a previous lesson/HWK. Now is the time to put your banner to good use as it will feature on your blog pages. â—? NOTE: Only some themes will allow you to change the header of your blog. Check your theme options before you begin this task! Step

Instructions

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Go to the dashboard of your blog

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Navigate to the APPEARANCE > Header

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When the next screen appears, make a note of the image SIZE. If needed resize your banner by using Adobe Fireworks. ● Upload your banner by using the CHOOSE FILE button. ● Then click the UPLOAD button

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You will then see a ‘Preview’ displayed of your uploaded banner. ● Tick the YES option for DISPLAY TEXT ● Select a colour for your text. ● Click SAVE CHANGES

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View your blog by using READ BLOG link to see your new banner in place.

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A2: ePortfolio Task 4: Your 1st Post Of course you can always modify and change the appearance and functionality of your blog at any time. But, if you have completed the previous tasks/instructions, then your blog is now ready for your 1st post. A ‘Post’ is an item of work/ message that you publish to your blog. Just like working inside a traditional sketchbook, every new page that you work on in your sketchbook is kind of like adding a new post to blog (and vice-versa). Your 1st post is going to be about your previous assignment (A1: Creative Software). Within this post you should include the work that you created on your word document. So open your word document and minimise it so that you can copy your work into your blog when needed. Step

Instructions

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Find, open and minimise your previous assignment (A1: Creative Software)

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Go to your blog and use the link in the main menu to add a new post.

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When the next screen appears you will need to give your new (1st) post a title: What is Digital Art?

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Next you need to add your work from the previous assignment (document). Inside the text box either type up your work or copy and paste from your document the content.

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Your 1st post should emulate your previous assignment and include facts, opinion, images/ examples and links to the sources of your work/ content/ images. During writing your post(s) you can save your work and preview your work a any time using the buttons on the right of the screen.

Above the text box is an editor (similar to what you would see on a word processor). To insert images use the buttons at the top (highlighted above).


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After you have finished your 1st Post, before your PUBLISH your work, you need to add: â—? Categories â—? Tags The category is the assignment you are working on (which assignment your post relates to) Tags are KEYWORDS that you must assign to each post. See the example (right)

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Tick the correct category from your list

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Check that you have added tags

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When you have finished writing your post and have added categories and tags, you are then ready to PUBLISH your work/ Post. To do this click the PUBLISH button near the top right of the screen.


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To view your Post click the link above the post editor:

Repeat the above steps for adding any new Post/ work to your blog.


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