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LDT Online: Basic Course Tools

LDT Online: Basic Course Tools

Christopher Christopher Hernandez earned this badge on Mar 8, 2019

This badge focuses on demonstrating skills and competence with various digital tools that will be used throughout school assignments and beyond.  These are tools that will allow you to demonstrate your work, collaborate with peers, reflectively review and discuss your work, and means to store your work.

NOTE:  In many cases, you may already have extensive experience with one or more of these digital tools.  If those tools are working well for you and you are comfortable using them, feel free to use those tools with which you already have experience.  However, this badge also gives you the opportunity to explore other similar tools if you so desire.  Feel free to explore and perhaps identify tools that you will find more effective for your work in this course and beyond.

Challenges

  • Blogs as reflective writing tools
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    Step-by-step instructions for this challenge

    1. Review the various blogging tools (e.g., Wix, Blogger).  NOTE: If you already have a blog, and it is working well for you, use that blog.  
    2. If blogging is new to you, select one and review the relevant training video and the tutorials. Detailed information will be provided after you click on the "Get Started" button for the challenge.  NOTE:  There are lots of YouTube videos from individuals using these apps.  Explore and find those that give you the “best” info that works for you.
    3. Create your blog (or continue working on a blog you have previously created).
    4. Create a blog post.
    5. Post at least 2-3 paragraphs in the blog post.  Describe what role digital technologies (e.g., blogs, social media, screencasting, presentation software, etc.) play in your current line of work. What positive or negative experiences have you had with specific technologies in the past? Why would developing the skills to effectively use current digital technologies be advantageous to you currently and in the future?
    6. Add a link(s) to an external websites or videos within the post that add relevance to your post.  NOTE:  Please do not create another post just for this added link.  Just incorporate the link within the initial post that includes your thoughts about your course theme.
    7. Review your blog post. Check for spelling and grammatical errors and fix any problems. 
    8. Publish the blog post. 
    9. Submit a link to your post.

    Criteria for successful completion of this challenge

    • A well written 2-3 paragraph blog post discussing the prompt above.
    • The blog post includes a minimum of 1-2 related video/website links. 
    • The post should be of high quality with no spelling or grammatical errors.

    Deliverables for this challenge

    • A link to the blog page that includes the blog post created for this challenge level.
    For my submission, I have created a blog post about integrating specific technologies into an educational facility in order to foster positive communities outside of the school.
  • Screencast type demonstration tools

    Step-by-step instructions for this challenge

    1. Review the various screencast software (e.g., Screencast-O-matic, Jing)
    2. Select one and review the relevant training video and the tutorials.  NOTE:  There are lots of YouTube videos from individuals using these apps.  Explore and find those that give you the “best” info that works for you.
    3. Develop a short presentation (60-120 seconds) about a procedure or a place of your choosing.  For example, create a screencast of you describing how to change a tire on your car.  As you narrate each step in the process show pictures or videos illustrating the step.  Or, you could show pictures of your favorite place in the world and briefly explain why you would really like to be there right now.  
    4. Review your produced screencast.  Make sure the video and audio are easy to hear, see and it all makes sense.  It may take several attempts before you attain the needed level of performance.
    5. Save the screencast.  Generally, these are saved on YouTube, Screencast.com, etc.  NOTE:  If you save your screencast on YouTube, make sure you designate it as either “public” or “unlisted”. Do NOT make it “private” (this setting makes it very difficult to share and allow for it to be reviewed).
    6. To complete this challenge, submit the link to your screencast via Passport so it can be reviewed. 

    Criteria for successful completion of this challenge

    • A successfully uploaded short screencast video that includes clear audio narration.
    • Audio and video were of good quality, easy to hear/see, and contained information that was readily understood.

    Deliverables for this challenge

    • A link to a personally produced 60-120 second screencast video.
    For my screencast, I have decided to create a tutorial on 2D Game Design using vector graphics.
    https://youtu.be/klghICsghJ8
  • Google Docs as a collaborative writing tool

    Step-by-step instructions for this challenge

    1. If you do not already have one, create a Google account. 
    2. Open a Google Doc and create a document.  The document should be a description of several technologies you desire to know more about, but have not yet had time to investigate them.  What are those technologies and why do you think they would be worth the trouble to find and learn to use?
    3. Share the document with another individual. Have that individual make some changes to the document (e.g, add their own thoughts on additional technologies to think about, which ones to be wary of because of past problems, etc.).  NOTE:  designate your document to either "public on the web" or "anyone with the link can edit".  You can easily change the sharing setting by clicking on the share button in the upper right corner of the Google doc page (this setting allows it to be sharable and allow for it to be reviewed).
    4. Create a screencast video (30-60 seconds) that shows the completed document, explains how it was created and identifies what changes were completed by yourself and what were created by those that you have shared this document with.
    5. Submit the link to your finished document.
    6. Submit the link to your screencast about this document.

    Criteria for successful completion of this challenge

    • A well written document about learning desired software apps that demonstrates how two or more individuals have collaborated on its creation. Include a screen shot/capture of your Google docs document that shows how you and others collaborated on the document (e.g., the screen shot shows notes and comments from others that have been added by them).
    • A short, clearly presented screencast video that clearly explains the document and how it was created with Google Docs. Include in your explanation how the peer feedback and collaboration enhanced your work on the document.

    Deliverables for this challenge

    • A link to the finished Google Doc document.
    • A link to the screencast that reviews the Google Docs created document.  
    Attached please find my video and Google Spreadsheets link. Thank you!
    https://youtu.be/_SzBiz7lVRY
  • Cloud storage and sharing tools

    Step-by-step instructions for this challenge

    1. If you do not already have any type of cloud storage, review the supplementary information about both Dropbox and Google Drive.  Select one of these.  If you already use some type of cloud storage (most individuals have such accounts or even multiple accounts), you can use the one you currently are using if you have found it effective in the past. 
    2. In your cloud storage, create (if you have not already done so) a set of folders and save documents, photos, etc. within several of the folders.  One or more of your folders should be specifically for one of your courses or even a work job assignment.
    3. Create a screencast video that demonstrates the use of your cloud storage area.  In the screencast, demonstrate and describe the following:
      1. Show and review how you have set up your folder storage structure.
      2. Demonstrate how you can create a new document, file, etc. and then save the document/file within your a course folder within your cloud storage area. 
      3. Demonstrate how to share the document/file and/or folder with another user.
    4. Submit a link of the screencast to complete this challenge.

    Criteria for successful completion of this challenge

    • A short, concise screencast video that clearly explains the structure of your cloud storage area and demonstrates how the storage area is utilized. 

    Deliverables for this challenge

    • A link to the screencast that reviews the cloud storage structure and how it works. 

    Attached please find a link to my Cloud Storage screencast.

    Thank you.

    https://youtu.be/5WEi6jkLXu0