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  • A1.2: ePortfolio

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  • A1.2: ePortfolioOVERVIEW:

    This is assignment will guide you through the process of setting-up and managing a blogwhich will be used as your ePortfolio.

    Think of your ePortfolio as a kind of online sketchbook. Your ePortfolio will be usedthroughout the year to present your work created on the iArt course and also Textiles andArt & Design outcomes.

    As well as serving as an ePortfolio, your blog will also provide you with a platform to explainyour work, a bit like a diary.

    There are 4 main outcomes required from you to complete this assignment:1. Sign-Up2. Setting up3. Customise4. 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 (OperatingSystem).

    Ensure you have organised a set of storage folders on your network home area/ spaceto allow you to save and access your work throughout the course. You will not be givena 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 Wednesday3-4pm) and/or by visiting the VLE eLearning pages for the iArt course where you canaccess resources and learning content to help you throughout the course.

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  • A1.2: ePortfolioTask1:SignuptoWordPress.com

    Duringthistaskyouaretosignuptoapopularonlineblogservicecalled:WordPress. Readandfollowthestepbystepinstructionscarefullybelow:

    Step Instructions Imagehelp

    1 Openawebbrowserlikesafariorchromeandnavigatetowww.twava.co.uk

    2 LocatetheWordpressbuttonandclickittogotothesigningupscreen.

    3 BlogandUsername:Youneedtoactivateyourblog.

    UsingyouracademynetworkUN&PW,enterthemintheloginbox.

    ClicktheLogInbutton.

    GotoICTSupportandinformthemyouhaveActivatedyourblogandkindlyaskthemtocreateitforyou.

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  • A1.2: ePortfolioTask2:SettingupyourePortfolio/Blog

    Ifyouhavesuccessfullyfollowedtheprevioustask,younowhaveyourownblog.Welldone!BeforeyoubeginusingyourblogasanePorfolio,youwillneedtosetupafewthings...

    ThepictureaboveshowsanexampleoftheDashboardasseenwhenyoufirstsignup.

    Gotothenextpage....

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  • A1.2: ePortfolioTask2:SettingupyourePortfolio/BlogYouhavemanywaystosetupandpersonaliseyourblog.Thiscanbegreatfun,andrewardingtoo.But,itcangetcomplicatedifyoutrytodotoomuchtoosoon.

    Beforewebeginsettingupyourblog.Youneedtobefamiliarwiththemainmenuthatsitsacrossthetopofthescreen:

    Ifyougetlostandneedtoreturntoyourdashboard,usetheDashboardlinktoreturntothesettingspage/screen:

    Ifaftermakingchangestoyourblog,youneedtoseewhattheylooklike,butcantseemtofindawaytoyourblogpage,usingthesameMyBlogmenu,clickthelinkcalled:VisitSite

    Gotonextpage...

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  • A1.2: ePortfolioInstructions Imagehelp

    Thefirstthingforyoutodoistochangetothemeofyourblog.

    FromtheDashboardfindtheAPPEARANCElinkandclickonTHEMES.

    Onthispageyouwillseeyourcurrentthemeatthetopofthescreen.Ifyoulikethisthemekeepit,butyoumayliketoseewhatotherthemesareavailable.

    Belowthecurrentthemethereareotherexamplesthatyoumayliketouse.

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  • A1.2: ePortfolioIf/whenyoufindanalternativethemethatyouwouldliketouseforyourblog.

    Clickthelinkcalled:PREVIEWtoviewyourblogasitwouldlookusingthistheme.

    IfyoudontlikewhatyouseesimplyclickontheXlocatedinthetopleftcornerofthePreviewscreen.

    Ifyoufindathemethatyouwouldliketouse,thenclicktheACTIVATElinklocatedinthetoprightcornerofthepreviewscreen.

    Withyounewthemeinplaceyoucancustomiseitfurther.TodothisusetheCUSTOMDESIGNlink.

    Changingyourblogmessage/title:

    BydefaultallWordpressblogsbeginlifewiththesametitleandmessage.

    ChangethetitleofyoublogbygoingtotheAPPEARANCEmenu(bottomleftofthedashboardpage)andclicktheGENERALlink

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  • A1.2: ePortfolioIntheGENERALsettingsyoucanchangethename/titleofyourblogandtheTagline.

    Thesewillappearatthetopofyourblogonallpages.

    Aftermakingyourchanges,clicktheSAVECHANGESbutton,whichislocatednearthebottomofthescreen/page.

    Toviewyourchanges,simplygobacktotheDashboardandclickVisitSite

    Here(right)youcanseehowtheabovechangesaffecttheappearanceofmyblogwiththenewtheme.

    Gotonextpage...

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  • A1.2: ePortfolioTask2:SettingupyourePortfolio/Blog

    Withyourblogsetupasyouwouldlikeitlook(theme/style),thenextthingforyoutodoistoensurethatyourbloghassomeWidgets.Widgetsareasetoftoolsthatwillliveonyourblogpagesalongsideyourposts/work.Thiscanprovideusefulwaystonavigatethroughyourblogandaccess/readyourwork.

    Step Instructions Imagehelp

    1 ReturntotheDashboardofyourblog.

    2 NavigatetotheAPPEARANCEmenu(bottomleft)andclickontheWIDGETSlink

    3 Youwillseeanumberofavailablewidgetsonthemainmenu.ClickanddragasmanywidgetsontoyourSIDEBARasyoulike,althoughitisimportantthatyourbloghasatleastthefollowingwidgets:

    Meta Calendar TagCloud Categories MostRecent Search Archives

    Whendone,clicktheREADBLOGlinktoseeyourchanges.

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  • A1.2: ePortfolioGotothenextpage...

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  • A1.2: ePortfolioTask3:CustomiseyourblogIntheprevioustasks,yourwillalreadyhavegonesomewaycustomisingyourblog.Duringthistaskyouwilladdyourownbanner.Youwereaskedtocreatedyourownbannerinapreviouslesson/HWK.Nowisthetimetoputyourbannertogooduseasitwillfeatureonyourblogpages.

    NOTE:Onlysomethemeswillallowyoutochangetheheaderofyourblog.Checkyourthemeoptionsbeforeyoubeginthistask!Ifyoudon'thavetheoptiontochangeyourHeader/BannerthenapplyyourBannerasabackgroundinstead.

    Step Instructions Imagehelp

    1 Gotothedashboardofyourblog

    2 NavigatetotheAPPEARANCE>Header

    3 Whenthenextscreenappears,makeanoteoftheimageSIZE.IfneededresizeyourbannerbyusingAdobeFireworks.

    UploadyourbannerbyusingtheCHOOSEFILEbutton.

    ThenclicktheUPLOADbutton

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  • A1.2: ePortfolio4 YouwillthenseeaPreviewdisplayed

    ofyouruploadedbanner. TicktheYESoptionforDISPLAY

    TEXT Selectacolourforyourtext. ClickSAVECHANGES

    5 ViewyourblogbyusingREADBLOGlinktoseeyournewbannerinplace.

    Gotonextpage...

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  • A1.2: ePortfolioStep1:GotoDashboard>Settings>Permalinks

    Step2:Selectoption2(asbelow)andsavechanges.

    Gotonextpage...

    Task4:Your1stPostOfcourseyoucanalwaysmodifyandchangetheappearanceandfunctionalityofyourblogatanytime.But,www.twava.co.uk

  • A1.2: ePortfolioifyouhavecompletedtheprevioustasks/instructions,thenyourblogisnowreadyforyour1stpost.APostisanitemofwork/messagethatyoupublishtoyourblog.

    Justlikeworkinginsideatraditionalsketchbook,everynewpagethatyouworkoninyoursketchbookiskindoflikeaddinganewposttoblog(andviceversa).

    Your1stpostisgoingtobeaboutyourpreviousassignment(A1:Reasearch).

    Withinthispostyoushouldincludetheworkthatyoucreatedonyourworddocument.Soopenyourworddocumentandminimiseitsothatyoucancopyyourworkintoyourblogwhenneeded.Step Instructions Imagehelp

    1 Find,openandminimiseyourpreviousassignment(A1:Research/task1)

    2 Gotoyourblogandusethelinkinthemainmenutoaddanewpost.

    3 Whenthenextscreenappearsyouwillneedtogiveyournew(1st)postatitle:WhatisDigitalArt?

    4 Nextyouneedtoaddyourworkfromthepreviousassignment(document).Insidethetextboxeithertypeupyourworkorcopyandpastefromyourdocumentthecontent. Abovethetextboxisaneditor(similartowhatyou

    wouldseeonawordprocessor).Toinsertimagesusethebuttonsatthetopwww.twava.co.uk

  • A1.2: ePortfolio(highlightedabove).

    5 Your1stpostshouldemulateyourpreviousassignmentandincludefacts,opinion,images/examplesandlinkstothesourcesofyourwork/content/images.Duringwritingyourpost(s)youcansaveyourworkandpreviewyourworkaanytimeusingthebuttonsontherightofthescreen.

    6 Afteryouhavefinishedyour1stPost,beforeyourPUBLISHyourwork,youneedtoadd:

    Categories Tags

    Thecategoryistheassignmentyouareworkingon(whichassignmentyourpostrelatesto)TagsareKEYWORDSthatyoumustassigntoeachpost.Seetheexample(right)

    7 Tickthecorrectcategoryfromyourlist

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  • A1.2: ePortfolio8 Checkthatyouhaveaddedtags

    9 Whenyouhavefinishedwritingyourpostandhaveaddedcategoriesandtags,youarethenreadytoPUBLISHyourwork/Post.

    TodothisclickthePUBLISHbuttonnearthetoprightofthescreen.

    10 ToviewyourPostclickthelinkabovetheposteditor:

    RepeattheabovestepsforaddinganynewPost/worktoyourblog.Your1stsetofPostsshouldbe:

    1. WhatisDigitalArt?2. TypesofCreativeSoftware3. DifferentTypes/MethodsofDigitalArt4. MyBanner

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    AllyouneedisaQRcodereaderapp,pointyourphonewebbrowsertooneofreadersbelow:

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    Onceyouhaveareader/apponyoursmartphone.Simplytakeaquicksnapofthecodebelow,andyouwillberedirectedtotherequiredresource,directlyonyourphone.

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