Monday, September 12, 2016

What should I put in my Free Website (digital portfolio)?


Here are some of the apps that are on my phone:
Math Workout
Translate Google

There are too many apps for one device, so I have a small tablet with 16 GB of storage for 

Here's what's in my DP (digital portfolio)

Here are the newsletters that I subscribe to:

Here are some of the YouTube channels that I subscribe to:

Here are some of the Facebook pages that I have liked:

Here are some of the pages that I have created on Facebook:

Show your creative side and creating side

Ken Robinson points out the difference between "imagitnation" and "creativity"
Creativity is having original ideas that have value.
imagination =  having original ideas.

One way to measure the value of an idea is to see how many "likes" are on that idea.   I admit that I have a strong imagination.  Look at the number of YouTube videos that I've posted... that have under 100 views.

Here's an interesting piece:  400,000 views for a video that shows how to pronounce the alphabet in English and how to show the 12 tenses (past, present and future).  Clearly my informal approach has appealed to 1/100th of 1 percent of the world's population or one out of 10,000 people.  

A college admissions officer can see when a young person has a strong imagination.  What can you do to create an original idea that has value (are you creative?)?  One of the easiest ways to show your creativity is to connect your imagination with a service.  

Where have you volunteered?
What did you do there?  Ask if you can make a video.  Many organizations will LOVE the added attention from a video posted on Facebook or Twitter or YouTube.
Making a list of 200 or 400 hours of places where you have volunteered gets my attention.
Showing me a video from one of your sessions of volunteering will impress me if:
-- the video is steady
-- the video is edited (or at least tell us where to look in the video)
-- there is a frame from the video pulled out so we can know where to look in the video.  "Here is DeMonn Sands playing the sax in the concert."

Yes, I'm impressed that one of my students plays an instrument.  I'm even more impressed when I can hear the playing "Live" when I want to hear it... and I don't have to wait.

The next level of attention is to pull that video down from the Internet (use and then edit that video.

  Keepvid costs $29 for a lifetime use.  You can get a free service from Computer Hope

After you try the free service from Computer Hope, you might want to look at downloading the Ummy video downloader, if you plan to edit many YouTube videos.

I went to the video showing the Dillard High School band  DeMonn's site
Look at the 11th minute...
Here are some of my Pinterest collections (boards)

Here is what my LinkedIn page looks like:

Here are some of the accounts that I follow on Twitter:

Here is a list of some of my blogs:

Here are some of the blogs that I subscribe to:

Create a page where you describe and summarize five books that have helped shape your view of the world or that have impressed you.

Here's my list.

You can find more at the   (my friend John Vornle compiled a list of summaries for over 100 books).   Tell the college admissions officer WHY that book or article is on your list.  If possible, show a quote from the book (to show that you really read part of the book and you give the reader a chance to say, "Oh, yes, I've read a part of that book" because you have quoted an important paragraph.

What books or ebooks or websites have you created?
Get a to make the link easy to recommend.

For example, "look at the run by Willie Murphy"   <<< that's my ebook about digital portfolios

What are the steps to editing a video?   In iMovie, it's easier than with many other formats.  Here's how I edit a video.
Find a Mac.  (If you know how to edit on MovieMaker or other Windows programs, please contact me so I can put the tips in the next edition of this blog post).


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