Tools and Resources relating to: Create a Professional Identity
Medium - Medium is a publishing platform with a social twist. The platform has 120 million readers that are able to directly follow the publisher or the writer they want and read their articles. The platform encourages writers from all over the world to become a member and publish on its platform. The social aspect of the platform makes it easy for readers to follow the writers. The more followers you have, more widely your work will get published. The writers can also choose to publish freely or for a fee. This management is done by the Medium platform that has either free membership of paid membership with only the paid members able to view materials that demand fees.
PicsArt - PicsArt makes it easy to step-up your photo editing game, make amazing images, and share with friends. It lets you be truly creative with its almost limitless features ― and it’s starting a movement to help the people “go beyond the filter” and make awesome pictures.
GraphicSprings - A logo maker application that enables non-designers to create beautiful logos, whether that's for an entrepreneurial venture, school project, presentation or charitable cause.
Another element available in the online interface is the ability to design graphics to use for digital badges (like the badges used in #EmTechMOOC).
How to Edit Logo Graphic - this how-to video shows how users can easily edit graphics
How to Edit Logo Text - this how-to video shows how users can customize their name and slogan
Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies - This searchable Directory has been compiled by Jane Hart. The directory contains over 1,000 entries categorised into 35 headings. This directory compliments the website that shares the Top Tools for Learning compiled from an annual survey sent out through the Centre.
Directory of Learning & Performance Tools – Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
Portfolium - Portfolium's online platform is an academic-oriented social networking service, mainly targeting university students and recent graduates. Users can showcase their work through a profile and an ePortfolio by uploading media files such as images, PDFs, videos and other media files onto their profiles. [Wikipedia]
Keywords: portfolio, ePortfolio, resume
Miro - Miro is a free team collaboration application. It has several pre-built templates that are available in the free platform, including brainstorming, quizzes, mind maps and whiteboards.
Remix Project – improving media literacy across the curriculum - The goal of the Remix Project is to improve media literacy across the curriculum, so that all students are better prepared for the media-rich world of the twenty-first century.
The Remix Project is a collaborative effort of the Hesburgh Libraries and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning from the University at Notre Dame. The Remix platform supports creation of media as part of college coursework. Remix provides resources for students and faculty. The website provides step-by-step instructions for assignments, along with links to tutorials and other resources. The projects fall under four categories: Audio, Image, Video, and Data, with projects, such as infographic, scientific research poster, and public service announcement.
Keywords: tutorials, lesson plans, audio,podcasts, video photos,
HitFilm Express - Video editing and all the power you need to make something cool. Free starter software, HitFilm Express, is perfect for beginners, film students, and YouTubers.
Keywords: video editing
Clips - Clips is an iOS app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more. From choosing backgrounds to using animated special effect and 3D, Clips makes the whole experience of capturing a moment and sharing it more fun. As Clips is in sync with iCloud, creating memorable moments is equally available on all Apple products.
Keywords: mobile apps, photo and images, social media, video, personal identity
Internet Safety – GCFLearnFree.org - This site shares a number of Google search strategies and tips created by the Goodwill Community Foundation (GFC) Global to get you started on your quest to find new things to learn about. This link connects you with a brief tutorial on searching better with Google.
Exploring the site will bring you to multiple resources. For example:
Internet safety is the focus @ Internet Safety - GCFLearnFree.org
The dashboard presents many topical choices beyond searching @ https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/search-better-2018/
Keywords: digital literacy, lifelong learning
PebblePad - An ePortfolio platform for students, it simplifies the process of collecting, managing and demonstrating evidence in digital form of lifelong learning. Students gain initial access to PebblePad through their learning institution. For learners, there are interactive workbooks, ePortfolio builder, reflective templates, collections, and integration with different cloud solutions (eg Google Docs). For educators, there are customizable templates, activity logs, assessment, external assessors, grading, reporting & analytics, feedback collections.
Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship - Mike Ribble identified Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship that comprise a digital citizen and he explains each on his website. The updated Digital Citizenship definition is "the continuously developing norms of appropriate, responsible, and empowered technology use."
Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship
Keywords: Digital literacy, Digital Fluency
Populr.me - Populr.me can be used for social media, business, education, or many other uses. Build websites with templates for networking, sales, marketing, etc. Drop in text, video, pictures, embeds. Upgrade for additional features, or keep it free. Great for building interactive syllabi, professional profiles, ePortfolios, and other online information.
Keywords: web editing, websites
MOOC-list - MOOC-list allows you to search for freely available online courses from Coursera, edX, Futurelearn, and other providers. You can search using multiple criteria such as subjects, keywords, platforms, etc.
Edulai for employability skills development - Edulai is an Educational Technology software that offers the possibility to university students and teachers to access freely available learning materials for improving 8 key employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, team-work, leadership, problem-solving, interculturalism, digital technology, and English language.
Edulai makes use of artificial intelligence and has a dynamic library that suggests different content according to the level you have developed a specific skill. Edulai also allows you to add resources to your library space if you find some new useful material!
Adobe Portfolio - As one of the free tools included in paid Adobe Creative Cloud plans, Adobe Portfolio enables designers to quickly create beautiful and high-quality personal portfolio sites in minutes. It also offers users a free Creative Cloud subscription service.
Behance - Behance is an Adobe app that lets you take a look at the portfolios of some of the most interesting artists of the moment. If you are creative yourself, you can create your own account and share your work with other users. It is one of the most widely-used free online portfolio websites in the designer communities, Behance attracts artists and photographers from around the world.
Pixistory - PixStori™ is an app to record stories about your smartphone photos. It links voice and still images in a multimedia PixStori that can be instantly shared on social media, uploaded into searchable cloud collections of family or group memories, and collected as crowdsourced field data for organizations and businesses. It is Oral History meets Instagram.
Keywords: photos, images, storytelling, social media
Wakelet - Share articles, videos, images, tweets and other great content with one link. Save them for later and create collections, called wakes, at any time. Organize the web, the way you want it. Save, curate and share from a wide variety of sources to create very visually pleasing presentations. Also very suitable for creating a personal portfolio.
Keywords: portfolio, pictures, social media, presentations
SurfSafe - Defend the internet. Bring the world to the Internet without false news. If you see something that is false, report it!
Supercharge your browser to catch fake news! SurfSafe is protecting users from misleading, photoshopped, and fake news throughout the Internet. The extension marks the level of safety of an image or article on the corners. Never again will you be misled by photoshopped images scattered throughout the Internet. You can also decide which organizations to base the truth off of. Add the extension to Chrome for free!
Freshdesk Help Desk Software - A cloud-based help desk software which helps build relationships with their customers. Freshdesk is an intuitive, easy-to-use helpdesk software that enables efficient businesses processes for better customer experiences.
Although a help desk system may fall slightly outside the realm of EmTechMOOC scope, there may be times where a free version of a help desk system could be useful for personal and educational uses.
Adobe Education Exchange - Adobe Education Exchange is a free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators. It's a great place to find materials to help you and your students learn about working with images, video, and audio media.
Adobe Education Exchange
After you've logged into "EdEx" you'll find:
Lesson plans and other learning materials
Live short courses
Membership is free and, at the simplest level, you can simply browse the resources and take advantage of ones that fit your situation. To engage more deeply, complete a self-directed workshop or sign up for an online class. You can even become an active contributor, uploading resources you have created. As you get more deeply involved, your status changes from "Member" to "Contributor" - eventually becoming a "Trendsetter." You can also earn badges for several kinds of activities.
Keywords: tutorials, Adobe
9 Ways to Be a Good Digital Citizen – using technology appropriately - This webpage from Digital Citizenship, developed by Mike Ribble, shares The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship. They fall into three categories, which are listed below.
Respect Your Self / Respect Others
Educate Your Self / Connect with Others
Protect Your Self / Protect Others
Rights & Responsibilities
Health and Welfare
9 Ways to Be a Good Digital Citizen
Keywords: digital literacy, digital fluency
Infogram - Infographics (Information graphics) are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system's ability to see patterns and trends.
Infographics are a better way to:
1. Tell a compelling data-driven story
2. Make content with data that is easy to understand
3. Grab your viewer’s attention
4. Increase brand awareness and drive traffic with visuals
Charts and maps help to:
1. Make data easier to understand and remember
2. Discover unknown facts, outliers, and trends
3. Visualize relationships and patterns quickly
4. Ask better questions and make better decisions
Keywords: ePortfolios, Presentations, Social Media
Knovio - Knovio is a web-based application that can record web camera video and attach that video to presentation slides from Microsoft PowerPoint or image files. Overall it's a great way to get “virtual lectures” created in a quick and efficient manner.
Educators: Deliver highly interactive, video-led teaching experiences with video presentations. It's the fast and easy way to share lectures and research insights, teaching notes and classroom instructions. Quickly measure learning outcomes with a 360° view of student engagement and activity. and have students record their own video presentations.
Students: Add your personality and passion to your next assignment using video, audio narration and interactive features. Record your assignments and share them with team members and professors. Rehearse and review your big presentations and create unique multimedia experiences for job applications and internships.
Keywords: Media, Presentations, Quiz Recording, Screencast, Video
SAMR Model - The SAMR model, developed by Ruben Puentedura, is a theoretical framework for scaffolding technology integration into education. The video below describes SAMR (Substitution - Augmentation - Modification - Redefinition) and introduces you to the model. The Emerging Ed Tech website provides a few Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle.
(Video length: 2 minutes)
Keywords: 3D, Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps
Animoto - Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows.
Keywords: Audio, Media, Photos & Images, Presentations, Video
Adobe Spark - Spark is a free software created by Adobe, who is the industry standard go-to for visual design applications.
The Adobe Creative Cloud suite of tools includes Photoshop, which is by far the most popular graphic editor. Spark is freely available with premium features available for a fee. The rest of the Adobe toolset is available on a subscription basis and is not a freely available resource.
Spark is useful to create online and mobile graphic designs. Easily create beautiful images, videos, web pages, animated videos & social graphics with beautiful typography. A variety of free templates are available to help inspire your creations. Spark also lets you get Creative with Memes & upgrades Instagram Stories with animated posts.
Keywords: ePortfolios, Media, Photos & Images, Presentations, Video, Visual Design, Websites
Atavist for Education - Atavist is a publishing and storytelling platform to turn your ideas into stunning projects & portfolios.
Atavist for Education
Keywords: Blogs, Wikis
Credly - Credly is just one of many digital badge platforms that can be used to design and award custom badges. Credly badges can be displayed on personal ePortfolios, social media sites (such as Facebook and LinkedIn), on websites, and in your Credly profile. Credly is the badging system that #EmTechMOOC uses to issue our badges. Learn more about badges and how they are used within #EmTechMOOC.
After earning #EmTechMOOC digital badges, you can access additional instructions, including the video tutorial below, about how to claim your Credly issued badges and how to share them in your ePortfolio and on your social media networks.
* Note - Credly has recently acquired the Acclaim platform. They are consolidating their networks into on one unified platform. After June 30, 2020 the free version of Credly will no longer be available and anyone wishing to issue Credly Acclaim badges ...
Public Records and Factual Research (Harvard Law School Library) - This website maintained by the Harvard Law School Library has numerous resources to find public records consisting of business, property, and personal records. Many of the resources are freely available and some provide more in-depth information for a fee.
Public Records and Factual Research (Harvard Law School Library)
Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity
LinkedIn - LinkedIn is the most well-known social networking platform for your professional career. Make connections with colleagues (actual and potential) around the world. Employers may seek out new hires, and individuals may find new positions. Engage with groups and organizations to add your voice to the conversation.
How to make a LinkedIn page that wows recruiters, according to the guy who overhauled its design - Use the tips in this article from Business Insider to make the most out of your LinkedIn profile.
Social Media in Higher Education: Strategies, Benefits, and Challenges - This article from Hootsuite, a social media management platform, addresses some of the primary questions on social media and higher education.
Keywords: Collaboration, Digital Footprint/Identity, ePortfolios, Social Media
Facebook - Facebook is a well-known and free to use social networking platform. Utilizing Facebook can help you connect, share and market to people. User groups based on common interests, workplace, and more can provide you new methods to communicate. Now very often seen in news media, Facebook and other social media platforms are commonly used to give voice to social issues, customize marketing on an individual level, and further the spread of both news and fake news.
Facebook tutorial - This tutorial will walk you through the set-up process, available features through the privacy settings and controls, essential to any social media platform.
Branding in the age of social media - Learn more about branding yourself via social media from this Harvard Business Review article.
Keywords: Collaboration, Digital Footprint/Identity, Media, Social Media
Twitter - First reactions and breaking news flood Twitter as soon as they happen. With only a limited number of characters per tweet, Twitter users need to be brief and meaningful when composing. Official hashtags make conference tweeting is yet another place conversations (both professional and social) are held.
Wired article to help you get up to speed on using Twitter.
100 Ways to Use Twitter in Education, By Order of Difficulty
Keywords: Collaboration, Digital Footprint/Identity, Social Media
Google Sites - Google Sites is a structured wiki- and Web page-creation tool offered by Google as part of the G Suite productivity suite. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create a team-oriented site where multiple people can collaborate and share files.
Sites Help - Information on creating, editing, previewing, sharing, publishing, and managing your Google site.
20/20 HindSITE: Best Practices for Google Sites - This site illustrates how organizations are using Google Sites, and includes a wealth of resources and tools.
Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Publishing, Websites, Wikis
Wix - Wix.com is a cloud-based web development platform that was first developed and popularized by the Israeli company also called Wix. It allows users to create HTML5 web sites and mobile sites through the use of online drag and drop tools.
Wix Help Center - This site has many articles organized into twenty topics plus several trending topics. There is also an opportunity to search.
Landing pages 101 - Landing pages are an important marketing tool. This site focuses on creating effective landing pages.
Keywords: ePortfolios, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites
Zoho Sites - Zoho is a suite of online applications (services) that you sign up for and access from our Website. The applications are free for individuals and some have a subscription fee for organizations. Our vision is to provide our customers (individuals, students, educators, non-profits, small and medium-sized businesses) with the most comprehensive set of applications available anywhere (breadth); and for those applications to have enough features (depth) to make your user experience worthwhile.
Zoho Sites- Beginner's Guide - A video plus Instructions for how to set up your Zoho site. More advanced features are also covered.
Zoho Sites Review - Explains the simple and not-so-simple features of a Zoho site including some that might be more developed.
Keywords: Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites
Pipl - Pipl identifies itself as the world's largest people search engine currently with over 3 billion people in its database. It is the place to find the person behind the email address, social username or phone number.
This Tool Will Help You Clean Up After Your Online Footprints - A recent article discussing how PiPL can be used professionally. Focused on journalists and other people who write for the Web, but the advice applies to everyone.
Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy
7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) - This concise and well-organized document by Educause explains Creative Commons and its relationship to copyright. Creative Commons allows copyright owners to release some of those rights while retaining others, with the goal of increasing access to and sharing of intellectual property. It further discusses who's using it and how; and the implications for teaching and learning.
The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.
7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons
What we do - What is Creative Commons? - Information about how Creative Commons works, its programs, platforms, and ...
Interesting Ways to find Creative Commons Resources - This slideshow is rich with resources that are about Creative Commons (CC) or that are a source of CC-licensed resources including music, videos, images, and more. There are also resources to explain copyright and information about other resources for finding Open Educational Resources.
Interesting Ways* to find Creative Commons resources
Your Digital Footprint Matters
Keywords: Audio, Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Music, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access, Photos & Images, Searching
Intellectual Property: Part I Video - This entertaining video explaining intellectual property rights and discussing how you can share and protect your rights simultaneously is created the State University of New York Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative.
Intellectual Property: Part I Video (3 min. video)
What is Intellectual Property? - A definition and resources from the World Intellectual Property Organization
Keywords: Copyright, Creative Commons, Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy, Media, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access
Four Reasons to Care About Your Digital Footprint - This enlightening 8-minute video demonstrates the lesser-known issues that can arise from our trips around the Internet. It discusses how extensively our online views are tracked and shows how this information is of commercial value to various entities, how little control we have over who gets access, the possibility of identity theft, and the potential impact on our reputations.
Four Reasons to Care About Your Digital Footprint
Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy
Ten Basic Rules of Netiquette or Internet Etiquette - The rules of etiquette are just as important in cyberspace as they are in the real world -- and the evidence of poor netiquette can stick around to haunt you for much longer. Following these basic rules of netiquette, to avoid damaging your online and offline relationships.
Ten Basic Rules of Netiquette or Internet Etiquette
Keywords: Digital Footprint/Identity, Digital Literacy
Google Alerts - You can get emails when new results for a topic show up in Google Search. For example, you can get info about news, products, or mentions of your name. This Google support page below provides clear instructions.
Five Creative Uses for Google Alerts - Discussion of the power of Google Alerts and five specific ways it can be useful.
Keywords: Lifelong Learning
Digication - Digication is the leading provider of ePortfolio and assessment management systems. Digication develops its platform with students, faculty, programs and institutions needs in mind, and enables institutions to close the loop that links student learning to institutional assessment and reporting.
#EmTechMOOC provides free access to the "New" Digication on under Open SUNY. You are welcome to use any available platform or tool to create your ePortfolio. Just a few of the many alternatives that are available to build your portfolio can be located through EmTechWIKI and searching the ePortfolio category.
Digication's Official Website
Request an ePortfolio Account
There are a few different ways you can create an ePortfolio for #EmTechMOOC.
If you are enrolled in #EmTechMOOC may Request a Digication Account under Open SUNY.
If your institution has its own ePortfolio platform, we strongly recommend you make use of it. Not only will you develop more ...
FolioSpaces - FolioSpaces, powered by "Mahara", enables you to create an online portfolio. It was developed by faculty at the University of Ballarat, AU. It is a fully-featured electronic portfolio, weblog, resume builder and social networking system, connecting users and creating online communities. You do this by assembling a selection of your resume (curriculum vitae/CV), files, journals, and links to your files onto a web page and sharing the page. FolioSpaces ePortfolio also provides you with the tools to set up a personal learning and development environment.
CUOnline ePortfolio Guide Using FolioSpaces - A resource created by Dr. Anne Dickinson of Coventry University that goes through the step by step process of creating an ePortfolio within FolioSpaces.
Keywords: ePortfolios, Visual Design
Weebly - Weebly is a complete platform that allows anyone to start and grow an online business with curated website templates, powerful e-commerce and integrated marketing. More than 40 million entrepreneurs around the world use Weebly to grow their customer base, fuel sales, and market their idea. Designed for any entrepreneur who wants to reach a global audience, Weebly gives everyone the freedom to create a high-quality site and store that works brilliantly on any device.
Weebly Website Builder: Get a Pro Website in 60 Minutes or Less - A short tutorial on how to build an effective website through Weebly.
Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Productivity Tools, Publishing, Websites
WordPress - WordPress is an open-source blogging and a website creation platform. WordPress (often referred to as WP) is very widely used and makes up about 30% of all published websites.
There is a subtle but important difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com.
WordPress.org gives lots of freedom, but you need a self-hosted platform to deliver your site. This involves additional steps to set up a server and install the WordPress software or payment for a hosting service.
WordPress.com allows free pages that are hosted directly on the WordPress.com site.
Both versions of WordPress are user-friendly but some of the advanced themes are not an option that is available on WordPress.com. This is only available when you have your own server space to install your own version of WordPress. Themes and plugins are similar to webpage templates and provide advanced functionality for WordPress websites.
WordPress.com and WordPress.org
Beginner's Guide for WordPress - How to ...
Audacity - Free audio recording and editing software that rivals many commercial tools. Record live audio through a microphone or digitize recordings imported from other media. Audacity's capabilities rival many commercial tools.
The Save menu in Audacity saves files in the Audacity proprietary format (AUP). Select the menu Export > Export as MP3 format for easy playback of audio files created in Audacity.
Audacity's Help Pages - Tutorials and tips on using Audacity.
Audacity in Education - Wiki page by Audacity team with best educational uses and examples of uses by several institutions.
Keywords: audio, media, Recording, podcasts
AudioBoom - This tool enables you to record and instantly share audio. You can have free unlimited 10 minute recordings. If you want to use your smartphone or tablet, sign up, take the tour, and download the app.
AudioBoom Help Center - Tutorials and help using AudioBoom tools.
Keywords: audio, media, recording, podcasts
SoundCloud - Discover, stream, and share a constantly expanding mix of music from emerging and major artists around the world. SoundCloud is described as a 'social sound platform' and is basically the same as Youtube but for audio files. With SoundCloud you can follow millions of people, musicians, radio channels and podcasts on a vast range of topics or you can create your own channel and upload recordings for people to listen to.
Get Started on SoundCloud - Guide to starting and managing a SoundCloud account with support resources.
Podcasting on SoundCloud - Resource page to get started with recording your podcasts.
Keywords: audio, media, recording, podcasts