Tools and Resources relating to: Develop Your Professional Identity
SlidesGo - SlidesGo contains a great collection of Google Slides and PowerPoint templates, tutorials, and tips about how to design effective presentations. We also want to highlight the Minimalist styled templates that have a very simple and professional look and feel.
Microsoft Sway - Sway is a Microsoft Office application with which you can create portfolios, presentations, websites, newsletters, interactive reports, and more.
First of all, Sway is free - you just need to have a Microsoft account (Hotmail, Live, or Outlook.com), and it's easy to use. Formatting is very easy and the transitions they use in the presentation are very attractive and modern, offering three different variants of appearance (vertical, horizontal, or slide type).
Microsoft Sway is a part of the Microsoft Office family of products. Sway sites are stored on Microsoft's servers and are tied to the user's Microsoft account. Sway presentations can be viewed and edited from any web browser through Office for the web.
What is Microsoft Sway, and What Can I Do with It?
How to use Microsoft Sway
Keywords: Flipped Learning, Presentations
Crevado - One of the easiest free portfolio websites, Crevado lets you use a simple drag-and-drop tool to upload your projects and rearrange on the screen for true ease-of-use. The site is also automatically optimized for any device, so your portfolio can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet as well as a desktop. Best of all, you can customize your design to suit your preferences without writing any code.
Jimdo - Jimdo provides two products including the standard editor, Jimdo Creator, and Jimdo Dolphin which falls under a new category of website builder systems. These two products live side by side: Jimdo Creator enables building a website from scratch or running your blog or online store, and Jimdo Dolphin is used to get a beautiful website that's ready to go in just a few minutes.
Scalar - Scalar is a free, open-source publishing platform geared toward long-form scholarship with embedded multimedia. It also provides the capability for multimedia tagging and annotation, as well as for interacting with stories in a nonlinear way through different path structures. Scalar allows for the easy creation of a website using a book-type format. It was created by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture at the University of Southern California.
Loomies - The Loomie App allows you to create and style your own customized avatar and stickers that can be used on various online platforms. First, you use a selfie to create your Loomie. You can choose among different accessories to make your Loomie. The shape and form of your Loomie can be customized using the built-in editing system of the Loomie app. After you save your avatar to your Loom Account, you can use it across different apps and integrations, such as Zoom, WhatsApp, etc.
ResearchGate - ResearchGate is a collaboration tool you can use to connect with other researchers. You can learn about new research and post your new research by following and being followed by other researchers in your field. It a good way to know about recent publications and who is working in your field. You can also ask questions and experts can post answers to questions.
fotor – online photo editor and design maker - Fotor is a photo editing platform, utilizing exclusive technology to bring an unprecedented level of editing control to everyone. [Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fotor]
Fotor's software is available on every major mobile device, desktop computer, and online. Fotor One-Tap Enhance, a tool designed to improve the most common imaging problems in the shortest period of time is just one of the many unique features. Fotor GoArt, turn photos into classical painting style artwork. Fotor SDK, the ultimate solution to all users' graphic needs.
A few YouTube video tutorials are below:
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.
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
Binumi - Video platform. Easy-to-use and free. Create a video in seconds from a vast video library. A collection of 4 million multimedia clips. Select frame-by-frame to create your storyboard. Add voice recordings, edit in seconds. A great way to create. Videos can be public or private. Share on Binumi site, social media or YouTube. Mobile App too.
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
Seesaw - It is an app and website that offers instructors different assessment methods of students and ways to create interactive lessons for students. Like other websites that allow for portfolios, students can create their own portfolios while allowing for communication between students, parents, and teachers. Students can use online tools to demonstrate their creativity and learning.
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 the 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 posters, and public service announcements.
Keywords: tutorials, lesson plans, audio, podcasts, video photos,
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
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.
“Find what you want in a graphic design near you with Behance, a global catalog of graphic design.” Search for graphic design from throughout the world.
PixStori - 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.
PixStori is a very useful app to combine pictures with audio. This is a great tool where we can take pictures with your phone and add audio to explain the picture, or even music and environment ambiance sounds related to it. This is a very easy alternative to recording videos and to create mementos of moments or voice note for poster/academic/class presentations.
Every picture has a story to tell. Now you can tell that story in your own voice and share it now and for the future. ...
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!
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
RealtimeBoard - A simple whiteboard platform for cross-functional team collaboration.
Data, images, spreadsheets, tasks, graphics, videos and more. The Realtime Board combines all of these parts in one place to allow teams or the entire organization to collaborate with each other. There are plenty of collaboration possibilities.
Agile & Lean, Action plan, Strategy & Management, Kanban board, Meeting organizer, User story mapping, Gantt chart, Milestone chart, Retrospective, Product Management, Business model canvas, Persona, Product backlog, Six thinking hats, Random words, Empathy map, Timeline, Mindmap, UX & Design, Sitemap, Affinity diagram, Ideation, Wireframing, Lean UX.
The image below visually shows just a few of the examples of how this tool can help to visually organize your ideas and processes.
How to Improve Audio Quality with Audacity - This blog post from LearnUpon has a few practical tips on how to improve sound quality in audio recordings. The tips are targeted to using Audacity and they are also applicable to the use of other audio authoring tools.
Poor audio quality is one of the most frustrating things you can subject your learners to. Not everyone has access to studio-quality equipment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have great audio in your training courses. In this post, we’ll show you how you can use a free audio program to create high-quality audio for your eLearning courses.
How to Improve Audio Quality with Audacity
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
OverLeaf - Overleaf is an online LaTeX and Rich Text collaborative writing and publishing tool that makes the whole process of writing, editing and publishing scientific documents much quicker and easier.
Real-time collaboration in your browser: The convenience of an easy-to-use WYSIWYG manuscript editor, with real-time collaboration and structured, fully typeset output produced automatically in the background as you type.
Prefer to edit directly in LaTeX? Overleaf provides a full collaborative online LaTeX editor you can switch to at any time.
Keywords: Collaboration, Presentations, Productivity Tools, Publishing
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
Grammarly - This online grammar checker corrects mistakes and other writing errors across a variety of programs and directly in the browser.
Keywords: Lifelong Learning
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’s Acclaim Platform - Credly's Acclaim platform is one of many digital badge platforms that can be used to design and award custom badges. Acclaim by Credly badges can be displayed on personal ePortfolios, social media sites (such as Facebook and LinkedIn), on websites, and in your Acclaim by Credly profile. Credly's Acclaim platform is the badging system that SUNY and #EmTechMOOC use 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 issued badges and how to share them in your ePortfolio and on your social media networks.
* Note - Credly recently acquired the Acclaim platform. They are consolidating their networks into one unified platform that is now referred to as Acclaim by Credly. After June 30, 2020 the ...
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
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
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 ...
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 - IMPORTANT UPDATE: Digication no longer provides free accounts through SUNY #EmTechMOOC
Digication portfolios created under the prior SUNY/Digication agreement will expire on December 31, 2020. This ePortfolio platform is no longer a free option. If you would like to keep your Digication account, you may purchase a Digication license for $20 annually.If you choose not to continue using Digication, we strongly encourage you to download your content now. View instructions about how to download your ePortfolio files. Information about transferring your Digication ePortfolio to an alternate Webhosting platform will be made available in the near future. If you need assistance, please contact Digication Support.
You are encouraged to use any available platform or tool to create your EmTech ePortfolio. A few of the many freely-available ePortfolio tools that you can use to build your portfolio can be located through EmTechWIKI and searching ...
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
Strikingly - Create a beautiful website for you & your business, in minutes. Zero code or design skills required.
You can also convert a LinkedIn profile to a personal website in just a few clicks.
Add a Blog section to any of your sites to start blogging right away. A separate page is created for each blog post.
Discover Strikingly Sites - A link to the Strikingly community to see what sites have been built recently.
Keywords: Blogs, Collaboration, ePortfolios, Publishing, Websites