10 Steps to Create Your Learning Log
Welcome to a video explanation
and demonstration of how you can use a WordPress blog to create your Learning Log for the EDTECH
M.E.T. program at Boise State. You will begin the process of creating this Learning Log
in EDTECH 501: Introduction to Educational Technology and continue to add to it throughout
your program. You are required to begin organizing your
artifacts, work samples, reflections, and other examples of learning for courses you
are taking in the EDTECH program, creating an electronic learning log. We recommend you
use an easy, full-featured blogging program, such as WordPress.com. Your Learning Log will initially be a workspace for reflection and collection. However, as
you continue to work with WordPress, you might decide to use it for your final ePortfolio
showcase. To help you get started, we have created a
sample wordpress learning log, located at bschroed.wordpress.com, to provide you with one example of how to
organize and present your learning. However, the design
is up to you and should reflect your own personality and goals. Remember, your Learning Log will
be a work in progress, but can provide a significant jumpstart in organizing your work and providing
time to reflect throughout the program. How can you begin the process of creating
and adding to a learning log? Here are 10 steps you can take: 1. Create a WordPress account. Go to wordpress.com
and create an account. If you already have an account, then you can skip this step.
2. Create a WordPress blog. Create a blog and name it the first part of your Boise State email address if that
is available or your first and last name. 3. Name your blog. Title your blog “Your Name:
EDTECH Learning Log.” 4. Get help online. If you’ve never created
a blog before, take some time and look over the tools you have in WordPress. If you need additional
help, refer to the online resources at WordPress Support: support.wordpress.com 5. Express your creativity. You can select
from many attractive themes. The themes will determine how your pages will appear and also the categories. Also, you
can add widgets which will increase functionality and visual appeal.
6. Use blog categories for AECT Standards. To create categories, go to your Administration dashboard and click “Categories.” Add
the AECT Standards from the table provided on the AECT Standards tab on our sample WordPress
Learning Log. You should know that categories will only appear in your blog sidebar when
you have assigned a category to a post. 7. Post reflections to your blog page. You
can add posts for each of your artifacts, giving the post the name of the artifact, writing about it, reflecting on what you learned,
how you applied it in your profession, and how it demonstrates proficiency in the AECT Standard.
Depending upon the type of artifact, you can link to it, attach it to your post, or embed
it to your post. 8. Create a static home page. You might want
to create a home page on your Learning Log (which I have done on my example.)
9. Experiment. You can always edit, delete, and adjust any of your settings and categories in your
blog, so don’t worry if you change your mind on how you want it organized.
10. Have fun! Enjoy the process of collecting, reflecting, and viewing your progress in this program. Thanks for viewing!