8 Steps to edit your ePortfolio on the go!

By Samantha Egan

Editing Your ePortfolio On-the-Go:
How to Add Content From Your iPad and iPhone!

 

Who isn’t “on-the-go” these days? Make the most of your downtime on the train, plane or wherever your busy day takes you, to update your ePortfolio (step away from the Angry Birds, please)!

Editing on the iPad:

Step 1: Log in to ePortfolio
Step 2: Exit Safari, and go to “Settings”
Step 3: On the Menu bar click Safari and turn OFF JavaScript
Step 4: Exit Settings
Step 5: Go back to Safari
Step 6: When you are back onto ePortfolio click “edit this page”
Step 7: There will be radio buttons that allow you to click and then click an empty bar to place it in that area
Step 8: For editing, just click “Edit” or if you would like to move any section, use the arrow keys located right next to the heading of each section

While you do not have all of the editing options on the iPad that you would on a laptop or computer, these steps make it possible to upload your files to your profile page.

Uploading Images From The iPhone

Did you just snap a great photo from your iPhone that would look great on one of your pages? Waste no time in getting it up there with PortfolioUP- a free application to upload images.  Images are loaded directly from the smart phone to the “My Files” section of your ePortfolio.

Be sure to have your iPhone updated to iOS 4.3 before you download the application.

Step 1: Download “PortfolioUP” from your device’s app store: http://itunes.apple.com/app/portfolioup!/id398444044

Step 2: Go to “authentication settings” to add details like your Mahara URL, username, and password.  Click “save” (you will only need to do this one time)
Step 3: Take a photo, or choose one from the images on the phone
Step 4: Review the photo in preview
Step 5: Input image title and description
Step 6: Click upload

Step 7: Click OK
Step 8: Now acquire another image!

 

iPad Meeting April 11, 2012

Hello again iPad users! We just had our second to last iPad meeting (How quickly the semester flew!!) and it was a meeting that you didn’t want to miss. In this meeting we discussed many things from the latest cool app to even studying at Yale or an easier way to follow the ongoing election process! You are going to have to read some more to find out how to do that.

First Professor Nancie Taylor from Pleasantville discussed how she uses the iPad in the classroom and how other professors can as well. First she discussed how students can use different apps to hold their information.  The first app was the popular app called Dropbox, which is cloud storage (FREE) that allows students to save files through the internet instead of carrying around a Flash Drive.  These files are then accessible anywhere with an internet connection.  Also there was an app that allows students to access lectures from Yale and even Princeton! If you want to see what the classes are like at these schools you might want to check them out and this is available any day at any time! (Please contact Professor Taylor for the exact name of the app).  The last app talked about was Mobilecho. This app allows for easy & safe file sharing between a group of people in an organization. And the best thing about all these apps is that they are ALL FREE! You can contact Professor Nancie Taylor (ntaylor@pace.edu) for more information about these apps!

 

Our second presenter at the meeting was Dr. Christopher Malone who works in the Political Science department on the NYC campus. Have you ever wanted to follow the election in the easiest possible way? Well there are and here are some great apps that he talked about. One app that can be very useful to students is Election 2012 which only costs $1.99. In this app, students are given a visual representation of the elections and how each state voted. This shows if New York went Republican or stayed Democratic or if you want to find out how much each state is worth. Also the one great thing about this app is that it keeps a historical data which gives users access to older elections and this gives users a great visual on how the USA has changed when voting over the years. Also Dr. Malone talked about some great free apps that gives users the edge in regards to the election. One that was mentioned was the Washington Post which posts news articles about the election. Another app was called Twatcher 2012  Elections which follows ALL the tweets of the current candidates! Again, the best thing about the latter 2 apps is that they are free!

 

Finally, even though Dr. Barry Morris could not make it, he recommend a great free app called Skitch. What this app does is allows students and professors to take a screenshot of a webpage and to annotate on the page! You can underline, change colors or even draw arrows to a specific place on the page so for all the professors out there that have an iPad you can easily show students what you are talking about.

 

 

 

Our last meeting for the semester will be held on Tuesday, May 8th at 3:30 in the PLV & NYC videoconferencing rooms. We hope to see you there.

Storify iPad Application- Digital Storytelling on the go

By Megan Burke

I am delighted to report that now you can create digital stories on your iPad!  Storify gives you the ability to drag media from networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google onto your own Storify blog with the touch of a finger.  Storify is a digital storytelling tool which allows users to create a story using social media.  Students can showcase their own social networking tweets and posts all on one page, or create stories using key points from public tweets and posts.  As you thread elements from all over the Web into a story, you can type in your own comments to voice your opinions.  You can even tweet from within the Storify application to participate in the conversation.  Combining elements from these different sites makes for an informative, innovative story.  As long as your iTunes is updated, you are ready to begin blogging on your iPad! 

 


Once you publish your story, you can embed it in ePortfolio to show off your new digital story.  To get the application on your iPad, search for “Storify” in the app store, install the application, and begin creating digital stories by browsing through social media posts.  Digital storytelling is now at your fingertips- so reach out and touch social media to create something fascinating!  Click here to download Storify for the iPad from the App Store!

 

March 21, 2012 iPad Meeting

Hello iPad Users!

We  had our second meeting of the semester between the NYC and PLV campuses via video conferencing. We had some guest speakers including our Apple Representatives. Here are some of the highlights of the meeting.

Mr. Devin McLaughlin, an Apple Representative, was up first and he was there to discuss many things. First we were introduced to the new iPad, and we learned that there are some improvements from the iPad 2. The new iPad has a better camera on the front and back, coupled with better resolution which will enable you to see more details on the iPad. And one of the biggest changes to the new model is a feature named Dictation. Dictation allows you to speak instead of type. Now whatever you want to say is what you are going to see typed out on the iPad. Pretty Cool Right?

Also Devin recommended some apps that would be very useful to students and staff such as the app named  Reflection. Reflection is a app that allows your iPad to be shown on a Mac computer. This will be easier for some people because you can now use a mouse. You will control everything on your iPad from your own computer!

Our next guest speaker was Mr. Peter Hoffman, a representative from Kno.com. Kno.com, pronounced (know), is a website that allows people to access  digital textbooks. Kno allows  people to access publications including textbooks in an electronic format. You can take notes on a digital sticky note and you can highlight certain parts. What is great is that it is integrated with drop box so you can share content with other people! Also students can benefit from electronic Flashcards and  a feature named “QuizMe”, which can help students to prepare for exams. Faculty can also submit their own documents such as pdf documents and PowerPoint presentations through Kno to make it available to their students.
Kno has a FREE app on the iPad, so feel free to download it now!

Our next meeting will be on April 11, 2012 at 1pm. Everyone is invited even if you don’t own an iPad! If you love technology and discovering the next cool app come aboard!