11. Storing Digital Resources

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In this Thing we describe common platforms that you can use to store digital resources so students can access them.

Next post we’ll add the the websites (from Thing9) and videos/ images (from Thing10) to this online platform that you’re about to create for your online resource.

You can store digital resources and …

  • add pages for different curriculum areas, topics, groups or individuals
  • link to websites
  • embed images, videos, presentations, files and documents
  • link to online games or activities to support students’ learning
  • design and/or embed quizzes
  • access digital resources from a desktop laptop, tablet or smartphone

Common platforms to store an online resource

GoogleSites lets you create free websites. You can use a website as a place to store your digital resources and content for your students to access. Schools using this include Stonefields Number Games and activities, Hobsonville Point Primary School and Hobsonville Point Secondary School.

Wikispaces Classroom lets you create a private network that’s free for teachers and students. On Wikispaces you can create free class websites such as Willowbank School’s Switched onto Learning and Dive into Learning.

Blendspace can be a resource on it’s own or you can add it as a link on your website or blog. It’s free to create an account. You can see examples of how teachers are creating lessons in the Blendspace Gallery. You can re-use or modify many of these lessons.

Blogs such as Edublogs, Blogger or WordPress can be used as a free website (see Thing4).

SharePoint is used by some schools.  Opaheke School use Microsoft SharePoint to share some websites to support the learning of their students. 

Security

Many schools require students to have a username and password to login to their school website. This ensures that the content and contributions are only shared within the school community (to those who have access) rather than the global online community.

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Create an online resource to store the digital resources that you have been collecting on a topic or theme.

  • Choose a platform e.g Googlesite/ Wikispace/ Blendspace / or add to your blog from (Thing4) . 
    • See the help guides in the explore further section, below.  
  • Setup an account for the platform. UoA students already have a Google account username@aucklanduni.ac.nz 
  • Now create your place to store online resources. Consider:
    • your website name
    • what pages you will create links to from your main page (how you will group your resources – use? sub-topic?)
    • how you want it to look (you can use a theme and you can change colours etc. later)

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Google Sites

This video [14.5 mins] talks through creating a google site or you can use this slideshow

Mary Fran’s Getting Started with Google SitesHere you will find a number of YouTube video tutorials that explain some of the Google Sites features.

Google Sites Help Centre – A beginners guide to getting started with GoogleSites.

Wikispaces for Education

Get up and running with your wikispaces – video tutorial on the basic knowledge needed to set up a wiki.

Wikispaces YouTube Channel – videos to help you make the most of Wikispaces.

Educational Wikis – articles and resources to help you design a wiki and use Wikispaces.

Blendspace

Blendspace Channel on YouTube  helpful videos.

Blend your Lessons video tutorial on how to create a lesson on Blendspace.

Sharepoint

Requires an Office365 login: Create a Sharepoint Site, Create a class website, Ray Fleeming’s SharePoint School websites and tutorials.

Some other options school use to collate resources:

Weebly There is an education version of Weebly which can be used to create a class or school website.

Pinterest  and Symbaloo  were introduced to you in Thing9 as a way of bookmarking websites. You can use them to compile content, organise and share ideas and even to comment on student’s work. 

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23 Teaching Things has been written by Lucie Lindsay and Bronwyn Edmunds.  This professional learning series is from CreATE at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work.

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