How Do I Get My Files On The Internet?
You need free software to upload files to your ULM online account. NOTE: As of 2017, you need to use 5530 for the "FTP Port" setting in order to access your ULM student website account with an "FTP" (file transfer) application.
If you are a graduate student, adapt this template to adapt your "visual professional diary reflections" in a webpage! (Visual step-by-step tutorial provided.)
Useful ULM Links
Current Standards (External Links)
(Updated February 2016)
Superb Academic Resources
Calendars -- Very Useful!
Template For Creating A "Printed Booklet"
Interactive Online Audio Applications (Open Source)
Instructor Contact Information
Michael Beutner, Ph.D., Instructional Technology
Associate Professor, Instructional Technology
Coordinator, Instructional Technology Graduate Program
University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM)
Mike Beutner, Instructional Technology,
Walker Hall 2-25,
School Of Education
University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM)
700 University Avenue 71209 USA
Office Phone/Voice Mail: (318) 342-3142
Office: Walker Hall 2-25
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Recommended Way To Send Email
When sending email, include this text in the subject line:
CORS4567, YourFirstName YourLastName, YourTopic
Substitute "CORS" ("course") with the course letters and "4567" with the course number. Then, add your own first and last name and your own topic. This helps me to answer email MUCH more quickly! In some cases, you may want to include your cell phone number if an issue is complex or technical.
Courses Taught During Spring 1, 2019
Spring 1 Semester, 2019 (January 14 - March 13, 2019)
EDIT 5024, Utilization Of Instructional Technologies (60440), Online (3 Hours)
EDIT 6083, Educational Technology Professional Internship (Assigned CRN), Online (3 Hours)
Q. What is "LiveText"?
A. "LiveText" is used by the ULM School of Education as an online commercial service application (livetext.com) for storing digital course content for certification evidence of high quality. In order to receive a course grade in the School of Education, you need an active LiveText account.
Q. If I don't have a LiveText account, does that mean that I won't get a grade for a School of Education course?
A. That's correct. The course syllabus describes this strict requirement. If your LiveText requirement is not satisfied, you will not earn a grade in your course.
Q. How do I get a LiveText account?
A. You need to pay for your LiveText subscription. You are required to have one paid active subscription of LiveText in order to receive course credit for School of Education courses.
Please follow the links below for either a 1 or 2 year discounted subscription:
Q. Do I need a LiveText account for each of my courses?
A. You need just one active Livetext account for all of your courses.
Q. When I get a LiveText account, what do I need to do?
A. After you activate your LiveText account, write down your login and password. Then, follow the instructions for registering your account by supplying the requested information.
Q. I need to ask one more time: If I don't pay for a LiveText account, for any reason, does that really mean that I won't be able to get course credit?
A. That's right. This is a strict College policy. You need to purchase a LiveText subscription and successfully submit specified files at the end of the semester for any School of Education course in order to get a course grade.
General ResourcesAcademic Search Complete Tutorials
These two different "visual document tutorials", created by students, describe how to access ULM's online research databases of thousands of peer-reviewed academic journal articles. The directions show how to access this valuable ULM resource remotely:
(Official) Login Directions For Off-Campus Access To ULM Library Databases
Visual Tutorial A
Visual Tutorial B
Academic Search Complete (a huge online database of academic journals)
Finding Lesson Resources: An Example
This student-created example describes how visual descriptions can be used to provide familiarity with professional goals, like finding lessons online.
Example Of A Powerpoint Presentation Used At A Technology Conference
This Powerpoint presentation was used at a technology conference to demonstrate a "new way" to teach problem solving with technology.
This page summarizes strategies for creating an interactive electronic portfolio.
Accessing ULM Library Resources Online, From Off-Campus
Accessing Academic Search Complete
ULM offers excellent online databases of very useful information. Make sure you become very familiar with this resource! This excellent guide, developed by students, describes, step by step, how to use this very important research tool
Evaluating Web Pages
This Berkeley University Library site describes ways to evaluate websites. Related terms to consider: currency, credibility, accuracy, authority.
Video: Capturing an Image
This video shows how to capture any portion of a screen display as an image that you can paste into Word, Powerpoint, or Excel.
Video: Getting Started With Powerpoint
This video will show you how to make a simple Powerpoint presentation.
Video: Using Microsoft Paint
This video demonstrates the features of Paint by drawing an apple before your eyes.
Audio: Reducing Calories (MP3)
This 3-minute audio "MP3" file (711K) from National Public Radio describes a way for kids to lose weight.
Audio: Sample Music File (WAV)
This is a 20-second audio "WAV" file (910K) that you can use for experimentation.
Advanced Webpage Editing
Advanced users may be interested in creating internal hyperlinks, within one webpage. Here's how:
Jeopardy-Style Quiz Questions
Feel free to modify or adapt this Powerpoint file in any way you like to create a "Jeopardy quiz" for your class:
This is a wonderful way to use Excel to create Bingo games out of class content:
Make a "trifold" pamphlet with this template:
Interactive "About Me"
Edit this interactive Powerpoint file template:
Interactive Menu Example
This Powerpoint file template demonstrates how to create an interactive menu example.
For Graduate School
Want to improve your vocabulary? You might want to check this list of words used frequently in exams for graduate school admission:
Class Name Tag (No Photo)
This class name tag template may come in very handy in the future. You may use it freely.
Electronic Portfolio Template
This template, in Zip file format, contains a folder and 13 files. You need to "extract" the files to your USB flash drive.
Here's how to avoid many common scams with email:
Sample Excel Grade Book
Here's a sample grade book that can be adapted for grading of a class:
Every improvement in quality or achievement involves an "iterative process" or "feedback loop" based on 4 interdependent and distinct steps. Every team that uses this model will become more effective in reaching its goals. Every school that uses the Quality Cycle will become a better place for students to learn and grow.
To simplify the process, substitute the words "plan", "organize", and "coordinate" with the single word "agree". Consensus is the foundation for long-term systemic change.
Math For Young Learners
Here are wonderful math games for young learners of mathematics:
Thousands Of Math Videos
This unusual site offers teachers thousands of standards-based videos on math.
This "breezy" blog article describes very succinctly how working memory works and what strategies are involved in enhancing learning.
Instructional Design, Simplified
This excellent resource describes the instructional design process very nicely.
Young Learners: Colors!
This interactive audio example demonstrates how young learners can read the words for colors by touching or clicking on objects to hear audio. (This online application was developed for use on interactive classroom boards.)
This webpage is a general storage area of online resources maintained by Dr. Mike Beutner ("Dr. B") for use in graduate and undergraduate Instructional Technology courses at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. "Storage area" is an accurate term. Feel free to use and modify any resources that I've developed, without permission. To see the most recent version, click on the "refresh" or "reload" button in your browser menu.
This is an actively updated list of grant funding sources sorted by application due date and by institution type for K-12 institutions in the United States. http://thejournal.com/articles/list/grant-listings.aspx?=THE21
Instructional Design Best Practices
"Rapid eLearning" Tutorials In Instructional Design
This free website is one of the best sources for current professional practical tutorials of "best practices" in eLearning. You can access video tutorials designed for teachers and eLearning professionals to produce online interactive learning content. Although this very popular website is supported by a software company called Articulate (Articulate sells GREAT expensive software.), this site by Tom Kuhlman does cover MANY creative and interactive ways to use very popular software applications. You will be surprised what you can do with advanced applications of Powerpoint. This is an EXCELLENT compilation of advanced tutorials for developing practical online eLearning content.
The use of "HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) questions" distinguishes good teachers from excellent teachers.
Simply asking 1 or 2 "HOTS" questions during each class can transform teaching.
Based on the original work during the 1950s of Benjamin Bloom in his taxonomy (classification) of educational objectives, the "cognitive domain" of learning has 6 categories: knowledge, comprehension, analysis, application, synthesis, and evaluation (mnemonic: "Keep cool at all summer events."). The first two categories, knowledge and comprehension, are based, entirely or mostly, on recall. The remaining 4 categories are considered as "higher order thinking". (Note: These "classic" categories are being updated into revised categories.)
This "Taxonomy of Knowledge" is being updated in various versions. The key idea is that "higher order" thinking primarily involves the processing of information instead of memorizing it. So, HOTS questions are, by definition, "open-ended". It's possible to answer a HOTS question, correctly, in different ways.
Webpage Templates For Graduate Courses (Version: March 2017)
These two HTML templates demonstrate sharing digital content using visuals. (These examples describe learning resources for the Praxis exam.) You can edit and adapt the files with Kompozer, a free HTML editor:
This is a basic HTML file or "webpage" template that includes visuals that actively link to online files:
This template includes a link to directions on editing the file.
This working version includes the same content with a menu:
Both of these HTML templates are in this "zip file". Download and "extract":
Note: You need to type in 5530 for the FTP Port setting of your FTP application, like WinSCP, to access your ULM student website account. In WinSCP, the FTP Port setting is located next to the Host Name (warhawks.ulm.edu). Otherwise, you won't be able to access your online account.
If you use Windows, this updated "portable publishing kit" contains 5 free "portable" applications that can run directly from your USB flash drive. Click on the image to download the 33 megabyte "zip" file.
Document Template, Visual Project Proposal For Some Graduate Courses
In some graduate courses, use this updated document template to describe your course project as a course project proposal. Edit the document and include your own "cognitive map" that visually identifies 10 or so files that you will create for your intended course project. By the end of the semester, you will upload this file and your project files to your ULM website account. Consider your proposal as a "blueprint" for creating an online interactive professional portfolio ("eFolio").
Plain Document Template For "A Visual Reflection Topic"
This is a plain document template for an assigned reflection. This format encourages the use of visual and active web-linked resources. Directions for "capturing" and "modifying the layout" of an image are included. Edit or adapt this template, as needed, and save it as your reflection.
Enhanced Document Template: "A Visual Reflection Topic With Cognitive Map"
Use this document template with cognitive map for your assigned reflections. A cognitive map is included. This format encourages visualizing whatever a teaching professional would be interested in. Directions for "capturing", "modifying the layout" of an image, and linking are included. Edit this template and save it as your reflection.
A Document Template For "A Visual Academic Paper" (With Bibliography)
Use this document template for a visual academic paper. This format encourages the use of visual and linked elements, including an optional "cognitive map". There is a section for a bibliography to list your references in APA format. APA guidelines are described and included in the bibliography section with sample entries. Use the recommended bibme.org website to format your APA citations.
Project Proposal Template (Graduate Students)
Use this document template to describe your project proposal. Notice that you include a visual "cognitive map" to describe your key points. In this template, describe your cited sources and link to your online resources in the reference section.
A Brief Grant Proposal
This is a sample 1-page successful grant proposal. Sometimes, being brief and succinct may be beneficial. The main point is to be clear and direct about the need, the benefits, the costs, how "it" will be accomplished by whom and when.
Powerpoint Template 1 (Generic, With Navigation Arrows and Interactive Menu)
This generic template can be adapted for any type of Powerpoint presentation. The first slide includes an interactive menu. This template includes active links for "Previous", "Next", and "First Slide". Edit freely.
Powerpoint Template 2 (Visual Menu, With Navigation Arrows)
This visual menu template can be adapted for very young learners. This template includes active links for "Previous", "Next", and "First Slide". Edit freely.
Powerpoint Template 3 (100% Visual Menu, Lesson Introduction, No Words, With Navigation Arrows, Link To An Online Video)
This 100% visual menu template can be adapted to introduce a lesson without words. It's particularly useful for very young learners. This template includes active links for "Previous", "Next", and "First Slide". Edit freely. As you display the images, ask questions and let students actively say what they feel or think. It's very possible to spend a minute or two on a single slide. Allow students to express themselves openly. Listen to what students say; this provides a very rich and accurate "probe" of what they already know... or don't know. Do not use this time for correcting mistakes or formal teaching. Just ask questions or provide encouraging comments; but, don't provide answers. Use this time to "prime the pump" and get all students focused and prepared for the lesson; students will get interested and curious if you let them communicate freely. Edit freely.
Powerpoint Template 4 (Generic Menu, Navigation Arrows, "Kiosk")
This visual menu template has a generic menu and navigation arrows in "kiosk" mode; only clicks on active hyperlinks work. Edit freely.
8-10 Page Visual Booklet Template From A Single Powerpoint File
Avoid "Death By Powerpoint"
Click on the image below to view this 4-minute-long classic Youtube video.
A Sample "Webquest" Assignment
This Powerpoint file describes a way for students to solve problems using a relevant example that can be solved with online information found by students working cooperatively. This example includes a sample math webquest.
"About Me" Interactive Powerpoint Presentation (Kiosk Mode)
This interactive Powerpoint template includes editable topics with various types of hyperlinks.
Lesson Description Template (Updated)
Use this Word document template to briefly describe a "lesson outline" of a 1-hour-long lesson that you can enhance with technology. The document includes directions.
Your Online Electronic Portfolio ("eFolio")
Updated: Summer 2017: HTML Webpage "eFolio" Template
This eFolio template describes a project for a course called EDIT "6083". This online "electronic portfolio" example is by James Truxillo, a graduate student. (Thanks, James!) Consider it as a template that you may freely adapt. Originally, this was the Internet address of his online eFolio ("electronic portfolio):
However, the website account is no longer active after he graduates. Still, you can download a zip file copy of his eFolio by following the directions below.
Notice that the eFolio design is very visual with active linked images that "light up" when the mouse rolls over them ("mouse rollovers"). You will find it includes "internal links" by using "anchors". Here is the organization of the eFolio template:
Click here to view the detailed visual tutorial for editing and uploading the eFolio template as your own online eFolio.
Notice that the images used in the eFolio are "image captures" of online files created by James for his project; the "captured" image files are located in the img folder. Notice also that the actual "project files" are stored in the bin folder. Finally, notice that the images actively link to his "project files". So, when someone clicks on an image of a "project file", that particular online project file opens.
Common Questions About Your eFolio
Q. So, can I replace the files in the "bin" folder with my own "project files"?
A. Yes. Copy your own "project files" into the "bin" folder. Be careful how you name your files, as explained here: http://ulm.edu/~beutner/#Guidelines_For_Naming_An_Online_File
Q. Is there something I can look over to get the "basics" for "uploading" files to my ULM website account?
A. Yes, there is something you can look at. Just click on the following link: The Basics: Uploading A File To Your ULM Student Website Account
Q. Then, I replace the image files in the "img" folder with my own "image captures" of my own files.... and, save my image files in the "img" folder, right?
A. Right! You should have one image file of each of your own "project files"; all of your "captured" image files should be in the img folder..
Q. Then, I do some editing of the index.html file with Kompozer, right?
A. Right! Insert your images into the HTML file. Then, link each image to that particular project file.
Q. Is there something I look over to get an idea how to use the free "Kompozer" HTML editor?
A. Sure! Click on this link: Advanced: Editing HTML With "Kompozer", A Free HTML Editor
(Note: The visual tutorial is older than this new eFolio template. Just keep that in mind when you see a link to download the old template.)
Q. When I'm finished, I upload the entire folder (using a folder name of my choice) to my ULM website account. Right?
A. Right! Your eFolio folder contains folders and files. When you use an "FTP" application, you can copy everything at once by "dragging the folder" into your online website account public_html folder.
Q. I forgot the name of the "server name". What is it?
A. When you want to upload your files to your online account, you need to specify the "server name". The name of the server for ULM student website accounts is warhawks.ulm.edu
Also, you need to specify 5530 for the "FTP Port Setting".
Q. How can I view my eFolio on the Internet?
A. This is the "URL" of your your eFolio:
Just replace yourlogin with your ULM login and replace yourfoldername with the name of the eFolio folder.
Visual HTML "Webpage" Templates That You Can Adapt
Note that the templates describe Praxis resources with linked visuals. The "templates" consist of several folders that contain files. Note that when you edit this example, you'll need to keep the folders together in a common folder because the folders and files "work together".
Of This Template
Q. What should I do first?
Q. What do I use to edit the HTML file called praxis.html?
Q. Should I really just "play" by editing the
template... and make lots of attempts to edit it?
Q. Will I make lots of mistakes?
Q. Should I use the forums to get and provide assistance?
Q. Eventually, will I be expected to create captured
images of my visual reflections and actively link them to my own
Q. Is this really hard to do?
Try it! Then, play with it. Then, rename the folder and the html file.... in a series of explorations... of editing and re-uploading.... As you do this, always use the "F5" key on your keyboard or the "Refresh" icon to refresh your browser. After you are convinced you know how it works, then, continue editing.
Making An "Active Worksheet" (With File Template)
This visual tutorial shows how to make an "active worksheet" that you can use as a graded activity to support any classroom instruction with online resources:
This is the file template for the active worksheet described in the tutorial.
This free website is designed as an easy-to-use teaching resource. You can develop your own online content... easily. This resource can supplement any type of curriculum or training with easy-to-use resources.
Elementary Math Drills
Elementary Math interactive drills. Practical and useful for guided practice.
"Scootpad" includes many features for elementary education. All interactive assessments are based on the Common Core for early grades.
For those poor souls "lost" in university math courses, there is help, indeed. This comprehensive series of math videos can help anyone follow the step-by-step mechanics for solving complex problems that appear on exams. Very highly recommended. Thanks to a major grant from the Gates Foundation, this site also offers outstanding videos for a number of new subject areas. Recently, a test preparation section was added for review of the SAT and ACT exams. And, if you want to get intimidated, take a look at an introduction to applied math in computer programming: https://www.khanacademy.org/cs
If you are interested in creating a free "blog", this is an easy way to do that.
You need to spend a few minutes with this free online application to see what it allows you to create, instantly: a composite of notes, images, and linkable sites in a variety of ways. In fact, it's difficult to describe what you can do. Highly recommended!
Save printing costs! Save trees! Create PDF files easily of online articles, with proper attribution of a copyrighted source by citing the online location. Eliminate printing needless clutter when using online sources. This resource saves trees! "Print Friendly" automatically provides a linked reference citation to make any articles you create... and share with students... legal. This site effectively eliminates clutter when using online sources. You can save an article without the added advertising.
This is an amazing and free resource that you can use to add a wiki on your own webpage. There is no simpler or easier wiki. It is possible to create a dynamic single page classroom newsletter in which different students create and add content to various categories... easily!
A utility for "zipping" and "unzipping" so-called "ZIP files". A ZIP file both compresses and stores any number of folders and files as a single file. Verdict: This is an easy-to-use utility for opening and making "ZIP" files.
A great painting application for very young children. This is a highly recommended application. Verdict: A winner!
A wonderful utility for putting "sticky notes" on your computer, including messages with alarms.
This is another excellent "sticky notes" application for your computer. You can leave messages with alarms.
This "classic" and free application allows you to edit HTML files. Verdict: This application is very useful for editing common HTML files.
This free "FTP" (file transfer) utility makes it very easy to "upload" or copy files from your Windows computer to your ULM website account.
This is an "FTP" utility for both PCs and Macs.
This is an AMAZING and free application that can completely replace handheld mathematical graphing calculators. Very highly recommended! Here is an interactive visual example made with GeoGebra that combines the concepts of a regression equation ("equation of the line"), the slope of a line, and the y-intercept.
National Library Of Virtual (Math) Manipulatives
This is one of the very best free resources on the Internet for interactive learning with a "virtual manipulative". There are well over 100 excellent Java applets covering grade level and key categories in math.
Your Own Math Quizzes: "That Quiz"
This site offers you a way to make free quizzes in math and geography. Highly recommended.
Mind Mapping Software: bubbl.us
This is a free application to create "mind maps" made up of connected "bubbles". It's very easy to organize and conceptualize your ideas with this free online application. Once you create your "mind map", you can "export" it as as a .jpg image and use it any Word or Powerpoint file.
"Get Things Done" Application
This is a an extremely easy to use free online application to keep your lists of things to do. You can create your own categories and move items from category to category. Set up your free account in minutes. It's very simple and straightforward.
This is the most powerful and useful "getting things done" (GTD) software application available. Highly recommended. This software closely follows the guidelines of David Allen who authored the productivity bestselling book called Getting Things Done. There is a free version available.
This is a free application to create animated "stick figures". Let your creative juices flow! You can easily create and save an animation as an "animated gif" file.
This free software is quite powerful for editing images. It can do nearly anything that Photoshop can do; and that's saying a lot. A steep learning curve should be anticipated. Highly recommended.
Synthesized Speech Audio Files
You can create mp3 audio files with this webpage: http://fromtexttospeech.com/
Audacity Audio Editor
"Audacity" is an amazingly powerful free audio editor. With this application, you can do very sophisticated recording and editing of audio files. There is also a free version for the Mac. Make sure that you follow these directions (http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/faq_installation_and_plug_ins.html#lame) for installing the "MP3 LAME codec" file so that you can play, record, and edit mp3 audio files.
A Wiki Application: SpringNote
This wiki allows groups to create and publish online projects.
Capture An Active Window That Has Been "Resized" With "Sizer"
"Sizer" allows you to change the size of an active window to any dimensions that you specify. This may be very useful when you create visual tutorials and you want each window/image to have the same dimensions. So, after you resize a window, you can capture that active window by pressing down on the "Alt" key as you tap on the "Print Screen" key of your keyboard. This allows you to capture the active window. With this application, you can create exact sizes of just the images you want to capture in a visual tutorial.
This free website allows you to use existing interactive quiz/flashcards... or create your own. Here are some student-produced quizlets created by ULM students: http://quizlet.com/Mike_Beutner
Additionally, there are millions of free interactive quizzes that are ready to use.
You have the option to purchase your own "Quizlet Teacher" account that normally costs $25 per year... at a 20% discount... to get an enhanced account with features that allow you to create your own classes, monitor progress of your students, and provide quizlets without ads. Also, you can create quizlets that include images and audio. If you decide to purchase your own "Quizlet Teacher" account, use this link to order your own "Quizlet Teacher" account at a discount ( https://quizlet.com/upgrade?referrer=Mike_Beutner ). Disclosure: If you do use this link, an extra 6 months are added to Mike Beutner's "Quizlet Teacher" account.
Advanced: Here is an example of an "embedded quizlet application" in a blank HTML file: http://ulm.edu/~beutner/quizlet/quizlet-01.html This visual tutorial shows how you can "embed" a quizlet into a blank HTML page, step by step... and then... upload the HTML file to your ULM student website account.
This website allows you to create visual timelines of events. If you plan to teach history, you should definitely take a look at this very interesting resource.
Every interested in simple animation? This may be of interest to you.
This is a very good way to remediate math skill deficiencies.
Created by a publisher, this website is designed to supplement its textbooks at the Middle School and High School levels for Math, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts, and World Languages. The interactive technology activities are surprisingly varied, excellent, and free.
Avoid Copyright Issues! Use These Free Applications!
Source Of Free Legal Photos: Photopin
Use "open source" images for any educational use without any copyright worries by searching from "Photopin" for any images you like. This website then does searches on royalty free repositories of free images. As long as you don't sell anything, you can use any of these images freely without copyright concerns for you or your students.
More Free Legal Images
You can use these images freely: http://www.photosforclass.com/
Even More Great Free Photos
Try using unsplash.com to get absolutely free high quality images created by professional photographers.
Tutorials: Core SkillsOnline Tutorials From Microsoft
Capturing An Image: Presentation, Handout, And A Video
1. This Powerpoint presentation shows how to make a visual 1-slide Powerpoint tutorial that describes how to "capture" an image. (We will use this strategy a great deal during the semester.)http://ulm.edu/~beutner/tt/TT-Capture-Image-Paint-Handout.ppt
2. This is a 1-slide Powerpoint handout for "capturing" an image.
3. This video tutorial describes how to "capture" an image using the traditional Paint program: http://ulm.edu/~beutner/flash/capture1/2005-22.html
3. This 1-slide tutorial describes how to save a "captured image" as an image file. using the traditional Paint program: http://ulm.edu/~beutner/2010/Capture-Image--Save-As-Image-File-Guide.ppt
Using ZIP Files
ZIP files are containers of compressed files and folders for easy distribution. This video tutorial shows you how to "zip" and "unzip" "ZIP" files.
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Zip files are used to save multiple files and folders in a single compressed file. Here's an example of a Zip file that contains a number of photos:
Core Skills Resources
You can learn practically anything from these Microsoft-produced tutorials:
Online Microsoft Training
These training tutorials cover Word, Powerpoint, Excel and other Microsoft applications. Verdict: Very, very useful.
Avoid "Death By Powerpoint"
Use this file to create an "Interactive About Me" Powerpoint presentation. The links allow you to move back and forth using "hyperlinks":
Open or download the Powerpoint file template.
Use this template to create an interactive Powerpoint presentation:
Evaluating Websites (1)
Use this file to evaluate websites that support your identified lesson:
How To Evaluate Websites (2)
This is a useful resource for evaluating websites:
Feel free to use and adapt this newsletter template, designed for a unit of instruction. Notice that you can edit many features by copying, pasting, and editing. Also, you can select "objects" and use the CTRL key and the up, down, left, and right keyboard arrow keys to "move" the object exactly where you like.
This template is a sample "active worksheet". An active worksheet is a powerful tool for incorporating technology. In this example, website credibility is addressed. Students access websites easily and type their answers on the sheet. This is a very highly recommended technique that can be applied for any type of curriculum .
An Excel gradesheet template, this file includes a checklist:
An Audio/Visual Example: Zoo Animals
This web page is a simple example of interactive reinforcement of the names of 6 zoo animals using clickable audio:
Sample Multimedia Powerpoint (with clickable audio)
Powerpoint: Interactive Audio
Identical Sample Multimedia Powerpoint (with clickable audio) Using PPS
Sample Powerpoint: Maps/Legends (use of simple effects)
Sample Powerpoint: The "ULM interactive learning model". (use of motion).
Stirring And Evocative: Accessing A Challenging Resource
Just providing a link can open minds to new perspectives and challenges. For example, if you are a high school teacher and the topic of Martin Luther King comes up, you could ask students to access a famous letter that Dr. King wrote from a Birmingham jail. Simply directing students to the online resource could provide an instructive and uplifting opportunity to feel and understand history from a different viewpoint. Here is a link to the famous letter that is considered by many as a beautifully written treatise on justice: http://www.uscrossier.org/pullias/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/king.pdf
I was absent or unavailable. What should I do?
Is there a special preference for sending you email?
What should I do if I miss a deadline for handing in an assignment?
Do I really need to purchase LiveText?
Is a LiveText account absolutely required?
How do I "download" a file?
How do I get my ULM email account?
Is attendance important?
Do I need to purchase a "USB storage device"?
What happens if I lose all of my work?
Can I copy and modify files from this website in any way I like for my own use?
How do "bytes" represent data?
Is there a great book to help me when I teach my own classes?
Is there a wonderful and free resource that I should consider reading?
If you use Windows, please use the free WinSCP application for transfer of files between your computer and your online account. Directly below is a link to the "portable version" of WinSCP that is part of a "kit" of free "portable applications". If you use Windows, this "portable publishing kit" contains "portable" applications that can run off your USB flash drive as a complete digital publishing kit. Download and "unzip" this 34.7 megabyte file containing a kit of free portable applications by clicking HERE. A "portable" application can run on Windows without installation. The kit includes a number of free software applications. Will this software work on a Mac? No. However, there are alternatives.
If you use a Mac, consider using "Filezilla" as a free "FTP" application.
(A "bin" is another name for the word "container". In this example, we'll use this "bin" subfolder to store files like documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and other "non-HTML" files.)
Use this subfolder for storing images like .gif, .jpg, or .png files. (In this example, however, we won't need to use this subfolder.)
Use this subfolder for storing audio files; these are .mp3 audio files. (In this example, we won't need to use this subfolder.)
|Your Login||This is your ULM username or login. (This is what you use to access your myULM account.)|
|The "URL" or
|As you can see, the "URL" or Internet address
includes your login,
you created for the course and another folder called "bin"
as a storage folder for non-HTML files like documents,
presentations, spreadsheets and other types of
files) using the exact
names of the files. After you upload a file like "proposal.doc" to
your ULM website, you can actively link to the online
file from a document or presentation,
Q. Can I put any files I want on my ULM website account?
A. Technically, yes. Always use your website account responsibly, according to stated ULM policies.
Q. Is a "URL" or Internet address "case sensitive"?
A. Yes. If you type INDEX.HTML instead of index.html, for example, the link WON'T work. Tip: It's a very good idea to only use lowercase letters for your filenames until you become proficient with HTML.
Q. If I include www in the URL or Internet address, will the link to my file work?
A. Yes. On the ULM website, "www" is optional; you may safely not use it.
Q. If I put my files online on my ULM student website account, can I say that this is a "website"?
A. Not really. It just means that you have online files that you can access from your online account. A website requires creating and editing HTML pages, or webpages, that link to each other.
Q. I'm interested in making my own website. Is it hard to do?
A. No, it's not hard. But, it's not easy, either. It does require that you use some free software, or edit a "template", and then upload linked files, to your ULM website account. The most common HTML file to edit is index.html
Q. What do I need to know to use an "FTP application" to upload a file to my personal ULM personal website account?
A. If you have already installed an "FTP application", you need only three things to upload files to your personal ULM website student account:
1. The "server name" or "host name" for ULM student accounts is on a "server" or "host" called warhawks.ulm.edu
2. Your ULM email login. Your login is what you type before the "@" symbol: email@example.com
3. Your ULM email password. This is the password you use for your myULM account and other ULM online services.
4. The "FTP Port Setting" Use 5530 as the "FTP Port Setting".
If you have this information, you can use any FTP application that works on your computer. It really does not matter which FTP application you use.
Q. Should I be careful how I name files before I upload?
A. Yes. Naming files that go online requires special attention; nearly all unexpected errors can be avoided by going over these guidelines for naming online files. You can save hours of frustration by naming your files properly. Why? Every Internet address depends on the exact text of file names. Unless you name your online files properly, the links won't work.
Your Files Online: Your Files & Your Links
Use your ULM personal website account to "upload" your own files inside of the public_html folder of your ULM personal online account. When you do that, the files will be on the Internet. But, YOU need to create the Internet address for each of your online files. This is explained below:
Please study the pattern above; this will save you a good deal of time and effort later. The pattern does not change. Just replace yourlogin with your own personal login, the same login that you use for your ULM email account.
An Example, Part 1: Getting Ready To "Upload" Your File To Your ULM Website Account
In this example, let's "upload" or "copy" a file from your computer to your personal ULM online website account using an FTP application. Let's say you want to put a document file online. Let's say that the document name is about-me.docx
Just follow these steps:
A. In this case, the folder you will create is called 4567. (Of course, this folder name is just an example. In your course, the folder name is named after the course number.)
Q. Do I create the 4567 folder inside of the public_html folder of my website account?
A. Yes. This is very important. You need to open the public_html folder of your website account first.
Q. Then, I create a folder called bin inside of the 4567 folder. Right?
A. Right! This is the folder structure:
Q. What type of file can I "upload" to the bin folder?
A. The bin folder is a convenient place to store many types of non-HTML files. The word "bin" is just another word for "container". You can store a variety of files in this folder like Powerpoint presentations, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and other types of files.
Q. Can I upload as many files as I want to my ULM student website?
A. Technically, yes. But, please avoid uploading large mp4 video files because video files can consume a great deal of storage. There is a limit on file storage and it is possible to exceed your quota if you store many video files on your ULM website account. Still, the storage space is quite large. To avoid any chance of exceeding your quota, please store all of your mp4 video files on your free screencast.com account. Here is an active link to an online Powerpoint file that includes visual directions for uploading your own mp4 video files on the Internet using your own free account on "screencast.com". The tutorial was used in a state-wide educational video contest; please ignore the references to the video contest and just focus on how to create your own free "screencast.com" account that you can use to upload your own "mp4" video files (created with Snagit!). So, upload your video files to your free screencast.com account; your video file will be available to view on the Internet using a URL provided by screencast.com.
Q.So, is it possible to exceed my quota?
A. It is EXTREMELY UNLIKELY that you can exceed your quota if you upload your video files to your screencast.com account. Always upload your video files to your free screencast.com account. Then, just use a URL link to your online video file or files. Links use nearly no storage space!
An Example, Part 2: Naming The File You Want To Upload
Make sure that you name your file without special characters or spaces. Use lowercase letters, numbers and the hyphen character. Don't include punctuation characters. There should only be one period in a file name.
Why? Don't use uppercase letters in a file name until you get proficient with HTML.
NO: my introduction.docx
Why? Don't use spaces in your file names. Instead, use a hyphen (-) character.
Why? Don't use special characters. The apostrophe (') and the exclamation point (!) are special characters. All punctuation characters are special characters.
Why? Don't use an extra period in a file name. Also, never use punctuation or other special characters (,:?!@#$%^&*()+).
An Example, Part 3: A File Called "introduction.docx"
Another Example, Part 3: A File Called "proposal.docx"
Q. OK. I have uploaded two files to my ULM website account using a free FTP application. One file is called "introduction.docx" and the other file is called "proposal.docx". They are both located in a "bin" folder. The bin folder is inside of a folder called "4567" (for a course called EDIT 4567; of course change this for your needs). How do I access the files?
A. You can access your online files by using these URLs or Internet addresses. Notice the structure of the "URL" or "Internet address" for each file:
So, as you can see, the "URL" or Internet address includes your login, the folder you created for the course (in this case EDIT 4567), a "subfolder" called "bin" as a storage folder , and the exact names of the files (introduction.docx and proposal.docx).
Q. Let me get this straight. In this example, I would "upload" introduction.docx and proposal.docx into a subfolder called bin. That bin subfolder in inside of a folder called 4567. Finally, everything is inside of the public_html folder. Right?
A. Right! You got it! You use an "FTP" application to "upload" or copy files from your computer to your online account.
Q. What is the connection between "uploading" and getting my file(s) on the Internet?
A. Any file that you upload inside of the public_html folder is on the Internet.
Q. So, any file that I upload inside of the public_html can be viewed on the Internet using a URL or Internet address?
A. Yes. That's right. That's how it works. Anything inside of your public_html folder is shared on the Internet... with everyone else.
Q. Why is uploading files to my ULM student website account useful?
A. When you upload a file to your ULM website, you can actively link to your online file from any email message, forum posting, Twitter "tweet", document, presentation, spreadsheet, blog, wiki, and more... In other words, with an active link, anyone can click to view your file, directly from your website account. Here's how to link directly to an online file from your document or presentation.
Q. Is a "URL" or Internet address "case sensitive"?
A. Yes. If you type Proposal.docx instead of proposal.docx in the "URL" or Internet address, for example, the link won't work. The text that you type for a URL must be exact. So, don't use capital letters for file names until you know how to use HTML very well. Not naming a file properly is one of the main reasons people have trouble with uploading files.
Q. If I include "www" in the URL or Internet address, will the link to my file work?
A. Yes... but you don't need to include "www." in a URL or Internet address. The link (in almost every case) will work without the "www" in the Internet address.
Q. Again, how do I "upload" files to my ULM account"?
A. Again, if you use a PC, the free WinSCP "FTP" application is easy to use. If you use a Mac, you might want to use the free "Filezilla" application. You can use any FTP application you like with these three things: the server or host name (warhawks.ulm.edu), your login (your own login for ULM email), and your password (your own password for your myULM) account.
Q. Am I responsible for the content I upload to my ULM website account?
A. Yes. Remember to always use your website account responsibly, according to stated ULM policies.
Advanced: Editing HTML With "Kompozer", A Free HTML Editor
Using the free "Kompozer" HTML editor, you can edit a file called index.html that allows you to create a webpage that can link directly to your files. Kompozer runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Here's a detailed visual tutorial: http://ulm.edu/~beutner/k2/
Advanced: Creating Visual Links To Your Files
With the free "Kompozer" HTML editor, edit the template file called index.html that allows you to create a webpage that can link directly to your online files by actively linking "captured" images of your files... to open the same files. It's easier to do than to explain! This is required in Instructional Technology graduate program courses.. You can edit the index.html HTML file and link directly to the files located in the "bin" folder. [Note, there is newer content. This is provided for reference only.]
Q. How do I access the free webpage template?
A. Here it is: http://ulm.edu/~beutner/2011/Student-Website-Skeleton-01.zip
After you "download" the file and save it to your computer, you will need to "unzip" this "zip file". [Note, there is newer content. This is provided for reference only.]
Q. How do I edit the free "template"?
A. After you view the template, it will be apparent that you can make a webpage that links to your own files using links from your own "captured images": http://ulm.edu/~beutner/tut/Kompozer-Editing/
Q. Is it possible to create a linked list of resources?
A. Yes! Here's an example of a single page of links to online resources: http://ulm.edu/~beutner/research/research.html
Q. If I need help, what should I do?
A. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number. Or, call (318) 342-3142 during office hours and leave your phone number twice.)
Q. Is there an example of how the Internet addresses of "project files" for a class project would look?
A. Yes. Here's a visual example of a files related to a class project. The links do not work; you would need to upload the files to your online account and replace yourlogin with your own login. Replace "4567" with the name of a different online folder name, depending on the course you are taking.
Review: How To Access An Online File With A "URL" Or "Internet Address":
Review: The "URL" (or Internet address) includes your own login, the folder you created for the course (in this example, "4567"), a "subfolder" called "bin" as a storage folder, and the exact names of the files (introduction.docx and proposal.docx).
Q. Does the text for the Internet address ("URL") have to be exact?
A. Yes. The URL text has to be exact. Otherwise, the link will NOT work.
Q. Is the file name an essential part of the Internet address ("URL")?
A. Yes. The file name, in part, makes up the URL. If a file name is not named properly, unexpected errors may occur.
Q. Are errors caused by not naming files properly?
A. Yes. Here is a guide for avoiding common errors in naming files.
Q. So, if I want others to access one of my online files, I need to provide a URL or Internet address. Right?
Q. Is there a unique URL for every single file on the Internet?
A. Yes! To access any online file, you need to use a unique Internet address or URL. Every URL is unique.
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BASIC GUIDELINES: How Do I Get My File(s) On The Internet?
Please read carefully in order to understand the basic concepts of HTML files or "webpages".