ASSIGNMENT: Create your own personal brand logo and mock up headers for Facebook, Youtube and Twitter. Use Adobe Illustrator
REFLECTION: Deciding on what I would like my logo to look like was the first big hurdle in this assignment. I started by first researching images that matched what I wanted to portray and then took to paper and pencil to sketch out what I was thinking. The phrase "Teaching with Emma" was chosen to match up with my work-in-progress web page with the same name.
I am VERY new to Illustrator and found this quite challenging. I'm sure there are a number of keyboard short cuts that I could have used to make this assignment easier. I also found choosing the right font really hard. I have tried a number of different ones but received a number of different comments form it looks unprofessional to it looks like you're not really dedicated. I will be continuing to experiment with the typography.
Would I use this in the classroom? I'm not sure. I like the idea or creating images using Illustrator however I am a Primary school teaching and I mostly works K-4. I feel this may be too advanced.
ASSIGNMENT: Create an ePortfolio using real or imagined content. Explore your options and include your decision making process in your review. Use Spark page, Behance, My Portfolio or any other platform you feel is appropriate for the task.
REFLECTION: There are some amazing Portfolios out there and I had an awesome time looking an the beautiful things people have created. I explored a few different was to display my content however as I am currently using a trial version of Adobe I was not able to publish my portfolio using Adobe Portfolio however I was impressed with the range of options within the application.
Here is a link to my Behance account
I have included the would completed within the Digital Me course as well as a few other small projects I have undertaken with my Children.
Adobe Portfolio was very easy to use and would be a great way for students to display their work.
I also feel that Adobe Spark would be another great option for students with ability to include videos allowing for students to document their process and include the video with their work.
ASSIGNMENT: The final stage of the course you will be creating an Adobe Spark Video offering formative assessment feedback on a student portfolio and a student portfolio assignment (real or imagined).
REFLECTION: I found this task quite tricky. Using Spark to create a video was easy. Choosing a project to provide feedback to was the hard part. I also found that creating criteria for an already existing project was even harder. It went against everything I do as a teacher. We provide students with what we want them to create, not taking something created and making it fit what we need.
I have also never assessed a portfolio or set a portfolio for me students so this was very new for me.
I loved how within Spark video we were able to insert images, text and voice overs to create the feedback. Creating the feedback this way allows verbal feedback to be given to the students at one point and allows them to refer back to the feedback as needed as many times as they may need to.
Spark can be used in so many ways within the Primary school classroom feedback is just another way to add to the growing list.
I have had a lot of fun with this course. Discovering what i would like my own personal branding to be has be and how to present it has been quite enjoyable. I cant wait to continue to explore it.
I love learning new things and taking on the role of the student allows me to sympathise with my students as i am able to relate to what/ how they are feeling. Unfortunately there is not much call for creating profiles or online branding within Primary Schools at the moment however as times progress I can see a greater call for it in upper primary.
I loved using illustrator and will continue to use it within my teaching when creating templates, posters, worksheets and more.
Bring on the next Adobe course!