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Mahara 1.4 Cookbook

Book Description

Over 50 recipes for using Mahara for training, personal, or educational purposes

  • Discover the flexibility of the Mahara system for portfolio use and web page development

  • Filled with tips and techniques for varied uses of features including HTML blocks, Journals, and Collections

  • Learn how to leverage the social networking components and groups features to build collaborative communities

  • Part of Packt's Cookbook series: Each recipe is a carefully organized sequence of instructions to complete the task as efficiently as possible

  • In Detail

    Mahara is an e-portfolio system that allows you to build dynamic and engaging portfolios in no time. Use Mahara when applying for jobs, creating portfolios for certification and accreditation, for classroom projects, book reviews, to create your own social network and much more. This book will show you the many different ways in which you can use Mahara, and how to exploit the various components of Mahara.

    The Mahara 1.4 Cookbook will introduce you to features you probably have not explored, and show you how to use them in ways you probably had not considered. The book also provides guidance in the use of Gimp, Picasa, Audacity, Word and other programs that can be used to create artifacts. It will provide you with techniques for creating everything from dynamic and engaging web pages to complete projects, interactive groups, educational templates, and professional resume packages.

    By exploring the recipes in this book, you will learn how to use each of the various blocks and content areas including the resume sections, Journals, and plans. You will learn how to archive a portfolio, and set access levels. We will build an art gallery, a newspaper, use groups for collaboration and assessment, and use the Collections feature to build complex layered portfolios. You will also find recipes for building templates for standards-based report cards and teacher certification. The book is packed with ideas from the simple to the extremely advanced, but each idea is supported with step-by-step instructions that will make all of them seem easy.

    From promotion and tenure packages, to photo galleries, to project templates; learn to use Mahara in ways you've never dreamed of

    Table of Contents

    1. Mahara 1.4 Cookbook
      1. Mahara 1.4 Cookbook
      2. Credits
      3. About the Author
      4. Acknowledgement
      5. About the Reviewers
      6. www.PacktPub.com
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
          1. Why Subscribe?
          2. Free Access for Packt account holders
      7. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Downloading the example code
          2. Errata
          3. Piracy
          4. Questions
      8. 1. Mahara for the Visual Arts
        1. Introduction
        2. Uploading and sharing a single image
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        3. Protecting your opus
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Adding copyright to the image description
        4. Making a photo journal using Picasa
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Giving visitors more access to the photo
            2. Adding a Picasa slideshow, or an entire album, to a journal entry
            3. Using images you have stored in Mahara (rather than Picasa)
          5. See also…
        5. Journaling a project from start to finish
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. Subscriptions to your journal
        6. See also
        7. Building a simple gallery
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
            1. Adding titles and captions
            2. Lining up the images more precisely
            3. Using the image gallery block
          4. See also…
        8. Using the Collections feature to create a gallery with an audio-guided tour
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Creating frames
            2. Adding a splash page
          5. See also
      9. 2. Literature and Writing
        1. Introduction
        2. Uploading a group of documents, and sharing them using the Secret URL
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more…
            1. Adding a Creative Commons License
            2. How to edit a filename after upload
          5. See also
        3. A "Thought a Day" journal
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
          3. There's more...
            1. Adding an image banner to your page
          4. See also
        4. A page of writing samples
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. Getting ready
          4. How to do it...
          5. There's more…
            1. Using the Some HTML block to create your Page (creating an artifact of your poem)
          6. See also
        5. A poetry chapbook
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Using page corner links for navigation instead of the tabs
            2. Another option: Adding the Title Page to the Collection
          5. See also
        6. Thesis/research planning
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Adding the plan to your dashboard
            2. Sharing the plan with an advisor:
            3. Submitting a Page to a group or to a specific individual in a group:
          5. See also
        7. Language acquisition journal
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
            1. Settings in Audacity that can affect file size
          4. See also
        8. A Daily Gazette (Journalism page)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Adding an image banner to your page
            2. Adding an image to your stories (journal posts)
          5. See also
      10. 3. The Professional Portfolio
        1. Introduction
        2. Adding content to Résumé
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Goals, Skills, and Interests
          5. See also
        3. A simple curriculum vitae
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Elaborating on your interests
        4. The cover letter
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Adding a link to an external website
            2. Adding a link to a document in your portfolio
            3. Inserting an image
          5. See also
        5. References and recommendations
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        6. The complete package: Cover letter, resume, and letters of reference
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Creating another package for a different employer
            2. Setting access levels for multiple collections
          5. See also
        7. Complex resume: the professional portfolio
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See Also
        8. The promotion and tenure portfolio
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
          3. There's more...
            1. Adding navigation to the Teaching, Service, and Scholarship collections
            2. Using the Journals feature for storing and adding text to a page
            3. Using a Résumé field to store your personal statement
            4. Saving your Word documents as HTML and displaying them in a page instead of using a textbox
          4. See also
      11. 4. Working with Groups
        1. Introduction
        2. Creating a group and adding members
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
          3. There's more...
            1. Adding members from their profile page: Controlled and Invite Only membership
            2. Changing roles
          4. See also
        3. Creating an interactive homepage for a course group
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        4. Creating a web page that features student projects
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it....
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Providing family-only access
          5. See also
        5. Creating templates
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
          3. There's more...
            1. How students submit a page to a course group
          4. See also
        6. Creating a group newspaper using newsfeeds from student journals
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Creating a multiple-paged paper
            2. Adding a YouTube video
          5. See also
      12. 5. The Primary Education Portfolio
        1. Introduction
        2. Submitting and locking pages
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
          3. There's more...
            1. Managing classroom journaling
            2. Using a locked page to follow progress on a research project
          4. See also
        3. Using a student journal to help students learn how to write a research paper
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Getting and embedding images from the Web
            2. Writing the first draft from the notes by using a page to rearrange paragraphs
          5. See also
        4. Progress reports and the transference of artifacts
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        5. A simple template for very young students
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        6. Creating and using a simple template
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Adding a Navigation block for links to other pages in the student's portfolio
          5. See also
        7. A student portfolio of the primary education years
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Adding a slideshow to the homepage
            2. Adding pages to the collection
          5. See also
        8. A reading list (book reports)
          1. How to do it...
          2. How it works...
          3. There's more...
            1. Adding the list to your dashboard
            2. Sharing the list with others
        9. Using slideshow to create a book
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Adding images to the slideshow
          5. See also…
        10. International project
          1. How to do it...
          2. See also
        11. Creating a classroom page to share with families
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
      13. 6. The Social Portfolio
        1. Introduction
        2. Setting a theme and a layout for your profile page
          1. How to do it...
        3. Posting comments to a Wall
          1. How to do it...
            1. How it works...
          2. Using the journal feature for your Wall
            1. Getting ready
            2. How to do it...
            3. How it works...
            4. There's more...
              1. Allowing others to subscribe to your journal
            5. See also
          3. Adding a counter
            1. Getting ready
            2. How to do it...
            3. How it works...
            4. There's more...
              1. Another option (statcounter.com)
          4. Adding a feed from Twitter
            1. Getting ready
            2. How to do it...
            3. How it works...
            4. There's more…
            5. See Also…
          5. Sending feeds to Twitter and/or Facebook
            1. Getting ready
            2. How to do it...
            3. How it works...
            4. There's more...
              1. Adding hashtags and filtering
            5. See Also…
          6. Adding your external blog to your profile page
            1. How to do it...
            2. How it works...
            3. There's more...
              1. Other RSS feeds
            4. See also
      14. 7. The College Application Portfolio
        1. Introduction
        2. The Art Portfolio and The Common Application: Art Supplement
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Exporting the portfolio
            2. Using video and audio (for Music, Theatre, Film, and Dance)
            3. Making each item in the list a link
          5. See also
        3. Using HTML to create your unofficial transcript
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. There's more...
            1. Adding additional rows and/or columns
          4. See also
        4. Creating an academic achievements page
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        5. The Common Application: Extracurricular Activities & Work Experience portion
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Using a journal posting for the Short Answer section
          5. See also
        6. The Athletic Supplement
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. See also
      15. 8. Certification and Accreditation Portfolio for Higher Education
        1. Introduction
        2. Building the ECIS International Teacher portfolio
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. The final portfolio, a collection that contains collections for each standard
            2. The final portfolio: one collection containing individual pages
          5. See also
        3. Templates for meeting teacher certification standards
        4. Getting ready
        5. How to do it...
          1. How it works...
          2. There's more...
            1. Using journal posts to share artifacts and reflections
            2. See also
          3. Creating a portfolio access page for outside reviewers
            1. Getting ready
            2. How to do it...
            3. How it works...
            4. See also
          4. Archiving portfolios
            1. How to do it...
              1. How it works...
              2. There's more...
              3. Access to an archived portfolio from a website
              4. See also