Setting up G+: TIPS

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As aforementioned, we will be using G+ as a tool in TOK. It’s a great place to have discussion threads, do “hangouts” (video chats) with relevant people outside of our classroom, and post things in an organized, categorized manner.

I made sure with the tech dept. that all of you are able to activate your G+ profile so that you can participate in our community.

Here is what it should look like if you are in the school Gmail. (click to expand)

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It should say +yourname

***Please do not alter your name to something cute like twinkletoes or unicorntears. The Tech Dept. needs you to keep the same name throughout all your Google products.

Next, you need to set up your G+ profile in order for anything to work.

THIS LINK will help, or you can watch this video:

You don’t have to create an elaborate profile, but HERE ARE SOME TIPS if you’d like to be as professional as possible

What about G+ Circles? CLICK HERE FOR MORE

What about G+ Communities? CLICK HERE FOR MORE

***The major step is to join our TOK G+ COMMUNITY at

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/105786270533602884739 (you should see a JOIN tab)

You can always get to your communities by hovering over your G+ name

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Some formatting TIPS for posting to our community:

How to Bold, Strikethrough, and Itallicize

You can TAG with a simple hashtag, like Twitter (e.g. #neuroscience)

You can mention others specifically with their G+ handles (e.g. +amyburvall )

You should organize your post to a specific category (e.g. Digital Artifacts, Photos, Discussion)

Later, we’ll be having fun with Hangouts…like this:

Wrapping Up Your Stop Motion Project

Since this is your first post official post for TOK, I thought it would be helpful to give you some tips and guidelines for posting.

1. Each student should post the project to his or her own blog, even if it is a group project – remember – in the end these blogs are your portfolios.

2. Feel free to tweet out links to projects you feel proud of.

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3. First post your StopMotion to your school YouTube channel (if you would also like to post it to Vimeo that is fine, but use the school YouTube as well). If it is a partner project, it’s ok to have it on just one channel, as you can always get the link and even download it.

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4. Settings: you should use “unlisted” or “public”, but not “private”.

5. Description: you should include a brief description on your video, at least 1 tag, and attribution to any resources or inspiration (in this case, music and the author of your quote).

6. Tagging: suggested YouTube tags for this project would be “quote”, “knowledge”, “philosophy”, “tok”, “IB’, “theory of knowledge”, “education”, “inspiration”, “wisdom”, “stopmotion”, “animation”, “project”, “author-of-your-quote’s-name”. *you do not need to pick all of these but the more the merrier.

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7. Next, create a new post on your individual blog space with the following:

___a title

___the YouTube url to your project (it will automatically embed)

___a brief description of the project (1-2 sentences)

___a brief reflection of the project (1-3 sentences): Why and How you made it the way you did, what challenges you faced and how did you troubleshoot, what you learned from it, what you’d do differently, what you liked…that sort of thing. ***reflections are really helpful for all parties involved. I frequently use ¬†student suggestions for troubleshooting when I assign the project in the future,

___tags: it’s VERY important you tag each blog post, even with just a few tags. Suggested tags for this project: “unit1”, “stopmotion”, “animation”, “film”, “project”, “quote”, “authorofquotename”

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8. Finally, we’ll have a STOP-MOTION FILM FESTIVAL and enjoy each other’s creations. I plan to archive them all in a YouTube playlist on our TOK YouTube channel

9. They will also be shared in the “Digital Artifact” section of our G+ Community

10. I encourage all of you to comment on as many of your peer’s projects as possible. You can comment on their YouTube channel or to their blog post. Maintain Decorum. Be nice. Be constructive if needed. Ask questions. A HUGE part of navigating in the media landscape in which we exist is “shout-outs”. You would be surprised as to how much sincere compliments and support can bring you opportunities and amazing connections.