HOW TO LOGIN
Your portfolio address is comprised of your first name, then the first initial of your last name, followed by psiiportfolio.com. Here is an example if you were Kanye West:
The way you would login to post something (probably every day) is to type into your web browser:
You would then be taken to a page that looks like this:
Your username would be the email address you gave a teacher when your portfolio was set up. And your password will be your own password, also created at the time your portfolio was set up.
HOW TO POST (ADD A LEARNING ARTIFACT)
Once logged in, you will be looking at your dashboard, the control centre for your portfolio site. To post you simply select “Posts” from the left sidebar of the dashboard, and then select “New Post.” it looks like this:
The post can be title whatever Kanye wants to call it, by entering it into the small box at the top that says, “enter title here.” The content of the post is added to the bigger empty white box below. When set on “visual” (see tab in top left above content box), Kanye can simply type text in and what he sees is what he gets (mostly). If he switches to “text,” he will be able to see the html code that creates what will be seen when viewed through a browser. Here, Kanye can customize all kinds of things if he is interested in playing with code.
Once content is entered, it is important to press the “publish” button in the right sidebar. That will save your content. It can be edited at any time.
HOW TO EDIT A POST
At the bottom of the post, on the left hand side, there will be a small “edit” hyperlink. Just click on that and you will be taken to the editable version of the post you are looking at. Alternatively, through your dashboard you can select the post you want to edit by clicking on the “Posts” item on the dashboard’s left sidebar and then selecting the post you want from a list of all your posts.
HOW TO UPLOAD MEDIA
Uploading photos, scanned images, etc is very easy. If you already have something accessible via the internet, you may just want to insert a link to it (see HOW TO LINK TO OUTSIDE STUFF section below); but, if you want it to be right on this website, you can upload it right to your portfolio.
When you are editing your portfolio and you have your dashboard open, look for the add media button. It looks like this:
Simply click the button, and follow the instructions to upload media from wherever you are storing it. When you upload to your page, it is also automatically uploaded to your whole site’s gallery. So, if you need it somewhere else, you don’t have to upload it again; just link it from the gallery image.
HOW TO EMBED ONLINE MEDIA (maps, videos, etc.)
A lot of people get confused between “embedding” and “linking.” Linking is a bit easier (see section below, but sometimes you want the thing you are referencing to be accessible directly on your site, rather than redirecting someone to another place on the internet. If so, embedding is what you need to do. You can embed Youtube, Vine, Twitter, Tumblr, Spotify, Reddit, etc.
Most of the time, you can embed by simply placing the URL (make sure it is not a hyperlink – just plain text) on your page. Youtube provides its own embed code, so they make it even easier. Here is an embedded Youtube video:
HOW TO LINK TO OUTSIDE STUFF (including your own website, other portfolio, etc.)
Adding link to things that are located on other internet sites is easy too. When you are editing on your dashboard view of your site, look for the hyperlink button:
Then highlight the text you want to use for the link (see example in the image above) and click the hyperlink button. You will be guided to add the URL for the site, and then save it. That’s it!
HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN PAGES
Your portfolio right now consists of a blog area (the part that shows up when you open the site, and that you update regularly, putting new content at the top and tagging it) and one page (this one). If you want to add other pages, you can do so by selecting “pages” from the left sidebard in your dashboard, and then pressing the “add new” button.
Then just title it, and press “update” to save it. Now it will appear in your top menu bar (upper right hand corner of any page), and you can put things there that you don’t necessarily want in your main portfolio area. You might even want to create specialized sub-portfolios for specific purposes (job applications, scholarships, etc.)
ADDING “COMPETENCY” AND “OBJECTIVE/CONTEXT” TAGS
Every time you upload an artifact of your learning, you will tag it. Tagging is just a way of adding category labels to your content so you can find it later when sorting by category. The tags make it possible for your teachers to sort assess your learning in each competency and objective/context area.
Competencies are the main organizers of how we address curriculum at PSII. The tables below describe each competency (Table 1) and each Objective/Context (Table 2) in detail. This will help you know how to tag your artifacts. Take some time to read these over; you might be surprised at some of the definitions.
Table 1: Competencies
Table 2: Objective/Contexts