First-Year Writing Program

ePortfolio Resources

Resources for Teaching Digital Literacy

Website Resources:

  • Site Template Examples: https://templated.co/(Even though students aren’t building their own websites from scratch, it can be great to go through site templates like these to have discussions about visual rhetoric / design).
  • Creating Color Themes: https://color.adobe.com/create#(Adobe’s site for choosing color schemes that have a consistent theme/pattern. Excellent introduction to color theory and visual design for students. Tell them they have to choose site colors and fonts based off this!).
  • Pasting Word into HTML: Word to HTML converter (This will help preserve the formatting of a Word document when pasting into a web-platform, like student blogs).
  • Identifying Web Colors: https://www.w3schools.com/colors/colors_picker.asp(This site will help students choose and recognize colors that they choose for their sites, giving them both the RGB and hex values of those colors).

Image Editing:

Video Editing:

Audio Editing

(Much of this courtesy of Dr. Amber Buck’s 512 Computers and Writing class):

Game Design:

  • Twine, a node-based storytelling platform: http://twinery.org/(Twine is an incredible, free, online software that allows students to quickly and easily build ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ style games using hyperlinked text. It can be used to create text-based video games, interactive website components, and even hyperlinked annotated bibliographies!).
  • The Best Twine Tutorial Around: Adam Hammond’s (Amazing) Twine Tutorial(An amazing tutorial on Twine and how to use it).
  • Twine Shortcuts: Twine “Cookbook” (shortcuts for styalistics)(The ‘cookbook’ for Twine if your students want to get fancy and learn the shortcuts for stylistic changes).
  • Twine Hosting: http://philome.la/(This is a site that will host/publish student’s Twine games for free, giving them an independent link to distribute it with. Note: There’s some gray area about ‘publishing’ students projects this way, but my students have used it successfully in the past).

The annotated links for Website Resources, Image Editing, Video Editing, Audio Editing, and Game Design are courtesy of Peter Berge, summer 2019.