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Stepping Outside the Box in Building Business Relationships and Internships

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Stepping Outside the Box in Building Business Relationships and Internships

  1. 1. INSTRUCTIONS: (Please don’t spoil it for others at your table after you solve)Connect all 9 dots using 4 lines.Do NOT lift your pencil off the paper.Do not re-trace any line. You get four chances. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
  2. 2. http://acostainterns.blogspot.com/ Create your own Blog using Blogger/Teacher VersionNote: These are basic instructions to help you set up your blog using Google’s “Blogger.” There are otherblogging tools available, including a few designed specifically for educators. I chose Blogger because it is free,easy to use, and integrates with other Google tools that I also use (Google sites, Gmail, etc.)If you choose to use Blogger, you will need a Gmail account (Google email). Set that up before you begin tocreate your blog. It’s easy: go to www.google.com and click on the link at the top that says Gmail to createyour account.Ready? Just follow these steps to get started! Of course, you can always click on “Help” and follow Google’sexcellent instructions any time you get confused or want more information. You are invited to check out myblog (http://acostainterns.blogspot.com) to see how I managed internships last summer! Have fun!1. Open your browser (I.E., Chrome, or Firefox) and go to http://www.google.comBlogger Teacher Instructions2. Under the address line,select more from the menuand select even more fromthe drop down menu.3. Find Blogger under the Social menu. Click on it. 4. Start creating your Blog account by signing in using your Google account name and password. This will take you to the “Dashboard” which is the command center for your blog. Click on “Create your Blog Now”. 5. Type in the Display name, use your first initial and your last name for this account. Click on the “I accept the Terms of Service” box. Click the continue button.
  3. 3. Create your own Blog using Blogger/Teacher Version6. Name your blog: I suggest using a title that relates to its purpose (you can create severalhttp://acostainterns.blogspot.com/different blogs under your same account). For example, I called my blog “Acosta’s AcademyInterns” and I asked my students to name their blogs using their first/last name followed byAOF Summer Internship. Once I became more comfortable with blogging, I created new blogsunder the same account for use with my classes during the year. These have different titles,but I can manage them under the same“dashboard.”Select a Blog Address. This is going tobe the url for your blog, so keep it simplebut memorable. I suggest trying yourlastname/blog subject. For example, Ihave a class blog in which I posequestions for my students to answer. Theurl is acostacomments.blogspot.com.Click on Check Availability to be sure it’snot in use. If it says it is available, you canproceed. Make a note of this url. 7. Choose a template from the samples provided. You can preview it to see if you like it first. Click on continue.8. Now, your blog is ready to go. Click on Start Blogging.
  4. 4. http://acostainterns.blogspot.com/ Create your own Blog using Blogger/Teacher VersionAdditional suggestions/things to keep in mind:• The Dashboard is the command center for your blog. If you get lost and can’t find your way back to it, click on either New Post or Design in the upper right corner of your blog to get back to the Dashboard. Click on the setting link to access the screen at left. I suggest that you click on and explore each link and tab in this area to become familiar with all the capabilities this blog tool offers!One IMPORTANT decision you must make iswhether you want access to your blog to bePUBLIC (for anybody to see), or if you want tolimit it to groups of students (ex. by class).I chose to invite my interns to my blog, whichrequired me to have their email address. Thiswas easy…I had them all email me and I addedthem to my Google Contacts in Gmail.If you choose to have students create their ownblogs, I recommend that they also keep theirblogs limited to readers they invite (fellow interns, classmates, and YOU!). Once my interns sentme their blog address, I shared these with the group so that they could invite each other easily.
  5. 5. Create your own Blog using Blogger/Student InstructionsNote: There are a variety of blogging tools available, including a few designed specifically for students andteachers. I chose Blogger because it is free, easy to use, and integrates with other Google tools that I also use(Google sites, Gmail, etc.)In order to use Blogger, you will need a Gmail account (Google email). Set that up before you begin to createyour blog. It’s easy: go to www.google.com and click on the link at the top that says Gmail to create youraccount. Then send me an email so that I will have your Gmail address; I need this to invite YOU to be areader on MY blog! My Gmail address is: ____________________________Ready? Just follow these steps to get started! Of course, you can always click on “Help” and follow Google’sexcellent instructions any time you get confused or want more information.1. Open your browser (I.E., Chrome, or Firefox) and go to http://www.google.comBlogger Student Instructions2. Under the address line,select more from the menuand select even more fromthe drop down menu.3. Find Blogger under the Social menu. Click on it. 4. Start creating your Blog account by signing in using your Google account name and password. This will take you to the “Dashboard” which is the command center for your blog. Click on “Create your Blog Now”. 5. Type in the Display name, use your first initial and your last name for this account. Click on the “I accept the Terms of Service” box. Click the continue button.
  6. 6. Create your own Blog using Blogger/Student Instructions6. Name your blog: Since this blog is part of your assignment, please use your Last namefollowed by the word Internship. Once you become more comfortable with blogging, you cancreate new blogs under the same account for different audiences;. These will have differenttitles, but you can manage them under thesame “dashboard.”Select a Blog Address. This is going tobe the url for your blog, so keep it simplebut memorable. Again, I suggest tryingyour lastname/blog subject. Click onCheck Availability to be sure it’s not inuse. If it says it is available, you canproceed. Make a note of this url. 7. Choose a template from the samples provided. You can preview it to see if you like it first. Click on continue.8. Now, your blog is ready to go. Click on Start Blogging.
  7. 7. Create your own Blog using Blogger/Student InstructionsAdditional suggestions/things to keep in mind:• The Dashboard is the command center for your blog. If you get lost and can’t find your way back to it, click on either New Post or Design in the upper right corner of your blog to get back to the Dashboard. Click on the setting link to access the screen at left. I suggest that you click on and explore each link and tab in this area to become familiar with all the capabilities this blog tool offers!One IMPORTANT decision you must make iswhether you want access to your blog to bePUBLIC (for all the world to see), or if you wantto limit it to groups of people you invite.For this assignment, please select “Only thesereaders.” Then INVITE ME, using my Gmailaddress. I will send you a list of classmateGmail addresses so that you can all be readerson each other’s blogs. By the way, now thatyou have a Gmail account, it’s easy to add eachperson to your Google Contacts and then justselect these names to invite them to your blog.
  8. 8. Create your own Blog using Blogger/Student InstructionsSAMPLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR AOF STUDENT INTERNS….9. Your first post can be today, but it MUST be done NO LATER THAN June 14th – that’s the official FirstDay of the summer term! See below for a picture of where to type your posts.Please title your first post “Here I am.” Then reflect on where you are, by telling about yourcircumstances. Either you are: A. All set for your summer, with a job lined up, excited to begin. Tell us where you’ll be working, how you got the job, and how you feel about what’s ahead. OR… B. You’re still looking but committed to finding something that will allow you to be in the Internship program. Tell us how it feels to be in this position, how you got to be in this position (why do you10. Put a picture of yourself believe you have not yet secured an internship), and what your action plan is to make something happen.on your blog. To add theimage, click on the AddImage icon along the toolbar(to the right of the link icon).When the window appears,click on the Browse button,and locate the image (must bein one of the forms listedbelow the browse line). Once your picture is uploaded, just select it, and you will see a menu underneath the image. Choose where you want the picture to appear (Left, Center, or Right). Medium is a good size to use. You can add a caption to the photo if you’d like. Click on the “Preview” button to see how your post will look.11. If you are satisfied, click on Publish Post. You can always go back and change it. 12.. You should now see a message that your blog has been published. Click on View Blog to see the results. 14. To add more to your blog, click on the Sign In button, which will activate your Dashboard.15. Click on the Design tab and click on Add a Gadget either to the left or right of your blog main window.
  9. 9. Create your own Blog using Blogger/Student Instructions16. Add the following gadgets: List, Link List, and Picture Add at least five things you like to do with your spare time: hobbies, books, movies, video games, etc. Add your employer’s website, if there is one, and then add at least four other links to sites you like to visit. Add a picture of you at work, your employer’s company logo or other internship-related image. (Please do not use an image that would violate the Student Code of Conduct or Copyright.) Click on View Blog when done.17. The next step is to invite readers to your blog. Start by clicking on Sign In at the upper right cornerof your screen. This opens your “Dashboard” which is where all the controls and settings are.18. Click on the “Settings” tab on the upper left. Then click on the Permissions link.19. Under the section called “Blog Readers” check off “Only People I Choose.” You will then have theopportunity to invite people using their email address. The first invitation you must include is ME! Myemail address is (insert your email address here) Once I receive your invitation, I will email you a list of theother interns from YOUR school, and you should invite them to read your blog.20. You are now a Blogger! I expect you to post EVERY DAY that you are working! This will set you up tocomplete the daily journal component of your Internship Portfolio. At the end of the internship (you’vereached 150 hours), you can copy your entire posting section into a Word document, clean up theformatting, print it and place it in your portfolio. How cool is that?I will be checking your blog and occasionally commenting. From time to time I will ask you to commenton my posts (I’ll send out a question for everyone), so be sure to read my blog. Once again, my blog address is (insert your blog address here). I will also ask you to comment on your peers’ posts once in a while. If you miss more than a day or two of posting, I will deduct points from your portfolio grade. I’m looking forward to reading all about your summer! Email me if you have questions!

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