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We invite you to get started using your profile on Youth Voices!
What is a Youth Voices profile?
It can be your personal, online…
locker (where you can put video, audio, images, GIFs, and text that are important to you)
homeroom (where you stay connected with your Youth Voices friends)
home base (where you come back to re-focus)
home page (all of the work you’ve put on Youth Voices and NowComment will be organized here)
fortress of solitude
headquarters (where you can find the resources to answer all of your questions)
room of your own
clean, well-lighted place (where you can explore your own thoughts and writing)
place online like a YouTube channel/Instagram page/Facebook feed (for school, of course)
We want you to set up your Youth Voices profile. We’ll show you the basics, and a few tools, and then you’re on your own! We hope you keep track of your experiences and your learning in the updates on your profile (What’s new… ?), and that you comment and reply to your current friends’ updates — and maybe you will find some new friends here on Youth Voices!
Your goal for this playlist is to complete the three activities in the boxes below. As you finish each of these endeavors, your work will be collected in the timeline of your profile. At a later time, we’ll ask you to bookmark the items in your timeline that are most meaningful to you, and we’ll ask you to reflect on and assess your learning using the Habits of Mind.
[1 of 3] Personalize Your Profile
We invite you to personalize your profile by adding a profile picture and a cover photo, then by writing your first status update. And don’t stop there! Keep adding text, image, video, and GIF updates every day!
What we are inviting you to make:
When you finish this activity, you will have three new updates in your profile on Youth Voices, one for each of these:
2. Click on Login/Register (located on the menu at the top, right next to “Home”)
3. You can log in using the username and password shared by your teacher. Or use the Google button to log in if your teacher has set this up for you.
Note: There are three things that you are making. You’ll leave this page to make each one. You will need to come back to this page to get the instructions for each of the parts.
4. Add or change your profile picture (avatar) so that it represents you. While on the Youth Voices home page, hover your cursor over your wall tab on the main menu in the orange bar at the top. (The tab shows your first name and Wall.) Click Profile Settings. then click the green, square icon to find a page that allows you to edit or upload a profile photo.
5. Use a photo of yourself, your favorite singer/artist, a cartoon character, a video game character, your favorite athlete
6. Change your cover photo (the large picture at the top of your profile). Go to Profile Settings again, and this time, click on the pink icon to find the page that allows you to edit or upload an image for your cover photo.
7. Use a large photo of someone, something or some place that is important to you. Maybe it’s an activity you enjoy or a place that you love… Click here for one place to find one, or here.
8. Go to your wall, and add a status update in the box at the top by answering the question: What’s new, [Your First Name]? Replace the question with your writing.
9. You can say: “Today I am feeling _________ because….” Feel free to add pictures, GIFs, quotes, emojis etc.
10. You can set your status to private by clicking “only me,” but keeping it public is probably okay to do, as well.
When you finish all three parts of this activity, write another status update on your wall where you reflect on how you used these four Habits of Mind to complete this work. How is your work evidence of your ability to use these Habits of Mind?
[2 of 3] Activate Your Digital Journal
We invite you to ignite, inaugurate, establish, and commit to keeping a journal on Youth Voices every day!
What we are inviting you to make:
Write the first entry of a journal that will become your go-to, every day place for reflection, exploration, speculation, risk-taking, drafting and revising.
We are asking you to start writing at least one Doc in Youth Voices every day, to keep a public and private journal. (Keep in mind that teachers can see even your private docs.)
Anybody who visits your profile will be able to click on the Docs tab and see your journal or at least the entries you make public. Each time you save a doc, an update with the title is posted on your profile’s timeline.
At a later time, we will ask you to bookmark the public journal entries that are most meaningful to you and to say why by referring to the Habits of Mind.
Informal writing for yourself, like in a writer’s notebook, with some drafts revised or developed collaboratively
Youth write daily journals where they freewrite, capture first impressions, create first drafts, express their thoughts, speculate about important questions, and more. They also invite peers and teachers to respond to their docs, and they revise and proofread their work here.
All Recent Public Docs
How to do this, step-by-step:
Hover over the tab on the main orange menu (at the top of most pages) that says “[Your Name]’s Wall” and click on the third option in the drop-down menu: Create or Edit a Doc (Writer’s Notebook). But wait! Read all of the steps listed below before you leave this page. Take note of #6 and #9, below to see what you are being asked to write.
Title your Doc: My Profile Pictures.
SAVE your work (It doesn’t save automatically.)
A Youth Voices Doc gets dated automatically, and a message is added to your timeline when you save it.
If you haven’t created your profile picture, please do this now. (See the first activity in this playlist.)
Explain in 3-5 sentences why you chose this picture for your profile.
I chose this image as my avatar because _______________, and I want people online to see me as… I also feel that/like___________________________, so I wanted my profile picture to look….
If you haven’t added a cover image, please do this now. (See the first activity in this playlist.)
Explain in 3-5 sentences why you chose this picture for your cover photo
I chose this image as my cover photo because… This image is important to me because…
Add a tag at the bottom of your document: journal.
Decide who will have access to each of your journal entries. (Keep in mind that teachers can see even your private docs.) If you want a journal doc to be private the settings are like this:
Watch this video for help with how to create a Doc for your Digital Journal
When you finish writing your first journal entry, write a status update where you reflect on how you used these five Habits of Mind to complete this work. How is your work evidence of your ability to use these Habits of Mind?
[3 of 3] Connect with Comments
We invite you to look through the Youth Voices site. There are thousands of posts! Find one that interests you. Read it carefully. Add a comment to the post you read.
Don’t make this a one-off! We hope you do this often, coming back to Youth Voices a couple of times a week to connect with other youth around issues that you care about by leaving them thoughtful comments and replies.
Links to your comments are added to the timeline on your profile. At a later time, we’ll ask you to bookmark the comments that are most meaningful to you and to reflect on and assess this work using the Habits of Mind.
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How to do this, step-by-step:
Search on Youth Voices to find a post that matters to you and your community, then use a guide to help you say what you want to say to the author. Use the magnifying glass in the upper-right corner of the orange top, main menu to search for a post that makes you want to write back to the author.
There are guides for writing a comment linked below.
Think about what you want to say and what effect you want to have on the writer/producer, then choose one of these guides to help you write your comment. You can follow the guide exactly, or you can change it up!
When you finish writing your comment using one of the guides, write a status update where you reflect on how you used these four Habits of Mind to complete this work. How is your work evidence of your ability to use these Habits of Mind?
Bookmark and Reflect on the Habits of Mind You Used While Completing All the Activities in this Playlist.
Go to your the the activity stream on your Youth Voices wall and bookmark one or two of the Habits of Mind reflections that you wrote at the end of each activity. Once bookmarked, add a comment to each earlier update post saying why this was a meaningful experience for you.