Work Sample II

Work Sample II

Rename the page title above using the content and grade level of your work sample unit. Your name, Willamette University MAT 2010, and any intro text can go here.

Formatting hints and tips for creating your Worksample Folio. Make sure you delete this text before submission : )</b>

Submitting work
Log in
Click on your cohort
You will see a list of classes on the left, click on the course you need to submit to
At the bottom of the screen click on attachments
From the left side of the screen browse for your paper and add file. Then on the right side of the screen, Save and Close
At the top right click on Submit
Your paper has not been submitted until you get a confirmation pop up window with a date and time stamp

To review status of your submission and to check results once the paper is evaluated click on the Scores/Results tab in the top right.

Flash demo on submitting work:

To view the rubric prior to submission:
Click on the course
Click on Evaluation Method from the middle from the middle of the screen –then find the link within that text that says “view rubric:.


Top menu bar, click on Folios & Webpages
In the box for New Folio or WebPage Name: (type in a title)
Click on continue
Select Template category: Custom Templates → Better WS Template
Click on continue
Your choice of layout and theme → save changes
In the top right, click on Edit Content
(this is the area where you will assemble your worksample)
In the top left, click on WebView
(this is the view evaluators will have after you publish your worksample)

Modifying the Template
A template has been provided: Better WS Template.

It contains 4 “areas”. Each area is listed in the left navigation. The areas listed can be renamed by clicking on the area and then the “rename” button.

Within each area you have a couple options for adding additional content.
1)Sue has provided “sections” by using the section button in the bottom right corner of the screen. These sections will not appear in the left navigation in the web view.
2)Another option is to click on an existing area, like “Overview of the Work Sample”. Then click on Add Area. Choose “add as a link from Overview of the Worksample”. This is a way to add additional content and have it accessible directly from the left navigation area.

Add additional areas to those already provided (Overview of the Worksample, Content of the Worksample, Assessment) using the same instructions listed directly above, but choose to link from the main area “Better WS Template”.

Character limits
18000 characters → 1st enter text using the “Text and Image” button to get the first 9000 characters in. 2nd enter text using the “Main Text” button. There will be extra space between the 2 sections, but there won’t be unnecessary indents. (9000 characters is approximately 2 pages of single spaced 12 point Times New Roman text)
-- Options: 1) Break up your document into parts approximately 4 pages (or less) in length → create an “Area” in Taskstream for each of these parts. Then use the directions above to enter the 18000 characters. 2) Once you have added the first 18000 characters, continue your text by adding “sections” (bottom right corner). You will have to title the section. I just used “-“ for least visual interference. Or you can title the section if makes sense with what you are producing.
3) Don’t add any text to the “area”, only use sections for all text to avoid the difference in indents from text in “area” to text in “section”. Use the same instructions as seen above to get 18000 characters.

Use Safari to see the toolbar
Use HTML for formatting if you can’t see the toolbar.
1st & third angle bracket <
2nd & fourth angle bracket >
BOLD : (written as) angle bracket b angle bracket text angle bracket/b angle bracket
italics : (written as) angle bracket i angle bracket text angle bracket/i angle bracket
underline : (written as) angle bracket u angle bracket text angle bracket/u angle bracket

Copy footnotes and paste in the Textboxes. They usually are not pulled as you copy entire pages from your word documents.

Text & Image
Enter text directly into the Intro Text field
You can choose to upload your own image file in either a .gif or .jpg format
Images must be less than 512KB in size
(you can easily reduce the size of a jpg file by saving at a lower image quality)

From Taskstream help screens:
* When using a scanner, the scanning resolution determines the size of the scanned image. Use a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi) to get a life-size image when displayed on the screens of most computers. Since computer screens display only about 72 pixels per inch, using a resolution higher than this will make your file size unnecessarily large.
* Use digital imaging software to crop unnecessary parts of the image. Note: Cropping the image in PowerPoint will not reduce the file size.
* Use .gif format when you do not need a lot of colors. For example, simple line drawings, shapes, and small icons work well in this format. You can optimize .gif images by reducing the number of colors. The fewer colors you use, the smaller the file size will be. Start with 256 colors, and reduce the number of colors until just before you notice a difference in the image. Note: Save your original images separately.
* Use .jpg format, when you are working with photographs. You can optimize .jpg images by using a lower quality choice when prompted. The default save for a .jpg in most programs will be set to 10, the highest quality. You can try reducing it to a smaller number, depending on the necessity of a sharp image for your project. The lower the quality, the smaller the file size will be. Start with the maximum quality and reduce the image quality until just before you notice a difference in the image. Note: Save your original images separately!
* Reduce image size using a graphics-editing program (such as Adobe Photoshop, or Microsoft Photo Editor). The smaller the dimensions of the image, the smaller the file size will be.
* Since computer screens display only about 72 pixels per inch, using a resolution higher than this will make your file size unnecessarily large.

Images 2MB or less in size can be uploaded to the slideshow
Images greater than 512K in size will automatically be compressed. If the images cannot be successfully compressed to less than 512K in size, you will not be able to upload the image without first optimizing it using a digital graphics program

If you have a single or multi-page PDF, there shouldn’t be any compatibility issues, my suggestion would be to go ahead and add your PDF files as an attachment. (example: class handouts)

Use the Attachments button to add power point presentations.
* When you resize the image in a program such as PowerPoint, you are only making the picture appear smaller on the screen - the actual file size of the image has not been reduced at all.
* Graphics in PowerPoint - Individual images should be no larger than 200kb whenever possible. Maximum size of all the images in the presentation should be no more than 4mb whenever possible
* Include a blank slide at the beginning of the presentation. It would seem as though adding a blank slide at the beginning of a presentation would increase file size; however, the opposite is true. The blank slide serves as the preview image -- the image PowerPoint displays when you select a file in the Open dialog box. Since a blank slide is far less complex than the real first slide, the preview image is much smaller, thereby reducing the size of the presentation file.
* If you open and save a PowerPoint presentation without making any changes, the file size may increase. Repeating this process will result in file size increases up to 300% of the original file. To fix this problem: From the Tools menu, click Options, on the Save tab, click to clear the Allow Fast Saves check box, click OK, and save your presentation.


Click the Links button to access a form for linking other web pages to your folio or web page. You can also use this form to link to external web sites and/or to existing pages/sections within your work.
If you wish to link to an existing page/section within your current work, select the section from the Link to existing page pull-down menu.

Click the Videos button to upload videos to your folio or web page. You will be able to upload videos up to 100MB in size.
Note: You can upload any type of video file format from the Video tab.

Attach Standards to Files/Links

To attach standards to an artifact you are adding to your folio or web page, first select the checkbox next to “Attach standards to this file” located. Click the Add File button.

To attach standards to a file/link at a later time, click the Standards button to begin selecting standards.

In each case, the Standards Wizard home page will open allowing you to start the standards selection process. You can select a set of standards from the appropriate pull-down menu and click the Go button, or click the links at the top of the Standards Wizard to view State, USA/National or International Standards.
Note: For more information on using the Standards Wizard, see the Standards Wizard section of the Help Area.

Publish your Worksample
Click on the Worksample Folio.
Click on the Publish/Share tab
Click on Publish
Customize the webaddress of your worksample if you like
My suggestion would be to create a Password.
Click on Publish (You can unpublish at any time.)
From the Publish/Share tab, you can locate the URL for your Worksample Folio.
Use this URL as a link for your Worksample Submission in Taskstream. Remember to include the password in the comments section. You can send this link to anyone you would like to share your worksample with.  


You are required to use the Pack-it-Up feature 3 times during the program. The School of Ed will provide the CD’s needed for this requirement. You are allowed to use the Pack-it-Up feature 5 times per subscription.
#1) Practicum Worksample – turn in the CD along with your Pre & Post assessment document
#2) Student Teaching Worksample -
#3) DRF Program work (all work submitted on Taskstream)

From Taskstream help screens:
The Pack-It-Up area enables you to create packages of TaskStream work that can be downloaded to and viewed on your computer. Viewing work in a package does not require you to be logged into TaskStream.

Packages are created in a compressed format: .zip for PC users, and .sit for MAC users. When your package request has been completed, you will receive an e-mail notification with instructions on how to access the package. You can transfer or back up your package as you would any other file.

Note: It may take up to 2 hours to process your package request.

Before proceeding, there are certain things to keep in mind:

Each package will be available for 30 days. After that point, you will no longer be able to download the package.
It is not possible to add the downloaded work back into TaskStream or edit work on your computer once it is downloaded.
Pack-It-Up will not delete the selected work from TaskStream.
Pack-It-Up will create a copy of your selected TaskStream work and convert it to an html format. Any file attachments will remain in the file format in which they were created. These files are then compressed in a .ZIP or .SIT format.
Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000 users will need a decompression utility such as WinZip. Macintosh users may need StuffIt.

To begin the process, click the Create a New Package button. You will see a categorical list of your TaskStream work.

Click a category to view all titles within it. To choose the file you wish to save, click the checkbox that appears to the left of its title.

Note: You can select to include more than one piece of TaskStream work in your package.

When you have selected all the work you want to save offline, click the Save & Continue button to continue.

View/Confirm Selections
You will now see a list of items you have selected.

To remove an item from this list, click the Remove button to the right of the file you want to remove.

To select more work to download, click the Add More Selections button. You will then return to step 1 to add new selections to your list.

When you are satisfied with your selections, click the Save & Continue button to continue.

Set Options
In Step 3 you will set the options for your package.

Choose the file format for your package that complies with the type of computer you will use to download. If you are a PC user, choose the .ZIP option. If you are a MAC user, choose the .SIT option.

Choose the method in which you would like to be notified when your Pack-It-Up file is ready. You can choose to receive your notification through the TaskStream Message Center or through an external e-mail address. If you choose the external e-mail option, you must supply a valid e-mail address.

Click the Finish button to proceed.

Receive Notification
Once Pack-It-Up has completed the creation of the package, you will receive a notification e-mail in the address you specified in Step 3: Pack-It-Up Options. The e-mail message will direct you to go to the Pack-It-Up area of Resources to download your package.

Download Your Package
Once you have received the notification that your package is ready, you may download the package from the Pack-It-Up area.

Access the Pack-It-Up home page and click the Download button next to the package. Notice that once the status column contains the word “Available”, the download button becomes active.

Once you click the download button, a pop-up window will likely appear containing downloading prompts. You have the option to save the file to your machine, open the file from its current location, or cancel the download. Choose Save if prompted to do so.

Note: Depending on your browser, platform, and operating system, you may or may not see a pop-up window with downloading prompts. Your machine may download the file to a predetermined location without any prompting

Feel free to look through a folio at :
Password: worksample1
Just some examples of what text looks like in Taskstream.
Adaptations: I indicated where the “Text & Image” and the “Main Text” sections start, so you can get an idea of how much content you can add and not interrupt the visual flow.
Technology: You can see the how the text changes from the text boxes to the use of sections.
Rationale: This is only using sections and not using “Text & Image” and the “Main Text” options.
Daily Lesson Plans”  When you click on Daily Lesson Plans in the left navigation, you will also see “supplemental material” appear in the left navigation. If you click on “supplemental material” it will take the viewer to a new area/page. This was accomplished by adding an area and linking to Daily Lesson Plans, rather than the folio title “Introduction to Law”.
Author: Casey Staack
Last modified: 4/19/2011 11:06 AM (EDT)