MTB - How to create a Bar or Bat Mitzvah Wiki for Free

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Replace an antiquated system of tape or CD distribution for Bar or Bat Mitzvah students with mp3's and pdf files on a Wiki

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MTB - How to create a Bar or Bat Mitzvah Wiki for Free

  1. 1. BUILD A FREE WEBSITE FOR YOUR B’NEI MITZVAH STUDENTS presented by Erik Contzius Make Tech Better, Inc.
  2. 2. THE PAST
  3. 3. THE TORAH JUST CHANT IT
  4. 4. Long Play Records Groovy
  5. 5. Cassette Tapes Anyone have a pencil?
  6. 6. Compact Discs (or shiny beverage coasters)
  7. 7. THE PRESENT
  8. 8. Compact Discs For those loathe to enter the 21st century
  9. 9. MP3 Audio Brought to you by the Moving Picture Experts Group
  10. 10. THE CHALLENGE
  11. 11. THE CHALLENGE CD’s get lost or broken CD’s aren’t green It’s time consuming to manage & e-mail students MP3’s E-mails get lost, as do MP3’s
  12. 12. THE SOLUTION
  13. 13. THE SOLUTION Dropbox or other “Cloud Storage” Solutions But, those Dropbox links are still e-mailed to students... e-mails which can still be “lost.”
  14. 14. THE BETTER SOLUTION
  15. 15. A WEBSITE
  16. 16. A WEBSITE As long as the internet is up and the website is up, the material is always accessible As a result, no more excuses! No more “lost” recordings A centralized place for all things B’nei Mitzvah related A “Green” solution Set It and Forget It (there’s only one Torah)
  17. 17. WEBSITE FRAMEWORKS
  18. 18. WHAT IS A “FRAMEWORK?” Websites are built on a language: HyperText Markup Language (HTML) Browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) interpret the language into what you see as a “Website” There are many ways to frame the language into something
  19. 19. WHAT IS A “FRAMEWORK?” Hebrew is a language It can be framed in prose, as the Torah It can be framed as commentary, as the Talmud It can be framed in a song or a poem
  20. 20. WHAT IS A “FRAMEWORK?” HTML is a language It can be framed in “prose” as a simple text page It can be framed as a searchable “blog” It can be framed as a “portfolio” of photos and videos It can be framed as a dynamic, searchable database
  21. 21. WHAT IS A “FRAMEWORK?” Prose: Text Page Blog: blogger, WordPress, tumblr Portfolio: flickr, YouTube Searchable Dynamic Database: Wiki
  22. 22. WHAT IS A “WIKI?” From “Wikipedia”: A wiki is usually a web application, which allows people to add, modify, or delete content in a collaboration with others. Text is usually written using a simplified markup language (HTML) or a rich-text editor. While a wiki is a type of content management system, it differs from a blog or most other such systems in that the content is created without any defined owner or leader, and wikis have little implicit structure, allowing structure to emerge according to the needs of the users.
  23. 23. WHAT IS A “WIKI?” Ward Cunningham, the developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as “the simplest online database that could possibly work.” “Wiki” is a Hawaiian word meaning “fast” or “quick.”
  24. 24. WHY USE A WIKI? Super easy to use Many students are familiar with how it works because of the popularity of Wikipedia The framework is free There are hosting services which offer free Wiki space
  25. 25. WHY USE A WIKI? NB: The use of a wiki for our purposes is not how it was originally intended Wiki’s were intended to be shared, crowdsourced information, communally edited for content We will be creating a closed Wiki (only you will be creating and editing content) Its functionality is not predicated on others being members, just others having access
  26. 26. LET’S LOOK AT A FUNCTIONAL WIKI
  27. 27. tinrtorah.wikispaces.com
  28. 28. List all parshiyot per sefer
  29. 29. Open pdf files and audio files from browser or download
  30. 30. LET’S GO LIVE TO THE WIKI AND MAKE ONE OF OUR OWN

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