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WordPress for Education PPT

  1. 1. WordPress Blogs for Education (Or “How I Learned to Stop Giving Book Homework & Increased Class Interaction”)
  2. 2. COMMENTS & QUESTIONSWrite them down and give them to me afterward. [2]
  3. 3. Why WordPress? HTML Joomla Moodle WPStatic; BIG; FOR education; Simplicity;Unnecessarily Unnecessarily Unnecessarily Acts like a blog,complicated to complicated to complicated to looks like aupdate navigate build professional site 12 3 2 1 (12)We recently switched The Jeonju Hub to WP (from Joomla) for these reasons [3]
  4. 4. Why Make a Class Blog?1. Meet the students where they are (technology) – Technology = a high-interest way to get them to write/communicate – Self-posting encourages self-editing/self-rewriting2. Increase interaction – Quiet kids contribute more (participation grade) – Read, review, respond to classmates (start a discussion) – Students model writing skills (self- /peer-comparison) – Encourage Critical Thinking Skills (read well to respond well)3. Helpful for the teacher – Teachers also model good writing skills (and can post rubrics) – Less loose paper homework, bad handwriting, late papers – Auto archive student work for later review (no papers or folders) – Absent kids have no excuses for no homework – You can schedule homework and assignments4. Mobile (WP supports smart phone use)Reference: http://www.assortedstuff.com/stuff/?p=70 [4]
  5. 5. Class Blogs: 4 Ideas1. Assign Homework as comments on a Post – (Later students comment on previous comments)2. Assign notebook/project homework in greater detail (paperless) – (Post answers in the comments)3. Assign students to write their own Posts to educate their peers4. Flip your classroom! – (Video lectures = hw; workbook problems in class)My former students’ WP sites [5]
  6. 6. WP: What Should You Know?1. Sign-up, Login, Dashboard (overview/stats)2. Appearance & Widgets (sidebar)3. Categories (classes) & Tags (keywords)4. Posts (categories) & Pages (no categories)5. Comments & Akismet (Spam catcher)6. Users & SchedulingDated, but useful tutorial for setting up WordPress [6]
  7. 7. WP 1: Signup, Login, DashboardSign-up Loginwww.wordpress.com yoursite.com/wp-adminMore about using WordPress for Classrooms [7]
  8. 8. WP 2: Appearance & WidgetsLive Preview Changes Click-and-Drag Widgets (42)Find great WordPress themes! [8]
  9. 9. WP 3: Categories & Tags (Posts)Categories = Classes Tags = Search word (keywords)Posts ONLY – this is how you sort and search on your site [9]
  10. 10. WP 4: Posts & PagesPosts PagesKey difference: Posts = archivable (categories & tags), Pages = act like menu items [ 10 ]
  11. 11. WP 5: Comments and AkismetSettings -> Discussion Akismet is built in!Basic recommendation: “Before a comment appears -> Comment author must have a previously approved comment” [ 11 ]
  12. 12. WP 6: Users & SchedulingUsers Schedule PostsRoles: Author = write, publish, delete, media uploads / Contributor = write & edit only, after admin publishing NO edit [ 12 ]
  13. 13. Notable WP Users [ 13 ]
  14. 14. FREE TEMPLATES FOR EDUCATIONWrite them down and give them to me afterward. [ 14 ]
  15. 15. Chalkboard Theme http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/chalkboard/Find more great WordPress themes! [ 15 ]
  16. 16. Runo Lite Theme http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/runo-lite/Find more great WordPress themes! [ 16 ]
  17. 17. Book Lite Theme http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/book-lite/Find more great WordPress themes! [ 17 ]
  18. 18. Academia Theme http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/academica/Find more great WordPress themes! [ 18 ]
  19. 19. Adventure Journal Theme http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/adventure-journal/Find more great WordPress themes! [ 19 ]
  20. 20. THANK YOU!PPT Template: WordPress from Lester Chan [ 20 ]

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