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WordPress in School Libraries

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Internet @ Schools West 2010 & Internet Librarian 2010 October 25, 2010, Monterey, CA.
Presented by Buffy J. Hamilton & Polly-Alida Farrington
http://www.pafa.net/ and www.theunquietlibrarian.wikispaces.com

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WordPress in School Libraries

  1. 1. WordPress in Libraries Internet@Schools West Buffy J. Hamilton Polly-Alida Farrington
  2. 2. “…having a web presence, no– that having a really good and really useful web presence–is [no longer] optional. Joyce Valenza, “Things I think teacher librarians should unlearn (20 & counting)”, August 24th, 2010
  3. 3. “The new blog format is much more interactive” Prianka Ghoshal, Westlake High student, Austin Texas http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinavega/3353051874/
  4. 4. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3036/2913018697_ccbb33e993_b.jpg What is WordPress?
  5. 5. Content Management System http://www.flickr.com/photos/atibens/4578260998/
  6. 6. Open Source is Unlocked www.flickr.com/photos/subcircle/500995147/
  7. 7. Open Source is Community www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/170691672
  8. 8. flickr.com/photos/cyberslayer/952121271/ Many Ways to Build a Web Site Why WordPress??
  9. 9. Web Based Admin update from anywhere
  10. 10. Spread the Work Around
  11. 11. Easy to add external content
  12. 12. Creativity & Freedom www.flickr.com/photos/nattu/895220635/
  13. 13. Before WordPress www.flickr.com/photos/24842486@N07/4375175725/
  14. 14. After WordPress www.flickr.com/photos/glaciertim/4380929192/
  15. 15. WordPress in Libraries Examples http://www.flickr.com/photos/dawvon/3414373319/
  16. 16. http://library-online.org.uk/
  17. 17. How do we get WordPress?
  18. 18. WordPress.com EduBlogs.org • Free! • Easy! • But a bit limited
  19. 19. Commercial Services • Around $10/month • Easy install • Tech support • Unlimited possibilities! For more hosts: http://wordpress.org/hosting/
  20. 20. Self Hosting In House • Cost of server • Maintenance • IT support • Unlimited possibilities
  21. 21. Technical Requirements • Current WordPress Version 3.0.1 • PHP version 4.3 or greater * • MySQL version 4.1.2 or greater • Linux & Apache * Might find some plugins require more recent version of PHP.
  22. 22. WordPress.com
  23. 23. Ways to Use a Wordpress Blog for a School Library • Announcements and celebrations • Showcase collaborative projects with teachers and students • Positive publicity for library events and learning experiences in the library • Space for inviting participation
  24. 24. Ways to Use a Wordpress Blog for a School Library • Students and teachers can create blog posts • Showcase library created videos or other educational videos from YouTube • Integrate book widgets • Integrate RSS feeds of interest to students • Integrate your other library program social media stream
  25. 25. Advantages • Free • No special technical knowledge required • Themes provide a professional appearance with minimal effort • Easy to embed many kinds of HMTL code as sidebar widgets and/or into blog posts • Excellent spam filter
  26. 26. Disadvantages • Ads • Themes limited in options for customization • Can’t add plug-ins • Can’t embed javascript widgets
  27. 27. Live demo!!
  28. 28. Getting Started
  29. 29. Writing a WordPress Post
  30. 30. Themes
  31. 31. Sidebar Widgets
  32. 32. Widgets on Sidebar
  33. 33. Appearance  Widgets
  34. 34. Text Widget & 3rd Party Content
  35. 35. Manage Comments
  36. 36. Can WordPress do…??? There’s a PLUGIN for that!
  37. 37. Plugins add functionality & features
  38. 38. Plugins Page
  39. 39. WordPress.com Stats • Requires API code from wordpress.com http://wordpress.org/extend /plugins/stats/
  40. 40. Akismet • Requires API code from wordpress.com • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/
  41. 41. Simple Viewer Gallery wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-simpleviewer/
  42. 42. OpenBook Book Data johnmiedema.ca/portfolio/openbook-wordpress-plugin/
  43. 43. WP Contact Form Plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-contact-form/
  44. 44. Add <!--contact form--> to a page
  45. 45. The Events Calendar http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/the-events-calendar/
  46. 46. Keep it Safe http://www.flickr.com/photos/maistora/3237164755
  47. 47. Don’t leave the door unlocked Run the latest version
  48. 48. Back it up! 1. Backup your database: – Via web host control panel – Or wp-db-backup plugin (wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-db-backup/) 2. FTP to server and copy: • wp-content/themes • wp-content/plugins • wp-content/uploads (images, files, etc.)
  49. 49. WordPress on the go
  50. 50. http://www.flickr.com/photos/purplelime/1569139115/ WordPress App
  51. 51. MobilePress • Detects mobile device • Displays mobile version of page http://wordpress.org/extend/plug ins/mobilepress/
  52. 52. MobilePress
  53. 53. What else can we do with WP?
  54. 54. Set up a network of sites with WordPress MultiSite
  55. 55. Learning Mgmt System
  56. 56. BuddyPress buddypress.org
  57. 57. … features – similar to Facebook, Twitter, etc – will probably seem familiar to many. My philosophy of teaching includes instilling in my students a sense of exploration and play. And dealing with change. The Buddypress site is an extension of that. In my email to my classes as school starts, I asked them to configure their blogs, get an RSS aggregator and explore the site. Explore is the keyword. Dr. Michael Stephens on his BuddyPress enabled course
  58. 58. Selected WP Books (There are tons more great ones!) • Digging into WordPress by Jeff Starr & Chris Coyier (digwp.com) • Beginning WordPress 3 by Stephanie Leary • Smashing WordPress by Thord Hedengren
  59. 59. More Help! • WordPress Codex - http://codex.wordpress.org/ • WordPress Forums - http://wordpress.org/support/ • WordPress FAQ’s - http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ • New to WordPress? –tips http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ_New_To _WordPress
  60. 60. Thank you! http://lib20.pbworks.com

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