Ross Thomson
Halton District School Board
OLA SuperConference 2012
Welcome! Feel free to leave!
Ask questions anytime!
The back story
Pros & cons: Blogs vs. HTML
Considerations before ...
E.C. Drury High School Library
Website 1.0 [2001 – Straight HTML]
Website 2.0 [2007 - HTML/First Class]
Website 3.0 [20...
Making changes:
 Open editor
 Open file
 Make changes
 Save file
 Upload file
 Test live
 Close editor
Simple
WYSIW...
Making changes:
 Open client
 Open file
 Make changes
 Close file
 Test live
 Close client
Simple
Document
Editor
(F...
Time consuming
Labour intensive
Requires specialized knowledge
Requires ongoing training / awareness
Product more sta...
Easy to add / edit content
Changes reflected immediately online
Easy, seamless integration of multimedia
SEO friendly ...
Familiarity & experience
Ease of use
Integration with other Google apps used
(eg: Picasa Web)
[Research & choose what’s...
Blog-based ECDHS Library Web Site:
 Text
 Still Pictures
 Slideshows
 Embedded Video
 External Links
 Internal Links
1. Go to Blogger.com
2. Get a Google account / sign in
3. Start designing your home page
4. Add static pages
5. Add conten...
Board rules for “school” websites?
Does content need to be hosted on a
Board server?
Can you link externally to the blog...
A start-from scratch, do-it-yourself demo!
A start-from scratch, do-it-yourself demo!
Ross Thomson
thomsonro@hdsb.ca
ecdhslibrary.blogspot.com
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  1. 1. Ross Thomson Halton District School Board OLA SuperConference 2012
  2. 2. Welcome! Feel free to leave! Ask questions anytime! The back story Pros & cons: Blogs vs. HTML Considerations before you begin Tour of my library blog site Step-by-step demo of how-to create your blog site
  3. 3. E.C. Drury High School Library Website 1.0 [2001 – Straight HTML] Website 2.0 [2007 - HTML/First Class] Website 3.0 [2010 – Blogger]
  4. 4. Making changes:  Open editor  Open file  Make changes  Save file  Upload file  Test live  Close editor Simple WYSIWYG Editor (Claris Home Page 3.0)
  5. 5. Making changes:  Open client  Open file  Make changes  Close file  Test live  Close client Simple Document Editor (First Class Client)
  6. 6. Time consuming Labour intensive Requires specialized knowledge Requires ongoing training / awareness Product more static than dynamic Change / edit hassle Difficult to generate Web 2.0 content Difficult to gather feedback
  7. 7. Easy to add / edit content Changes reflected immediately online Easy, seamless integration of multimedia SEO friendly (faster crawling & indexing) Offer easy integration of web 2.0 features (feedback, RSS) Automatic formatting for mobile platforms  Analysis available (traffic / page views)
  8. 8. Familiarity & experience Ease of use Integration with other Google apps used (eg: Picasa Web) [Research & choose what’s best for you]
  9. 9. Blog-based ECDHS Library Web Site:  Text  Still Pictures  Slideshows  Embedded Video  External Links  Internal Links
  10. 10. 1. Go to Blogger.com 2. Get a Google account / sign in 3. Start designing your home page 4. Add static pages 5. Add content 6. Add / edit content as required 7. Repeat Step 6
  11. 11. Board rules for “school” websites? Does content need to be hosted on a Board server? Can you link externally to the blog site? Can you redirect your current URL to the blog site? Check policies before you invest time!
  12. 12. A start-from scratch, do-it-yourself demo!
  13. 13. A start-from scratch, do-it-yourself demo!
  14. 14. Ross Thomson thomsonro@hdsb.ca ecdhslibrary.blogspot.com

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