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IISME Summer 2007 Fellowship Educational Transfer Plan Websites with WordPress: How to design, create, and manage

your own website Created by Michael Allen Sponsor Company: eMeter Corporation Mentor: Cherie Chan

Table of Contents Abstract................................................................................................................................2 Objectives............................................................................................................................2 Description...........................................................................................................................2 Standards..............................................................................................................................2 Connections.........................................................................................................................3 Materials..............................................................................................................................3 Resources.............................................................................................................................3 Procedures............................................................................................................................3 Training Modules.................................................................................................................4 1: Introduction to Blogging & WordPress..................................................................4 2: Tour of WordPress....................................................................................................4 3: Plan a Website...........................................................................................................5 4: Create a Website.......................................................................................................5 Create an account.........................................................................................................5 Update Profile..............................................................................................................6 Create Title and Tagline...............................................................................................6 Manage Categories.......................................................................................................6 Manage Pages..............................................................................................................6 Manage Posts...............................................................................................................7 Change Theme.............................................................................................................7 Manage Widgets...........................................................................................................7 Manage Comments......................................................................................................7 Manage Blogroll..........................................................................................................8 5. Explore Some Websites............................................................................................8 6: Manage Your Website...............................................................................................8 Planning Your Site Form......................................................................................................9 Workshop Evaluation.........................................................................................................13 Workshop Survey...............................................................................................................14 Presentation Slide Deck.....................................................................................................15

Abstract This project provides teachers with an introduction to website creation and training in the online software tool WordPress. Instruction and support will be given to teachers on how to create, update and manage their individual classroom websites using WordPress. Objectives • • • • Identify the major components of a blog Locate and describe the key features of WordPress Plan and design a website Use WordPress to create a website

Description “Websites with WordPress” was designed to introduce, provide practice with, and create a website using the on-line software application WordPress. Presentation, demonstration/exercises, and Q & A will be the instructional methods used to achieve the stated objectives. The workshop has been divided into 6 training modules. Each module contains a brief introduction, a list of objectives, and specific content. Each module, each will contain a combination of screenshots, procedures, and text to deliver the information. The first module provides an introduction to blogs and an overview of WordPress. The second module is tour of WordPress user interface and illustrates its key features and functions. The third module is guide to gathering the information needed to create a website plan. The fourth module provides instruction and practice for a series of individual tasks to complete. Step by step procedures and illustrations are used to demonstrate how to complete each task. The fifth module is designed to provide time in viewing the other workshop participants’ WordPress websites. Practice in how to leave comments and review comments left by others will be given. The last module contains a workshop summary, time for Q & A, and a list of WordPress resources. The most effective method for the delivery of the content would be a face to face training session. The training has been designed so that it can be completed individually. By the end of the workshop participants will have learned the basics of blogging, the key features of WordPress and how to plan, design, and create a website. The workshop materials and a list of additional WordPress resources can be used by participants. The instructor will be available throughout the year to offer assistance and help participants manage their classroom websites. Standards The project addresses two ISTE National Technology Standards: Standard IBdemonstrate continual growth in technology knowledge and skills to stay abreast of current and emerging technologies and Standard IV D- use technology to communicate with peers, parents, and the larger community in order to nurture student understanding.

Connections My fellowship responsibilities were to update content on the company's website and to create training materials. Since the use of websites is standard in industry and business sectors, schools should implement the same practice and help teachers to create individual classroom websites. I will use the skills I developed during my fellowship to create and implement a training workshop on website design. The training will focus on how to create, edit, and manage a website using WordPress. Materials Computers with internet access, LCD projector Plan a Website worksheets Workshop evaluation forms Pre and post-survey forms Resources The WordPress site itself offers a variety of free tutorials, documents, and forums that can be accessed for help: http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page This is a free blogging community site that provides tools, examples and support for educational blogging: http://edublogs.org Procedures • Ask teachers to complete “Pre-Workshop Survey” • Plan, schedule, and invite teaches to “Websites with WordPress” workshop • Conduct workshop • Ask teachers to complete “Post-Workshop Survey” and “Workshop Evaluation” forms • Provide help and guidance throughout the year to teachers who are managing their classroom website

Training Modules 1: Introduction to Blogging & WordPress Abbreviation of the words Web and Log Ongoing chronicle of information Frequently updated with many focuses and purposes Commonalities: Main content area with posts Archive of older posts A way for people to leave comments Links to other sites “Blog roll” One or more RSS Feeds (Real Simple Syndication) Content: Updated continuously Comments: interactive feature that allows the visitor to leave comments History of WordPress Started in 2003 with a bit of code to enhance typography Now it’s the largest self hosting blogging tool in the world Open Source Can download and customize but easiest way is to use the WordPress.com site Origin of the name: Developer wanted to associate the new software with printing presses Press- refers to journalists, photographers, columnists Serves as a printing press for users to publish their words 2: Tour of WordPress Administration panel: where the organization of your site begins View site: see the actual site Header: title placeholder Sidebar/Navigation: Widgets- pages, categories, links, calendar, etc. Post: title, content, meta data Footer: blog source Home Page: features most recent posts, which link to actual post page Posts: stored in categories Archives: organizes previous posts The Dashboard: “Your Stuff” and “What’s Hot” Users: Authors and Users, your profile Presentation: Themes- presentation style, features, and feel Write: Write new posts and create pages Manage: manage posts, pages, uploads, categories, import/export files Blogroll: links to other websites Comments: moderate comments left by others

3: Plan a Website Mission Statement: What am I going to do with this? Who is going to read this? What kinds of information will I be posting? Why am I doing this? Who am I doing this for? How often am I going to be posting and adding information? This website will be dedicated to X, Y, and Z. and cover the topics of A, B, and C. The audience will be_____________________. I will be adding posts every_________________ about_____________________. I am doing this because ___________________. X, Y, and Z: purpose A, B, C: categories Title and Tag Line Sidebar: What information do you want in the sidebar Calendar Archives Blogroll: http://www.epa.gov/kids, http://www.scholastic.com/kids http://www.yahooligans.com RSS Feed: http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/rss/SNK.asp Categories: Ask the Teacher, Homework, Weekly Bulletins, Special Announcements Pages: About, Daily Schedule Biographical Statement Username and Password Welcome Message 4: Create a Website Create an account Open browser and type in http://www.wordpress.com Click Start your free WordPress Blog Type in your “username” in the Username Box Type in your “email address” in the Email Box Check the box next to Legal flotsam Click Next Identify your site’s domain name Enter your “Blog Title” Click Sign Up Open the email sent by WordPress and locate your password Return to http://www.wordpress.com type in your “username” and “password” Click Enter

Update Profile Click Users on the topic menu bar Click Your Profile in sub-topic bar Type your “first name, last name, and nickname” in the Name section Type your “autobiographical statement” in the About Yourself section Type your “email” and “website address” in the Contact Info section Type your “new password” twice in the Password section Click Update Profile Create Title and Tagline Click Options in the topic menu bar Type your “website’s title” in the Weblog Title box Type your “website’s tagline” in the Tagline box Click Update Options Manage Categories Add a Category Click Manage in the topic menu bar Click Categories in the sub-topic menu bar Click Add New Type “Ask the Teacher” in the Category Name box Type a brief description of the category in the Description box Click Add Category Repeat the steps above to create these categories: “Homework” “Weekly Bulletins” “Special Announcements” Manage Pages Click Manage in the topic menu bar Click Pages in the sub-topic menu bar Edit Page Click Edit for the page About Delete the text in the Page Content section Type your “Mission Statement” Click Save Create Page Click Create Page Type Daily Schedule in the Page Title box Click Publish

Manage Posts Delete a Post Click Manage in topic menu bar Locate the example post Click Delete for the post Click OK in dialogue box Write a Post Click Write in the topic menu bar Click Write Post in the sub-topic menu bar Type your “welcome message title” in the Title box Type your “welcome message” in the Post box Use the tool bar to edit and format your message Click Uncategorized in the Categories box Click Publish to publish your post to your website Change Theme Click Presentation in the topic menu bar Scroll down to find a theme you like Click on the “theme title” (website is automatically updated with new theme) Scroll to the top and click View Site Click your browser’s back button Manage Widgets Click Presentation in the topic menu bar Click Widgets in the sub-topic menu bar Add RSS Feed Find the widget RSS 1 in the Available Widgets box Drag the widget RSS 1 to the sidebar box Double click on the Configure Icon on the right side of the widget Locate the pop-up dialogue box Type the URL address: http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/rss/SNK.asp in the RSS/Feed box Type “Science Right Now!” in the Title box Manage Comments Click Comments Delete comment Email is received when new comments are written and posted

Manage Blogroll Add a Link Click Blogroll in the topic menu bar Click Add Link in the sub-topic menu bar Type “Environmental Kids Page” in the Title box Type “http://www.epa.gov/kids” in the Address box Check Blogroll in the Categories box Click Add Link Repeat the steps above to create links for the following: “Scholastic Kid page” “http://www.scholastic.com/kids” “Yahooligans” “http://www.yahooligans.com” 5. Explore Some Websites Website Addresses Identify the web addresses of the WordPress sites created by workshop participants Make a list of these websites to use as a resource Trade your website address with one other participant Leave a Comment Open up a new web browser window Type in the “web address” of your partner’s site Read the Introduction Post Click Comment Type “your name” Type “your email address” Type “your comment” Click Submit Comment Award Winning Sites Open a new web browser Type in: http://www.incsub.org/awards Scroll to view different sites Click on a site you would like to see Continue to choose other sites to visit 6: Manage Your Website Here are two excellent resources to help you expand, modify, and manage your website: http://edublogs.org/features/ http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page

Planning Your Site A good website comes from a good plan. It is now time for you to think about your own classroom website. This form will help you plan, design, and develop your site. Mission Statement The first step in designing your site is to determine the purpose, content, and audience. To help you identify these things, read the questions below and write a brief answer for each one. 1. What am I going to do with this? __________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _ 2. Who is going to read this? _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _ 3. What kind of information will I be posting? _________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _ 4. Why am I doing this? ___________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _ 5. Who am I doing this for? ________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _ 6. How often am I going to be posting and adding information? ___________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _ Compile the information from your answers to write a paragraph. This will be your mission statement. Use the following template as a guide. This website will be dedicated to X, Y, and Z. and cover the topics of A, B, and C. The audience will be_____________________. I will be adding posts

every_________________ about_____________________. I am doing this because ___________________. X, Y, and Z: purpose for the website A, B, and C: categories of information My Mission Statement _______________________________________________________________________ _ _______________________________________________________________________ _ _______________________________________________________________________ _ _______________________________________________________________________ _ Title and Tagline Now that you have your mission statement, think about what the title of your site should be. Be creative but keep it simple. After you have decided on the title, you need to write a tagline. A tagline is a short catchy phrase or slogan that describes the essence, character, or attributes of your site. Title: __________________________________________________________________ Tagline: ________________________________________________________________ Sidebar You can personalize your site and deliver information you want by customizing your sidebar. The information is organized into widgets, which are links the reader can use to navigate within and to outside web addresses outside of your site. Here are just a few of the widgets that can be added to your sidebar. Calendar Tag Cloud Categories Recent Posts Archives Top Posts Plug-ins Search Blogroll Search Del.iciou.us Flikr RSS Feed Vod: Pod Videos Recent Comments Pages

Circle these six widgets: Calendar, Archives, Blogroll, RSS Feed, Categories, Pages Pages: In addition to your Home Page identify 2 other pages 1. ________________________________

2. ________________________________ Blogroll: Identify three other websites that will be linked to yours: 1. ________________________________ 2. ________________________________ 3. ________________________________ Categories: Identify four different categories of posts 1. ________________________________ 2. ________________________________ 3. ________________________________ 4. ________________________________ RSS Feed: Identify one RSS Feed 1. ________________________________ Calendar Archives Biographical Statement Write a brief biographical statement. Include any personal, professional, or educational information about yourself. This will be used as an introduction of yourself to viewers of your web site. _______________________________________________________________________ _ _______________________________________________________________________ _ _______________________________________________________________________ _ Create Username and Password Choose a username and a password that you can easily remember Username: _______________________ Password: ______________________

Welcome Message Write a brief message that welcomes viewers to your website: Title: _____________________________________ Message: _______________________________________________________________________ _ _______________________________________________________________________ _ _______________________________________________________________________ _

Websites with WordPress Workshop Evaluation Please rate your satisfaction with the training Use this scale: 1- Very Dissatisfied 2- Dissatisfied 3-Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied 4- Satisfied 5- Very Satisfied Usefulness Format Organization Activities Handouts/materials Presenter’s skills Overall rating 1-----------------2-----------------3-----------------4-----------------5 1-----------------2-----------------3-----------------4-----------------5 1-----------------2-----------------3-----------------4-----------------5 1-----------------2-----------------3-----------------4-----------------5 1-----------------2-----------------3-----------------4-----------------5 1-----------------2-----------------3-----------------4-----------------5 1-----------------2-----------------3-----------------4-----------------5

How could this workshop be improved?

Any other comments or suggestions?

Websites with WordPress Workshop Survey Please circle one: pre-training post-training

Please rate your ability in each of the following skills: Skill Internet and Blogging Navigate to websites on the internet Identify a browser Define the term “blog” Identify the key features of a “blog” Website Design Write a mission statement Write a title and tagline Identify and create a navigation sidebar Write a biographical statement Write a welcome message WordPress Software Create an account Update your profile Create a Title and Tagline Manage Categories Manage Pages Manage Posts Change Theme Manage Widgets Manage comments Manage Blogroll Website Exploration Locate a WordPress created site Submit a comment on a WordPress site Locate award winning WordPress sites Website Management Identify an online WordPress reference site I can do it I think I know how I have no idea

Presentation Slide Deck

Websites with WordPress

Design, create, and manage your own website
Created by Michael Allen

Agenda
 Introductions  Objectives/Purpose  Course Structure  Rules of Engagement  Surveys/Evaluations  Learning Modules  Questions and Answers

Introductions
 Please introduce yourself:

Name  Previous experience with blogs and websites  What you want to gain from the workshop

Objectives
After this training you will be able to:  Identify the major components of a blog  Locate the key features of WordPress  Plan and design a website  Use WordPress to create a website

Course Structure

Presentation

Demonstrations/ Exercises

Questions/Answers

Rules of Engagement
 Please do not access your personal email  Turn off cell phones and pagers  Please honor break time limits  Participate, this is your class  Ask questions at any time  Still don’t get it – ASK AGAIN  Be willing to experiment new ideas and techniques  Offer suggestions for improvements

Surveys/Evaulations
 You will be asked to complete two surveys

Pre-Workshop Survey  Post-Workshop Survey

 You will be asked to complete a workshop

evaluation
 Please complete the Pre-Workshop Survey

Learning Modules
1. Introduction 2. Tour

6. Manage

5. Explore 4. Create

3. Plan

Introduction to Blogs & WordPress
1. Introduction 2. Tour

6. Manage

5. Explore 4. Create

3. Plan

What is a Blog?
 Abbreviation of the words “Web and Log”  Ongoing chronicle of information  Frequently updated  Commonalities:  Main content area with posts  Archive of older posts  A way for people to leave posts  Links to other sites  One or more RSS Feeds (Real Simple Syndication)

History of WordPress
 Started in 2003 with a bit of code  Created as a personal publishing software  The largest self hosting blogging tool in the

world  Open Source:

Everyone has access to it  Everything is written by and for the community  Free to use
 Can download and customize

Origin of the name
 Wanted to associate the new software with

printing presses  “Press” refers to journalists, photographers, columnists  Serves as a “printing press” for users to publish their “words”

Tour of WordPress
1. Introduction 6. Manage 2. Tour

3. Plan 5. Explore 4. Create

The Dashboard
To see the actual site Topic menu bar

Sub-topic menu bar Recent activity on your site

Popular posts and sites

Presentation: Themes

Style, look, and feel

Presentation: Widgets

Items in your sidebar navigation

Site Management

Manage all of your posts, pages, uploads, categories

Comments
Moderate comments left by others

Home Page
Title and header Sidebar navigation

Most recent posts

Plan a Website
1. Introduction 6. Manage 2. Tour

3. Plan 5. Explore 4. Create

Mission Statement
 First step is to determine the purpose, content, and

audience of your website  Think about the following questions:
     

What am I going to do with this? Who is going to read this? What kind of information will I be posting? Why am I doing this? Who am I doing this for? How often am I going to be posting and adding information?

Title and Tagline
 Title

Think about the title of your site should be  Be creative but keep it simple

 Tagline

Short phrase or slogan  Describes the essence, attributes, & character

Sidebar
 Customize your site by determining the

information you want to have accessible  Organized into links called “widgets”  Used to navigate within and outside of your site

Widgets
 Here are just a few of the widgets you can add:

Calendar RSS Feed Search Plug-ins Del.iciou.us Search

Archives Tag Cloud Vod: Pod Comments Recent Posts Pages

Blogroll Top Posts Categories Flikr

Identified Sidebar Widgets
 Pages:  “About”, “Daily Schedule”  Blogroll:  “http://www.epa.gov/kids”, http://www.scholastic.com/kids  “http://www.yahooligans.com”  Categories:  “Ask the Teacher”, “Homework”,  “Weekly Bulletins”, “Special “Announcements  RSS Feed:  http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/rss/SNK.asp  Calendar  Archives

Biographical Statement
 A brief history of yourself  Include any professional, personal, or

educational information  What you want viewers of your site to know about you

Username and Password
 Words used to access your site  Choose ones that you can easily remember

Welcome Message
 A brief message that welcomes viewers to

your site

Create a Website
1. Introduction 6. Manage 2. Tour

3. Plan 5. Explore 4. Create

Create an Account
 Open browser and type in

http://www.wordpress.com  Click Start your free WordPress Blog

Create an Account
 Type in your

“username” in the Username Box  Type in your “email address” in the Email Box  Check the box next to Legal flotsam  Click Next

Create an Account
 Identify your site’s

domain name  Enter your “Blog Title”  Click Sign Up

Create an Account
 Open the email sent by WordPress

and locate your initial password  Return to http://www.wordpress com  Type in your “username” and “initial password”  Click Enter

Update Profile
 Click Users on the topic menu bar  Click Your Profile in sub-topic bar

Update Profile
 Type your “first name, last 

 

name, and nickname” in the Name section Type your “autobiographical statement” in the About Yourself section Type your “email” and “website address” in the Contact Info section Type your “new password” twice in the Password section Click Update Profile

Create Title and Tagline
 Click Options in the

topic menu bar  Type your “website’s title” in the Weblog Title box  Type your “website’s tagline” in the Tagline box  Click Update Options

Manage Categories
          

Add a Category Click Manage in the topic menu bar Click Categories in the sub-topic menu bar Click Add New Type “Ask the Teacher” in the Category Name box Type a brief description of the category in the Description box Click Add Category Repeat the steps above to create these categories: “Homework” “Weekly Bulletins” “Special Announcements”

Manage Pages
 Click on Manage in the topic

menu bar

 Click on Pages in the sub-

topic menu bar

 Edit Page  Click Edit for the page About  Delete the text in the Page

Content section Statement”

 Type your “Mission  Click Save

Manage Pages
 Create Page  Click Create Page  Type Daily Schedule in

the Page Title box  Click Publish

Manage Posts
 Delete a Post  Click Manage in topic    

menu bar Click on Posts Locate the example post Click Delete for the post Click OK in dialogue box

Manage Posts
 Write a Post  Click Write in the topic menu

bar

 Click Write Post in the sub-

topic menu bar

 Type your “welcome message

title” in the Title box

 Type your “welcome

message” in the Post box format your message Categories box

 Use the tool bar to edit and  Click Uncategorized in the  Click Publish to publish your

post to your website

Change Theme
 Click Presentation in the      

topic menu bar Scroll down to find a theme you like Click on the “theme title” (website is automatically updated with new theme) Scroll to the top and click View Site Click your browser’s back button Locate and click the theme “Quentin”

Manage Widgets
 Click Presentation in the topic

menu bar menu bar

 Click Widgets in the sub-topic

 Add RSS Feed  Find the widget RSS 1 in the

Available Widgets box sidebar box

 Drag the widget RSS 1 to the

Manage Widgets
 Double click on the Configure

Icon on the right side of the widget  Locate the pop-up dialogue box  Type the URL address: http://www.sciencenewsforkids. org/rss/SNK.asp in the RSS/Feed box  Type “Science Right Now!” in the Title box

Manage Widgets
 Add Calendar  Find the widget Calendar in the

Available Widgets box sidebar box

 Drag the widget Calendar to the

 Repeat the steps above to    

create these widgets Archives Links Pages Categories

 Click Save Changes

Manage Comments
 Click Comments  Click Delete on “test

comment”
 Click OK in dialogue box  Edit, delete, approve and un-

approve comments
 Email is received when new

comments are written and posted

Manage Blogroll
 Add a Link  Click Blogroll in the topic menu

bar

 Click Add Link in the sub-topic

menu bar

 Type “Environmental Kids

Page” in the Title box in the Address box Categories box

 Type “http://www.epa.gov/kids”  Check Blogroll in the  Click Add Link

Manage Blogroll
 Repeat the steps above to  “Scholastic Kid page”

create links for the following:

“http://www.scholastic.com/ki ds”  “Yahooligans” “http://www.yahooligans.com ”

Explore Some Websites
1. Introduction 6. Manage 2. Tour

3. Plan 5. Explore 4. Create

Website Addresses
 Identify the web addresses of the WordPress

sites created by workshop participants  Make a list of these websites to use as a resource  Trade your website address with one other participant

Leave a Comment
 Open up a new web browser       

window Type in the “web address” of your partner’s site Read the Introduction Post Click Comment Type “your name” Type “your email address” Type “your comment” Click Submit Comment

Award Winning Sites
 Open a new web browser  Type in: http://www.incsub.org/awards  Scroll to view different sites  Click on a site you would like to see  Continue to choose other sites to visit

Manage Your Website
1. Introduction 6. Manage 2. Tour

3. Plan 5. Explore 4. Create

Resources
 Here are two excellent resources to help you

expand, modify, and manage your website
http://edublogs.org/features/  http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page

Question and Answer
 Please ask questions for additional:

Clarification  Help  Support  Concerns  Guidance

Evaluations
 Please complete the Post-Workshop

Survey
 Please complete the workshop evaluation form

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