Tag: Wordpress

Using WordPress to Schedule Blog Posts

Using WordPress to Schedule Blog Posts

The ability to schedule blog posts is one of the main reasons why I recommend using WordPress to build a class website. It’s a huge time saver and helped me lesson plan. The video below is a brief tutorial on how and why you should schedule your blog posts. Enjoy!

Pop Quiz, Hot Shot aka Help Me WordPress You’re My Only Hope

Pop Quiz, Hot Shot aka Help Me WordPress You’re My Only Hope

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Pop quiz, hot shot….While on winter break you plan several activities for the first day back that require a projector. The first morning back you are running a little late so you don’t have the chance to turn on your projector before the students enter the room. After taking attendance you turn on your projector (or Smart Board) and it starts to warm up……and then it shuts off. You think to yourself “Hmmm that’s weird.” So you try again and get the same result. At this point you notice that the red light next to the picture of a bulb is flashing. Dun Dun Dun! Your bulb died over the break. So there you are standing in front of 30 students who are ready to learn and you can’t share your activity with them. What do you do? Do you beg the office to make copies for you? Bribe the teacher next door to let you use their projector? What do you do?

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This exact scenario played out in my class yesterday. For some reason over the break my Smart Board bulb died and I was left standing in front of my students wondering “How am I going to get them this information?” My solution was to embed the document onto our class blog. The fact that in about 2 minutes I can embed a document from Google and then have my students access it is just another example of why I love WordPress. Ultimately I think that embedding the document into my WordPress site is going to be better for my students. Many of them commented that they enjoyed that they could view the document close up and navigate it at their own speed.  What should have been a lesson killer instead turned into an eye opening experience that will influence how I approach distributing work to the students.

-Ryan

Why You Should Use WordPress For Your Website

Why You Should Use WordPress For Your Website

There are numerous blogging and website creation tools out there. Tumblr, Blogger, HTML, Weebly, and Google sites are all great formats and offer something for everyone. My favorite website creation and management tool is WordPress. With so many great tools out there why should you use WordPress?

No coding needed!

In the past creating a website required the designer to type lines and lines of HTML code to get a site that was just “ok”. WordPress does away with coding by including a dashboard that acts as the hub of your website, a visual editor that works just like a word processor, and by using themes to create your actual website. Without ever touching one line of code a user can create a visually pleasing website in a few minutes.

Constantly updated content!

Web sites of the past were static and not updated that often. Today websites are updated constantly. With a WordPress site updating content is as easy as clicking a button. Once you click publish, update, or save your changes are immediately visible to anyone who checks your site.

You can learn the basics in five minutes!

In just five minutes you can learn how to create a post on your class blog. Seriously that’s it! No fancy extra classes or hours and hours of research needed. Give WordPress five minutes and you can have a class website!

You can use WordPress to automate your week.

My favorite part of using a WordPress blog is that I can schedule when a post goes live. So in theory I can type up all of my blog posts on Sunday when I am lesson planning, schedule them to publish at a certain date and time, have my students view them after they are published, and then not touch my blog again until the next Sunday. This is a huge time saver!

So there you go four reasons why I love WordPress. If you are a WordPress user what are some of your favorite features? Feel free to post them in the comments below. I’d love to hear what every has to say!