IT 10: WordPress.com

WordPress is a free and open-source blogging tool and content management system. It is the most popular blogging system on the world wide web, with more than 60 million websites built on this platform. With WordPress, you can easily create a website without months of training and you can easily customize your website to your liking.

For the duration of this course, you will create and maintain a WordPress blog on WordPress.com. The purpose of the blog is to serve as an e-portfolio of your learning by documenting artifacts and reflections. Simply put, you will post the digital assignments that you have worked on and discuss what you have learned through them.

Tasks:

  1. Sign up for a free WordPress.com account and blog address on the Sign-Up page. You will need to remember your username, your password and your blog address; it is strongly recommended that you e-mail this information to yourself. Once you create a blog address, your blog will be located at http://yourBlogAddress.wordpress.com.
  2. Inform the teacher of your blog address.
  3. Once registered and logged in, take some time to familiarize yourself with the Dashboard of your blog. The Dashboard controls the content and appearance of your blog.
    • Posts are blog entries that are sorted by date. Newest posts are on the top while older posts are pushed down to the bottom. For example, mrkam.ca uses posts to organize and update assignments. By default, posts are displayed on the front page.
    • Pages contain static information that do not change over time. For example, the course outlines on mrkam.ca are created as pages. By default, pages are displayed on the top menu.
  4. Create four categories that represent the major units of the course: web 2.0, office, programming, video. Categories allow the user to easily filter posts.
  5. Follow the teacher’s instructions in order to embed the PC for University assignment into your e-portfolio. (See also: demo video)
  6. Write a paragraph (5-8 sentences) that summarize (1) what you learned, (2) which skills you made improvements, and (3) which areas you still need work on. Be specific. What you learned may include:
    1. content knowledge: learning more about hardware components and their costs.
    2. computer skills: learning how to create animations in Google Presentations, how to share and work on a Presentation together, how to create a transparent background in an image.
    3. problem-solving skills: identifying the needs, researching and deciding on the “best” course of action
    4. people skills: working with others and overcoming challenges.
  7. Log out of WordPress and Google Account. Then check your blog to see if the presentation is visible.
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