Wallwisher: Multiple Uses

 

 

 

How can you use Wallwisher.com?

1. Get feedback on school trips.
2. Gather resources collectively.
3. Student responses to presentations, media,questions, etc.
4. Generate brainstorming ideas.
5. think of your own…


How to set it up?

1. Go to Wallwisher.com
2. Choose build a wall.
3. Choose a URL name.
4. Enter name and email.
5. Choose a picture
6. Choose public or private.
6. Share by giving out address or embed into a blog post.
7. Start adding Sticky notes.

Notes:
notes limited to 160 characters
can embed pics and video links into posts


7 Tips to Add Some Punch and Zing to Your Blog Posts

Three Things

After perusing all the teacher blogs in Middle School, a few things stand out:
1. Teachers have  increased the frequency of their posts.
2. The diversity of topics covered has increased

and the focus for this post..
3. many posts lack an engaging look and feel

pic source@Flickr

Here are…

7 Tips to Add Some Punch and Zing to Your Blog Posts

1. Insert a picture per post. Too many posts are large black blob of text. Using a picture sets the tone for your blog post. Be sure to use and show attribution of the Creative Commons photos you use. Two easy way sot do this are by using Compfight and Google Advanced image search.

2. Chunk it. Draw the eye and create a smooth flow for the reader by chunking your text into short(er) paragraphs.

3. Add scanning points. Utilize the bold and text color options to emphasis key words and ideas to your reader.

4. Make lists. Readers like lists. They …

  • draw attention to the most important step
  • emphasis key ideas
  • make it easy to scan

5. Awesome titles and subtitles. Be a student for a second- would you be more likely to click Meet the FlyGuy! or Class Animation Projects.

6. Crisp links. Link the site name itself or a catchy word rather than linking a long ugly URL.

You can check out Mr. Pasamba’s cool class site is a little freiendlier than http://pasambag.ism-online.org

7. Engage your students. Get the students involved by asking a question, creating a contest, requesting a headline to a funny pictur, etc. and encouraging them to respond. Here is a good example of a teacher site that encourages dialogue.

 

Spike! Keeping it simple.

Tired of jumping between documents to Copy and Paste various bits and pieces of information and text?

Microsoft’s Spike is the answer. The Spike is a little known clipboard feature of Microsoft Word. You are able to selext two or move items ( text, words, paragraphs, graphics) from various locations in a document or different documents, and then insert the items as a group in a new location or document. They are pasted in the order in which they were selected.

To move items to and from the” Spike”:

  1. Select the text or graphic you want to move, and then press Ctrl-F3 (in Windows) or Command-F3 (on a Mac).
  2. Repeat this step for each additional item you want to move to the Spike.
  3. Click in the document where you want to insert the Spike’s contents.
  4. To insert the Spike’s contents and empty the Spike, press Ctrl-Shift-F3 (in Windows) or Command-Shift-F3 (on a Mac).

The one drawback is that when you select the text it “cuts” rather than copy. Be careful not to save the original document with the missing text unless you intend to.

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How to Burn CDs with iTunes

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  • Create a new playlist in iTunes. Click the “Add Playlist” icon in the bottom-left corner of iTunes. This icon looks like a plus symbol.
  • Add songs from your iTunes library to your playlist. To do this, click the “Music” tab in the upper-left corner of iTunes. Drag the songs from the library onto the playlist tab in the left column of iTunes.
  • Click the “Burn Disc” button in the lower-right corner of iTunes. The files are burned onto an audio CD. (Make sure you’re burning an “audio CD” and not an “MP3 CD”.

Auto Archiving Email

Taken from Mr. van Iperen’s email

How to Turn On the Auto Archive Feature

For Outlook 2010:

  1. Click the File tab, and then click the Options tab on the File menu.
  2. Click the Advanced tab.
  3. Click Auto Archive Settings.
  4. Click to select the Auto Archive Every check box, and then type a number in the Days box to specify how frequently the Auto Archive process runs.
  5. If you want to be notified before the items are archived, click to select the Prompt Before Auto Archive check box.
  6. In the Default archive file box, type a file name for the archived items to be transferred to, or click Browse to select from a list.
  7. Click OK two times.

For Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2003:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Other tab.
  2. Click Auto Archive.
  3. Click to select the Auto Archive Every check box, and then specify how frequently the Auto Archive process will run by typing a number in the days box.
  4. If you want to be notified before the items are archived, click to select the Prompt Before Auto Archive check box.
  5. In the Default archive file box, type a file name for the archived items to be transferred to, or click Browse to select from a list.
  6. Click OK two times.

Adding Tables to Blog Posts

If you’ve ever had the need to separate content on a blog post, you may want to use tables. You will need to get your hands a little dirty with coding HTML, but it’s quite simple, actually.

When starting a new blog post, simply switch to HTML mode and paste in the following code:

<table border=”1″>
<tr>
<td>row 1, cell 1</td>
<td>row 1, cell 2</td>
<td>row 1, cell 3</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>row 2, cell 1</td>
<td>row 2, cell 2</td>
<td>row 2, cell 3</td>
</tr>
</table>

This will give you a table with three rows and three columns. If you want to remove a column, simply delete the entire line of code that begins with <td>:

<td>row 2, cell 2</td>

To add another row, add another section of code from <tr> until </tr> copying all of the code in between. If you’re feeling more ambitious, visit this site to give you some further options for customization.

A great example for how this has been used is on Keith Bailey’s blog posting of student created videos:


How to Link Pages to Categories

Example of sub-categories mapped as pages

As you may have noticed, the new WordPress themes introduced this year do not offer support for categories as drop-down menus (nested). However, they do support pages as drop-downs, and with a little tweaking, we can have the pages link to categories and sub-categories once again (or anything else you’d like). Here’s how:

  1. Activate the plugin, “Page Links To” – found under “Plugins” on the left side of your dashboard.

2. Create a new page (or edit an existing page). At the bottom of the screen you’ll see the option to add a URL (web address).

3. Simply type or paste a URL in that box, and the page will then redirect to that URL when clicked. This could be anything – a particular category, page, blog, website, etc.

4. If you’ve linked this page to a particular category, and wish for the sub-category to also show, simply create a new page once again, but this time you’ll attribute this page to the page parent.

5. Select the parent page (the page this will fall under), and be sure to repeat Step 3 once again for adding a URL (which would be the sub-category).

Clear as mud?

This is a bit tricky to do. If  you’d like assistance, please let me know.