ISM Blogging Highlights for October

There are some wonderful things taking shape amongst the ISM blogs. After browsing through Netvibes (where you can quickly see all blog posts), I’ve selected a few blogs which are teeming with great information, vibrant posts, and regular updates. These are just a small sample of the fantastic blogging that’s coming together here at ISM. Have a look!

High School:

Middle School:

Elementary School:

View ALL ISM blogs via ONE site with Netvibes

We’ve just finished putting all of the ISM WordPress blogs onto a Netvibes site. This works by grabbing the RSS feed from each blog and ‘feeding’ it into one site.

It’s a wonderful way to quickly view what’s happening around the ISM blogs, but is by no means encompasses all of the ISM related websites. For teachers who have opted to use the portal, wikis, Wetpaint, etc – this will not show those sites. To view the ISM Netvibes site, simply visit:

Netvibes for ISM

How to password protect a post

There may be times when you wish to keep your posts locked down with a password. Yes, this is possible! Here’s how:

  1. Once you’ve written a new post, simply go to the “Publish” section on the top right
  2. Near “Visibility” click on “Edit”
  3. A drop down menu will appear
  4. Click on “Password Protected”
  5. Enter a password that you wish to lock the post with
  6. Click ‘Ok”
  7. That’s it! Once published, that particular post will only be viewable if the reader enters your password into the form displayedpublish-visibility-password-protect1

WordPress Warriors in High School!

Browsing wading through the sea of newly created WordPress blogs throughout the High School, it’s evident some wonderful work is taking shape. I’ve just set up an RSS feed of all the WP blogs in High School for quick and easy viewing of what’s happening around the blogosphere at ISM. More about that later. (and Middle School – I’ll get to you very soon!)

ISM Netvibes RSS Feed

A few blogs caught my eye as examples of what is possible, even in these early stages. Whether they’ve incorporated images and videos, or a plethora of documents and presentations, or perhaps the regular posting and sheer volume of information provided, these teachers have already demonstrated proficiency with utilizing WordPress as an online learning tool.

And to reiterate, WordPress is not a mandatory tool for a class website. These are simply examples of how WP may be used as an option.

I recommend that you take a moment to view their efforts and perhaps gain inspiration and ideas from the various formats and media these teachers have presented through their blogs. (and these are by no means the only blogs that stand out!)

In no particular order:

Great work everyone. Hopefully this sharing of information will positively support and enhance the learning of ISM students school-wide!

WordPress Users: Understanding Roles and Capabilities

The “Users” tab (within the dashboard), is where we may assign various roles and capabilities to users. This would be the place to differentiate amongst yourself, co-workers, and students.

You are currently set to be the administrator of your own blog. You have full control over adding, deleting, etc. If you were creating a department-wide blog, you may wish to remain administrator, and permit other editors and/or authors to be added to your blog for content creation and management.

If, for example, you wished to allow students to have the ability to contribute to your blog, but with the full capability of monitoring all of their posts before they were published, you’d add them as a “Contributor“.

Below you’ll find a quick summary defining the various roles and capabilities:

Summary of Roles

  • Administrator – Somebody who has access to all the administration features
  • Editor – Somebody who can publish posts, manage posts as well as manage other people’s posts, etc.
  • Author – Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts
  • Contributor – Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish posts
  • Subscriber – Somebody who can read comments/comment/receive news letters, etc.

The default role for a new user can be set within the “Authors and Users” tab, under “Users”.

Here is a link to a video that covers this information in more detail.

Clear as mud? 🙂

HIGH SCHOOL: WordPress Wednesday

Hey there High School teachers:

There have been some room changes tomorrow, those listed below are correct. Head to one for a 7.20 start.

(Make sure you sign the sheet.)

3030 & 2067

Level 1 –  Blogging Core Competencies.

This session will be aimed at those who have yet to undergo any training from myself or Brandon and who have no experience with WordPress. As this is likely to be the largest group, we will be splitting into two Labs 3030 & 2067.

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to the dashboard
  • How to change your password
  • How to add a title and tagline
  • How to add post and pages and understand the difference between posts and pages
  • How to monitor comments
  • How to navigate blogs and understand the structure
  • How to add content (text, pictures, videos, & widgets)


Level 2 – Towards Blog Literacy

This session is for people who feel comfortable with the basics covered in Level 1 and want to start using the blog more effectively. It will take place in Lab 1086.

Topics covered:

  • How to add content (text, pictures, videos, & widgets)
  • Plugins, Widgets & Themes –  What are they and how will they work
  • More on categories and tags, pages and posts.
  • How to add users to a blog (multi-user blogs)


Level 3 – Teaching with Blogs

This session is for individuals or teams who have spent some time setting up their own blogs already and want to get some more good ideas and see what other teachers are doing. Only those who have attended a Level 1 or 2 session may attend this session. It will take place in Lab 1082 but may well move on from there. If you intend on choosing this option, could you must email me and let me know what you are planning.

Topics Covered:

  • This is what would be called a “job alike” session at a conference. See what your peers are up to and what you can do next!
  • If you are creating a multi-user blog, use this time to add users and set up your navigation structure.

WordPress Training

Brandon Hoover will be giving training sessions for WordPress in High School starting Thursday and continuing all of next week.

Sign up sheets will be posted on the first floor of the faculty after today’s meeting in the AMR.

Sessions are available the first three periods of the day and will take place in Room 1086.