Build Your Website Now!

Overview

Today it is easier than ever to create your own website. Thanks to a global communication revolution, you can now communicate with parents, students, other teachers and the rest of the world like never before.

This course will teach you to use WordPress; one of the best and most popular website development platforms on the planet. The website you are looking at right now was developed in WordPress. In fact, WordPress powers almost 25% of the world’s websites!

Learning Outcomes 

  1. Communicate classroom information and photos to parents and others
  2. Enable multi-way classroom conversations from home and school
  3. Post classroom assignments, videos and other instructions
  4. Create and distribute video and audio podcasts
  5. Collect data from students and parents for trips, classroom activities and more
  6. A ton of other ideas we have not even though of yet

 Texts

  • Required: Easy WP Guide (Free and paid)  by Anthony Hortin.   Check out the free and paid (just a .99 cents) versions here.
  • OptionalWhat Is School For by Seth Godin (Free)  There are a variety of download options here.

Credit Options

  • The Heritage Institute
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • Continuing Education Units

View course Flipboard magazine.

 


Lessons

Introduce Yourself (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

Welcome to the course. Wonderful to have you here. I look forward to learning with you as we explore the power of Internet as it grows in what it can do and what it knows about us.

Welcome to the course. Wonderful to have you here. I look forward to learning with you as we explore the power of Internet as it grows in what it can do and what it knows about us.

What Is Wordpress? (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Easy

WordPress is a wonderful open source blogging/website platform. It is FREE and comes in two different flavors: wordpress.org and wordpress.com

WordPress is a wonderful open source blogging/website platform. It is FREE and comes in two different flavors: wordpress.org and wordpress.com

WordPress Dashboard (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

Welcome to the Wordpress Dashboard. This is where it all starts and where you will begin your Wordpress journey.

Welcome to the Wordpress Dashboard. This is where it all starts and where you will begin your Wordpress journey.

Creating Your First Post (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

It all starts with your first post! How exciting! At the end of this lesson you are going to have a place on the interwebs that has your "stuff" on it.

It all starts with your first post! How exciting! At the end of this lesson you are going to have a place on the interwebs that has your "stuff" on it.

Adding Photos and Images (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

While text is a great way to communicate, images are what make the web popular and will draw people to look at your page. The eye will nearly always go to an image first before it goes to text. Let's learn to add images to our site.

While text is a great way to communicate, images are what make the web popular and will draw people to look at your page. The eye will nearly always go to an image first before it goes to text. Let's learn to add images to our site.

Creating a Hyperlink (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Easy

Hyperlinks are what make the web work and what makes the web so successful. Only by easily linking to the content created by yourself and others, can we truly share and communicate in a dynamic and powerful way.

Hyperlinks are what make the web work and what makes the web so successful. Only by easily linking to the content created by yourself and others, can we truly share and communicate in a dynamic and powerful way.

Adding Categories and Tags (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Hard

Using categories and tags is SO IMPORTANT. However, it is usually NEGLECTED by adults and students. By using categories and tags you can bring organization and structure to your website.

Using categories and tags is SO IMPORTANT. However, it is usually NEGLECTED by adults and students. By using categories and tags you can bring organization and structure to your website.

Changing Your Theme (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

One of the first things you will want to do on your Wordpress site is explore and change your theme. The theme dictates how your page will look, where the images go, what color your text is, the size of your fonts, the type of fonts etc.

One of the first things you will want to do on your Wordpress site is explore and change your theme. The theme dictates how your page will look, where the images go, what color your text is, the size of your fonts, the type of fonts etc.

Adjusting Settings and Configurations (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

Setting up your setting is not a very exciting part of Wordpress, but it will answer many of your questions about how to make small changes to your site. For example, this includes the tag line at the top of your website.

Setting up your setting is not a very exciting part of Wordpress, but it will answer many of your questions about how to make small changes to your site. For example, this includes the tag line at the top of your website.

Editing an Existing Post (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

Once you start producing content, you are going to find yourself needing to go back and make some changes from time to time. These changes might include privacy settings, category changes, photo changes, text changes, and color changes.

Once you start producing content, you are going to find yourself needing to go back and make some changes from time to time. These changes might include privacy settings, category changes, photo changes, text changes, and color changes.

Creating a Page Instead of a Post in Wordpress (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

This course has mostly focused on creating posts and NOT pages. But I need to show you how to make pages as well. Let's do it!

This course has mostly focused on creating posts and NOT pages. But I need to show you how to make pages as well. Let's do it!

Mapping Out Your Website Design (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Hard

In this lesson you will get a chance to take a deep dive into how you would like your website to look. Plan to walk out of this lesson with a road map for the future of your website.

In this lesson you will get a chance to take a deep dive into how you would like your website to look. Plan to walk out of this lesson with a road map for the future of your website.

Project Time: Build Your Website (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Hard

This is it! Time to take all the skills you have learned and actually build a website. At then end of this assignment you will have a website you can be proud of, use in the classroom (or wherever) and share with the world. Are you ready? ;-)

This is it! Time to take all the skills you have learned and actually build a website. At then end of this assignment you will have a website you can be proud of, use in the classroom (or wherever) and share with the world.

Are you ready? ;-)