Educational Roundtable Sharing Multi-user blogs for education Christopher Tan 26 Feb 2009.
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Educational Roundtable Sharing Multi-user blogs for education Christopher Tan http://christophertan.wordpress.com 26 Feb 2009
Introduction to Wordpress “WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.” Can be used for multiple purposes – Website, Blog, Podcast with multiple authors.\ Two versions exists – Wordpress and WordpressMU
Hosting Options Free hosting at www.wordpress.com, but restrictions apply - Can’t install your own plugins, can’t upload certain file types, etc..www.wordpress.com A better solution – self host on your own domain. I’m using hostgator.com which allows unlimited websites and space and bandwidth. Allows you full control and flexibility.
Wordpress as a Website http://www.beansprout-pillow.com
Wordpress as a multi-user blog http://ddm.polywebs.com
Great Radio Game http://www.mediacorpradio.sg/radiogame/
WordpressMU multi-user blog http://pod.musictec.edu.sg
Wordpress as a Podcast http://www.mrbrownshow.com
Educational Value of a Blog A semi-formal/informal publishing platform which is accessible 24/7. Encourages students to write and make comments. As easy to use as writing an email. Can be used even by Primary School students.
My daughter’s Pri school blog http://6bnavigators.blogspot.com
Book Reviews submitted online Teacher makes a post asking students to submit book reviews. Students access the website, and adds a comment. Keys in book review as a comment. Students are able to read each others book review. Since reviews can be read by one another, students take more care in their writing.
Multimedia Content can be seamlessly added to the posts http://pod.musictec.edu.sg/bpgh/ Photos Video Audio Text Comments can be moderated. Students just need to key in a Name, Email and write a comment. No account necessary.
Thousands of free plug-ins available to add functionality to your Wordpress installation. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ Can be auto-installed and updated within the lastest version of Wordpress 2.7.1
Wordpress Themes Change the look and feel of your website at the click of a button, without changing the contents. http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ Thousands of free themes available. Themes can be self designed as well.
Conclusion Installation of Wordpress is not difficult. The difficulty lies in finding a good educational use of Wordpress, and in getting students to use the platform. Start by making posts can get students to comment on these posts. It can serve as a good supplement to Blackboard.