WordPress

WordPress provides users with a community for sharing their thoughts, ideas, and commentary in the form of personal webpages and blogs. After launching the app, users must register by entering a username, email, and password. WordPress will then create a personal webpage for the user. From the app’s main menu, users can tap the “Blog Posts” button to view and add blog posts, the “Pages” button to change the “About” tab’s content on their website, and the “Comments” button to view what has been written in response to their blog posts and website’s content. To access their website,…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 8.3
B. Design - 9.1
C. Engagement - 8.7

8.7

Make Your Own Blog Here

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WordPress provides users with a community for sharing their thoughts, ideas, and commentary in the form of personal webpages and blogs. After launching the app, users must register by entering a username, email, and password. WordPress will then create a personal webpage for the user. From the app’s main menu, users can tap the “Blog Posts” button to view and add blog posts, the “Pages” button to change the “About” tab’s content on their website, and the “Comments” button to view what has been written in response to their blog posts and website’s content. To access their website, users can tap the “View Site” button from the main screen or visit it online (the main menu lists the address of the user’s website), and they can see how many people visited their website by tapping the “Stats” button. From the main menu, users can also tap the “Reader” button on the bottom of the screen to access other users’ recently posted blogs. For advanced options, users can tap the “View Site” button on the main menu followed by the “My Site” button on their website and then the “WP Admin” button. These steps allow users to access the administrator view of their webpage, where they can add themes, images, links, pages, posts, and much more!

Instructional Ideas

  1. At the beginning of the year, teachers can have all their students create their own WordPress webpage using this app. That way, as students complete assignments throughout the year, they can post their work to their webpage. Teachers can have students customize their page using the options available on the WP Admin page or by tapping the “Pages” button on the main menu.
  2. As part of a daily journaling routine, teachers can offer students a prompt or a variety of prompts and have them respond by writing a blog entry and posting it to their WordPress page. For accountability, teachers can visit their students’ pages.
  3. Teachers can have students complete a writing assignment (e.g., a short story, research paper, poem, constructed response, op-ed piece, etc.) and post it to their webpage. Teachers can then require classmates to read each other’s writing and post a response. A response format could include a 3-2-1 organizer, where students would write three things they liked about the writing, two ideas for improving it, and one question they still have after reading it.
  4. For a current events activity, teachers can have students tap the “Reader” button on the bottom of the screen and browse the blogs on their feed. When students find one of interest, they can read it and post a comment in response. Additionally, students can report back to the class about the blog they read. As part of that report, students will have to write a short summary of the blog and a synopsis of their feelings regarding the topic. Students can write their report as a blog post using this app, or they can write it using an Office app.
  5. For students who are avid writers, they can begin a class competition with the goal of seeing who can have the most “views” over a day, week, month, or longer. Students will need to write regularly and promote their website to their friends, family, and other interested individuals.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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