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What’s My Page Again?: Build a Classroom or Professional Website

Create your own website using Google Sites, Weebly, or WordPress. Discover the strengths of each platform and learn how to adjust the layout, add content, and publish your website.

The purpose of this workshop is to give participants the skills necessary to create a professional or classroom website. The workshop will introduce participants to three website creation platforms, and will provide real-life examples of final sites.
The first half of the session will focus on basic skills, and introduce Google Sites, Weebly, and WordPress to participants. In the second half, participants will select a website creation platform and create their own website.

By owning your own website, you have control over every aspect. There is a low barrier to entry when using WordPress. Knowledge of HTML markup or MySQL databases is not necessary. By the end of the session, every participant will have their own .com website.

All participants will leave with a live educational website ready to be used. They will have skills, resources, and examples to continue developing their site.

1. Introduction to web design
2. Websites and the home-school connection

  • Communicate with families
  • Share student work: songs, videos, podcasts
  • Parents can subscribe via RSS
  • Daily/weekly reminders
  • Share documents

3. Google Sites overview

  • Creating the site
  • Choose a theme
  • Share
  • Pages
  • Editing a Page
  • Layout of a Page
  • Subpages
  • Announcements/Blog style
  • Insert Menu
  • Image
  • Form
  • Document
  • Calendar

4. Weebly overview: 10 minutes

  • Navigation Bar
  • Elements
  • Paragraph with title
  • Paragraph with picture
  • Picture only
  • Titles
  • Multiple columns
  • Design
  • Theme options
  • Design options
  • Pages
  • Add blog
  • Add pages
  • Create sub pages
  • Password protecting
  • Blog
  • Features
  • Posting
  • Manage
  • Comments
  • Sidebar

5. WordPress overview: 10 minutes

  • Posts
  • Pages
  • Media
  • Appearance
  • Themes
  • Plugins
  • Widgets
  • Menus
  • Advanced
  • Permalinks
  • Users
  • Writing settings
  • Uploading
  • FTP
  • HTML
  • Podcasting

6. Examples created by presenters

7. Create websites in three groups

  • Platform overview
  • Page creation
  • Post/blog creation
  • Theme customization
  • Platform resources

8. Publish websites

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A Mobile Movie Studio: Create Classroom Videos with the iPad

The addition of an HD camera to the iPad 2 has fundamentally changed the way we can create video. Every part of the creation process–writing, recording, editing, and distributing–is possible on the iPad. EduAwesome!

A video is created three times: when you write it, when you shoot it, and when you edit it. There are several formats that can be used to write a script for the classroom: a google doc, a dedicated app (ex: Storyboards), a google form, or a production organization document. Whichever format is used, emphasis should be placed on how it will be used in the classroom, and what the goal of the video is.

When recording, it is important to incorporate basic rules of composition, such as the rule of thirds, into your video. Being aware of the environment (basic concepts like lighting and room tone) makes it easier to edit. According to current best practices, teachers can rely on fair use and download videos using iCab Mobile to incorporate current events into their videos and lessons. Finally, in-camera tricks such as forced perspective will be explored to add a big-budget feel to videos.

iMovie contains movie trailer templates and themes that allow for quick, professional-looking videos. iMovie is a non-linear editor, so sequences can be filmed out of order. Participants will film and edit a short video collaboratively using YouTube’s mobile upload, and iCab Mobile’s video download feature. Projects in iMovie can easily add graphics and soundtracks to create a polished product.

iMovie projects can be published directly to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and CNN iReport. Use AirPlay to stream video to your HDTV using an Apple TV. Embed videos into classroom websites, or video channels on websites such as SchoolTube. Leverage teacher-created videos with the flipped classroom model to maximize class time.

1. Writing

2. Recording

3. Editing

4. Distributing

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